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Right, but as I say, he didn't need to see the buttons to recognise a button-boot style of footwear.
You didn't wear gaiters with shoes, you might wear spats, but a gaiter suggests a boot to start with, and a man's dress-boot required a gaiter. Mens boots were normally button-up. There's no mystery here.
A quick google of Victorian men's button boots suggest that a large proportion had integral gaiters. So perhaps Hutchinson was describing a single item (or pair of)?

Incidentally, Chelsea boots date back to Victorian times - the queen herself popularised spring- sided boots. And Polly Nichols was wearing a mens pair when she was murdered.
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Right, but as I say, he didn't need to see the buttons to recognise a button-boot style of footwear.
You didn't wear gaiters with shoes, you might wear spats, but a gaiter suggests a boot to start with, and a man's dress-boot required a gaiter. Mens boots were normally button-up. There's no mystery here.

Sounds familiar - one of the reason's I have so much foot trouble these days, spending too many years in boots like that.
I did have zipper type's too, but the zipper could be seen below the hem of the pants.
Button boots were basically dress boots with integral spats.
The gaiters would have been to protect the integral spats.
There are photos on the Internet of both.

Apart from my English Chelsea boots,there are a pair of zip up winkelpicker "beatle" boots and a pair of real cuban heel cowboy boots in the shed that I'd forgotten about.
You would require Hutchinson's eyesight to see the bit of zipper on the instep under the trousers.
However you know what "they" say about the 1960s

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