Hi-low is a straight last, natural, rough out half boot.
Hi-Lows, Buskins, Trekkers
Black & Natural laced Half Boots
Several names for the same boot. This type of footwear was seen in paintings of English sporting scenes in the mid-1700s. It was firmly established in the new Republic before the Revolution. Thomas Jefferson’s hi-low “Overshoes” may be seen in “Collector’s Illustrated. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”. Castle Books 1975 Neumann and Kravic (pg 123)
“There were also half boots from the 1750s, cut a little higher than modern ankle boots, which descend from them and worn for shooting and by the military. St James Chronicle, 1763, comments on ‘tradesmen who ape their betters….breeches almost met by a pair of shoes that reached about three and a quarter inches above the ankles.’ They were typical wear for both sides during the American War of Independence (see Peale’s portrait of Captain John Harleston of Chicago.)
The Hi-Lows are 4 “above the ankle, in Natural rough-out leather with a 1″stacked leather heel.
Full and half sizes 6D to 15EE,
As to the fit, since the leather on the toe slopes, we suggest 1/2 size larger than your modern dress shoes. We carry widths of D and EE which are the same as modern sizing.