Did aristocrats work?


Forum Staff
May 2008
Was the purpose of spats to keep socks clean? Or was it to hide the fact you didn't wear socks? Or was it just a stupid fashion?
I think they were predominantly fashion but did perform a function (cleanliness and warmth). As for their demise, I think they became the victim of function. Fashion from the 1940s dictated a lighter type of shoe. Boots were replace by slip-ons, open-toed shoes.