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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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 ;-)
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...
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)
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.
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.
I love boots.
I also have a tip for you: Nordstrom Rack. It's awesome for shoes, srsly.
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...
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...
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...
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!
PS When we come out east again I want to bake and eat cookies with you!!! I have a great chocolate macaroon recipe...
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 :-)