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  2. Puffer

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    I spotted that apparent error too! But there seems to be confusion between two 'Cheryl' products - here is the other one (of knee length): https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-cheryl-high-heeled-quilted-knee-boots-in-black/prd/21051055?colourwayid=60136781&SearchQuery=cheryl Nice stilettos - just the thing to wear in a padded cell!
  3. https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-cheryl-high-heeled-quilted-knee-boots-in-black/prd/21091621?affid=25897&_CjwKCAiAzNj9BRBDEiwAPsL0d_cSoZwYwnjexWSHtTsb1LTKjz80gh1qSkB_1y8pz1BmnNceyL3JohoC5rkQAvD_BwE&channelref=product+search&ppcadref=11244795293|109925780133|pla-293946777986&gclid=CjwKCAiAzNj9BRBDEiwAPsL0d_cSoZwYwnjexWSHtTsb1LTKjz80gh1qSkB_1y8pz1BmnNceyL3JohoC5rkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Hmm... Knee boots that only reach the ankles!!! Nice one ASOS.
  4. ASOS has released quite a few new heeled styles recently that appear to be ‘not available’ in sizes up to UK13. From past experience this would suggest that they may be available soon. Styles include, ‘Cheryl’ knee boots, ‘Kara’ OTK boots, ‘Exactly’ slouch boots, ‘Kendra’ black patent OTK boots, ‘Eventful’ ruched boots, and ‘Niki’ high heeled mules. Watch this space...
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  6. Puffer

    New from ASOS

    If of interest, ASOS is offering 25 - 30% discounts until 24 Nov on these styles which are available up to UK13: Phoenix courts; Recite ankle boots; Cuba knee boots. And there are regular offers of further over-riding discounts too. Some sizes seem to be selling out however. I was asked by ASOS to give a review of my recently-bought Recite boots (which have had several satisfactory outings). I have yet to do so because I saw that no reviews were currently visible online. I queried this and ASOS says that it is making changes to its review mechanism but it should return shortly. When last seen, it was apparent that the larger-sized footwear has been well-received, with some buyers clearly being male. Encouraging all round!
  7. Puffer

    New from ASOS

    ASOS seems to be offering regular discounts (typically 20% or more) at present, so keep your eyes peeled (and your alarm clock handy) ...
  8. I misunderstood the deadline. Finishing at 8am wasn't expected. Ho-hum.
  9. Puffer

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    An unfortunate stereotype character, but certainly with some truth in it. One of the principal hallmarks of the 1980s Essex Girl (aka 'the 'Basildon Blonde') was an alleged fondness for white stilettos, thus stigmatising them in the minds of many women who would otherwise have liked to wear them, and some men who liked them on their women. Nothing wrong with white stilettos, and they do seem to have made (and still make) something of a comeback - on almost anyone except Essex Girls - and if they are good enough for Alexandra Shulman (former Vogue editor) ...
  10. Hopefully I will remember to look later when I have some time.... Should be a busy day today .... If I don't spend all day writing disfavourable comments online about the impending and unnecessary Lockdown II.
  11. Same here. I don't at all mind if someone notices, as long as their realisation goes no further than that..... A long time ago (ten years possibly) I was sat in a carriage on the underground on my way into London, when I was spotted by a big fella on his way to a rugby match. The heels of my wedge boots were on show because I was sitting. The big fella gave his equally big mate a nudge, and looked at my shoes. His mate wasn't interested, so the nudger lost interest too. I've had the same experience a several times. Once in a large department store, by one of the assistants (who I later had to speak to). I did have an uncomfortable experience in House of Fraser Lakeside, as I walked past a cosmetics counter (Clarins). Two young girls who worked there, (late teens or very early 20's*) had a mutual giggle when they spotted my footwear. Not very respectful but they were obviously not very worldly. (A kindly way of saying 'immature'.) I think when you've a little experience of the world behind you, there isn't much to shock, and folk with a slightly different dress sense seldom (if ever) stimulates a visible response. * "Essex girls". A term of derision, normally associated with over use of cosmetics and lack of education. Sometimes justified?
  12. ronc

    New from ASOS

    I also wear longer boot cut jeans with my heeled boots when out in public. If someone is looking that hard at my feet, they can figure out that I'm wearing heels. But I pay little attention so for the most part I likely wouldn't notice even if someone was looking. Every now and again I believe I have seen someone that noticed my heels, but never a word spoken or a big deal made of it. One of my very early outings in heels I know a young woman walking toward me definitely noticed and she was smiling at me as I passed. Given her age and mine, I know the smile wasn't meant that she thought I was some hot guy....lol.
  13. ZZ Top "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" Second verse: Easing down the highway in a new Cadillac, I had a fine fox in front, I had three more in the back. They sporting short dresses, wearing spike-heel shoes. They smokin' Lucky Strikes and wearing nylons too.
  14. Puffer

    New from ASOS

    ASOS has another offer until 8am GMT on Monday 2 November: 25% off shoes and accessories using code: ACCESSORIZE Some footwear has already been discounted up to 70%; this is in addition. There may be some exclusions; I haven't checked. The Recite boots (up to UK13) are currently discounted by 30% to £21.00, so presumably can be bought for £15.75! And the Cuba knee boots (also up to 13) are £30.00 (instead of £40.00) so presumably £22.50. Fill yer boots, blokes!
  15. Good news. I avoid climbing stairs if there are people who can watch the stairway for the same reason. Plus, getting up a set of stairs in heels provides little in the way of challenge, but getting down .... I can think of two well known sequences (one film one video) where the woman stepping down the stairway has a man on either side of her, helping her get down the stairway safely.....
  16. Again, Freddy, I do not disagree with you - nor do I have any interest in championing the Tring business. What you say makes sense from the economic perspective if returns etc are difficult or expensive, if not impossible. However, if you dig a little deeper into the eBay site, you will see that (despite the absence of contact details and a stated returns policy where they should appear) the seller (apparently one 'Paula') does say that 'In the unlikely event that you are not entirely satisfied with your heels when you receive them, we promise to refund you if you return them unused, in the original packaging with 30 days of receipt.' That would appear to permit a refund simply because the buyer changes his mind. And there is the usual eBay/PayPal protection too, if needed, if any misdescription or quality issues arise. Paula also says this: 'This eBay store started through my own personal love affair with ultra high heels. With over 20 year's experience in all things stiletto and beyond, I simply adore wearing heels. Over the last few years, I have partnered with a number of fabulous boutique high heel makers, and have hand sourced a growing number of stunning, uniquely styled heels, many of which I also own and enjoy wearing every day.' So, there are no claims other than being a re-seller with established contacts, including those able to custom-make if required. I will leave it to others to consider a purchase, or not. But any feedback from members would be helpful.
  17. Puffer

    New from ASOS

    I reported recently in respect of my ASOS 'Recite' boots (size UK13) that: '... I did experience some discomfort in the tips of my big toes - presumably my feet were being pushed forward into the otherwise quite roomy rounded toeboxes - and this lasted for some time after I took them off. Not an uncommon problem; maybe a little padding (e.g. foam) inside the toebox will help. I do think that a more pointed toe would be more comfortable, as well as (to me) better-looking.' There followed some useful discussion regarding wearing 'gel' toe protectors (caps) to alleviate this, but choice and availability posed a minor problem if I wasn't going to waste time or money. I then saw these on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08BXPG2F6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which looked promising and were very reasonably priced at £1.79 for 5 pairs. As I had another item to obtain, I included these as an 'add-on' and they arrived very quickly. As the reviews suggest, these gel caps are quite large but, although I'm not a giant, they fit my big toes perfectly. I put them on both big toes, with socks over, and they certainly seemed to make the boots comfortable during an indoor trial. This morning, I was able to venture outside thus dressed and I think the problem is solved - a round-trip of about a mile's walk to a shop produced no discomfort and the boots themselves are fine. I wore bootleg jeans which conceal most of the 4" heel but, if walking quickly, climbing stairs or sitting down, then obviously more of the heel will be revealed than I might wish, so some discretion will be needed when I go out again. I say 'when' because I now have few qualms about wearing them in public in 'sensible' situations and locations. In saying that, I fully understand that many other men go public in higher or slimmer heels (and perhaps on more obviously feminine footwear), but, for me, this is a further step in the right direction - literally.
  18. I can't remember the name of the film but there's a well-known song that starts: "The heels are alive, with the sound of music...."
  19. Mild? He's done what I expect I will do, buy some to find out what passes as a UK size (8 in my case) when shipped from China. The foot lengths the Chinese use, and their relationship to EU sizes bears no comparison. A CN sized shoe when converted means I need an EU43. Typically I take a 41 or a 42. An EU 43 would be like wearing loose wellies on my feet. I suspect shoe width has a part to play in these sizes and wide feet isn't something I need to worry about. It's maybe why I wear a shoe size lower than the indicated CN specification. What I won't be doing is buying from a UK seller at £70 who is plainly running a business, when I can get an identical item direct for £30. If the £30 version doesn't fit, likely I can move it on for £20-£30. A £70 shoe that doesn't fit, can be moved on for £20-£30 ..... Where in that buying decision does it make any sense at all to buy from Mr Tring? Conversely, if there was a returns policy based on sizing errors and shoes being unused of course, I might already have bought a couple of pairs regardless to the inflated price.
  20. Do I detect a mild note of disapproval and caution, Freddy? I do not challenge your findings and it does look as though the 'business' is little more than a re-seller. But I suppose that people are happy enough to buy there (at an inflated price) if it minimises or eliminates some shipping/import charges. And, if comprehensive and truthful, the customer feedback is good. One seemingly interesting point (although I have not explored it further in detail) is that what appear to be true UK sizes are quoted, and often include 12, 13, 14. From looking at a number of Chinese suppliers' listings, the claimed size equivalents often appear very dubious - particularly for larger sizes where e.g. a UK11 would normally be 12" yet the Chinese claim that a shoe (say) 0.5" shorter is an 11 - and there is nothing available that is a true 11, regardless of description. Maybe this seller does have some influence with the factories regarding sizing and/or bespoke footwear? As always, caveat emptor.
  21. Where to get started? Personally, I think anyone who operates as this fella does, is likely a shyster. "It" has been running for some time, and imports shoes from China and sticks anything from £30-£50 on the price of the imported shoes. Not a problem, he has to make a profit, we assume? Whatever it is, it's not operated as a business. Not declared to Ebay as a business seller. No legally required returns policy, as must be provided by 'registered' retailers. As to the "2 week delivery as shoes are hand made" B/S .... It's two week delivery on his order from China, from companies who dispatch same day to every country around the world - ex-stock. Other than thinking they are buying off a UK retailer, (and the false sense of security they might enjoy from that), this 'outfit' provides no tangible benefit I can see to UK buyers. What "it" does do, is enjoy 'private seller' benefits from Ebay. Possibly avoid import taxes and tax on profits. The customer gets ..... ripped off - compared to buying direct. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001381512862.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.74584f97RPGCPw&algo_pvid=682f5a90-aa45-45e7-a2bc-8d680465be5c&algo_expid=682f5a90-aa45-45e7-a2bc-8d680465be5c-7&btsid=2100bb4c16037645972481034ef07b&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_ This is an expensive "branded" version. (Found to make a point on price.) There were similar styles from this 'brand', when bought from a different brand were half the money. Same brand ....... https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001146120923.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.74584f97RPGCPw&algo_pvid=48149778-e5dc-4934-be63-9cb0e683535c&algo_expid=48149778-e5dc-4934-be63-9cb0e683535c-25&btsid=2100bdf116037649058298395e0f9a&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_ Branded still ...... But much cheaper. Images are identical. https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32849898503.html?spm=2114.12057483.0.0.83c85381MTaBX8 I'm afraid I don't have the inclination to find the source of Ebay's Tring seller beyond a cursory look, but I hope I've made the case for buying direct. Or not buying at all.
  22. As is so often the case, I came across this supplier's eBay website by chance: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/highestheels/m.html?item=254367044844&hash=item3b397514ec%3Ag%3AGOoAAOSwdOxdh0zE&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 I know nothing of this 'Highestheels' business (based in Tring) but it does have a wide range of footwear, including some with very high heels (and a refreshing lack of platforms), and many are available in large sizes (above UK10). I'm not likely to be a customer, but does anyone know anything about the quality and service - it does have good feedback?
  23. Women playing football (or somesuch)? Whatever next?
  24. Song OK, video excellent !!!!
  25. Actually, Honor Blackman played Cathy Gale. Emma Peel was played by Diana Rigg. TV nerd point to me
  26. Over time, I have amassed quite a few negative responses (red arrows)..... Nearly 85,000 in fact. The great bulk of those negative arrows from calling DM responders "knuckle-draggers", or "flat-earthers" when they support the notion cyclist should be seen as legitimate targets for motorists. I suppose 85000 negatives sounds a bit bad? Like I might be some sort of cycling troll? I do have some green ones too. Currently almost 573,000, so not all bad.
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