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A few years back - to be precise, in 2011 - Dsquared designed a pair of boots that looked like ice skate boots, but with a heel. They only produced sizes 38-40 (IT), and as I am a 41 (in Louboutin even 41.5), I never ordered them. Still... I put pictures of those boots in a folder of "things I liked". Sometimes I manage to buy similar items later, or produce them on my own (by sewing them if its clothing). With shoes - not so simple.

4 years later, Dsquared did another edition of these boots, again in sizes 38-40. As I do have one pair of size 40 (IT) boots from Belstaff that fits me perfectly, I started to wonder whether Dsquared might run large enough for me to fit. I searched the net and found two stores offering a size 40: One in Italy with VERY bad reviews (wrong items being sent, no refund, no customer service), the other one in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The website shows the boots, but you cannot order them. It's basically like a store window.

Now Rotterdam is quite far away from where I live, so paying a visit - impossible. Till... I had a business meeting in Amsterdam. Well, the business meeting is tomorrow :)

I called at around lunch time at the store in Rotterdam, whether the pair in size 40 would stil be available (yes), and whether they would run true to size (answer: "no, they run small"). Bummer. Should I still visit the store to try them on when they run small? -- I decided that after 4 years of waiting, I would never get the "missed chance" out of my head if I wouldn't got there.

So... I got to Amsterdam in time to quickly drop my luggage at the hotel, change into leggings and heeled boots (which I brought in my suitcase) and take the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam central station. From there, it was just a 5 minute walk to the store. 

The boots were not exactly as I had imagined, as I thought that they used metal for the "blades", but it is sturdy plastic. Hmm, ok. But now that I was there, I wanted to see whether they would fit. The right boot was standing in the shelf for display (in size 40), so I ask whether I could try it on (sales guy: "yeah, feel free").

I undid the laces in the upper half, slipped into the boot and... tada! ... they run BIG. They fit. They fit !!!!!! Cool.

Then the sales girl approached me with a big smile: "Did you call in this afternoon?"

"Yup, that was me", I replied. "Do you also have the other one for trying?"

5 minutes later I took the following pics (sorry for the bad quality, I am still using my trusted old iPhone 4. I prefer to invest in shoes, not technology that is outdated in 2 years from now):

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So you will probably ask: Can you walk in these monsters?  (even one other sales girl asked me if I could walk in them, and after a short demonstration walking up and down the store, she was pretty impressed)

So the answer is: Yes, I can! In fact, due to the skating-blades which are connected, it feels a little between a wedge and a high heel stiletto. Still, I wouldn't dare to walk with these over cobblestone pavement, so you have to know upfront whether where you go might comes with certain risks.

Where do I wear these boots? I have no idea. At a fashion event, like Vogue fashion night. At a party night, where I can park just around the corner. Not necessarily for grocery shopping ;) ... but maybe I put them up in the meantime in my bookshelf as an iconic design. I just wanted to have them, similar to a picture that you put up a wall.

I called my credit card company to make sure the charge would go through and then paid a hefty 2,000 USD for these boots. Yes, they are not worth that price (Louboutins cost less), but then again, they probably won't be producing a third edition in 2019...

As I am only with carry-on luggage, they will be shipped in their box to where I work (easier to pick up FedEx there), so I can put up some high quality pics probably early next week.

 

 

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7 hours ago, freestyle75 said:

 

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I'm glad you found your hearts desire in those boots.  It also sounds like you had quite an adventure getting them but ..... the style really isn't my thing, and you paid more for those boots than I did for my guitar (and I use the guitar daily).  You sound very happy to have found them, so since being happy is a major thing, good for you.  When you do wear them out and about please tell us where you went and the reaction you get.

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At first glance they look like trendy lace up platform heels. After longer observation they resemble ice skates. Probably marketed to athletes wives- hockey players with some income to blow on fashion items. Could see these heels worn charity events dinners for wives of hockey players. 

It's all about getting attention and making a fashion statement at least those who can blow 2k on wearing them for one night. 

There should be a rental store for heels like those. After your night out just return them and be done with it making a dramatic statement.

Doubt heels like those would be comfortable to wear...

 

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Reading your post you write  that some Italy sizes 41 fit you well....? Had my eye on various booties and largest size i've found they make are 40 -41 ITALY. Looking to get Giueseppe Zanotii,  ACNE, Rag & Bone, Prada booties... 

Some woman shoes vary to 11.5 US or 42 for my 9.5US male sizing. What would you recommend? 

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Those are amazing, freestyle75!  Sure that's a lot of money but sometimes when you get the chance to get something you've been waiting on for years as a complete pipe dream, you just have to go for it.  Congratulations!

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So, in Sint Maarten for work/honeymoon, my new Timberland boots are working well :)

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@freestyle75

Holy smokes thats a lot of money for a pair of shoes! Wow! Somehow I would have a hate/love relationship with those. They are ugly and awesome at the same time (positive comment, not negative). ;-)

 

I've gotten another pair of casual ankle boots (New Look), not quite as expensive, not even close ;-). I should really take some 'wearing them' pictures but for now this has to do. ;-) Not very high but I liked them and they fit like a glove. The heel isn't even noticeable.

 

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Did some New Look shopping again. Got a pair of real leather ankle 'shoeties' in the black friday sale. Also I finally found a pair of heels with front zipper that I actually fit in! I'm so happy! ;-)

 

OOPS! Posted this in the wrong thread. Was supposed to be in the "New shoes" version. Can a mod move this post? :-)

 

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Work/honeymoon? That wouldn't go over well with most brides! Congrats, good luck, and have fun!

Steve

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On 30.11.2015, 08:38:41, MackyHeels said:

It's all about getting attention and making a fashion statement at least those who can blow 2k on wearing them for one night. 

There should be a rental store for heels like those. After your night out just return them and be done with it making a dramatic statement.

Doubt heels like those would be comfortable to wear...

They are really much easier to wear than what it looks like. If you can walk in stilettos, without a doubt you could easily walk in them.

About "blowing 2k on wearing them for one night" - they are more than just shoes that you wear for one night. I showed the picture to my assistant at work, and without me saying anything, she said that these are almost like a work of art. That's why I also mentioned my bookshelf - these are too amazing to store them just in their box.

On 30.11.2015, 08:38:41, MackyHeels said:

Reading your post you write  that some Italy sizes 41 fit you well....? Had my eye on various booties and largest size i've found they make are 40 -41 ITALY. Looking to get Giueseppe Zanotii,  ACNE, Rag & Bone, Prada booties... 

Some woman shoes vary to 11.5 US or 42 for my 9.5US male sizing. What would you recommend? 

Some Italy 40, 41, 41.5 and even 42. It depends on the make.

I am a regular 8.5 US sizing (male), based on very few shoes I got in US sizes. As I am from Germany, we mostly have the Italian (IT) shoe size system.

In Prada, I am 41 (IT, perfect fit), or 11.0 US. Louboutins: 41.5 (good fit), Belstaff 41 (roomy) or 40 (on the small side), Miu Miu 41.5 - 42 (they run very small), Chloé 41 (quite roomy, but great fit), Jil Sander 41 (small), Salvatore Ferragamo 41 (roomy), Marc Jacobs 41 (perfect fit), Michael Kors 41 or US 10 (perfect fit), Costume National 41 (perfect), Yves Saint Laurent 41.5 (I've got a pair in 41, which runs slightly small), Acne 41 (perfect fit). I can't say anything about Zanotti or Rag&Bone, don't have them. But in general: as I am a size 8.5 US male, I don't think that a size 41 would fit you. You may try the 11.5, but it probably will still be snug from a fit-perspective.

33 minutes ago, Cl0setheels said:

Holy smokes thats a lot of money for a pair of shoes! Wow! Somehow I would have a hate/love relationship with those. They are ugly and awesome at the same time (positive comment, not negative). ;-)

Well, they are very unusual, awesome, and totally overpriced. And yes, they are the most expensive pair of shoes I own. But: I do NOT have buyers remorse.

Believe it or not: I was suffering from severe tinnitus and hearing loss in my right ear for MONTHS now (sudden hearing loss, caused by stress). It became worse in the last few weeks (okay, I also had lots of stress at work), up to the point where I wasn't able to understand anything someone would say standing to my right. It sounded like I had water in my right ear (I was also at the hospital, where they made various tests and confirmed the hearing loss of over -70 decibels - equivalent to a > 80 year old. They couldn't do anything for me). I was listening to the world in mono at age 40.

I don't know whether it's the feelings of joy I had (and I was/am truly very happy), but my right ear recovered back to a point where I just have some remaining light tinnitus, but can hear and understand conversations again - this took place in the last couple of days since buying them, especially after I received the boots in the mail. Nothing muffled anymore, clear, good hearing. Except for the shoes, I had quite some stress at work in the past days again, so it's either a coincidence, or the shoes (or rather the joy of finally getting them) caused it. When I look at them now and listen to music in STEREO again, I smile. Best money I ever spent.

Learning 1: Health is the most important thing you have. 

Learning 2: Avoid stress. 

Learning 3: Buying shoes can be a great stress relief :happy:

On 1.12.2015, 00:50:39, Lime15 said:

Those are amazing, freestyle75!  Sure that's a lot of money but sometimes when you get the chance to get something you've been waiting on for years as a complete pipe dream, you just have to go for it.  Congratulations!

Thank you! I got many things that were on my to-buy list in the recent weeks, but the heels were really the most unusual, hard-to-get and oldest (since 2011) item on my list...

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@freestyle75

Hope your hearing fully recovers! I always have a slight beep (or a heavy beep when I've got the flu) and know how annoying it can be. Though I'm not having any hearing loss and I'm very happy with that. I do believe in the healing (heeling? ;-) ) powers of shoes (in one way or another). They make me feel more relaxed when I put them on. Don't know what it is but it helps. Shopping is still a little scary but I've reached the point where I enjoy it very much (usually I go together with a female friend which is even more fun than going alone).

And if you can afford nice things like that, why not indeed. I'm very jealous of your figure though! Your outfits look very smart! Keep the good things coming.

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13 hours ago, freestyle75 said:

she said that these are almost like a work of art. That's why I also mentioned my bookshelf - these are too amazing to store them just in their box

I really didn't understand spending that much for shoes but as a work of art, that an entirely different matter.

As for the stress... There is a lesson to be learned from wearing high heels.  Try remembering the first time you went out in heels and the self imposed stress involved in worrying about somebody seeing your heels.  Since then I suspect you have gained the confidence in your self presentation in heels that the stress has gone away and you can heel in public without stress.

The key is that stress is self imposed.  Sometimes that isn't a bad thing but it is still self imposed. 

Allow me a short story: I worked for 26 years at a University in the IT department where I really did give a damn about doing the job right and at times this generated lot of stress, there was also the stress of meeting someone else's timelines, and the occasional recovery from an error.  Finally one day I realized that no one else cared about the things I cared about.  I clearly remember shaving on front a mirror one morning and saying,"I don't care" (and really meant it).  A few weeks later I resigned and took a job doing the same work in industry for twice the salary and about the same level of stress.

My point is that I understand the stress of the workplace.  I have since retired and an living a relatively stress free life.  What I wish is that someone had explained to me 40 years ago is that most stress is self imposed and I really could have reduced my stress by paying more attention to what I really important to me and only worrying about that.  I'm not suggesting that you not care about work, rather, that you realize that you are doing it to yourself and put a limit on it.  I finally wound up with a sign in my office that reminded me that "Shit Happens" and that seemed to help keep me on track.

Hang in there:

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Your analysis is spot on:

Learning 1: Health is the most important thing you have. 

Learning 2: Avoid stress. 

Learning 3: Buying shoes (and a good Stereo) can be a great stress relief.

 

TBG

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Here are my new Jones Boots, and I am very excited to see that they are just as I had hoped. Unfortunately the ankle opening is too narrow for my big foot to fit. I have sent Miguel an e-mail to see where to return them for correction. I may ask him to take a little off the heel to to narrow it up just a tiny bit, though I like them as they are, if the bottom was narrowed by 1/4" side to side and also front to back It may make the seem less chunky, but on the other hand may make the boot too feminine, as that is not the look I am going for.

What are your all thoughts?

tightlevisandhhboots

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I like 'em!

I have thought about ordering a pair but never get around to it.

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I am bidding on a fairly out there really high heel pair of booties / boots by TOPSHOP. I dont know how their sizing goes but they are a 42eu so will see how they go. Fingers crossed

the same seller has these in leopard print (at 3x price)  but i just want to check sizing first

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Like those! Big fan of booties like that! :-) hope you'll get them.

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9 hours ago, tightlevisandhhboots said:

Here are my new Jones Boots, and I am very excited to see that they are just as I had hoped. Unfortunately the ankle opening is too narrow for my big foot to fit. I have sent Miguel an e-mail to see where to return them for correction. I may ask him to take a little off the heel to to narrow it up just a tiny bit, though I like them as they are, if the bottom was narrowed by 1/4" side to side and also front to back It may make the seem less chunky, but on the other hand may make the boot too feminine, as that is not the look I am going for.

What are your all thoughts?

tightlevisandhhboots

Nice boots!   I assume a 4" heel.   Personally, I would leave the heel exactly as it is - unless you are intending the boots to look more feminine; the overall look is fairly 'rugged' and balanced.

2 hours ago, Pumped said:

I like 'em!

I have thought about ordering a pair but never get around to it.

My MJ boots were well-made and a very good fit.  Despite the problem noted above, I would trust Miguel to make anything - but do make sure he is given correct measurements.

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9 hours ago, Puffer said:

Nice boots!   I assume a 4" heel.   Personally, I would leave the heel exactly as it is - unless you are intending the boots to look more feminine; the overall look is fairly 'rugged' and balanced.

My MJ boots were well-made and a very good fit.  Despite the problem noted above, I would trust Miguel to make anything - but do make sure he is given correct measurements.

Those MJ boots are super hot, very powerful and masculine, I wouldn't mess with the heels either, so sorry they don't fit right.  I have a few pairs of 5" MJ boots.

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Yep, I agree. Don't mess with the boots' heels. They look great as is.

Steve

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I bought these in November. no those aren't my legs the picture is from the website.

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Are those the 'Laurel & Hardy' style of boots, crotchhiboots - another fine mesh? :wink:

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On 12/4/2015, 11:45:29, Puffer said:

Nice boots!   I assume a 4" heel.   Personally, I would leave the heel exactly as it is - unless you are intending the boots to look more feminine; the overall look is fairly 'rugged' and balanced.

My MJ boots were well-made and a very good fit.  Despite the problem noted above, I would trust Miguel to make anything - but do make sure he is given correct measurements.

Yes, they are a 4" heel. I have another pair of MJ boots with 4.5" heel and a pair of MJ Boots with 3" heel, all very chunky heels. I wanted one pair that was a tall heel, but was just on the ragged edge of masculine vs feminine.....

On 12/5/2015, 9:32:15, pebblesf said:

Those MJ boots are super hot, very powerful and masculine, I wouldn't mess with the heels either, so sorry they don't fit right.  I have a few pairs of 5" MJ boots.

Thanks!!!!

On 12/5/2015, 11:09:54, Steve63130 said:

Yep, I agree. Don't mess with the boots' heels. They look great as is.

Steve

Thanks!!!!

Here is what I have asked Miguel to do with the heels, and to add a rear access zipper for foot entry. Here is a pair of boots (Black) that is where I am drawing my inspiration from...

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1 hour ago, Steve63130 said:

Puffer, get back in your cage! LOL

Steve

I was never out of it, Steve - and I have to type this message as I'm not allowed anything sharp like a pencil. :evil:

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I bought these brown booties 2 days ago from Sergio Rossi for every day,  although the heel is not  high as I used to... I call these my running heels))  

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5 hours ago, crotchhiboots said:

Puffer

No but do you know who is on first?

Sorry, don't understand - please explain!

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Just now, Puffer said:

Sorry, don't understand - please explain!

"Who's on first" is a classic Abbott and Lou Costello routine.

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4 minutes ago, Thighbootguy said:

Classic Abbott and Lou Costello routine.

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Thank's for the explanation, Tbg.   I don't see the relevance of linking to A&C, but let that pass!

I wasn't aware of this routine, good though it is, as A&C (unlike L&H) are not as popular in the UK.   And as for understanding baseball ...!   (But then I wouldn't expect Morecambe & Wise, for example, to be household names in the US, or for cricket to be fully comprehended.)

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Just now, Puffer said:

I don't see the relevance of linking to A&C, but let that pass!

But then I wouldn't expect Morecambe & Wise, for example, to be household names in the US, or for cricket to be fully comprehended.

Folks probably figured if you knew L&H you would know A&C.  Oh well it was funny on this side of the pond.

Cricket not being comprehendable has nothing to do with where it is played. :roll:

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