In the XIX century rigid heeled shoes were very common among Karakalpaks. Leaving home, men wore high-heeled boots – akpushta or baykem-etik – made of hardened skin with pointed turned-up toes. In bitter cold people wore white felt stockings inside boots. In summer, men wore cowhide riding shoes on high heels. Women wore red heeled boots with turned-up toes that had embroidery or green applicative patterns. Heeled shoes with wire ornaments were also very popular. Children wore simple leather and felt boots in winter and shepek sandals in summer.
The ordinary summer shoes were light leather galoshes – geuish. In cold weather galoshes were worn with leather boots on soft soles, masi, and legs were wrapped in leggings called shilgau.