Skunks are known to spray a highly pungent odor when they're threatened. This remarkable defence mechanism is nonviolent, passive and effective. It says, “it's nothing personal, just back off and nobody gets hurt.” These boots do the same thing. By wearing them, you suggest that you may know some form of martial arts, which could mean, "Don't F with me." A warning is all that is needed at times, and the Skunk Boots do just that. Rolling the tops down is the trait that identifies them as Skunk Boots.