N (plurale tantum). Men's shoes or boots with very pointed toes, such as were popular with male
delinquents in the 60s, such as Chelsea
boots, Beatle boots, or lesser known
makes with even pointier toes. Synonym: fenceclimbers; cockroach killers. Etymology: All three terms refer to humble uses for pointy toes--picking your
nose, climbing chain link fences, killing
refuge in a corner. Usage note: In many areas, the term was embellished with group
or ethnic names or slurs.