French infantry wore white spats for parade and off duty wear until 1903. Italian soldiers wore a light tan version until 1910 and the Japanese Army wore long white spats or gaiters during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905.
Spats continue as a distinctive feature of the Scottish dress of Highland pipe bands, whether civilian or military. The modern Royal Regiment of Scotland, into which all Scottish line infantry regiments were amalgamated in 2006, retain white spats as part of their uniform. Prior to that date most Scottish infantry units in the British Army wore spats. For Highland regiments in kilts spats reached halfway up the calf. For Lowland regiments in trews spats were visible only over the boots.
Most regiments of the modern Indian and Pakistani Armies wear long white spats into which trousers are tucked, as part of their parade dress. Other full dress uniforms which still include spats are those of the Finnish Army, Portuguese Republican National Guard, the Carabiniers of Monaco and the Italian Military Academy of Modena. In the Finnish Navy, spats are part of the winter uniform. They are colloquially known as Scrooge McDucks. The U.S. Navy Honor Guard and Rifle Guard still wear them while performing ceremonies. .
In American football, the act of taping the outside of one's cleats using athletic tape is known as "spatting."
The Disney comic and cartoon character Scrooge McDuck, a stereotypical capitalist, wore a top hat and spats—but no shoes.
Spats were also worn by the Swedish rock band, The Hives.
Spats are also mentioned in the musical Chicago when Billy Flynn is singing the song All I Care About he says "I don't care for wearing Silk Cravats; Ruby studs or Satin Spats...".
In the animated TV show The Simpsons, C. Montgomery Burns owned shares in a fictitious defunct company "Amalgamated Spats". In the 19th season premiere episode He Loves To Fly And He D'oh's, Mr. Burns has a shopping list on which "spats" is second on the list, along with: "laudanum," "cotton gin," "cell phone" and "Brooklyn Dodgers."
A character called "The Rat in Spats" is a rat wearing spats who will angrily step on anyone who mocks his shoes; based on the Cat in Hat from the Fairly Oddparents episode "Shelf Life."
The second or third line (depending on the version) of Woad features spats as one of many articles of clothing inferior to woad.
In the musical Cats, a fat, upper-class cat named Bustopher Jones dresses in a snappy tuxedo and white spats. He is also the topic of a song in which the phrase "Bustopher Jones in white spats" is repeated as part of the chorus.
In State College, Pennsylvania just off the campus of Pennsylvania State University, there is a restaurant named "Spats." It is named as such in honor of the Blue Band, Penn State's large, award winning marching band which traditionally wears spats as part of their uniform.
Wrestler Jeff Hardy is always seen wearing spats.