When and, more important, why did short puttees become the smart thing to wear? When I was a cadet in the early 1960s, nearly everybody wore gaiters, I think. I can't remember what we wore in the OTC in 1966, but when I joined the RMR in 1968, they were wearing puttees - but I distinctly remember seeing The King's Regiment wearing blackened gaiters at Ballykinler later in 1968. By the time I went to the RAF OCTU in 1972, even they were wearing puttees. I very much preferred the puttees myself, having invested in a couple of pair of Fox's - they were very comfortable, better than gaiters at sealing your trousers to your boots if you wound them properly (which my OCTU flight commander did not know how to do and refused to be told) and there was nothing to polish or blanco. I would wear them today for hill walking except that my Alt Bergs have very high, thick padded ankles and they just don't work properly. And were gaiters properly known as gaiters or were they anklets?