Spats, a contraction of spatterdashes, are a type of classic footwear accessory for outdoor wear, covering the instep and the ankle. Spats should not be confused with gaiters, which are garments worn over the shoe and lower pants leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment
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“No reporter of my generation, whatever his genius, ever really rated spats and a walking stick until he had covered both a lynching and a revolution.”
—H.L. (Henry Lewis)