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Topic: Knee-high Boot mods-- for we wide-calfed women (tutorial, too!)  (Read 2490 times)
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« on: October 04, 2007 12:59:13 PM »

So, why is it that NOONE has trendy boots with genuinely wide calves?

Yeah, Torrid does, but it's only at certain times of the year and they're ridiculously expensive for horrible quality. And their customer service stinks.
Then, there's Roamans, where the boots are very plain and matronly.
JCrew claims to have a wider calf boot, but it's a joke..and no where near wide.

Anyways, I like wearing boots- not just for my costuming/sci-fi and anime convention going-- but for daily wear in the winter.
I got flippin' sick of not being able to wear cute stuff, and after my last pair of good boots got too small, I got creative.

My calves are 18 1/2" in circumfrence, btw.

It's very easy:
A.) Get a cute pair of boots. Make sure they're comfy and most importantly-- make sure they're unlined, have a distinctive back seam and are made of a stretchy material be it pleather or lightweight leather.

b.) find a coordinating pleather or leather that matches the boots. This'll become the tongue. You'll need enough for a long inverted triangle from your ankle to the top of the boot, with a max width of your calf - current boot's calf size + 2 inches.
This is slipped in and either stitched in or held in via velcro tabs when the boot is finished.

b.) Starting at the top of bottom of the ankle/rigid top of the heel on the shoe, rip out the back seam up to the top of the boot, carefully.

c.) using a hole-punch first, then a grommet gun, put in matching grommets, one per inch.

d.) lace up with ribbon, leather cord, laces, whatever you want. It looks alot better when everything blends.

Not the best shot, but it gives an idea...
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007 02:09:23 PM »

I would love to see these. The pic is not working for me.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007 07:08:31 PM »

Good idea!  I never wear boots for that reason, except my dr marten's, and those are rarely worn these days.

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007 07:53:37 PM »

Mom has touble getting boots that fit - she remembers the last time those were in style! - and this might help. Of course, my luck, she'll buy the stuff and hand 'em to me Roll Eyes

My, what a cunning hat there, apriljane!
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007 05:42:24 AM »

very cute!
I might check out Value Village for some boots to try this on. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007 12:03:37 PM »

My, what a cunning hat there, apriljane!

Well, thank you, ma'm!
That's what I told Vera..
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2008 03:02:04 AM »

I love this idea. I was going to do something like this... then I decided to try and sell my boots on craigslist. People there are flakes... so I'm going to do this... yes. fabulous, thanks for the tutorial.
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