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For Want of a Shoe... [Nov. 9th, 2010|04:34 pm]
terribleturnip
You want to know what the best part of autumn is? It's actually possible to buy comfortable shoes for work again. Oh, spring and summer shoes with your low cut lines that inevitably cross right where I'm trying really hard not to have a bunion! Your peep toes that would require a nail polish maintenance that I cannot commit to. Your spindly, sparing little heels.

Ah, the joy of the near bootlike shoes that comfortably fit my big ol' hooves. In fall it's possible to buy a shoe that cushions and hold my whole damn foot. Without looking like I've got ortho shoes on. Sort of. At size ten, when you can't wear a heel over 1 3/4 inches, there's not a lot of room between ortho and shoes I can wear...but a tiny strip, and there I hang out.

These are work shoes. Shoes I need to be able to wear all day long, tromping around the office, errands at lunch and still can be worn with skirts.



So there I am in DSW, and I've frankly already scored my two new pairs. And I will freely admit, they were not expensive pairs. Don't get me wrong, I will pay money for a good shoe. But I actually find it easier to find the shoe I need back in the ummm, unlovely, unspecial brand name area. Names that involve the words "soft" and "stride" and "easy".

But I still look at the really nice shoes. And my eye was caught by a pair of Jimmy Choo's. And they were cute. (Unwearable for office with their precious tall spiked thumbtack of a heel, but very pretty.) And yes, they actually had a pair in giantess size. And...unless I amputated a few toes and wore knee braces, completely unsuitable for me. But really, $500? For $500 those suckers better feel like I'm walking on angel kisses and make me look like a goddess. Instead of feeling like walking on glass and looking like a giraffe stuffed into a thimble.

I mean, right next to them was a pair of Stuart Weitzmann's, also just as adorable and half the price! Of course, Mr. Weitzmann also appears to believe that women only have three toes...but still, were the Choo's more than twice as...lovely? Nooooo. And don't get me wrong, standing there in the designer shoe section with my $40 Lifestrides tucked in one armpit...I know how to spend money on quality stuff. I get my dog leashes custom made. I'm standing there with my cheap-ass shoes because I've learned that it doesn't matter how much money I spend on shoes, unless they are actual boots, if I wear them on a regular, daily basis, they have a year life span at best. I am HARD on my shoes. And the $100 shoes get tossed in the trash just as fast as the $50 ones.

Although I freely admit that if money were no object...

I'd be getting custom boots. Because, that my friends, was the true tragedy of the shoe shopping trip. There they were, tall hunting style boots, black with the reddish tan strip up top. I wanted them so bad...if we were in a bar together I would have slipped them a rufie in a heartbeat. I crave me some tall boots.

But I knew better than to try them on. I veered off to the side and set my sights on something more attainable...something with gussets and zippers. And after cursing and muttering and a bit of a flop sweat, I admitted defeat. There is off the shelf tall, pretty boot that fits these calves.

There is a good three inches of stuff going on that isn't going to fit. And you know what, I'm okay with that. For starters, I still have two legs, and they mostly work okay. A bonus, they're strong as hell. If you are stuck underneath an overturned car, or pinned in a hole...these big-ass calves can help get you out. And, yes, they can be used as self-defense. If I can use them to force a 1500 pound beast to submit to my will, you don't have a chance.

Although they cannot make a tall, pretty boot submit. But I can live with that. It's just money. And someday, I will have them custom-made for me. And they will be AWESOME. Until then...ankle boots will do.

There are far worse problems to have.
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2010-11-09 09:52 pm (UTC)
where does one contribute to Mere's Fabulous Custom-Made boot fund? You've piqued my curiosity about what your ultimate dream boot would look like, and now I shall never know peaceful sleep again.

also: what is your opinion of Dansko (sp?)clogs?
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2010-11-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
You didn't ask me, but... clogs. I feel such ambivalence about them. They're like the flannel pajama pants of the shoe world. They're comfy, but they're just so clunky and dowdy. I have yet to see a pair of clogs that I would call cute.

I know, they're so easy to put on, you just step into them. But we have so many alternatives to laces now. Heck, we've got elastic, velcro, flats... Clogs just say, "I give up" to me. Like wearing flannel pajama pants to the grocery store.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-11-09 11:07 pm (UTC)
Hates them. Any clog. I mean, other people can wear them, but when I do, they are airborne weapons. If ultra-flat foot does not have its heel enclosed, the shoe is just a heartbeat away from taking out someone's eye.

Oh, just google "custom hunt boot" and you'll find my dream boot look, although I have about a dozen styles I would go for.
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[User Picture]From: dreamtigress
2010-11-09 10:44 pm (UTC)
I, of the 18" calves, feel this pain when it comes to boots. Some companies have heard our cry and make wide calf boots, but they often fail in some category; like, too fugly to wear, not actually wide enough somewhere else, far too wide in the ankles so that they bag, etc.

I have been searching for a perfect boot for a while now, in the low-heel having, lace up adjustability in the calf area, kind of victorian looking style, to much defeat.

I did however, just this past weekend, score some Clarks mary janes that are SO comfortable, they felt like I had owned them for YEARS when I put them on. At a size 10WW, that is not easily achieved.

Here's to find shoes and boots that fit, and look good.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-11-09 11:10 pm (UTC)
Google women's victorian packer boots or lace up boots. Hit the western wear sites, like Sheplers...they do have some lovely lace-ups. Although the packer boots tend to be just lower calf. Still, wonderful ankle support and I like them with a cowboy boot heel. Because then I can't stop myself from swaggering. And who doesn't LOVE that?
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-11-09 11:37 pm (UTC)
Sheplers? *sniff* I've not heard that word in ... too many years.

wanna do a Wichita road trip m'dear - I'm all of sudden quite homesick

(it's right down from the airport on West Kellogg).
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[User Picture]From: lady_foxchase
2010-11-10 02:44 pm (UTC)

Sheplers

There is one in a casino in Las Vegas, Sam's town - we stop every trip so I can shop, cause ya, I need another excuse to shop *g*. Maybe what we need is a Vegas trip ;-)
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[User Picture]From: im_geva
2010-11-09 10:48 pm (UTC)

Speaking of boots we lust over...

Frye harness boots. Seriously. I.Want.Them.

First cool breeze after Faire and I looked at my closet with intense dismay...I have three pairs of shoes to wear this fall and winter. I started to shoe shop online and it caused me so much anxiety I had to go look at soothing pictures of Frye harness boots. Even though I can't afford them, it was better to look at them than fret over the multitude of shoes on the many many websites...



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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-11-09 11:40 pm (UTC)

out on a limb again

OK, sweetie, they have to make riding boots that will fit you. My step-mother had 2 or 3 pair (eta - she wasn't a tiny gal and she had some calves). Hunt boots with the red/brown tops (master of the hunt, whipper in etc) no, but she rode and showed English so she had the proper outfit.

The pair I had, while flat, were lovely enough to go with skirts. Frack no longer have them (subject to 1991 dislocation of assets).

Have they gotten that expensive? I don't remember my size 6 square (extra wide) ones being that costly (been a couple of decades).

edited for clarity - pyllgrum was smoochin on me while I was trying to write this.

Edited at 2010-11-09 11:53 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-11-10 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: out on a limb again

Most riding boots in extra wide are still about an inch to an inch and a half too narrow for me. Seriously, I've got some turnip-pulling calves. And it's muscle, so it ain't squishable.

Like Ferlonda, I grew out of my Dehner's...and to do that again, would be in the $800-$1000 range. They were custom. Sigh. Once you've had a really nice pair of custom...you make do with paddock boots and chaps until you can afford it again.

When it comes to boots, saddles, reins/leashes and bridles, I have a serious leather fetish: it's got to be premium.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-11-10 01:41 pm (UTC)

Re: out on a limb again

Donna's could've been custom. She and Dad divorced years ago so I can't really ask her. I absolutely adored my riding boots and wore them continually.

I have been trying to remember the store in Langley (Whidbey Island WA not Virginia) where Donna got her riding gear. That's where we ordered my english saddle (talk about leather lust - if I could've slept with it I would've). Donna was a full figured African American gal with serious riding legs. She would've been pretty hard to fit.

Thanks for the homesick ::sigh:: referring to Sheplers. I haven't been there in eons but to walk in is nearly an orgasm in itself.
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2010-11-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
I love boots.

I also have a tip for you: Nordstrom Rack. It's awesome for shoes, srsly.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2010-11-10 12:04 am (UTC)
What is it about fall that brings about boot lust? I've been scanning eBay and other sites looking for Ariat Heritage Field Boots size 8.5 and drooling over the pictures. However, even though I can actually afford some of them (funny how the prices range from "ok" to "WTF?!?") I don't want to buy off the net until I can actually try them on. That means finding a tack shop around here that carries them and I just don't have the time right now.

I so wish I hadn't grown out of my beautiful Dehner's! Gods, those were gorgeous boots. But, I went from a size 7 to an 8 in one year (that's what carrying newspapers will do to your feet) and when I went to replace them I just about fainted at the price increase. The pair I had cost $250 or so but to replace them would have run about $600. And I'm not talking about custom boots, just off the rack. Whew. I'm sure they're even more, now. Anyway, that's what pushed me to buy a pair of Ariat paddock boots which I still have and which I have worn for riding (with half chaps), walking, driving and gigging with great success for, let's see, about 12 years or so now. They're too worn for gigs anymore but I still ride in them and love them for it.

Right now I have a tiny bit of "extra" money- hence the boot lust cruising. And field boots would be great to wear for costuming and gigs- and I'm pretty sure the Ariat version would not kill my feet... Gotta find me that tack shop...

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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2010-11-10 12:07 am (UTC)
I also keep visualizing my field boots of dreams when I go thrifting. I have a pair of beautiful Italian dress boots found at a thrift store (unworn, $10) and a lovely pair of harness boots (unworn, $5) and a pair of black ankle lace up medium heeled boots (unworn, $7.50, major maker) by doing this so eventually I bet those field boots will turn up...
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2010-11-10 01:01 pm (UTC)
I've never had much luck finding thrift store shoes/boots. Size 10 is an unlikely size. I've been burning off some of the lust with lace-up ankle boots...

I do console myself that I really don't have any REASON to have tall boots. Right now, if I can't wear it to work...I don't need it. And now that I have my "winter" work shoes, I won't be in a shoe store for several months again.

Besides, it's just about time for my cookie baking obsession to start...
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2010-11-10 08:42 pm (UTC)
I've seen several pairs of ankle-high lace up boots in size 10, some in very good condition, most of them with low heels. Want me to keep an eye out for you? If you do, send me some examples by url and I'll just add it to my list of what to look for when I go out.

I don't have any reason at all for tall boots! I hardly ride and when I do I am very happy with my paddock boots and half chaps- but really, this is hardly about need! I just WANT them. I would be able to wear them to "work" if we had any gigs but mainly I just want them. My closet is incomplete without a pair of tall riding boots in there!
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2010-11-10 08:43 pm (UTC)
PS When we come out east again I want to bake and eat cookies with you!!! I have a great chocolate macaroon recipe...
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2010-11-11 11:07 am (UTC)
A boots :-) I am also cursed of "she who is stumpy with wide calves" :-) Believe it or not Aerosoles, which yes, I get a lot of my shoes from now, have a black boot that is slip on with an elastic substance on both sides for wide calves :-) I've worn a pair of them for 2 years now since back surgery and I'm on the look out again...The did resemble a riding boot too :-) If I see them I'll forward them on :-)
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