Leather gaiters were rare in military, though sometimes a calf-length cotton gaiter had leather kneecaps added. Gaiters for use on horseback continue to be made of leather. In Army parlance, a gaiter covers leg and bootlacing; a legging covers only the leg. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of plasticized synthetic cloth such as polyester. Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The American Army during World War I and World War II had leggings, which were gaiters. Above the knee spatterdashes were cotton or canvas, as were many gaiters of varying lengths thereafter. In RAF parlance, gaiter includes legging. Leggings, however, were very often made of leather, but also canvas. Originally, gaiters were made of leather.
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