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Mistress Klaus
Friday, September 16th, 2005, 01:38 PM
Just interested...Am I one of the few who only wears leather boots and footwear in general???

I refuse point blank to wear any plastic, vinyl synthetic crap on my feet.....yet I have noticed it doesn't seem to matter these days...I had a hell of a time just trying to find a simple 6" heel platform boot made of genuine leather. Alot of people think you are nuts ('whats the big deal"...) when you specify that you want LEATHER....not plastic!

Quite ironic really....the amount of cows being slaughtered for burgers these days...yet their skin is getting rare.:doh :rolleyes: ...stupid trend, profit obsessed world.

Friday, September 16th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Yeah, I'm a leather boot guy all the way. Usually logger types. In fact, here is my current pair:


The only time I wear synthetic shoes is in the summer, I'll wear sandles on hot days. I have the pair in the lower-left of this page:


Or, when I'm working outside in the morning after a heavy, overnight rain, I'll wear my rubber boots:



Friday, September 16th, 2005, 04:30 PM
I wear handmade leather skate shoes and sandals. I had a nice pair of boots but unfortunately I had to trash them...

Friday, September 16th, 2005, 04:44 PM
I prefer leather shoes, handmade, with leather sole from Ludwig Reiter (http://www.ludwig-reiter.com/download/Ludwig_Reiter_Katalog_05.pdf), an Austrian Shoe Manufactory. Even when I'm on my horses I wear their shoes. But like Dalonord, I prefer rubber boots while on the feedlot and stable at rainy days.

Saturday, September 17th, 2005, 06:44 AM
Hehehe...I have almost the same boots in silver, leather of course. I have 7 1/2 inch heels in black;-) (ack I haven't worn any of that stuff in years) I might have something non-leather in a corner of my closet somewhere but other than my house slippers all my footwear is leather, loggers, clogs (wooden soled from Sweden!), docs, strappy things. No wait, I have a cute pair of checked cloth pumps but I don't really wear them, they are just for one outfit. It's been a long time since I've been shopping for um, "those" type of shoes and while I did notice a trend towards non-leather there always seemed to be lots of leather available. But, well, I live in SF, the availability of "interesting" clothing being one of the few upsides to living in such a "decadent" place, leather being a strong fetish. Synthetics are often cheaper to produce and more variable, most people care more for cheap than anything else.

Saturday, September 17th, 2005, 07:26 AM
I'm more of a boots and sandals kind of guy. During the summer, I usually either wear leather sandals or boat shoes when in casual attire. Currently I am wearing a discontinued Doc Marten sandal. I'll try to find pictures of them. For work and during the winter, I wear Red Wing leather boots. My particular favorite style is:
Red Wings style 4414 8" boot; size 12 (http://www.redwingshoes.com/shoe-zoom.cfm?style=4414)

My Sperry Topsiders boat shoe, size 12:

Doc Martens 8B38 Vulcanized Sandal, Size 12

Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 03:13 AM
Leather! What else? ;) (in Summer I prefer the hobbit way though)

Gorm the Old
Monday, September 19th, 2005, 01:29 AM
Ever hear the expression : "comfortable as an old shoe" ? That doesn't refer to synthetic footwear, but to leather. Leather accomodates and adapts itself to the foot in a way that vinyl, for example, NEVER can. I have never been able to break in synthetic footwear until the shoes or boots are really comfortable. Also, leather breathes; it is absorbent. Vinyl is not. The feet soon become hot and sweaty. This favors nagging, chafing, blisters, and corns. Synthetic soles are a different matter. In my opinion, Neolite soles are harder, more unyielding, and slipperier than leather soles. For comfort, I prefer foam rubber to either. Long ago, a pompous physician informed me in a portentous tone "You have pes planus." I know Latin as well as he did and I replied "Yes, I know. My feet are flat." But, for that reason, it's uncomfortable for me to stand on a hard surface for hours at a time in hard-soled shoes. So, while I was teaching, for about 30 years, I wore foam rubber soled shoes with leather uppers, insoles, and lasts. I still do. My hiking boots are of leather with thick Vibram lug synthetic rubber soles. I have worn boots with natural rubber soles, by the way. They are comfortable, but they don't wear well. So, except for soles, I greatly prefer leather for footwear.