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These boots were made for walking

  1. Oct 10, 2009 #1

    Monique

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    I trashed some boots yesterday, so I was looking for some new ones to get me through the winter and I found these! http://www.duoboots.com/pages/styling_advice/?inspireid=39" [Broken] :!!)

    But I don't think the combination of suede, lacquer and high heels are a good choice for winter.. and they're on the expensive side.. I might just get them though.. :smile:

    Does anyone have some good tips to take care of lacquer? In my experience the lacquer quickly starts to crack at the moving parts of the shoe. Is there anything you can do to prevent that?
     

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  3. Oct 10, 2009 #2

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    They look horrible like violet moss growing over leather, sorry :smile:
     
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  4. Oct 10, 2009 #3

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    They look like they couldn't possibly make it through a winter, though you might be tired of the over-the-top style before then. Do you have nice enough winter weather so that you can wear patent leather? Can you wear high heels, and flat fore-soles without slipping and falling? They just don't look like a safe choice.

    LL Bean sells boots that are perhaps not so stylish, but they are durable and meant to take some weather in stride. Bean's is a long-time favorite that originated in Maine, and their return policy is incredible. I had bought some fleece-lined slippers with gum soles, and several years later one of the soles started to crack at the flex point under the ball of my foot. No receipt, no problem - just sign the return form and accept a store credit of the full purchase price.

    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=57103&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&feat=57089-ppxs&dds=y [Broken]
     
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  5. Oct 10, 2009 #4
    I think they are cute, and fun to wear{when the sidewalks are clean}. I used a bit of petroleum jelly rubbed into the crack, I think it kept them a bit more flexible. I also keep the boot legs stuffed with paper when they are stored.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2009 #5

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    You're right, I should be looking for something safer.
    That's funny, those boots look exactly like the ones I just trashed (both of the soles had cracked at the flex point under the ball of the foot).

    I don't have an LL Bean store around, the DuoBoot store is nice since you can order calve-sizes along with the foot-size, so the shaft will fit perfectly. I guess I'll wait until the stores are in sale in December to find a replacement, I still have plenty of shoes to wear :smile:

    Thanks for the tip hypatia, I might just try that.
     
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  7. Oct 11, 2009 #6

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    That's a great thing! I can never get the high boots sold in stores around here, because my calves aren't twigs. I like the purple ones. Obviously not practical for snow or ice, but cute for other days. I don't think I'd have any outfits that would go with purple boots, though.

    I always struggle to find good boots for real winter weather. I need some this year too.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2009 #7

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    I just went shopping today, since I found out there was a sale. Lots of winter boots, but the calves are just way too big for me. I already bought two pairs of boots from DuoBoots and they fit really well, the concept is great (you should be able to order from the US as well).

    The boots I have from them are classic black high-heeled, so some colored ones would be nice (actually I saw some beautiful green ones today, but they were also too big). I have some mini skirts / short dresses that combined with a legging and boots make a nice outfit, I think the purple boots would look fine underneath a pair of dark jeans or black pants as well. Oh well, I have enough high heels and I really need some flat shoes.
     
  9. Oct 11, 2009 #8
    :rofl:I read this post with my daughter in mind - you wouldn't believe what she did to her boots yesterday in a corn maze.
     
  10. Oct 11, 2009 #9

    Monique

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    What did she do?
     
  11. Oct 11, 2009 #10

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    The biggest problem for me is figuring out what sizes to order online. The better online sites generally do tell you whether to order a half size up or down from your usual shoe size, but I don't know what my "usual" shoe size is, since it varies with every brand. I wish they'd just tell me what size my foot should be, as in how many cm or inches from heel to longest toe. Though, I also have a somewhat higher instep than most shoes fit, so that just adds to my challenges with things like boots.

    I like the look of the ones in Hypatia's link too. I found out there's an L.L. Bean store in Pittsburgh, so it might be worth a drive up there before winter hits to try on boots rather than guess from the internet. I like the leather version, but wonder if they'd be warm enough. I probably would want enough room for thick socks, and then treat them with a leather spray that would help protect them from water. Suede is pretty, but would get ruined too easily in bad weather.

    On the up-side, those higher end brands that are only sold online tend to be more consistent in sizes (or nobody would keep buying them if they had to keep doing trial and error and making a lot of returns), so if their return policy is reasonable if they don't fit, if I find ones that fit, I'll go back and buy more once I know what size to buy.

    Otherwise, my shoe-shopping usually has to wait until my visits to NYC. I can usually find shoes there that are both cute/stylish and still comfortable for doing a lot of walking.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2009 #11
    Lol they are cute monique :)
     
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  13. Oct 11, 2009 #12
    The path was dry, but apparently the fun spots were all wet. She had mud, on top of mud, plus some more mud - on the boots, under the boots, and especially IN the boots. Taking them off was worse than leaving them on.:rolleyes:
     
  14. Oct 11, 2009 #13
    If you're driving to Pittsburgh, you might as well keep on going up I-79 to I-80 and Sharon - to Reyers.
    http://www.reyers.com/
    They claim to be the world's largest shoe store.
     
  15. Oct 11, 2009 #14

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    Um, that would more than double my driving time. It's one thing to drive an hour and a half to go shopping, and another to drive 3 hours (and still have to get back home after shopping).
     
  16. Oct 11, 2009 #15
    Fair enough, but Sharon also has "Christmas Tree Lane", Daffins (candy), and the original Quaker Steak and Lube - if you wanted to make a day of it.:smile:
     
  17. Oct 11, 2009 #16

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    I had my kids do the same. They ruined many good shoes.
     
  18. Oct 12, 2009 #17
    Okay, so, I don't think I quite understand this, Monique. Do you wear your usual shoes and the "boots" are simply the leg part? (Some of the shoes on that site are seriously cute.)
     
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