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  1. A T-Square is a good enough tool for defining block heels to me.  The back of a block heel forms a 90 degree angle with the floor.  Cuban heels have a slant, not 90 degrees.  Of course, there are varying degrees of slant, and a very slight slant might not even have any of the real visual effect of a Cuban heel, but I think this is the definition I have seen cobblers go with. 

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  2. I feel like that is the way design and fashion works.  The edgy, and almost ridiculous looking displays serve the role of communicating and emphasizing the concept in a specific show setting.  It draws the eye of the masses to the idea.  The idea is then seeded into the minds of the masses.  When normal people execute on the idea themselves, they take a more practical, toned down approach.  

    I'm a car enthusiast, and I think concept cars follow the same pattern.  The non-production models sometimes have features that are so bold and outrageous that most people would not consider using it as daily transportation.  But more toned down versions of these designs then become embraced by consumers because the concepts have been seeded into the minds of people and have had time to mature.  

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  3. 8 hours ago, pebblesf said:

    Educate me buddy.  I'm guessing Nike uses cheap overseas labor in underage sweat shops....  D

    That is just one aspect of how they are just about the most hypocritical company I know.  They claim to back so many fashionable cultural trends, but in practice they actually are part of the problem.  I'll just leave this one here:

    Opinion | I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

    I see similar issues regarding their racial culture, which show in their use of overseas labor and contracts they have with their athletes.  Sadly, it seems to be part of their business model and they know no other way to run their company.  

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  4. On 12/20/2021 at 6:06 AM, Puffer said:

    These leather boots are being advertised on Etsy as '... hand embroidery custom made vintage over knee size men's boots. There is every size available. Boots height is over knee size, 58 cm, 23 inches. Heel height is 5 cm, 2 inches. Style is cowboy style.'   The price is $269.00 and sizes up to USM11.5 are available.   

    I'm not a buyer but showed them to my wife with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that she bought me them for Christmas.   Unsurprisingly, she was not amused and could not believe they were being offered as men's boots.  I do wonder just how many 'cowboys' (or other men) would wear something like this, other than perhaps for a carnival or Pride parade?   



    I like flashy cowboy boots but this doesn’t appeal to me at all.  The design reminds me more of a hippie camp than the frontier.  

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  5. On 11/30/2021 at 1:43 AM, VirginHeels said:

    He is 5ft 8, she is about a inch shorter, he has a napoleon complex in the terms of no one he dates can be taller than he. There’s men who don’t like their woman taller than them.

    In that case, rather than stopping her from wearing heels, maybe he should try wearing them too…

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  6. I’m always in heels when I leave the house.  But I don’t take nearly as many long trips as I used to.  Before covid, on a normal day in a hotel I would put the boots on right after waking up and showering, and they would stay on my feet 16+ hours until I went to bed.  I got used to waking many miles around in heels - with tall boots you can’t just slip them off and on like pumps.  

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  7. Right, there is so much to like about boots.  I can appreciate both the historical practical function of boots, and also their current role as a fashion choice and self-expression.  Perhaps both contribute to some feeling of "empowerment".  Effective self-expression feels good, and for some that is communicated through tall boots, and for others and other times it is through colorful stilettoes or fancy sandals.  I suppose self-expression is "empowering" because your voice is heard, through what you wear and present to others when out and about.  And tall boots make quite the statement, because they are relatively rare!  One of the most common questions I get asked is, "where did you get your boots?"  You can just walk into a shoe store and come away with a pair of sneakers or sandals on a whim, and around here there are plenty of boot stores where you can get cowboy boots with 13" tall shafts off the shelf and ready to wear.  But the tall, knee high boots that I wear are not nearly as ubiquitous, and you kind of have to plan ahead if you are in the market for a pair.  I like a feeling of exclusivity, and that's probably just my personality, because it applies to many others things for me.  

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  8. I love wearing tall boots, and I never leave the house wearing any other footwear.  A primary appeal of wearing boots to me is that it does give a feeling of work and purpose, which I can accept is related to this feeling of "empowerment" that is being discussed here.  They cover not just the feet, like most footwear, but also ankles and legs.  There are certain outdoor tasks and activities, which have been mentioned here, where some type of boots are the only appropriate footwear because of the design. 

    Perhaps it is the widespread practice of wearing boots for a specific reason that creates the association with "empowerment".  There are people that only wear boots when it might rain or snow that day, or only if they expect to go somewhere muddy.  The boots give them a kind of extra help to get through the specific trials and activities expected that day.  

    I think this also causes many people to notice when you are wearing boots, because they are worn for special purposes and situations.  So when they see that you are wearing boots, they might ask themselves, "what is the special occasion today"?  For me, I don't need a special occasion to dress up.  If boots are really that empowering, and useful for working and all sorts of tasks, why would I ever leave that "power" at home?  I think the reason is common to why people don't wear heels - they find boots uncomfortable, but that could be because people are wearing poor fitting boots.  

    I tried to stay on topic, but I guess I still touched on "how much people notice"...

    32 minutes ago, Cali said:

    You got deer in Texas, and deer have ticks, and ticks carry lime disease. Wear your boots on the outside.

    Actually, you just gave a very good reason why we wear boots on the INSIDE.  I've had critters and things fall into my boots when worn on the outside.  It is much rarer for critters to climb up from the ground and actually get me, especially with tall boots.  

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  9. 14 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

    Furthermore, why would boots over your jeans get you noticed in particular? Especially since it's a very normal style for women (and, to some extent, men) these days, I would think it would be something which would not really catch people's eyes. In fact, when is the last time you saw a pair of knee high boots NOT being worn on the outside? Cowboy boots in certain instances, that all I can think of, and usually that's a work or livestock type situation.

    Actually knee high cowboy boots inside, under my pants, is almost always how I wear them.  I just prefer the feeling and look of my boots being fitted, and my pants being loose over them.  But almost all men who wear dress cowboy boots insist this is the only way they should be worn for men, and that only women wear their boots on the outside.  However, looking around at here in the rural area men wear them on the outside because that is most functional.  It's kind of a controversial topic in cowboy boot discussions, with some men quick to call out any sighting of a man wearing their boots on the outside "dressing like a woman".  


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  10. On 11/13/2021 at 4:09 AM, mlroseplant said:

    They also gave us way overly complicated windshield wiping mechanisms, like what you'll find on Mercedes cars.

    The monoblade may be complicated, but it looks so elegant.  Plus it does not require separate designs for LHD vs RHD cars.  And perhaps one wiper is more simple that two?

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