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.
Exercise refers to any type of physical activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness. During exercise, the foot inevitably takes on several different positions. Some areas, such as the arch or the heel, are subjected to high levels of stress, and therefore the use of activity-specific footwear is recommended. Athletic shoes as well as comfort shoes encompass a wide range of specified products specially designed to provide support to the body and enhance the exercise experience while minimizing the possibility of injury.