A hobble skirt is a long, tight skirt, extending below the knees and often ankle length, which is so tight that it is difficult to walk in. It is often made of latex or PVC and sometimes corseted, to increase the restriction.
Such skirts were briefly a mainstream fashion in the early 1910s. The design is credited to Paul Poiret; it is claimed that he was inspired by Katherine Wright, sister of the Wright brothers, who tied her skirt while flying to stop it flapping around. However, the fashion was soon abandoned as impractical. They were revived in the 1950s by John Willie and others as a bondage/fetish style.