This Santa pattern I made has a basic man's boot top. Santa HAS to wear boots. I made a boot top with a big floppy cuff for this pirate, but it did not make it into the pattern. There was too much in there already. So, the serious pirate has to go out and buy real boots. But that's what serious pirates do!
In order to get a tight fit and for easy on and off, I planned to make the front part of the boot top with pleather and the back with spandex.
So much easier and fast. The hole for the buckle tang (yes that is what it is called) can just be poked through the ribbon.