High-top shoes come in different types, from rubber shoes to boots and sandals. These shoes are called “high-tops” because they usually come up above the ankles, unlike many shoes that stop just below the anklebone, or are boots that reach the thighs. High-top shoes may have come out as early as the 1900s, but many fashion trends have made them more popular throughout the decades.
One of the earliest and still most common types of high-top shoes is the high-top sneakers, especially those that are popularized by a basketball player named Chuck Taylor. These sneakers were initially aimed at basketball players to reduce injuries by giving increased support to the ankles, but still allow flexibility. The more recent fashion comebacks of wearing the high-top sneakers are less for sport purposes and more for comfort and its classic design. A variation of these sneakers would be the “sneaker heels,” where the sneakers are attached with tall heels or wedges. These heels can create a sporty, yet girly, look.
Another type of high-top shoe is the boot, and there are all different kinds. One is the classic ankle cowboy boot, preferable for those who do not want the heavier thigh-high cowboy boots. These boots are usually made of different skins, like snake, buffalo, or alligator, and even come with the clacking sound of the heels. Another type is the Ugg boot, unisex boots made from sheepskin inside and out. These boots are very soft, making them ideal footwear during the winter to keep the feet warm.
Stilettos can also be a type of high-top shoes. One particular type, called the “bootie stilettos,” has been popular since the early 2000s. These stilettos usually cover up most of the feet up until the ankles. Sometimes, they also feature a “peep toe,” a little hole in the middle where the toes can “peep” through a little bit. These shoes not only give the feet much-needed support, but can also go well with mini-skirts, dresses, and skin-tight pants.
For women who do not like to wear stilettos, but still want to sport the high-top look, then the gladiator sandals are a more comfortable choice. These sandals are named “gladiators” because they are probably inspired by the sandals worn during the Roman Empire, particularly by gladiators in order to protect their feet during combat. These sandals are usually strappy in design and have flat soles, making them comfortable during long walks. Gladiator sandals worn for formal occasions are usually designed with shiny metallic tones, complete with beads and frills.