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Alas, last year's Arts that I bought at All Tomorrow's Parties from a random surf shop have snapped their thick manga souls of comfort and glory right across the ball of the foot, snippy snap, just like that. It's a sad thing, not least for all my friends who have to put up with me whinging about not being able to find any decent shoes for months while I limp pathetically around in my most waterproof sneakers (none of them are very waterproof).

Anyway, white_hart is also caught in the autumn boot cull, and I started rambling on her post about it then thought I should bring it over here, not least because of what Dr Martens have been doing this season. Just look at these!

Poll #1093111 dreadful boot dilemma (with a shoe)

Dr Martens Onyx Biker Boots.

Wow! Gorgeous!
14(35.9%)
Fugly and will go with nothing.
2(5.1%)
Very you, for whatever that's worth
6(15.4%)
Still Dr Martens and will therefore rip your heels to shreds
5(12.8%)
I don't answer questions about shoes.
1(2.6%)

Dr Martens Le Bodice Boot

Wow! Gorgeous!
12(30.0%)
Darling, you are many things, but you are not a goth.
4(10.0%)
Despite those zips, still too narrow for my calves.
4(10.0%)
Way overpriced.
1(2.5%)
I don't answer questions about anything called "Le Bodice".
7(17.5%)

Art W590

Aren't those your old shoes?
5(14.3%)
Aren't those your old shoes but red?
6(17.1%)
They'll wear out in under a year again, if you're lucky!
8(22.9%)
Buying three sets of sneakers would be as cheap, you know.
6(17.1%)
Did you hear me?
1(2.9%)

Buying shoes and boots off the internet?

Fantastic! I do it all the time.
5(15.2%)
Not the best idea for a flipper-footed freak like you!
3(9.1%)
They won't fit, and then you'll have to send them back, and it'll be a nightmare.
17(51.5%)
Yes and I will recommend a site.
2(6.1%)
No, and I will tell a long ranty story as to why.
2(6.1%)

I expect to be able to walk a few miles in my shoes every day.

Yes I do!
22(53.7%)
... and I expect them to wear out in under a year.
9(22.0%)
No shoe could withstand that sort of punishment.
2(4.9%)
My legs couldn't withstand that sort of punishment.
6(14.6%)
Mine could, and in heels, too!
2(4.9%)


Right, I'm off to listlessly pace the shoe shops now ...

Comments

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jasonelvis
22nd Nov, 2007 12:31 (UTC)
Once I'd seen the biker boots, I couldn't answer questions on any other shoe. They really are fabulous.
crazycrone
22nd Nov, 2007 13:47 (UTC)
They do look fab, but Dr Martens always hurt...
phlebas
22nd Nov, 2007 13:55 (UTC)
Only for the first couple of weeks, surely?
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 13:59 (UTC)
When you're over 30, the leather is harder than you are.

I gave away my last part of steel toe-caps to a younger person with higher pain tolerance.
jinty
22nd Nov, 2007 15:05 (UTC)
You say a higher pain tolerance - his turns out to be wearing thin too (along with his heels every time he uses them).

Perhaps not co-incidentally he has also turned 30 recently...
applez
22nd Nov, 2007 20:50 (UTC)
>30 = < leather-strength
Oh dear, why didn't somebody warn me on my birthday? Damn, I guess I'll just have another cocktail. ;-)
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 14:01 (UTC)
I'm see 6-7 potential rub points and a possible NOT YOURS problem to do with the width of the boot ...

I'd like to be able to try it on, but a quick glance around the town centre shops suggests this is a boot only an internet-loving freak would want.
brixtonbrood
22nd Nov, 2007 15:15 (UTC)
Come to London, London is lovely, and the new London Transport Museum opened this week. If you get in early you can queue for Terracotta Army day tickets as well.
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 15:34 (UTC)
confused until I squeezed the following info out of google...
:O They've reopened the Doc Martens superstore!!!! It's on neal Street now.

Dr Martens could really do with having a googleable website so that info is easier to come by, though...
motodraconis
22nd Nov, 2007 12:38 (UTC)
I have many boots I have bought from the internet... mostly from this site Pennangalen.
And a few more walky and cheap from this site Swear though usually from their sale section where you can pick up really unusual shoes for under 20 quid.

It's tricky though, because you've no way of knowing if they'll fit right and I have weird narrow feet. Feet which happen to work ok with a certain brand from Pennangalen but are usually hopeless with the generally wider set Swears (so I tend to buy only from their sales and only their narrow looking shoes. Only one boob so far.)

If you know your make, and how you fit into them, ya can get away with it.

Mostly.
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 13:53 (UTC)
Gosh, I see what you mean

http://www.swear-alternative.com/product36.aspx

I'm very picky about shoes having to be absolutely flat, though. And I have weird wide feet with hardly any instep.
motodraconis
22nd Nov, 2007 20:31 (UTC)
Arf! Buy the strange blue shoes. They're flat, and only 20 quid!

Ya know you want to.
buddleia
22nd Nov, 2007 12:46 (UTC)
My issues with boots usually relate to my calf muscles. My EBay DMs were great once I got a neat triangle of leather inserted into the top. Having said that, I hate buying anything I can't try on first.
vespere76
22nd Nov, 2007 13:28 (UTC)
Details, please, if you don't mind? I'll be getting "real" boots soon, having not been able to wear any for over two years dues to car accident injuries. I have a lack of muscle in my calf now because of it, and I'm curious to know what it is you did with that bit of leather that was helpful to you. Sorry for this odd and disjointed note, I've not slept well... :)
buddleia
22nd Nov, 2007 13:41 (UTC)
Oh, I took them to a local cobbler/key cutters. I was asking about stretching, but was told that stretching would just break the zip. They charged me twenty-five pounds to do it and now they fit round my muscular calves.

There are places which sell boots with proper calf fittings (one such is Duo Boots), but I haven't found anything I like as much.
motodraconis
22nd Nov, 2007 12:47 (UTC)
Shit! Now you've got me looking at the sale section of Swear, and their boots (alas non-sale.)

It's no good! All the ace ones are wide fit - betchya.

Grumble.
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cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 13:32 (UTC)
WTF!!!
7.5 isn't big!
sdn
22nd Nov, 2007 12:57 (UTC)
i buy all my clothing and thus footwear online. once you know how a particular brand fits, it's easy.

the boots are both great. the red ones especially; one of the reasons i say this is because i bought these in red and they have served me well.
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 14:05 (UTC)
classic!
Theoretically, a Doc Marten 6 should fit me, but I've never bought a loose ankle boot from them before. It ought to fix a couple of the issues I have with them, but...
mockduck
22nd Nov, 2007 13:20 (UTC)
I love the top Doc Martens. Last year by careful application of eBay notifications and sniping software, I snaffled the most comfortable boots* I have ever had, and I have worn them almost every single day of the Spring, Autumn and Winter (switched to something lighter for summer). Whatever the opposite of a 'false economy' is is the apt phrase here.

*Not quite these but that's the closest I can find on a quick search, and with the elastic replaced by black ribbon because I wanted to.
mockduck
22nd Nov, 2007 13:23 (UTC)
PS, the ribbon also sorted the calves issue. The boots' front and back are two unjoined pieces of leather/suede, and the elastic was the only thing making them tight round the calves.
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 13:51 (UTC)
Oh, they are pretty! Hmmmgah. Not sure that ribbon trick would have worked for me, though -- legs too short.
mockduck
22nd Nov, 2007 14:50 (UTC)
Hmm, so actually your 'calves too wide' problem is actually a 'thighs where other people's calves go' problem? These'd make great over-the knee boots too..
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 15:08 (UTC)
:p
They'd be too narrow just above the ankle, where I curve out into the calf muscle a little sooner than taller types.
mockduck
22nd Nov, 2007 15:42 (UTC)
Re: :p
Hmm, well the only soultion is to try them. I will let you have a go when I am next in Oxford.
zengineer
22nd Nov, 2007 13:27 (UTC)
I have walked thousands of miles in a decent pair of shoes with no problem. I have had my walking boots for for 20 years and thousands of miles no problem. I wouldn't walk a mile in my bike boots (and I've had 3 pairs with similar properties).
tinyjo
22nd Nov, 2007 13:45 (UTC)
Arggg! Those red boots are gorgeous! And I've seen a couple of others that I really want to try on now too! I wonder if any of the shops in town have ones I could try on.
badasstronaut
22nd Nov, 2007 13:59 (UTC)
See, those red boots just look like wellingtons with embellishments to me. But then I'm not known for my good taste in footwear.

I fancied some a bit like this:


but I'm not sure if I'd wear them enough to warrant the purchase.

Edited at 2007-11-22 14:02 (UTC)
cleanskies
22nd Nov, 2007 14:08 (UTC)
I did a bad thing



But, but, they were there! Like a trap! And they came with a free umbrella!
badasstronaut
22nd Nov, 2007 14:09 (UTC)
That's not a bad thing; that's a fabulous thing!
undyingking
22nd Nov, 2007 18:11 (UTC)
I have bought a few bootses from these people. Because I am not about the flaying of animals, oh no. They are comfy and good for walking, but the soles aren't all that brilliantly durable IME.
twic.myopenid.com
22nd Nov, 2007 19:39 (UTC)
The red boots are pretty nothingy. The industrial ones are made of CRUSH and win.

I buy shoes on the internet. Sometimes they look like what i expected, and sometimes they fit.

-- tom
cleanskies
23rd Nov, 2007 14:24 (UTC)
Both at once would be good. And you did notice the jet beading on those boots, didn't you?
twic.myopenid.com
26th Nov, 2007 00:09 (UTC)
I'm not sure i'd recognise jet beading if i saw it. Jet as in the aircraft or the semi-precious stone? Or the gladiator? Which boots? What? I don't understand.

-- tom
mockduck
23rd Nov, 2007 11:22 (UTC)
By the way (off topic), do you remember linking to an A3 scanner (or was it printer) a while back? Did you buy it? I'm currently thinknig how nic a scanner of that size would be.
cleanskies
23rd Nov, 2007 14:32 (UTC)
No, I got yet another shite one that's too small to do anything useful with and runs on ridiculously overcomplicated software that's only compatible with the computers when the otters are in venus or something. However, I did see a recommendation over on shiny shiny, let's see:

Mustek A3 USB ScanExpress. It's around £100

http://computing.kelkoo.co.uk/ps_339165/115401.html

Which isn't too agonising if it turns out to be a dog. What am I saying? I've not had a scanner that wasn't a dog since the one that used to be plugged into the Mac Performa.
mockduck
23rd Nov, 2007 14:36 (UTC)
Mustek *does* seem to be the cheap brand for A3 scanners. Any other brand costs several hundred pounds. Hmm, maybe I'll give it a go with my Xmas money (forthcoming, I hope). My plan is it might enthuse me to work on the so-called novel.

My current scanner is an A4 Epson and it's been fine forever, if I can forgive the stupid connector lead which plugs in the back and regularly falls out.
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