"john with the top-boots"
Riding boots
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Top boots are long boots that fully or partly cover the knee. They were originally created as a man’s riding boot in the 15th Century.  Top boots are similar to the dress boots that were worn at formal fox hunts, and to the boots worn by dressage riders and show-jumpers today.  Like these, they are traditionally black, but are distinguished by a tan cuff at the top.