During this period, boots and buskins were discarded by the fashionable, and worn only for riding or by soldiers. These knee length boots were loose, and slit at the back to aid the bending of the knee. The tops of the boot could be turned over to show a coloured lining.

Buskins were made of softer Spanish leather or of velvet, and were lined with fur.

Heels were added to boots to prevent the feet of a horseman from slipping through the stirrups. Though heels appeared on boots as early as 1500, they are not seen on shoes until the next century.