Originally Posted by Wickerman
You don't need to see the buttons to know they were buttoned boots.
Don't you remember the Chelsea boot from the 60's?, also called winkle-pickers or chisel-toes, depending on the shape of the toe. They all had a Cuban heel and they did not lace-up, they had elastic side panels, one on either side of the boot.
These elastic panels were covered by the pants leg (trousers, jeans), so you didn't have to see the elastic panels to know the boots were slip-on - you could tell from the style of the boot.
The 'button-boot' was a style of boot, that's all he is saying.
Nothing 'fishy', just another case of the more 'we' learn, the more 'we' can understand.
In the dark,nobody could discern buttons under gaiters from any other form of securing the boots.
Used to wear "Chelsea boots" in the 1960s. All were zip ups.
Currently have an English pair which are pull ons.
Out of several pairs,only one pair had Cuban heels. Hand made in Collingwood.
Curiously,Queen Victoria popularised J.Sparkes-Hall's Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.