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  1. If so, I begin to despair of attitudes and values in what passes for an enlightened and tolerant society. Still, the same degree of prejudice in the UK will surely add a further nail to the Corbyn coffin.
  2. I agree - but there is quite a lot of uneven ground and cobbles to negotiate, so some care is needed. (The locations look to be Dubrovnik and Kotor - am I right? Both are well worth a visit, in heels or not.)
  3. You asked for it: There was an old man of Kentucky Who considered himself very lucky When in thigh boots and skirt He caused women to flirt And men to think that he was plucky.
  4. But, even if that is correct and the opening 'if' implies moot (in itself moot, for reasons already given), the whole point is that Shyheels's parenthetic qualification removes any doubt about the loving. That is what he meant, and said positively.
  5. Your first four words say it all, Megan. The remainder is pure speculation as Shyheels did not imply doubt merely by using 'if' and the context of his posts (let alone his denial) makes it clear that none was intended. QED.
  6. Beginning a sentence with 'If' does not in itself make the statement which follows moot. Whilst an element of doubt might be implied by 'if', its use is nothing more than a conventional politeness unless the context clearly shows otherwise. 'If...' = 'That being so...', or 'As...'. For example, if a man tells his friend that he is now aged 65, the friend could reply 'If you are, you can get a pension ...' without implying that he disbelieves the stated age.
  7. I've always liked the look of sandals, particularly the lighter, strappier women's styles, as most traditional men's styles are so heavy and ugly. Until perhaps 25 years ago, it was unusual in the UK to see a man barefoot in open sandals other than at the beach or pool and, like heels, there was a 'too feminine' stigma attached to them when worn normally in public. But times have changed and it is very common to see men in sandals in most informal settings - and I don't just mean the ubiquitous (and scarcely attractive) rubber flip-flops; many more elegant and often unisex styles are available in men's sizes although women still have a far better selection, alas. Anyone holidaying in Greece or Italy, for example, can find good-looking leather sandals at a reasonable price. I wear sandals as often as possible in the summer months when the weather and practicality permit. Whilst I would like to try wedges, I have yet to find any that would fit and be sufficiently discreet. So, I have to be content with some like these four pairs, all of which are cool and comfortable.
  8. I don't know what your usual UK size is, but I'm guessing 11 if (like me) you wear an Eu45 or 46. You will be unlikely to fit into any USW12 shoes - and USW13 may be tight, especially if not wide fitting or with fairly high heels. So, if you need USW13 (or 14), your choice will indeed be limited, with some Payless branches a possibility for USW13 (sometimes wide fitting). Good luck anyway!
  9. I've come late to this debate and I won't attempt to join it. I will however say that (a) since retirement from a professional career, I've rarely had the need to wear a suit, or a tie; (b) but when I do need to wear a suit and/or a tie (because of a conventional expectation), I do so comfortably and willingly - it makes a pleasant change not to dress down; (c) the three-piece suit is not dead; I've got one and wear it on 'suitable' occasions; (d) when male evening dress (dinner jacket, dress shirt and bow tie) is called for (perhaps once or twice a year at most), I will wear it happily - again, it makes a welcome change. What I don't like, however, is the sloppy behaviour of many men who either don't know or don't care how to wear a suit and tie when that is the expected and correct dress - a wedding being the most obvious example. Taking one's jacket off, especially in warm temperatures, may be acceptable if undesirable but wearing a waistcoat without a jacket, or a tie (and collar) undone destroys the inherent elegance and formality of a special occasion. I don't think it is too much to expect a man to keep up appearances for a few hours, even though women rarely need to do so in that they can usually choose their outfit to suit their comfort and preferred look rather than to meet a strict convention.
  10. I've recently read that Payless (your favourite shoe store) is also in trouble (excessive debt, I think) and is potentially to close 1,000 of its stores. If that is so, it will surely be a big blow to you and many others here, unless the mail-order service proves a fully adequate substitute.
  11. The first pair are OK, but let down by the ugly toe shape. The other two are too heavy and clumpy, even for a man, and I simply cannot see the appeal of the spikes. Sorry, but you did ask!
  12. Xtremeheels implies that his Oxford shoes came from the same source as Spikesmike's (Wonder Heels), and are the same size (Eu44). But, comparing the pics above, the arch on Spikesmike's shoes looks a little steeper (heel is closer to the sole), suggesting that the heel is a little higher. Or is it an optical illusion?
  13. The expected hirsute development will be useful insulation inside your boots, Tbg. Just remember not to go out in sandals. And NO pictures, please!
  14. Well, much as I liked to see mlr's shoes, I also studied the pipework, shabby though it may be - and not for the first time! Some of us have interests that go beyond shoes (or photography) and can appreciate the subtle curves of an elbow or tee in plastic plumbing. More please! For the fellow enthusiasts, I attach my own contribution featuring 22mm copper and plastic:
  15. Yes, parental pressure usually overcame personal or peer preferences, at least for everyday clothing. I managed to get some pointed (but not extreme) shoes and boots but hadn't the guts to wear Beatle boots until I was almost 60! I had no wish at all to wear platforms, then or subsequently, or any footwear that might be considered chunky, other than work-boots in the proper context.