Listening to: Iron Maiden "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns"
(Countless people have asked...Where can I buy those red croc boots?)
I hate to tell you, but you can't. *I* didn't even order them.
Around November of 2002, DJ went on one of his customary trips to London for DDI business, and I gave him a list of two pairs of custom boots I wanted made at The Little Shoe Box. One pair was a crotch-high, 1/2 zip, forest green gloss leather boots with 8" heels and a 2" platform; the other was a pair of black patent leather, lace-ups, 7" blue heels with a 1" blue platform with blue laces, if it could be done. Both had to be lined.
I didn't get those boots. Still haven't. We'll discuss the knee-highs in a future post.
DJ visited LSB and checked out the 'forest green leather' - he wasn't impressed with the quality - so he went on a leather hunt. And while going through their storage space, he found a small roll of this 'red croc' leather and fell in love with it. Gino told him that the piece of leather was a one-off - there was no more of it available, ever. There was only enough left for two pairs of boots to be made.
Now DJ has a knee-high pair sitting in his warehouse right now - and I have the pair you are looking at. The leather is no longer available, and LSB is gone - so these are one-of-a-kind boots.
If you want to see more pics of them - it's actually a two-for-one deal, because one of the galleries is in our 'Interactive' section. Bootlovers #28 has the gallery featuring the above image, and since that gives you access to the Interactive section - just go to my Cam Gallery and scroll down. There's a link to another gallery featuring large size images of them.
Yes, I am bringing them to the next CA visit for a new photoshoot.
(Cliff asks: Can you tell me what experiences you've had with vendors? If you were going to buy good quality pair of leather thigh high boots with a 4 or 5 inch heel who would you buy from?)
I'd look on Ebay before hitting any of the vendors. You know I adore BobandAngie.
If I were going to buy a pair of 'basic' calf or patent leather thigh-highs with no platforms from a vendor? I'd go to Michelle at Afterdark Fashions in Australia. Michelle is one of 'us', offers fabulous customer service, and will spend the time to help you find what you need. The exchange rate is favorable to just about every country in the world as well.
If money was no object? I'd hit Ian at Jean Gaborit with a wishlist. Their quality is on par with the high fashion designers, and they are one of the few who offer custom fitting.
Now before other vendors begin to angrily post in the Comments...I know Bob and Angie, Michelle, and Ian via DJ and other bootlovers - they're good people and have been 'around' for years. I feel safe sending them my money. Other vendors may be 'awesome' - but until I deal with them myself, or hear from others who have...I'll recommend the safest options.
(Note: I've learned that Typepad has a 'cut-off' point for posts! Another post to follow momentarily!)