This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Buskin (Bus'-Kin). [From "bore's-skin," of which they were first made] A half-boot or shoe, strapped or laced to the ankle and the lower part of the leg, worn by the ancients. At present a low-laced, low-heeled slipper worn by women.