Gaiters were commonplace items, used to protect stockings and breeches from mud and other inclement weather. They strapped on around the ankles and covered the top part of the shoe and would often go up over the knee (these ones don’t appear to go quite that high).
This pair of 18th century gaiters is of unusually high quality.
Gaiters or spatterdashes. Brown leather with appliquéd decorative sections backstitched with white cotton(?). Lacings cross under feet. Iron buckles at outside closures.
Check out this stunning pair of 18th century leather gaiters.