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Mandalorian Armor => Soft Parts => Topic started by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 01, 2010, 01:40 AM

Title: looking for boots
Post by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 01, 2010, 01:40 AM
so were is the best place to get boots. ive looked at stores around my area and can manly find dark brown. im looking for black. the black boots i have found are close to $100 and even have the brand logo stamped on the leather somewhere.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ajax Kaal on Aug 01, 2010, 11:09 AM
There are a lot of online places to choose from like:

Ebay
Zappos
use military surplus as a search string and you can look through those places
if you put in " black boots " as a search string, you will find a million hits, you will just have to search through them...

Find a local military surplus place, Payless shoes has boots for like $30-$50 in black at least they used to, I've bought several pairs of black boots from them over the years; your local Wal-Mart will have boots, if there are any motorcycle stores around, they will have boots, if you want cheap, you can go to your local thrift stores like Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, etc. However, if you buy from a place like that, the boots will be broken in to the people that wore them first and you will probably have a devil of a time with them fitting right, but they are the cheapest you will find. Usually less than $10...

Big thing to meet CRL's is that if they have laces, they have to be covered...

Good luck.



Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 01, 2010, 02:15 PM
that's the thing, i don't want laces. i can find black boots all day long that have laces. sorry that i didn't mention that to start off with.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Kora on Aug 01, 2010, 02:30 PM
Try looking for pirate/renaissance/medieval type sites that sell costuming. Sometimes those have men's plain leather boots if that's what you're looking for.

Or you can always make/buy spats to cover the laces.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 01, 2010, 02:51 PM
well im planing on having boot armor, so i was going to glue the plate to the boot.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: OriKad on Aug 01, 2010, 03:17 PM
You don't want to do that, vod.  The plate will come off because boots flex and plates don't.  I learned this the hard way on my first troop.  Now my boot plates are attached to a spat.  Your plate and boot need to be able to move separately, otherwise either A: the plate will pop off, or B: you'll walk funny.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ajax Kaal on Aug 01, 2010, 05:22 PM
Very true, all it takes to cover the laces is a pair of boot plates and/or shins or a simple pair of spats....

I made velcro tactical straps to attach to my shins and boot plates and they wrap around to the back of my legs and hold it tight to my leg. Or, like OriKad said, physically attach the plates to the spats....

No worries on not mentioning laces, just trying to give you some ideas. :-)

Yep, the online Renfest / Medieval places are also good.

Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 01, 2010, 06:02 PM
ok. thanks for the advise. :)
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Gabrin Kinoda on Aug 02, 2010, 02:50 PM
I know a few people that have also used motorcycle/motocross boots. Of course, you'll have to do some mods to them so that they don't scream, "HI, I'M A MOTOCROSS BOOT!"   ;D

I guess we ladies have it easy--not too many womens' boots have laces.  ;)
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ordo Skirata on Aug 02, 2010, 03:27 PM
I recently got these.
(http://www.myshoeaddictiontoo.com/ellie/121-SHAZAM.jpg)
I am also going to attach the shin armor to the boots.  Which I seee no problem in.  They zip up the back while not great the will be fine.  I have a black flightsuit so the zipper will not be visible.  I have no plans to use the boots for anything else so not a big deal for me.  Hope this is another good alternative for you!

http://cgi.ebay.com/CAPTAIN-KIRK-STAR-WARS-STAR-TREK-ROLL-PLAY-COSTUME-BOOT-/160455161351?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item6b1a8add78
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Tor K'lumph on Aug 12, 2010, 08:51 AM
Ya I have found WW2 German boots for really cheap at army surplus stores for really cheap. They are tall(about mid calf) they are all leather and they don't have laces. And if you can't find those get "cowboy" boots. They are nice and all leather also but usually lower.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Ter'ell Tritain on Aug 12, 2010, 01:11 PM
well im trying to avoid cowboy boot because i want more of a rounded toe. the cowboy boots have more of a pointed toe.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Tor K'lumph on Aug 12, 2010, 02:06 PM
No not all of them. Mine are tall and the front is rounded and not pointed. If there is a boot store go there and talk to sombody I got awsome boots for pretty cheap.
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: Tor K'lumph on Aug 13, 2010, 04:12 PM
I don't know if I'm to late to post this but here's a pic of my boots.
IMG_0074.JPG
 . They are cowboy workboots and they have rounded toes and are pretty tall. They don't have all the decorational stuff like most cowboy boots so they are nice. I don't know if the pic will work. 
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: BedlamX on Aug 13, 2010, 04:47 PM
I use moto cross boots on my kit. The armor plates have been riveted to the front of the boot after removing the rubber "armor" that comes on most of them.

As said earlier, all cowbow boots are not pointed toe. I have some square toe ones I found in an old locker where I used to work. And many of the guys here at work wear the round toe "cowboy" boots with the safety toe.

Search "jack boots", "engineer boots", and even "costume boots" to get a great selection. I have a pair of steel toe engineer boots that would be great for a Mando if I didn't already have the moto cross ones. Real leather will cost more and be more comfortable. Vinyl will be cheaper and (usually...I have a great pair that feel like house shoes for my Jedi) be a bit less comfortable (not to mention less durable.

Oh...don't glue the plates to the boot, though. Glues on leather/vinyl have a nasty habit of giving up on you at the worst possible moment. I would recommend pop rivets. Them little buggers ain't comin loose without a power drill   ;).
Title: Re: looking for boots
Post by: bodatheyoda on Aug 17, 2010, 06:39 PM
there's these although they are knee high boots...I might pick them up for my mando

http://shop.cosplay.com/footwear/mens-shoes-boots/walker130.html

(http://shopi.cosplay.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/320x320/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/w/a/walker-130-blkpu.jpg)