From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buskin \Bus"kin\, n. [Prob. from OF. brossequin, or D. broosken.
   See Brodekin.]
   1. A strong, protecting covering for the foot, coming some
      distance up the leg.
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            The hunted red deer's undressed hide
            Their hairy buskins well supplied.    --Sir W.
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   2. A similar covering for the foot and leg, made with very
      thick soles, to give an appearance of elevation to the
      stature; -- worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece and
      Rome. Used as a symbol of tragedy, or the tragic drama, as
      distinguished from comedy.
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            Great Fletcher never treads in buskins here,
            No greater Jonson dares in socks appear. --Dryden.
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