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Boots with boothose, early (left) and late (right) 1630s

Boothose are linen stockings or boot liners worn in the seventeenth century to protect fine knitted stockings from wear.

In the 1630s, boothose could be trimmed with lavish lace cuffs turned down over cuffed bucket-topped boots. In mid-century, it was briefly stylish to wear boothose with low-cut shoes, before boothose fell completely out of fashion.

See also[edit]


  • Gordenker, Emilie E.S.: Van Dyck and the Representation of Dress in Seventeenth-Century Portraiture, Brepols, 2001, ISBN 2-503-50880-4
  • Ribeiro, Aileen: Fashion and Fiction: Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England, Yale, 2005, ISBN 0-300-10999-7