As Nancy Sinatra would say, “these boots are made for workin’”. And that’s just what they do!
You won’t find too many homesteads in the Australian Outback without a few pairs of elastic-sided work boots around the place. They have become the footwear-of-choice for the cattle men, the fencers, the jackeroos, the rouseabouts, indeed just about anyone – male or female – who works outdoors in rural and Outback Oz.
The absence of laces makes them easy to slip on and off, and their rugged construction and high ankle provide good protection. The general design is based on so-the called “Chelsea boots” patented in England in the 1850s.
There are four main brands in Australia: Blundstone (known as “Blunnies”), Rossi, R M Williams (known as “RMs”), and Redback.
And a bonus: with a bit of spit and polish, your elastic-sideds are acceptable attire in almost any social setting.