High boots

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Appearance jackboots
Slot boots
AC 2
Special (none)
Base price 12 zm
Weight 20
Material leather

High boots are a kind of non-magical boot found in Nethack. When unidentified, they appear as jackboots.

Strategy

High boots are the only AC 2 boots that don't interfere with spellcasting; however, elven boots can be safely enchanted to +7 (compared to high boots' +5), for 1 more point of AC overall. In practice, most players will prefer speed or jumping boots in an ascension kit, and enchanting elven boots is generally considered wasteful (unless you intend to polypile them).

Encyclopedia entry

In Fantasyland these are remarkable in that they seldom or
never wear out and are suitable for riding or walking in
without the need of Socks. Boots never pinch, rub, or get
stones in them; nor do nails stick upwards into the feet from
the soles. They are customarily mid-calf length or knee-high,
slip on and off easily and never smell of feet. Unfortunately,
the formula for making this splendid footwear is a closely
guarded secret, possibly derived from nonhumans (see Dwarfs,
Elves, and Gnomes).
[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]

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