Footwear that rises to the ankle or higher; can be casual or dressy, practical or fashionable. Boots that are designed for protection from the elements may be made of a single, closely-stitched piece of leather, rubber, or other material to prevent the entry of water, mud or dirt. Other types of boots are sturdy in nature, intended for protection in wilderness or industrial settings. Fashionable boots for men and women may have all the variations seen in other shoe styles, including high heels, platforms, and lacings.
The word retro, as used in the fashion industry, refers to a fashion style inspired by styles of the past which includes retro shoes and retro clothes. Retro style most often refers to outdated styles and designs of the 1950's, 60's, and 70's; which are incorporated as nostalgic elements in current fashions.