One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a shoe or boot having a relatively low height; (now chiefly) specifically designating a soft-soled sports shoe that does not extend above the wearer's ankle.
In plural Low-top boots or shoes; (now usually) soft-soled sports shoes that does not extend above the wearer's ankle.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Connersville (Indiana) Daily News. From low + top, after high-top.
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