The french concept poulaine derived in our language in the term gaiter . A Gallic term that means "toe shoe." However, that, in turn, derives from the "poulanne," which is a Polish word that can be translated as "skin." And, in the period between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, the latter country was where the aforementioned skin was obtained to make the stockings or leggings.
The notion refers to a article of clothing what covers part of the leg , usually from the ankle to the knee.
Leggings, therefore, constitute a kind of stocking which does not cover the feet, but shelters the leg. They are worn outside the footwear and even the pants and, depending on the model, some have brooches or buttons for fastening.
Currently, leggings are still used very frequently. Specifically, they are often used to dress young children, but they are also used in certain sports where athletes are subjected to low temperatures. The latter would be the case, for example, of mountaineers.
These athletes wear leggings that meet a series of fundamental requirements to protect them from the cold and also allow them to perform the activity with total freedom of movement:
-They have elastic rubber on the top, so they do not get off and cause discomfort.
-They usually incorporate even side zippers, which greatly facilitate their placement. However, what they wear is velcro.
-There are two fundamental models, to adapt to the needs of each mountaineer. Some are tall, that is, they reach just below the knee, and others only reach what is half the leg.
In the past, on the other hand, as it would be in the case of the nineteenth century, leggings were used as a complement to dress that gave a touch of distinction. Specifically, at that time it was used among the bourgeois.
In ancient times, leggings were used by rural workers who were dedicated to cattle raising or to the farming . Over time, leggings began to appear that were part of the uniforms used by the army , complementing the boots. Today leggings are used in the informal dress during times of low temperatures and also while mountaineering and other outdoor activities. For example: “I need new leggings to wear at the Tradition Party”, “Why don't you wear leggings? It's snowing and it's very cold ”, “My grandmother gave me leggings so that I would be warm in the morning, when I go to school”.
The usual thing is that the leggings are made with materials that provide coat and that help keep warm. In many cases materials are also used raincoats to avoid water and moisture reach the body .
Leggings can be associated with grebas , some pieces that were part of the armor that some warriors used in the Ancient Greece . The Greaves allowed to protect the legs from the attacks of the opponent.