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Hello! Welcome to ReviewBox Brasil. In today's article we will help you choose the gaiter, an item that left the feet of ballerinas to fall into the taste of fashionistas and gym goers. Extremely versatile, gaiters can be a style accessory as well as an extra protection for the cold weather.

Follow us in this reading and check out the best options of the product, besides the features you should pay attention to in order to make the best choice of gaiter to enhance your wardrobe.


  • Gaiters can be sportive or casual, and are available in several models, colours and prints, with materials suitable for each type of activity.
  • Material, style, details, colours and prints are some of the factors you should consider when choosing.
  • Gaiters can be found starting at R£ 10, with the most expensive models costing up to R£ 100.

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Buying Guide

To complement a winter or casual look, to combine with boots or heels, to compose casual, casual or fun looks, to keep warm in winter, to protect the legs to practice sports, to perform physical activities.

There are countless everyday situations where a good gaiter can be useful and add a good dose of style to your look.

Follow our Buying Guide to learn everything about this accessory and know how to choose the perfect model to compose your looks on several occasions.

Criança sentada em estúdio de balé usando roupas de balé e polaina.

Gaiters are often used in classical ballet and jazz. (Source: Free-Photos / Pixabay)

What is a gaiter and what is it used for?

A gaiter is nothing more than a piece of clothing, usually made of wool or cotton, which is worn on the legs, around the ankle, and can go over the shoes and even cover the instep. There are also models that go down to the heel, which can be worn over ballet shoes.

Besides being an adornment, the purpose of a gaiter is to warm the legs and feet region.

Besides being an adornment, the purpose of a gaiter is to warm the legs and feet region.

When worn by dancers - especially those of classical ballet and jazz - gaiters preserve the warmth of the muscles in the lower legs and ankles, which helps to avoid and prevent injuries.

What is the ideal model of gaiter?

A hit in the 80's, gaiters were a bit of a fad in the 90's and early 2000's, but everything indicates that they are back to dance for good. Whether in winter or summer, there are countless occasions when gaiters can be used functionally or merely as an accessory.

There are also new versions of the accessory, aimed at catering to specific audiences. An example are the compression ones, indicated for sportsmen and athletes of high performance, in order to favor blood circulation and thus improve the user's performance and prevent injuries.

The sportive ones follow the same line. Widely used with gym clothes and by jazz or classic ballet dancers, they keep the muscles warm and prevent injuries in the lower legs.

For the casual ones, on the other hand, the sky is the limit. Thinner models are used in all seasons with sandals, heels, trainers, skirts, shorts and dresses, giving an irreverent and modern touch to the look.

In winter they can be combined with thick socks, boots and leggings, and besides charm, they add an extra source of warmth to the outfit.

Compare the main versions of gaiters in the chart below:

Casual Sports Compression
Features Different versions for all seasons Soft and comfortable Elastic and tight, compress the region
Uses In casual and winter looks For gym and ballet or jazz practice For runners, marathon runners and high performance athletes
Differentials Brightness, prints and other details There are versions with opening for the heel There are several levels of compression

How to wear and combine the gaiter?

With a gaiter in hand, the possibilities are endless. If you do not feel like daring too much, bet on models in the same colour as the trousers or shoes.

If the intention is to dare, combine the accessory with the blouse, or bet on strong colours combined with more neutral looks.

Another good way to dare is to bet on irreverent models of gaiters, with animal prints, stripes or other patterns. The gaiter goes well with boots, trainers, high or low heels, and whatever else your imagination dictates.

Check out tips for parading your gaiter around

  • With leggings or skinny trousers: With tight pieces, this accessory fits like a glove. Especially for skinny girls, it is a good trick to add volume to the lower body;
  • With a dress: It can give the effect of a high-cut boot. It also makes your legs look thicker, so be careful if this is not your goal;
  • With jeans: Looks great with thin or straight trousers;
  • With boots: In the winter to keep warm, or to transform the medium or short boots into high boots. It can be worn inside the boot, with only the tips showing, or covering the shoe to give it a new look;
  • With shorts: A way to highlight your legs even more. Bet on tone on tone combinations;
  • With high heels: A very Madonna look, values the legs and adds boldness to the look;
  • At the gym: let your leggings be more colourful or give your legs a thicker look.

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Buying Criteria: Factors to compare the different types of gaiters

To close this review, we will give you a little more help so that you can make the right choice of gaiter to keep you warm in winter, help you train or even give a bold touch to basic looks. Check out the list of characteristics that you should pay attention to when comparing the models of this product

  • Material
  • Details
  • Size and length
  • Function

Finally, so that no doubts remain, check out the detailing of the features:


Gaiters can be made of wool, knit, cotton, polyester, cashmere and other combinations of materials. In the heat or for physical activities, avoid very thick or 100% cotton gaiters. Too absorbent, they may get wet with sweat.

For low temperatures, opt for versions with wool in the composition, or with double layer. Regardless of your choice, keep an eye on the composition to ensure that no material will cause allergies or irritations.


Every day more irreverent, colorful and daring, the gaiters innovate in colours, prints, materials and textures for both women and men.

Comfortably transitioning between productions of various styles and for various occasions, gaiters when well combined, look good even for the ballad.

In this aspect, the choice can be based purely on your aesthetic preferences. A good strategy is to choose colours and prints that harmonize with the pieces of your wardrobe. Thus, the possibility of combinations will be greater.

Moça com roupa de balada combinada a polainas.

Looks for the night and for a party are charming with gaiters. (Source: Iakov Filimonov / 123rf)

Size and length

The size of gaiters usually ranges from PP to GG, where the measurements refer to the circumference of the leg. Avoid buying very tight models, when using this gaiter, you will probably have other pieces underneath.

Regarding the length, the gaiter can extend to above the ankle in shorter versions or beyond the knee, in longer versions. In addition to personal taste, the height should be chosen taking into account the intended use of the piece.


Besides being basically an accessory, the gaiter may have specific functions according to its model and material. There are utility versions, for example, with pockets and waterproof protection, which are specific for skiing or mountaineering.

The versions with an opening at the ankle, on the other hand, are ideal for dancers, since the opening aims to provide stability and prevent slipping during rehearsals. Choose according to your usage goals.

(Source of the highlighted image: decklofenac / 123rf)