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.
Hiking is a recreational activity which consists of taking long walks in outdoor environments. The activity of hiking is often performed on hiking trails that generally requires the use of special footwear, such as hiking boots, that can provide support, stability and traction on rough terrain. When hiking, the use of the appropriate hosiery can also help prevent blisters, distribute pressure and absorb shock making the experience of hiking more enjoyable.