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  1. About women and their relationship to high heels. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/mar/20/sex-power-oppression-why-women-wear-high-heels Possibly an excerpt from her new book High Heels, by Summer Brennan
  2. I just wonder what’s going to happen to them when QE2 kicks the bucket. A good thing for them that William seems sensible, or at least non-controversial enough to be the next monarch, if his father chooses to pass on the crown as expected. Charles had awful moments, e.g. falling off a horse, and Camilla, to go with his good, and Harry had his Nazi costume party.
  3. I am also wary of them. They seem desperate to convince you that their boots are "100% Genuine Jeffrey Campbell" or other brands And the prices are too low. You will likely either be ripped off or get a pair of low quality counterfeits. Skip that one.
  4. You could use a foreign buying service like this: https://www.ausff.com.au/germany/ Such services exist for many countries to smooth the buying of goods from sellers who normally don’t ship to your country, speak your language, etc. I have used such services in Japan. They charge extra on top of whatever customs taxes, but well worth it to avoid hassle. You will still have to pay import taxes, but at least the paperwork should be filled out correctly. As to your other problem of how to receive the boots, have them shipped to work, or a reliable friend. If you plan to order more things that you don’t want your parents to intercept, then rent a post office box.
  5. Nordstroms and Dillards sell heels up to size 13 and up. Woman Within only goes up to 12, the styles are all flat or low heels, and their designs are meh. Avenue, does go up to 13, but flat or low heels, again meh designs. Long Tall Sally's best designs in 13 are from Nine West, so you might as well just go to the source.
  6. My last few pairs of heeled boots and shoes from Payless turned into flaky goo, so that was the end of my shopping there. I think they were done in by a better economy reducing demand for ultra cheap shoes. Online shopping also knocked them down, as that continues in all retail sectors.
  7. JP Morgan is starting its own cryptocurrency, JPM coin, to speed up the transfer of money around the world by bypassing the traditional wire transfers and clearing houses. Consumers won’t be able to buy it, though. It’s for corporate transactions. And it’s no good as an investment because it’s a stable coin concept whose value is pegged to the US dollar. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/13/jp-morgan-is-rolling-out-the-first-us-bank-backed-cryptocurrency-to-transform-payments--.html @kneehighs The question I have about the state of bitcoin now is what are the emerging markets, if any, for bitcoin that will drive investment into the market? The Chinese government slammed the brakes on their citizens’ export of currency via bitcoin, so that shut off one large source of demand. Global financial troublespots like Venezuela, Iran, and Russia, and a certain volume of illegal transactions like the black market will always be there, but they’re small potatoes, relatively speaking.
  8. I'm a big fan of Arollo boots. They make something similar. https://www.overknee-stiefel.net/product/long-overknee-princess/ And even better, they'll customize the shaft to fit your legs like a second skin and still come in at less than half the price of a pair of Loubi boots. And unlike chinese knockoffs, Arollo uses real leather.
  9. That's true that men's torsos are longer. The way I was taught to compensate for that and present correct body proportions, was wearing the waist on skirts about 2 inches above my belly button.
  10. Mens’ arms are longer in proportion than womens’. Mens shoulders are also wider in proportion. For the rare occasion that I need long sleeved garments, I turn to stores or sites that specialize in womens tall sizes, to buy jackets and long sleeved tops. These same places will often have larger sizes that are just right for my US size 18/1X shoulders. When I buy sleeveless, short, or 3/4 sleeved, I just go with regular womens’ sizes. For bottoms, I just buy regular womens’ sizes.
  11. It’s for cowboy boots. “Live like a local with our Boots to Borrow program, where guests can borrow an authentic pair of cowboy boots to wear out for the day or evening.” https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ausda-aloft-austin-downtown/ Bowling alleys rent bowling shoes, but they take your ID as a deposit so you don’t walk off with them. A place renting Louboutins to take home would be a target for thieves. If you want to try a pair on, go to your local luxury department store, like Nordstroms, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, et al. I know Nordstroms is accommodating for men trying on heels. I don’t know about the others.
  12. I would say the shoe part was true to size. The largest size 11.5 is a little snug on my size 12 feet, as they should be, but I don’t plan on walking around in them all day, so I’m okay with that. I didn’t feel any awful pressure points, so that was a plus. Come to think of it, since they’re real leather, I should try the alcohol spray stretching trick.
  13. So I bought a pair of Leviticus boots in 11.5 for my size 12 feet, and they actually fit well! The leather feels really nice. The shaft is a little wide around the thighs, but they’re supposed to be worn with pants or jeans on, so that’s fine. But the problem is the shaft is too long! For 11.5, the shaft is beyond crotch high, and I take a 32 inch inseam on my pants. Still good value and quality for the price, and I am thinking about taking them down to a cobbler to take out a scoop on the crotch side.
  14. I didn't know there was a custom boot/shoe company called Skyscraper (singular) Heels in the US I thought you meant UK's Skyscrapers https://www.sky-scrapers.co.uk/
  15. Miguel Jones is famous for cowboy boots, but does all kinds of custom boots and shoes, including fetish styles. Their business page http://www.custom-boots.net Their Flickr album with their custom works https://www.flickr.com/photos/custom-boots/ Check out the Alexander McQueen knockoff on page 2!
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