FastFreddy2

"Last minute" meeting around the UK?

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3 hours ago, Shyheels said:

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Although I am not a fan of pointy toes...

That must change!

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Gently rounded, or at most, almond toes for me...

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6 hours ago, Shyheels said:

They look like they could be fun, and daring, to wear around the home office, but I am not sure I'd really spend the money to do it. On the other hand....

Although I am not a fan of pointy toes...

The 'good' thing about buying from a retail outfit, rather than a private seller, is that goods can be returned of course. If the fit or shape doesn't look good, then they go back. Even for me, I will risk circa £8 for both sets of carriage (though delivery is sometimes free), in the event I might end up with something I really enjoy owning.

What I am noticing, is that 'brands' are getting fairly expensive compared, to say 8 years ago. A pair of shoes I might have acquired for £30, are now more than doubt that (Pleaser). Shoes I might have seen with sticker prices of £80 (Carvela/KG) are now £150/£160 when they first arrive. Even 'own brands' (Debenhams 'Faith') are now more expensive than not-so-long-ago. This has little to do with recent political events (Brexit) though it could be responsible for any recent push, but this movement toward doubling of prices has been consistent for some 5 or 6 years now.

There is also a surge in the use of cheaper materials. 'Faux' suede has been disappointingly popular with retailers, and so with buyers (who either bought the faux suede or bought nothing). Denim has been attempted, with satin now having made an appearance, which could be this year's 'thing'.  

On the 'up' side for us with smaller feet, cheap Chinese shoes and boots are still available. (I just hope my feet don't get in bigger, or I'm in trouble too. :huh:)  I am trying to keep my weight down to help as much as possible. While it wasn't reported (IIRC) ** I eventually resolved my red patent courts desire, with a £20 pair of Jimmy Choo copies. The fit is surprisingly good, so keeping them wasn't a hard choice. In fact they fit better than the Office equivalent. There are some Louboutin 'Hot Chick' courts available, but only up to a slim UK7. No good to me at all.

 

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I'd love to walk around the ladies shoe stores in Selfridges, wearing a pair of these though .... :D

 

I've still got one or two 'irons in the fire' regarding a slim legged OTK boot, but both versions are in 'faux' suede. so I don't know if they would be walking out boots. Faux leather (PU) is much more suitable of course.

 

** Oh yes it was >> here << As was the desire own a pair of Hot Chick Loubies....

And while I think of it ...... "Close" but no prize .... From Office .... Discovered this morning.

 

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I'd say there was a 'nod' to Hot Chick in there, and these have a full 5 inch heel too.  :wub:

 

 

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I love my real suede OTK boots - very heavy and luxurious.

Those shiny thigh boots do look fun, but I think I would be too self conscious to get the full benefit! 

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How do sellers get away with this word faux? If they used the English word no one would buy them! False leather? Either they're leather or they're not

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10 hours ago, Russ in boots said:

How do sellers get away with this word faux? If they used the English word no one would buy them! False leather? Either they're leather or they're not

I think the temptation is translate literally false=faux as the words are so similar. It works better as "imitation". (Or fake, or counterfeit. All three words are found as translations of faux.) It may well have started as a phrase-familiar in (French) Indo-China, somewhere like Vietnam where there is production of plastic (PU) shoes. 

 

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Word added, to better express concept.

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5 hours ago, Russ in boots said:

How do sellers get away with this word faux? If they used the English word no one would buy them! False leather? Either they're leather or they're not

How would you describe it then? 

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8 hours ago, Russ in boots said:

Don't champ on your imitation teeth

Took me a little while to work it out, but got there in the end. ;) :D

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I think that 'faux' has been adopted because it is a weasel word; it sounds better and more acceptable than 'imitation' or 'artificial' and certainly more so than 'fake' or 'false' or 'substitute' or 'ersatz'.   And 'counterfeit' sounds so very dishonest.   A typical marketing ploy to dress something up with a fancy, foreign-sounding name that will appeal rather than detract.

The point is really that the various materials commonly used instead of leather may or may not be truly intended to have the same appearance or characteristics as leather, and therefore be fully accepted as a substitute which is, in most cases, cheaper to produce.   Some materials, such as PU, can be better or more attractive than leather in certain applications - provided that the stigma of not being 'real' leather is overcome if it matters.

The most accurate way of describing a plastic material intended to be a leather substitute is probably to call it 'synthetic leather', as is often done with footwear - but again not an attractive term.   (I can almost smell the chemicals as I type that.)

I don't know where, or when, 'faux' entered our language but it seems to have gained currency in many applications where an imitation or substitute product is offered, e.g. bricks and tiles, moulded door and furniture panels, jewellery.   

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Yes there's really no attractive term for imitation or synthetic. And faux - while easier on the ear - is all too obviously a marketing palliative.

Probably they should call a spade a spade and simply say PU or PVC and leave it at that. 

PVC is clearly understood at least, although it has its own stigmas and connotations. 

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5 hours ago, Shyheels said:

Probably they should call a spade a spade and simply say PU or PVC and leave it at that. 

 

I do tend to use that term where it's grammatically feasible. Not that I have much in the way of PU shoes, but I do own some. Which, I tend to wear when there's a chance of wet weather. Surplus or poor fitting PU shoes get moved. When I remember to do it.

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Desperate to get out in some heels, I went to one of my usual haunts last night, basically, to have a cup of coffee and what I had expected to be a piece of banoffee cheese cake. Arriving at 7pm (after busy day with stone cutter) there was barely time for refreshment, but a voucher held by my walking companion needed using. (Last months was not used, wasted, and we didn't want a repeat performance.) 

Arriving at the donor store, there were tears when we discovered the reason for the trip (banoffee cheesecake) which is apparently part of he 'Winter' menu, is no longer available due to implementation of the current 'Summer' menu. :( Having just read a slice of this stuff might carry as many calories as 500 (yikes), one might be thinking it was just as well it wasn't available? Well yes, except it was replaced by some chocolate cake that tasted like it had circa 800 calories in it, 90% of which was undoubtedly sugar..... I won't be trying that again.

A brief walk around the mall was made, before returning to the car. Needing some cat-specific-milk, it was necessary to visit a couple of supermarkets on the way home. Being sufficiently distant from my home, I kept my heels on. Visit to the first supermarket went off without event, including finding suitable milk for 'tiddles'.

The second store, not quite so event-less. It's possibly only half a mile away from a community that generally lives in caravans. Three children of juvenile age were there, entertaining themselves - at 9pm mind you - using a couple of store provided wheelchairs for toys. The two moving around in the chairs would have been around 13-14, the elder (6ft x 15st giant) probably a little older at around 16. The bigger fella was pushing one of the younger boys around the back of the store, and the other little chap in the second chair, was rolling himself behind them. Why 'security' was allowing this, I don't know, but generally members of this community seem to be either revered or feared. Meaning, they do bad things with impunity, including using facilities offered for the handicapped, as toys.

While I probably should have made more of an effort to avoid them, it wasn't very long before my footwear got spotted. I've mentioned many times that people sitting are more likely to notice a heel than someone standing, and children (generally shorter than adults) are again, more likely to spot/hear a heel on a man. In this store, I had the dubious benefit of a third aspect, mobility care of wheelchairs. It meant multiple passes were possible, in quick succession.

Being aware of the 'wacky racers' wasn't hard, it's not like they were making any attempt at being discreet. Ignoring them worked, but the multiple passes as I walked around the back of the store, meant my shoes were 'discovered'. While I had moved to an alley where wheelchairs and shoppers couldn't pass, (being shown something by a store worker), the wheelchair team rolled past trying to catch a glimpse of my heels. Because of my location, it just wasn't possible as they were hidden by food stands. Eventually we had to move on, and in doing so I had to walk past the 'leader' in a chair with his 6ft pusher stood still behind him. (They'd rolled into a dead-end and I walked past them to leave the aisle through the open end.) The little fella in the chair could see I was approaching, and maybe thought I was going to challenge his need for a wheelchair, and looked at me. I held his eye and didn't stop looking at him until I passed. To be honest, we were both probably waiting for the other to speak, and neither did. He spoke to his 6ft buddy as I passed, and I heard him laugh, but in holding my stare he did not have the chance to look at my shoes (yay). After that, we didn't see them again, and that may have been because we left minutes later, empty-handed for the second time.

The third and last store visited, was huge and had the items so far not seen. By this time it was approaching 10pm, though the store was far from empty. It's close to a college, close to some film and TV studio's, and quite a lot of offices. There might also be a swimming pool and sports/health facility quite close by, so plenty of opportunity for late-night shoppers. Oh, and my walking companion has a work colleague that lives a stones throw away from the store. It wouldn't be the first time we've bumped into them with me in a heel. :huh: though not in that store .... This visit was uneventful though, but for finding some cat milk .... B)

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