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5 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

What would the adverse attention be? I wore my cowboy boots with 3” heels for my entire trip in the UK, and my wife said that there were a lot of people staring at my shoes.  If something is uncommon, then yes, people will stare and it will attract attention, but none of it was ever adverse to me.  I am comfortable with people taking a second look at something they don’t see often.  If anything, I welcome it as that is often how we get inspiration and understanding of each other as different people.  And if they don’t like the aesthetic, that is fine, it doesn’t hurt me.  

I don't understand that either. I live in the UK and regularly wear knee boots over my jeans and I’ve never had so much as a sideways glance. Nor could I imagine anyone making any comments about cowboy boots.

I think is just a case of being self conscious and fretting too much about something that nobody else is going to care about at all.

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2 minutes ago, Shyheels said:

I don't understand that either. I live in the UK and regularly wear knee boots over my jeans and I’ve never had so much as a sideways glance. Nor could I imagine anyone making any comments about cowboy boots.

I think is just a case of being self conscious and fretting too much about something that nobody else is going to care about at all.

True...We all think the whole world is watching every time we step out in heels.  Part of this is paranoia for sure, but we think that others care about foot wear as much as we do....It took me many years to get over this...I realized I was progressing one day when I was out and about and completely forgot I was wearing my boots!....

Having a boot bud/gal along is always a great confidence booster....

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9 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

What would the adverse attention be? I wore my cowboy boots with 3” heels for my entire trip in the UK, and my wife said that there were a lot of people staring at my shoes.  If something is uncommon, then yes, people will stare and it will attract attention, but none of it was ever adverse to me.  I am comfortable with people taking a second look at something they don’t see often.  If anything, I welcome it as that is often how we get inspiration and understanding of each other as different people.  And if they don’t like the aesthetic, that is fine, it doesn’t hurt me.  

I suggested 'potentially adverse' attention, on the basis that anything unusual which might be considered not to accord with normal male street wear could give rise to quizzical if not critical looks or comment, noticeable or otherwise.   With great respect to p1ing74 (whom I admire), his overall appearance (cowboy boots included) in the UK is sufficiently 'different' as to draw some attention, as indeed his wife noticed.   I am glad to know that he detected nothing adverse but concealed cowboy boots with 3" heels are quite tame - I wear the similar ones in my avatar without any issues, although I know they have been 'spotted' on occasions with a raised eyebrow or three.   I do however suggest that his new tall decorated cowboy boots with a contrasting 4" heel are in another league and would very likely give rise to some reaction in the UK, albeit not necessarily of a critical or condemnatory nature.      

4 hours ago, Shyheels said:

I don't understand that either. I live in the UK and regularly wear knee boots over my jeans and I’ve never had so much as a sideways glance. Nor could I imagine anyone making any comments about cowboy boots.

I think is just a case of being self conscious and fretting too much about something that nobody else is going to care about at all.

You are entitled to your opinion based on your own experience but we are not talking here of plain 'cowboy' boots or even knee boots.   I don't think you have publicly worn long heeled boots as distinctive as those of p1ing74, or could do so without some quizzical reaction.   

In practice, perhaps fewer than 5% of passers-by would really notice 'unusual' footwear, and only a very few of them would say or do anything that might be considered unpleasant or remotely threatening.   But as far as I am concerned, it is not so much a question of being self-conscious, more a matter of self-preservation in an unknown situation. 

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People can give quizzical, even critical looks and comments on what I am wearing, and I don’t have a problem with it.  They are free to express themselves as freely as I dress myself.  When you refer to threats, are you now referring to physical dangers, beyond just verbal and emotional dangers?

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I guess so - we're all pretty civilised over here in Sussex. I must remember to get tooled-up next time I go on a shopping trip to Ashford...

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"....they're terribly cross in Kent...."

Puffer, Meganiwish and Shyheels may know what I'm quoting from:-)

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On 5/16/2021 at 10:58 PM, p1ng74 said:

People can give quizzical, even critical looks and comments on what I am wearing, and I don’t have a problem with it.  They are free to express themselves as freely as I dress myself.  When you refer to threats, are you now referring to physical dangers, beyond just verbal and emotional dangers?

The concept of 'threats' covers a wide field.   I was not envisaging any serious physical exposure (even in the wildest parts of Kent - and I don't live in Ashford which almost certainly poses a bigger risk than my home town!).   That said, there are certainly areas and times best avoided in any locality.   But I would not welcome intrusive comments and looks and I think it sensible not to be too blatant.   Perhaps I am being unduly sensitive and I am not unwilling to push the boundaries a little but, literally, one step at a time.

I have mentioned elsewhere my black suedette ASOS Recite boots (see below), which I enjoy wearing discreetly under bootcut jeans.   Yes, the 3.9" heels are almost certainly visible if I stride along or crouch down but I can live with such sightings.   My challenge is to wear them outside with normal length narrow jeans so that the whole heel is exposed.   Hardly discreet, almost certain to attract attention and draw comment, spoken or otherwise.   Probably not a good  idea to wear them close to home where I would be recognised - but elsewhere?   I should appreciate opinions on that.   

ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Recite heeled ankle boots in black

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12 hours ago, Shyheels said:

THey seem like really nice boots - I'd like a pair - and shouldn't be a problem, even in Ashford!  

Yes, they are nice - but would you wear them 'exposed'?

 

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I've never had pants long enough to really hide any heels that I'm wearing, so I only really have experience with "exposed" heel wearing.  That said, I do realize now how much difference there can still be standing versus sitting:  

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1 hour ago, Cali said:

When you wear stiletto knee high boots over your skinny jeans, now that exposure.

Honestly Cali, that's goofy even on women.

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You would get knee high boots and wear them inside your pants?  If I spend $200 of some suede knee high boots I don't want to hide them under some jeans.

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10 hours ago, Cali said:

You would get knee high boots and where them inside your pants?  If I spend $200 of some suede knee high boots I don't want to hide them under some jeans.

I agree Cali, wish I had your "chops"....My levis are over my boots, although the heels are visible...Hoping one day to achieve boots over jeans heeling status!

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14 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

Honestly Cali, that's goofy even on women.

How is that goofy? Skinny jeans and knee boots is neither goofy nor unusual

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On 5/18/2021 at 3:17 AM, Jkrenzer said:

Honestly Cali, that's goofy even on women.

Say that again, mate, and Shirley from EastEnders will come round and thump you!

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Skinny jeans and knee boots? Seems like the perfect way to wear them! Why else get knee boots of not to show them off. You may as well wear ankle boots if you cover them with jeans.

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On 5/19/2021 at 8:45 PM, Pumped said:

Skinny jeans and knee boots? Seems like the perfect way to wear them! Why else get knee boots of not to show them off. You may as well wear ankle boots if you cover them with jeans.

I will agree with you 97%. The other 3% is when it is worn that way out of utility. I.E. want to wear those cute pants but legs will get cold, so the higher shaft boots are worn to help keep warm.

There is another reason why I’ve worn my knee boots under jeans. Before wearing my knee boots to work over jeans forever and a day ago, I wore them under jeans, if nothing else to still show off the cute style of the toe and heel.

One thing I am excited for coming up this fall is how my newly altered boots will look when worn over jeans! I’m blessed with thinner calves which makes it hard to find boots that fit well and don’t have a lot of bulk up top.

If I ever get to updating my thread, I’ll discuss how my first experience with getting boots altered has gone, and the joy it has brought me.

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I too have had my knee boots altered to fit my calves better. It's not a cheap process. Most of the time the shoe cobbler will charge me $75.00 to alter my boots, but in the end the look is so much better. I'll pay the price to get my desired look!

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

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I have the opposite problem, large calves. There have been many boots that I can't zip up pass my shin. And if you wear the boots on the outside of your jeans, then you need even wider calf boots. You can subtract but can't add circumference.

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7 hours ago, bluejay said:

I too have had my knee boots altered to fit my calves better. It's not a cheap process. Most of the time the shoe cobbler will charge me $75.00 to alter my boots, but in the end the look is so much better. I'll pay the price to get my desired look!

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

I would love to know where you live that only charges $75!

38 minutes ago, Cali said:

I have the opposite problem, large calves. There have been many boots that I can't zip up pass my shin. And if you wear the boots on the outside of your jeans, then you need even wider calf boots. You can subtract but can't add circumference.

I tend to agree with you, but with certain boots, especially a good leather boot, you can stretch them some.

I had a good conversation about stretching calves with the lady who is altering mine. My wife has larger calves and suffers from this dilemma as well. The cobbler has about 26 years experience and said a good thick leather can usually get about an extra inch out of the calves without any issues.

Other materials, etc. she suggested adding an elastic panel which she said she’s done before as well.

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2 hours ago, KneeBooted said:

I tend to agree with you, but with certain boots, especially a good leather boot, you can stretch them some.

I had a good conversation about stretching calves with the lady who is altering mine. My wife has larger calves and suffers from this dilemma as well. The cobbler has about 26 years experience and said a good thick leather can usually get about an extra inch out of the calves without any issues.

Other materials, etc. she suggested adding an elastic panel which she said she’s done before as well.

When I spend over $80 on a pair I don't want to an extra $100 to modify them. I wear mostly size 10, some 11 if they are a little narrow or pointed toed, so there is a wide variety to choose from.

My Nine West leather pair(s) are tight in the morning when I first zip them up but wider when I take them off that night.

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7 hours ago, Cali said:

When I spend over $80 on a pair I don't want to an extra $100 to modify them. I wear mostly size 10, some 11 if they are a little narrow or pointed toed, so there is a wide variety to choose from.

My Nine West leather pair(s) are tight in the morning when I first zip them up but wider when I take them off that night.

While I agree with you that there’s a point where boots can be too much, there’s also something to be said for custom fit boots that look and feel great.

When you look at what custom fit boots cost from brands like Fernando Berlin, you’re going to be upwards of 350-400 dollars. If I can spend half of that to have a pair of boots in a style I want, knowing they’ll last me for years, I am willing to pony up that expense.

Now that’s not to say that you can’t find a great pair of boots that already fit well and will last you a long time without breaking the bank.

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13 hours ago, KneeBooted said:

I would love to know where you live that only charges $75!

I tend to agree with you, but with certain boots, especially a good leather boot, you can stretch them some.

I had a good conversation about stretching calves with the lady who is altering mine. My wife has larger calves and suffers from this dilemma as well. The cobbler has about 26 years experience and said a good thick leather can usually get about an extra inch out of the calves without any issues.

Other materials, etc. she suggested adding an elastic panel which she said she’s done before as well.

Hey KneeBooted, you live in a high end state, Everything costs more in CA. I live in upstate NY, where the cost of living isn't high end!

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

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