What are black and white shoes covers called? Spats or spatterdashes! Both women and men wore button spats over boots and shoes to protect legs from the grime of city streets and country mud. White silk spats were adopted for formalwear and wealthy gangsters. Most daywear vintage spats were a grey or brown wool. Sportswear and military spats were called Puttes although most people call them gaiters today. They were leather strap on leg chaps or canvas lace up for military styles.
Here are some vintage style women’s spats, men’s spats, puttees and gaiters as well as spat patterns to make your own.