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  2. Puffer

    Jeans And Pumps

    Yes, they are 'Oxfords', i.e. a lace-up shoe (although strictly-speaking they should have a toe-cap). In the UK, we normally reserve the term 'pumps' for light flat or low-heeled dancing shoes or gym shoes, and even then it is more of a regional usage. Plain slip-on women's shoes with a heel are invariably called 'courts' - 'pumps' being the US usage.
  3. Leather pants/ boots combination. Interesting concept - could be fun getting the length combination right. http://www.leviticusfashions.com/product-page/leather-bootpants
  4. WalkTall

    Jeans And Pumps

    Looking good. I would almost call those heels oxfords rather than pumps. 'Enjoyably tight' - I like that description/concept.
  5. Puffer

    Quiet in here isn't it!?

    I for one visit regularly - but unless I have something worthwhile to say, I don't post! I agree about encouraging new members' contributions - and you are doing your bit already, but not alone I hope.
  6. I have some booties which I wear out under boot cut jeans. About a 2 1/2 inch heel. I remember seeing some short videos FastFreddy posted showing his version of stealth mode - stilettos and a quite high heel, under boot cut jeans. But can't seem to find the thread again. I think I like the idea of stealth-ish mode. Potentially you could do heels, ladies jeans, ladies polo or blouse that looks like a shirt. A small statement towards clothing freedom perhaps, but you know for yourself and I like the idea of small steps.
  7. WalkTall

    Quiet in here isn't it!?

    It is quiet. I don't think even the old regulars have visited much recently. Lets hope we new members can breathe some life back in.
  8. Puffer

    Oxfords?

    I don't like the Oxford style myself - too many reminders of 'school shoes' or old-fashioned women - but I can see that heeled Oxfords have a unisex appearance and would go well with a suit, as you suggest. A safe bet if you stick with a fairly chunky (Cuban) heel rather than a stiletto.
  9. WalkTall

    Oxfords?

    A little long term goal of mine; Pinstripe suit with a semi flared leg teamed up with and covering (ie stealth mode - unless you want to let them show) a pair of heeled Oxfords.
  10. I'm not sure that 'PU' implies any leather base, as distinct from a wholly-synthetic material. The construction you identify is usually (or should be) described as 'coated leather' or similar. Like you, I prefer real leather for footwear (specifically the uppers) and have misgivings about many 'synthetic' products. Especially the type where a plastic coating is applied to some form of textile base and tends to crack-off quite quickly (e.g. when a boot shaft is folded or creased). Often, synthetics are very obvious from the lingering smell! So many shoes and boots these days (especially women's) have a synthetic upper, regardless of price, and it can be quite hard to find affordable leather. One type that does have merit, however, is 'faux suede', which can look very convincing and, whilst not necessarily hard-wearing, may require less maintenance than true (leather) suede. There appears to be a potential trap when a shoe upper is described as 'patent'. True 'patent leather' is indeed leather, but most 'patent' footwear these days seems to be PU - looks good and is easy to make, but not 'leather'!
  11. When shopping online, it's sometimes omitted as to what the shoes/boots are made of - that usually means either synthetic or PU. PU meaning (as far as I know) polyurethane coating usually over 'split' leather. Synthetic can mean many things including PU, but usually a plastic of some form. So to get to specifics, what are your (the experts) experiences with PU leather boots and shoes? I prefer 'real leather' but that is not an option for what otherwise seem to be good footwear.
  12. Puffer

    Hello from WalkTall

    Welcome, WalkTall! Your views and preferences on male heel-wearing are in tune with many on this board. As to activity here - that is something you can add to, as you suggest!
  13. WalkTall

    Hello from WalkTall

    Hi, or G'Day from WalkTall. I'm from Oz, near Sydney. I'm just an older guy who thinks people should be able to wear what they want. Hey, do what you want as long as you don't affect the rights and freedoms of others. Have a couple of pairs of heels for just at home and very occasionally. However, just got myself a pair of ankle booties - Taos Shakas in black soft leather with a 2 1/2 inch heel. I have worn them out a few times now under boot cut jeans (see Fast Freddy - we follow your advice!). I'm looking for a pair of calf/knee high boots with a higher heel (leather, ~4 inch) but not sure about chunky vs stilletto. (I note it took a while to get approved - the forum does seem quiet - perhaps some new members will liven things up a little?).
  14. FastFreddy2

    Something special

    Kendall Jenner does Jimmy Choo (and YSL) >> This << article is worth a look, possibly.
  15. Puffer

    Something special

    She normally looks attractive, but that outfit makes her look oven-ready! Those shapeless boots are hideous.
  16. FastFreddy2

    Something special

    Taylor Swift ...
  17. FastFreddy2

    Something special

    Carrie Underwood ....
  18. FastFreddy2

    Something special

    Joanna Krupa in PVC skirt and Casadei heels.
  19. FastFreddy2

    Ready for "boot weather".

    Good luck with your first public walk.
  20. After a long, hot, tiresome summer, I'm very ready for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. My first public outing in heels will probably take place, so there's that too.
  21. I have just returned from a week's holiday in southern Turkey. In the hotel foyer, next to the small souvenir shop, there was the pictured archway with a sign displayed each side. I initially thought that this led to other shops (for tobacco and shoes) but it proved to be the entrance to the men's and women's WCs. As a reformed pipe-smoker who has a modest interest in stiletto heels, I found it difficult to decide which WC I should use! All guests adopted casual dress throughout the day and evening, in the hotel or outside. Shorts and flip-flops (or equivalents) were almost universal everywhere, with just a few low wedges in evidence. I reckon that, if Turkey imposed a 'Tourist Flip-flop Tax' of 10 lira (about £1.20 or $1.60), its economic woes would be solved within a month or two!
  22. FastFreddy2

    "Last minute" meeting around the UK?

    Was in the West End last night, and looking through camera equipment (Christmas shopping for me). Got spotted wearing a heel. Very spotted. When I needed assistance, I contrived to have the 'spotter' help me. Went very well. No negativity, quite the opposite. I suppose I should have asked what they thought, but an opinion either way would not have any influence. So why ask? One of the things I often concern myself with, is falling over while wearing a heel. Falling over is bad enough, but in a heel! This afternoon while crossing a road and face stuck in a text message (so not looking where I was going) .... In flat (work) shoes, I tripped. Felt like I was going over as I crossed the road. Fortunately, I'd wisely waited for an empty road .... With my hands inches from the road and me dreading bloodied palms, I managed to regain my balance. Must have looked like a goose making a bad landing, but I kept off the floor (road). That'll teach me. Read all the time about people with head-stuck-in-phone coming a cropper, and nearly did that very thing. Mental note to self: 'No more walking while looking at phone'.)
  23. FastFreddy2

    Boots from Topshop

    Just so you know, that 'cuban' style heel is immensely popular this Autumn/Winter. I would agree they are good for male street wearing. I was tempted but I already have an earlier version, though I might prefer these .... The ones I own have a wider, more masculine look to them. You are right about the 42/8 being generous, which isn't always the case with Topshop. I find a Topshop 41 is waaay too small, so don't always expect a 42 to fit. In many styles from other brands, I get into a 41??
  24. FastFreddy2

    Photo's ..... The Big Question.

    Will do. The up side to "all work and no play" is my bank balance is looking very healthy. I can't tell you how jealous I am you live in Texas. I will PM you why.
  25. Puffer

    Boots from Topshop

    Whilst passing through my local Topshop on Saturday, I noticed these 'March' sock boots on display. They are listed online as available either in black leather or tan suede, 4" heel, price £69.00. However, the sizes only go up to 42 (a generous 8, I believe) - so no good to me! (And in tan, all but 41 and 42 shown as sold-out.) I think these would be good for male street-heeling as, even if on show, they are quite discreetly styled in a 'masculine' way. Topshop has some other boots that may be worth a look - but most of the current shoe offerings are imho rather too quirky for male wear, many having oddly-shaped heels and embellishments. (Perhaps the shoe range is designed by, and intended to co-ordinate with, 'Sir' Philip Green's beautiful and charismatic daughter?)
  26. pointyboot

    Photo's ..... The Big Question.

    I know what you mean about being fit and working in the heat (I'm in my early 50s and live in Texas). Keep us posted on the photography project.
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