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  2. By chance, whilst searching for something quite different, I came across this UK seller on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/highestheels?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 The seller is based in Luton, England and appears to offer a wide range of high heels in an equally wide range of sizes. Many of them are very high stilettos – some being familiar models (e.g. Pleaser) but others apparently made to order. Prices are mostly in the £50 – 100 range but include postage. I have no further knowledge of the business but it is apparently run by an ‘enthusiast’ and feedback is very good. The above is one example – 6” wedge sandal in sizes UK 2 – 12 (Eu35 – 45), £69.99.
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  4. Ebay has changed in the last few years. Ive only bought 2 pairs of heels from Ebay over the last 2 years. There seem to alot of overseas sellers now. They also asking alot more for their shoes then sellers based in th UK.
  5. I’m a big fan. I’ve got some suede boots from them and the quality of the suede is amazing. Really thick and luxurious. Definitely worth the money.
  6. I've known about this company for a while. I will definitely give them a try in the near future.
  7. This company has been on my radar for a few years now. They will probably be my fist "custom" order. Sometime soon, I might add.
  8. My boots are from Jean Gaborit - a small French firm that specialises in tall boots (equestrian, field, fashion, vintage, you name it) They are more expensive, to be sure, but the leather and workmanship is top-notch, the fit is superb (they make more than a dozen measurements of your feet, calves and ankles) and everything is hand made at their workshop in France. You can specify the leather, colour, height - right down to the centimetre. I would much rather have a single pair of lovely boots that will last a lifetime and fit perfectly than a dozen indifferent pairs. They are well worth a look.
  9. You might consider Miguel Jones in Mexico: http://www.custom-boots.net/ His made-to-measure boots are reasonably-priced; I have one pair (see below) and am pleased with their fit and quality. - pic here:
  10. I actually have been considering going the "made to measure" route with new boots. There are few shops out there who do it. It costs a little more, but it seems worth it to have boots that fit comfortably.
  11. I’ve a pair of heavy grey suede otk boots with an almond toe and 3” Cuban heels which I like very much, and look nice. They are pull-ons and slouch a little, but that actually works well. Worn outside of dark skinny jeans they work well, especially with a dark jumper and coat. My only concern with them is wearing suede out in bad weather. Heels certainly add an element of interest to a pair of boots, a bit of dash. Given some of the changes on society and fashion that are occurring these days, I can certainly see an opening for tall boots for men. Having adoptee this look I’ve found more advantages that merely style. How nice it is to have warn ankles and calves, and to keep the lower parts of ones trousers clean if mud and slush and rain.
  12. I would agree that knee-length boots should be a perfectly acceptable fashion for men, although much will depend on the styling. A plain 'riding boot' with an almost flat heel should cause no adverse reaction (as Shyheels has found out) but is that what we really want? To my mind, the boot should be close fitting and worn over skinny (or at least straight/narrow) jeans/trousers - and with an almond or chisel toe to minimise the 'beetle-crusher' look. A stacked bock or cuban heel (say 2 - 2.5") would look less boring than a minimal flattish heel, but a higher heel could be fine if it wasn't too slim. I'm not sure about straps or decorations - probably a 'step' too far - and in the UK the same goes for cowboy boots unless they are not too fancy, no more than calf high and worn under jeans; this is not the Wild West! Something like these, perhaps?
  13. I've always had a fondness for knee and otk boots - with or without heels - but its took me ages before I finally grasped the idea that if I wanted to wear them, I could, regardless of convention. Having made that mental lear - in my fifties! - I've now got several pair of low-heeled riding style boots which I wear a lot during the winter. I wear them over skinny jeans and from all I can see, although guys do not usually wear tall boots, virtually nobody gives it a second thought. In a couple of years of wearing them around everywhere I have only two comments - one from a woman, one from a guy and both were highly complimentary and wanting to know where I got them. Paired with jeans and a jumper or jacket, it is quite a nice, but unexceptional look. It seems to me that knee boots on men is a fashion that really could come back with just a little nudge. Heels might be ambitious, but rekindling the log-lapsed fashion for riding style knee boots for men seems to me to be very attainable. What do you think?
  14. Yes, I like Topshop’s ankle boots but none come in sizes anywhere near large enough for me. No, I don’t care much for the clumpy boots worn by the model. The trousers arrived today and I like them a lot. They pair nicely with loose fitting jumpers and my black Shoes of Prey ankle boots with the 3,5 inch Cuban heels. They are quite simple and elegant - a pity the company went under 18 months ago. I also wear vinyl trousers - I already have a pair of Topshop’s Jamie jeans in black vinyl - with loose hoodies and colourful Converse sneakers. Sort of a boho rock festival look, I suppose, but since I work in my own office I can set the dress code. One thing I do not like is vinyl jeans worn in any sort of fetishy context. Vinyl jeans do not need to look kinky or trashy. Just pair them up with something that tones down the edginess
  15. Not my style, but I can see why you like them and how they might harmonise. I do hope however that you will not be wearing them with the same sort of worker boots as the female model is wearing on the web page; her outfit as a whole rather suggests that she should be out buying fish in a wholesale market- only needing a flat cap! The Topshop website reveals there are some very nice ankle boots with moderate (Cuban) heels on offer at silly prices - but I guess the challenge will be finding any still in stock in the largest sizes. The (allegedly) 'latest' styles with slanting or other oddly-shaped heels are not nearly so wearable - where is fashion going?
  16. I've ordered myself a pair of these straight legged vinyl "Editor" jeans from Topshop to pair up with loose fitting jumpers and ankle boots. I've always liked the counterpoint of textures in fashion - in this case the sleekness of the vinyl with softer natural textures of wool. I think it sets up a nice frisson in styles and tones down the edginess of vinyl. https://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/black-vinyl-editor-jeans-9445533
  17. Sounds unpleasant, but there’d be no point in giving up your boots. If the swelling had not abated would you be planning to go barefoot the rest of your life? It might have meant buying new boots, in larger, wider sizes - an expensive hassle - but you’d have had to buy new footwear anyway. Thankfully you appear to have dodge that bullet.
  18. Same here too. I’d be happy to contribute if there was any prospect of anyone responding in the same month that I post... Yes, HHP has its fruitcakes but in the main is a pretty nice forum. Nowhere near as active - not by a million miles - as the cycling forum to which I contribute but lively enough that one gets a sense of community with the small but active groups of regulars. Hopefully we can kickstart something like that here.
  19. That must be worrying - although we don't know your age and general situation. Were you able to wear 'ordinary' (flat/boring) shoes during the period of swelling? Sane - are you sure?? HHP appears to have lost a number of stalwarts who seemingly fell foul of 'management'. But there are also a number of extremists whose activity perhaps puts others off as it is often difficult to identify comfortably with what they say and (allegedly) do.
  20. Sane here. Mind you, not much response on HH Place either. That forum is a shadow of what it was some 10+ years ago. Where have the decent committed members all gone to?
  21. Okay. I'll go first. Just recently had a health issue/scare that caused some swelling in my feet and legs. As a result, I couldn't get my any of my heeled boots on, even without socks. The health issue was addressed, and with medication, the swelling has gone down considerably. But not guite enough for the boots to fit properly. It's looking like the swelling will be completely gone soon. But the whole situation has me humbled. It did make me seriously consider giving up my boots obsession for good.
  22. But surely some members can make a positive contribution rather than just sit back waiting for someone else to do so? I have contributed in the past but the seemingly minimal feedback (good, bad or indifferent) to my latter efforts did not encourage further significant investment of my time. That, however, should not be seen as a valid deterrent to others with a story to tell or an observation or adventure to report ... OVER TO YOU!
  23. It looks that way. Unfortunately.
  24. Evidently the forum is not going to liven up...
  25. Amazon is good about that. I won’t buy anything electronic from them though as there is such a high rate of fake/pirate/grey market stuff there.
  26. Generally that is the case. It would be nice if this forum could liven up. I typically wear boots - I've never been into shoes of any sort and have pretty much lived in hiking boots ever since university days, many years ago. I always danced knee boots but never dared take the step until a few years ago. I like them both with and without heels, although most of my knee and OTK boots are flat-to-low-heeled. I wear them out and about all winter. Love 'em!
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