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  1. FastFreddy2

    ALDO knee/calf boots A/W 2018/2019

    While out shopping today, I noticed these. Reduced in store to something like £120. The heel is not as high as I would like, but the sort of heel that could be worn all day (if the opportunity arose.) What attracted me to them was the narrow-ish shaft, and small spacing between the lacing eyelets. It suggested the boots could be tightened to fit my very slim legs. Better still if the were higher, and covered calfs.
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    Something special

    I quite like Celine Dion. Maybe not so much for her singing, though some of it is very good. She remains slim when most people her age (49) are getting tubby. Recently she has been headlining with some fairly way-out outfits. Apparently, she is doing some magazine modelling work in France. (I haven't researched this extensively, just taking the headlines as being correct.) She is known to like a heel, and is reasonably keen on thigh highs too. Many of the images I have seen recently, have her in high boots, usually with a decent height stiletto heel. But for the fact she's enormously wealthy, and still grieving for the loss of her much loved husband, she would be the perfect woman for me. A couple of days ago, I saw some images of her wearing heels, that just about stopped me in my tracks. I didn't like the embellishments on her skirt, and I thought the buckle on her belt a tad too large, but her shoes were (almost) heart stopping. Have a look for yourself. From >> here <<
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    Something special

    I suspect dww thinks you are having a "holier than thou" moment, and trying to justify being "holier than thou" confirms your position. I've explained to you this isn't a critique thread. Never was, never will be. But you are insistent you can say/do whatever you want about my taste in something special. You might well be able to post what you want, be there are consequences to doing that. 1. I will not post anything on this thread ever again. 2. Since my posts are being criticised and I'm finding myself arguing about it, I will abdicate from all communication/posts until March. If I then find myself in a similar position when I return, I will add you to my "ignore" list. I really can't be bothered to participate in a Forum where I have to justify myself. Life is too short. Lastly: Céline Dion, 50, says critics of her slimmer frame should 'leave her alone' as she finally addresses relationship with 'handsome toyboy' Pepe Munoz By REBECCA DAVISON FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 09:02, 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 21:33, 29 January 2019 Céline Dion is set to headline the British Summer Time Concert in Hyde Park this year after her 15 year Las Vegas residency came to an end. And the iconic singer, 50, has addressed her 'slimmer figure', iconic sense of style, and those rumours of a relationship with 'toyboy' Pepe Munoz. Talking to The Sun, Céline said her new sense of style (which is incredible) and her slimmer frame has been criticised. +5 Outspoken: Céline Dion, 50, has said that critics of her slimmer fame should 'leave her alone' as she finally addresses her relationship with 'handsome toyboy' Pepe Munoz +5 He's my handsome best friend: Céline addresses rumours that she is now dating 'toyboy' Pepe Munoz, a Spanish backing dancer, who is always by her side as she brands herself 'single' She said: 'If I like it, I don't want to talk about it. Don't bother. Don't take a picture. If you like it, I'll be there. If you don't, leave me alone.' She also told Lorraine: 'It [an interest in fashion] has always been part of me, but the way we used to work before was maybe more conservative. 'If now I have an opportunity to wear haute couture and the things that make me feel beautiful, strong, fearless, feminine attractive… even if it was just for me. You cannot please everyone all of the time.' Well said Celine.
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    ALDO knee/calf boots A/W 2018/2019

    This is a critique part of the Forum, knock yourself out. "In the flesh" these looked taller, and the heel isn't exactly unpleasant. The real stopper is the price. Even reduced to £120, and assuming they had my size, I doubt I'd be making a purchase. That might change if I worked in an office and could wear these at work. That 4.25" is a very wearable height for my size 8 feet, and I'd like to wear heels for a work day or work week to get the experience of it. Ho-hum.
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    Something special

    I am pleased, as will be others of course, at your contributions and effort you put into this Forum too. However, there is a well known saying that runs something like: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything." (I might be paraphrasing, but the gist of it is there.) This isn't a thread for critique, that function is found on another section in the Forum - as shown. My hope is/WAS, others would contribute to the Something Special thread with links of images of media they too thought might be considered special. It was never meant to be an opportunity for people to tell me I was mistaken in my view of what I consider special, no more than I would be inclined to disagree with anyone else's viewpoint on what they thought was special. In fact my attitude toward 'negative posting' extends to ignoring several posts in another section of the Forum where critiquing is expected. I really don't like some of the shoes/boots shown, but rather than post something negative about styles others feel attractive, I've written nothing. I know through experience and training, negative posting - especially on matters of taste, leads to members keeping their thoughts to themselves. If you must write that you don't like an image and are compelled to say so, then you must. But please resist the temptation to challenge me on why I thought it 'Special'. These women have tens of millions of followers on social media. Anything they do, and likely everything they do is seen daily by those millions, because their followers are interested in the lives of these women, and the fashion statements they make from time to time. If there's a question to be answered, it's "what are you failing to see, the rest of us can see?" As to continuing with this thread, I think I'm pretty much done with it. If the content is so unpleasant, what's the point? I'm not looking for an answer by the way, as there isn't nor could there be any point.
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    Something special

    I follow fashion, and some celebrities who are involved in or around it; those affected. The ones I include here, are those that wear higher heels, or higher than you'd expect to see in everyday life (given age or status). What I don't do, is offer up images for critiquing, be that people or their clothing. There is a completely different section for that. Clue: As to the knee boots remark, you are wrong. They've just not been mainstream fashion for years. Yes they have been around for years, but then so have wellingtons, which also haven't been part of mainstream fashion for some time either. If you want to start a fashion debate, please start one by all means, but this thread isn't about debating anything, nor critiquing any look of person or their attire. It's about images of heels seen in the press, or social media. If you don't like what I post, I invite you to put me on your 'ignore' list. Of course if you do, over half of what's here to be read, will vanish. I put more effort into keeping this place ticking over, than the next 7 contributors combined. (4389 vs 3344) Have a think about that as you complain about the content I include.
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    Something special

    The lovely, Helen Mirren. At 73 ......
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    Something special

    For the past 3 -5 or so years, I would say yes. It's been ankle boots or something over the knee. But knee boots are coming back .... I'm with you on the open toes, but we don't run the fashion industry. Open toe otk/thigh boots are everywhere. Still. You might like this though >> Victoria Beckham criticised for wearing open toe boots << I don't think that's a problem you'll have to address any time soon.
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    Something special

    Working like a Trojan, she hasn't got an ounce of fat on her. As we get older, our muscle mass reduces significantly. She's probably not using Botox to pad out ageing/sagging skin either. Unlike Madonna, who looks increasingly like a cat every time I see a new picture of her. I think your comment is fair, but I sincerely hope you are wrong - for all the right reasons. As your rightly say, her grief might well be affecting her health but I hope it isn't. She's reportedly worth circa $400M and it would be a cruel twist of fate if she didn't have a long life ahead, so she could enjoy her earnings.
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    Something special

    I don't know if you know, but knee boots are coming back in a big way. That skirt probably hangs better when the wearer is stood still. I have a 'pet hate' (dislike) of baggy/loose tops tucked in waistbands though. That sweater should have been left over the skirt, or a more fitted top worn. She is a grafter who has never carried any weight. She is appearing at Paris Haute Couture week, so many of her outfits are tilted toward that event. I would be very happy to have a 50 year old that shape on my arm.
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    Something special

    Celine again ....
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    Something special

    Someone well known for wearing high heels, Victoria Beckham.
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    Something special

    A regular high heel wearer .... Celine Dion Always a special pleasure to see a mature lady wearing high heels.
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    Something special

    The ever lovely Kate Beckinsale ....
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    Wedge loafers

    I'd wear these two.
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    Wedge loafers

    In the absence of high heel wearing opportunities outside, I've been wearing some rubber soles 4" wedges around the house as slippers. They are what are known as 'high-tops' or as what I have always known to be considered "baseball boots". They are are challenge to get on and off because of the lacing. Better designs have a side zipper too for easy on/off. So I've been looking at EBay for some wedges. Not had any luck really. Obviously, wedge shape heels are not that popular, at least not wedge heels on or over 4 inches. Ideally I would find something along the line of a high wedge mule or clog (clog = closed toe mule) with a rubber wedge that I could wear at home without clonking around. ... Some of the styles shown here don't look too bad.
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    Zara

    As reported elsewhere (New Heels thread) I had discovered some wedge heels had been available at Zara for £40 during November/December 2018, but I had only found out about them, mid way through January 2019. These: The pair I'd found were at Brent Cross, and reduced to £30 in their sale. The pair I saw were an EU40/UK7. During the same visit I bought some flat calf length boots that looked they might be useful in the impending wet/snowy weather we are promised during the next 4 weeks. The boots were reduced to £20 (from probably £30). Both styles were from their TRF range. (TRF = cheaper/budget.) The flat boots fitted okay, but the stretch shafts were loose - as usual, although they looked like they might be slim enough. I had decided to visit a couple more Zara stores, before giving up on the wedge boots, as the boots looked really attractive. A local store (Home Counties) was tried last Wednesday, with no luck. They had the wedges, but only in a UK5 and UK6. On Friday I went to Westfield London (aka White City), to look, and to return the £20 boots. No luck with the wedges, only one pair UK7 found. Close, but no prize! While there, I decided to return the £20 boots. There was a queue for returns, but at the time I didn't want to carry the boots with me to Primarni as it's quite a trek from Zara. Well, it took 30 minutes to get my money back. The 'shower of shyte' that passes for a returns system, has the counter staff checking and re-hanging every returned item, before a refund was made. It took very nearly 25 minutes to get to the front of a 10 person queue. One person (we'll call her 'princess') has two full bags of returns. Even with the discounts from the sale items she had bought, the two receipts that were refunded ran to £175 and £60. How could someone make that many mistakes when selecting clothing? Two FULL bags of returns. Incredible. Another one of the 10, one full bag. Not that this would be a problem at Marks or J.L. but Zara staff have to re-hang and tag where necessary every single item...... So nearly 25 minutes to get to the front of the queue .... And then, and then ..... The assistant had to call the floor manager to authorise the £20 cash refund. If that didn't add to the delay enough, their internal communication system wasn't working. The assistant called for a manager several times, without getting a reply, which should have told the assistant the manager wasn't receiving the call and she should have tried the store public announcement system - the manager told her in front of us. It took over 5 minutes for someone to appear, which of course blocked the assistant from doing any more returns. You would be forgiven for thinking Zara would now be at the top of my 'avoid at all costs' list? Having made the time to go to the West End proper, I decided to go to the Marble Arch (end) branch of Zara in Oxford Street, not least because I planned to go to Primarni which is quite close to it. Nothing on the ground floor, but UNBELIEVABLY, I found an EU41/UK8 (fits like a UK7.5 but fits me) on the first floor, which I then took to the ground floor to buy. Some 8 minutes into queuing, I put the boots on a low counter, and walked out - leaving the boots behind. I wasn't prepared to spend a further 10 minutes queuing to get to the front of another queue to buy something, having already spent 30+ minutes getting my £20 back earlier in the evening. Okay, so they will sell, so no loss to Zara, but at my time of life, I have more import things to do than waste time queuing to buy shoes (of questionable quality). It's not like I'm going to lose much putting Zara on my banned list, and neither is Zara. But I was one of many people who had a bad time in two of their stores, and it won't only be me who decides they are not worth visiting again. Other stores I have complained about in the past, have gone bust (House of Fraser, and New Look being two notable ones). While Zara is (I believe) a privately owned company with a (now) mega-rich owner, a bad shopping experience can lead to a bad shopping business. 2019 is going to be another tough year for high street retailers, and given my recent shopping experience, I won't be surprised if Zara begins to close stores.
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    Zara

    If I thought it would achieve anything, I might be tempted. But realistically, the best option is Twitter (Zara must have an account) and I would need to open or reopen an account to do that, when I really don't want to waste any more time on them. I've put the unpleasant experience behind me, and any possibility I might buy from them again. And there we have a good reason to avoid in-store purchases, and returns. A protracted returns procedure the very reason I gave up buying from House of Fraser, which was just as effective as Zara seems to be during the sale period. As a reminder, I had returned some shoes to HoF Oxford Street bought online. I saved them the return carriage cost by making a personal delivery. Showing the delivery note with all my details, wasn't enough for the supervisor to put the money back in my account, I had to present the c/c too. Not usually required these days, but it was part of their procedure. Not only did I have to present my card, but I also had to 'sign in' the receipt. The supervisor didn't like my signature compared to the signature on the card. A heavy verbal debate ensued. My stand was that I was returning goods, not taking them. Would a crook return products (I was entitled to return as the delivery note confirmed). If I returned the goods by post, HoF would have pay carriage, and neither card nor signature would accompany the goods being returned. Worse still, during that time I could sign up for 'instant' store credit, and walk out with £200+ worth of goods based on providing a name and address. The supervisor conceded this too. I got a credit on my card. A day later I got a phone call from the store General Manager, who was apologetic and agreed all my points regarding the return procedure. But it wouldn't be changing. Well, how did that work out for the group of stores? A painless returns policy 'made' Marks and Spencer. That policy took hundreds and hundreds of pounds off me over the years. Many retailers realised it gave customers comfort when buying, so have copied their procedure. John Lewis and Screwfix being obvious nominees for the 'copycat' awards. Both offer pain free returns, both are very busy businesses. That isn't their only attraction of course, but pain free returns mean customers will take products away to try (JL) or buy more than they need (SF) knowing surplus can be easily returned. Not that everything bought with a view to returning if necessary, gets returned. A side benefit of the 'easy returns' is that the returns window is sometimes missed. Been there, done that. New Look started to make life difficult for buyers, when they decided any discounted stock could not be returned. Anything you bought in a sale, had to be kept - unless bought online of course. Idiotic? Same was true of Select. No in-store purchases at all could be refunded, only store credit was offered instead, unless you bought online!! Like New Look, Select is another retail group shrinking fast with high street shops just disappearing. Of course Select quality was never great anyway. A pair of their shoes I wore for the first time, all but fell to pieces. (Written up elsewhere.) I like to support the high street, and loathe the Amazon business model, I don't see why a high street should offer a lower service than one I get online. Just doesn't add up to me. But 30 minutes queuing for returns to be processed - not acceptable Zara.
  19. Getting toward the latter part of my life, I can't but help think of an impending event, and how many times I've already dodged Mr Reaper. The third of many events that nearly had me killed, was by a passing car .... (The first I missed due to being a baby, where falling masonry might have done for me, but I'd been moved an hour before it fell into my cot. The second, was again as a baby, when my father, mother and me were involved in a motorcycle and sidecar accident. Apparently I was thrown clear from the sidecar and found in the middle of the road. Back then, roads weren't so busy. My father carried the scars on his leg for the rest of his life.) The first escape I remember would have been when I was around 6 or 7, and at school. A dog had found its way into the school, and 'standing orders' were that dogs were to be removed. The school was towards the end of a country lane that had one other building on it, some 500 yards away. (A very small guest house.) My plan was to persuade the dog away from our play area, and let it wander off. It seemed to like to fetch a thrown stick, so persuasion seemed straight forward. Small bouts of stick throwing got us to the school boundary, where me and dog got through the open railings that marked the school perimeter. As I was about to throw the stick across the mud covered tar and pebble track that passed as a road, I noticed an approaching car, and waited for it to pass. just as it did, the dog jumped at the stick I held in my hand, pushing me forward into the car. Luckily .... if you can relate luck in any way to this, the dog jumped just as the car passed, so it pushed me into the side of the car, and not under it. The only thing 'run over' was my foot. Back then, cars weren't big or heavy, my foot felt hot from the pressure, but nothing broken (I can say with hindsight). The driver stopped, and asked if I was alright, I said yes, briefly explaining what had happened. The dog was absent by this time. He asked again if I was okay, then he left and I returned to school. I explained events at the school, and new orders were issued about stray dogs. I don't recall what they were, but taking them off the school premises was confirmed as not being part of pupil duties. Looking back at my memory of events, a number of things almost startle me. The school perimeter being so open; not only easy for me (and others) to get out, but practically an invitation for anyone else to come in. The school is still there, but there is a significant fence around the school, that HMP Wormwood Scrubs would be pleased with. The next quirky thing, is how unlucky was I, to be standing next to a road when a car passed me? That guest house had 5 rooms IIRC. What were the chances of someone driving past on an otherwise desolate/unused road? Parents (my father) reading his probably wouldn't believe the ignorance of the driver, leaving a young child he had just knocked over. Nor could my father understand why the school had done nothing to ensure my good health. No visit to/by a doctor, nor hospital for a check-over. This happened over 50 years ago so obviously things have changed, and have changed beyond recognition, both culturally and physically. The 'track' I mentioned has been a proper road for most of that 50 years, with a new housing estate being built next to the school. The guest house went, when the estate was created. One of the houses that backed onto the playing field further up the perimeter, would become my new home some 2 or 3 years later. A driver knocking down a child (under any circumstances) then leaving them to their own devices in 2017, would undoubtedly be pilloried, as would the school over this event.....
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    Close encounters - with Mr Reaper.

    You are enquiring about a car I owned for about 5 weeks, some 38 years ago. I only remember the colour because it was metallic, which I didn't like. You drove into a phone box at 100 mph, no airbags, no seat belt, no collapsing steering wheel, no impact cage, no crush zones .... And just climbed out of the rear window? If that had happened to me, I'd have been in touch with the Vatican to get my survival recognised as 'a miracle'.
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    my new heels

    I almost haven't bought any shoes for ages. What I should say is, I haven't bought any to keep/wear recently. These proved irresistible: Can't see a time or place where I could or would wear them, but as I said, irresistible. Missed these from Zara in my size: I also bought some flat stretch knee boots from Zara to try at home. The shafts were loose, despite being a stretch material.... Not sure why I keep torturing myself even trying to find some boots with shafts something close to the size of my thin legs. The eternal optimist may be?
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    Close encounters - with Mr Reaper.

    Which reminds me ..... Circa 1981, I briefly owned a 2 door Cortina MKII GT. If I remember, there probably so few of these made, it would be worth a fortune now .... I've never seen another 2 door MKII, and not seen another 2 or 4 door GT version either. I bought it off a fella who was giving up driving, with him being about 110 years old. The mileage was something ridiculous, like 20k. It wasn't in showroom condition, but it was certainly unblemished. Returning from a nightshift stint working in the computer department of a large/well known supermarket chain, I was driving home in daylight around 7 am. I wasn't aware of the road conditions, though the cold should have been something I paid attention to. I turned into a road called the Ridgeway (another clue) and found myself behind a very slow moving coach. Being a complete twat, and driving a reasonably quick (for the time) car, I decided to overtake. Nothing coming in the opposite direction, and I had some 3-400 yards of clear road to get past him. What the coach driver knew that I didn't, was that road being on top of a hill with a meadow on one side, was prone to icy up. That's why he was driving so slowly.... About the time I got level with the coach, I discovered I was on an ice rink. The back wheels started to spin, and the steering wheel went so 'loose' it was obvious the front wheels had lost traction too. I was sitting in a 30 mph sled passing a large vehicle, and as this realisation arrived, so did traffic from the opposite direction. Luckily for me, but not the car, it pirouetted once across the path of the coach (which had slowed) and continued on until it met what we know as a telegraph pole. It left the vehicle with a large inward bend where the rear passenger door might be on a 4 door version of the car. I was unscathed, save embarrassed at my poor driving skills (ineptitude). With the apparent damage, which included a bent floorpan, the car was technically a write-off. It hadn't been worth so much I would have had full comp, and even if I did, the write off value would have been circa £150/£200. Had I never driven the car but put it into 'mothballs' for 30 years, it would doubtless be worth 10 - 20 times that money. (As detailed >> here << ) The colour of mine was a blue-ish metallic grey, but this image details what mine looked like before striking the telegraph pole.
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    Have you ever been to a Stiletto run?

    Found it .... "Walk a mile in her shoes". "Pink"? This video is over 4 years old, and still has less than 4,000 views. "Hard sell" is right. ("A dark subject.") The lady shown in the still from the video looks to be wearing some attractive heels, but that's as good as it gets as far as the video goes. Not sure why I thought there was a difference between American and Brit versions of the "Walk" theme. Perhaps the heels thing was also being used for breast cancer or something like it. We are talking 6 or more years ago..... But as I've said several times now, while awareness and help all supportable (worthy cause) as one of the participants says, it's a "dark subject", and one many would rather keep that way - rightly or wrongly.
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    Close encounters - with Mr Reaper.

    Looking for another thread, I came across this .... With at least one event to follow. Maybe I can get it finished without debate over my version of the English language.
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