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I want some help with my question about the meaning of “deep roll of blue at the tops”:

"The men were dressed in blue, of the same shade as their hats, and wore well-polished boots with a deep roll of blue at the tops." (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 2 - Describing the Munchkins)

Which part is the "top"? Is the roll like a curl over the toes? Or it could be also a cuff at the top of the shank, where the top of a boot will hit on the leg?

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I couldn't find a blue one, but here's a roll top boot... enter image description here

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Great, thanks a lot! – Kiron Jan 21 '13 at 2:00
+1 for the picture – rogermue May 26 '15 at 19:54

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