More to explore:
Boot covers! DIY Costuming and Steampunk
Spats how-to... look much nicer than white electrical tape over black boots.
Ladies Spats: A HOW TO! pictures and sewing instructions; how to make a pair of woman's knee high spats
Knee High Victorian Spats/ Boot Covers Picture
In these boots I would sing.. "put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and out"