7 Apr 2018, 5:40 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Buckled shoes began to replace tied shoes in the mid-17th century:[2] Samuel Pepys wrote in his Diary for 22 January 1660 "This day I began to put on buckles to my shoes, which I have bought yesterday of Mr. Wotton."[3] The fashion at first remained uncommon enough though that even in 1693 a writer to a newspaper complained of the new fashion of buckles replacing ribbons for fastening shoes and knee bands.[4] Separate buckles remained fashionable until they were abandoned along with high-heeled footwear and other aristocratic fashions in the years after the French Revolution,[5] although they were retained as part of ceremonial and court dress until well into the 20th century.[6] ...Knee buckles are used to fasten the knee-high boots just below the level of the knee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_buckle

References

Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.

1660