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  1. I have just come across this website: https://www.rokeratelier.com/shop-mens-heels I had never heard of this designer but it is interesting to see that it offers several styles of men's boots with heels, in sizes up to UK46. The price is obviously going to limit their market but it is nevertheless an interesting venture. I don't find the styles particularly appealing - the chunky square toes are offputting - but the 'Hillary' boot has a certain sleekness.
  2. ASOS has for some time been selling various styles of men's boots with heels. A few of them have a nicely shaped modest cuban heel but a new introduction is pictured below and can be seen at https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-heeled-chelsea-boots-with-pointed-toe-in-black-leather-with-black-sole/prd/14179943?colourwayid=16597421&SearchQuery=&cid=5774. It has a leather upper, a sleek pointed toe with a centre seam and a block heel that looks close to 3". Available in sizes up to UK13 (great!) and currently priced at £65.00 (although discount codes are often available). Certainly a step in the right direction and I am tempted! As a style note, I'm not sure if the boots should be worn with rolled-up trousers (as in the pic), which would certainly reveal the boots to everyone. Is that an ultra-casual look reserved for young men or the real way to go for all?
  3. They look good! Please let us have a link, and tell us what size you ordered and (when you get them) the exact heel height and how well they fit etc. It seems to me that most of the Chinese suppliers have a very poor idea of UK sizing (at least) as the stated length of a shoe is invariably less than what the claimed size number would measure. A year or so ago I bought a pair of flat sandals (from China through Amazon) that are a good fit on me (normally Eu45) but I had to order Eu52 to get the right length, which was crazy!
  4. You make too much of a simple transaction and exchange of pleasantries! The cashier's attitude was one of mild surprise and curiosity (as one might well expect) but when I did, in effect, say that the sandals were for me by stating that they were for party wear (which wasn't far from the truth), my legitimate reason satisfied both parties. A blunt statement that they were for me to wear, or no statement at all, would in the circumstances have appeared rude and likely created some negative impression of me.
  5. Why not comment? The cashier was pleasant and mildly amused rather than amazed and it seemed sensible to me to make light of the issue rather than appear remote and secretive. And I might well have visited the shop again (as indeed I did). If she had been a miserable old bat or made some disparaging remark, I can assure you that I would have put her in her place.
  6. Funnily enough, although I am usually a UK11 or 12, I had a similar experience in Brantano almost 10 years ago, when it did sell a limited range of women's shoes in UK11. I spotted a rather nice pair of heeled sandals in UK11 on sale at a really low clearance price and did not hesitate to buy them, out of curiosity as much as anything. The cashier gave me a conspiratorial smile when she saw what I had selected but seemed to accept my explanation of them being for a 'vicars and tarts party' costume (and why not?). You are lucky, hunnybun, in being just that bit smaller with a UK10. ASOS for one has had some very wearable boots (amongst other styles) in sizes to UK10 but even the wide fitting is just too small for me. One day, perhaps ...
  7. Nice courts. I'm guessing from the retailers you mention that you have a fairly large foot. What size are you, hunnybun?
  8. Welcome! It would be good if you would tell us more about yourself, your preferences and your collection.
  9. I think you're right, alas. If so, someone who might well have given this forum a much-needed lift (no pun intended) has been lost to us.
  10. I'm puzzled as to why this post dated 25 Feb has only just appeared on the board. But, no matter, your opening contribution is most welcome! Perhaps you will tell us a little more about yourself and your family, e.g. your age group and that of your stepson. You say that your wife loves you wearing heels and that you 'have to wear them every day'. That suggests an element of 'control' - is that truly the case? Do you wear heels for work as well as play, and are they only cowboy-style boots? Maybe we could see some pictures?
  11. You and me both! But court shoes quite similar to those - pointed or almond toe and properly-shaped and positioned stiletto heels of 4" - 4.5" - are still quite frequently seen on TV. Several presenters and newsreaders on British TV wear them, for example. Makes all the virus doom-and-gloom go away briefly when they come on! Here is Louise Minchin on breakfast programme:
  12. Oh dear! We are close to having the sort of 'I lived in a cardboard box and survived on a bowl of warm gravel every fortnight' type of one-upmanship! (But that might be fun ...!) To clarify my earlier comment, there is nothing wrong with getting groceries delivered, if that is one's preference (or need). I prefer not to (unless it becomes unavoidable because of isolation etc) and would not wish to deprive those in need of a delivery slot, which I gather are hard to come by. I have three doctors and other NHS staff as near neighbours and they have greater need than most of us.
  13. Delivery services scarcely necessary when several supermarkets within reach, not all of which deliver anyway. And I wouldn't be sure of getting what I wanted (too many substitutions etc), quite apart from the extra cost. I don't dislike grocery shopping (pre-virus, anyway), often with opportunities for bagging bargains. If I'm too busy, I send my butler.
  14. My experience in local supermarkets has been generally positive in the 4 or 5 visits I've made in the last fortnight. The small Tesco nearby had an orderly queue outside when necessary and controlled entry. It is obviously almost impossible for people to browse, select items and walk around without at times passing briefly closer to others than 2m, especially where aisles are fairly narrow, but I detected no blatant disregard of the precautions; people did their best. Some of the checkouts had been disabled to give greater separation, although no screens had yet been fitted. The Aldi I also use was easier to navigate safely (wider aisles and less-cramped checkouts) and, here again, entry was being 'controlled' effectively. Both stores had sanitiser or soapy solution to permit trolleys, baskets and hands to be cleaned, and most people were using them. I have no intention of using delivery services (even if available, which is doubtful) unless this becomes unavoidable. At least the fine weather allows (indeed encourages) some work and a little relaxation in the garden, which largely makes up for 'outings' being restricted to a combined newspaper/grocery shop and walk locally.
  15. About two miles from my home is a 'forest' which is open to the public for recreational walking; it has no other facilities apart from a couple of bins for dog's mess! I had never been there, although my wife has on one of her regular pre-virus exercise walks with a friend. We decided that it would be a good place for solitary exercise yesterday, and so it proved. We drove there, and parked outside the main gate at 9.30am. We then walked around the perimeter, covering a little more than three miles in about 80 minutes. We passed or saw no more than 10 couples, half-a-dozen solitary dog-walkers and a couple of small family groups. Almost everyone greeted us on passing, at the prescribed distance, and the whole experience was enjoyable - the forest was quite dense but easy to navigate on well-trodden paths and with a refreshingly peaceful atmosphere; I shall go again. I dropped my wife at the small supermarket about half-a-mile from home so she could pick up milk, a newspaper and a couple of other essentials and she told me that there was no queueing or other problem there. We had gone out for our walk quite early in the belief that the forest would be busier (if never exactly 'crowded') later in the day, given the fine weather. But I see from the TV news this morning that other areas (such as the Brighton seafront, and along the river or in the park at Richmond) were very busy yesterday with whole groups of people inevitably failing to distance themselves, on the move or otherwise. It was hardly surprising that the Police were taking action. What will happen today, with even better weather, remains to be seen but I'm doubtful that Joe Public as a whole will be taking proper notice of the 'instructions'. I shall remain at home; there are useful tasks to be done in the back garden.
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