Back in the day, probably the most formal form of morning footwear was the two-tone button boot. Unlike the Balmoral boot, the button boot was plain, without a cap or brogueing.
Button Boot with Grey Suede
Often it had contrasting suede uppers. Today, you can only find these made-to-order and bespoke and they are mostly worn by dandies and period costume lovers. Nevertheless, they are still correct for formal wear.
Beautiful Button Boot with Ivory Suede
Button Boot Toe View
Instead of the lace holes, these boots have beautiful buttonholes and buttons which are traditionally closed with a button hook. This hook looks very similar to the ones used for cuff links in the mid 19thcentury, but nowadays people do not know how to use them anymore.
How to Button a Button Boot with A Hook
Hot To Button a Button Boot with a Hook
If you’re lucky enough to find button boots, here is how to button them with a hook. From the outside, reach with the hook through the hole and grab the button shank. Now, twist the hook all the way around in a circular motion, causing the loop to find its way underneath the button. In the beginning, it may be a little tricky but you will learn quickly. The buttons are usually made of horn, metal or better yet, mother of pearl. If you consider yourself to be a rakish dandy, the button boot may be the right morning wear companion for you.
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Vintage Foster & Son Cloth Leg Button Boot