Today, I am wearing my new hat, which makes me full of teh happy. =D Also, an acquaintance of mine was on TV! Check out this clip from Whitby Gothic Weekend on The One Show - the rainbow faerie lady at 0:45 and 2:17 is named Izzy, and I met her at DV8 Fest. ^^
My topic for today is Goth footwear, which really I should have talked about long ago when I first started waffling on about Goth fashion basics and how to begin creating your own Goth look. As you've probably noticed from a) the pics on this site, b) pics on the rest of the internets and c) your friendly neighbourhood Gothlings, it's rare to see a Goth without a ridiculously cool pair of boots.
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Gothy boots don't have to be black; but if you're just starting out in the world of dark fashion it may be wise to invest in a black pair so you know you will have something to go with everything.
There are dozens of brands providing ubercool stompy footwear to the black-clad masses. Some of the most famous and most commonly seen include Demonia (and its sister brand Pleaser), who produce the sexiest footwear around in a variety of colours, ranging from black to white to hot pink. Demonia's platform boots are infamous; certain styles have detachable parts and accessories that can be swapped and mix-and-matched to change the appearance of the boots from day to day. Demonia and Pleaser also create a wide variety of fetish-inspired styles - if you want it in PVC, with spikes, or just a wickedly high heel, this is the brand for you.
New Rocks are currently enjoying great popularity amongst alternative subcultures - the prices are high but the footwear is very hard-wearing as well as being utterly gorgeous. They are definitely an investment. New Rocks are have some of the most 'macho' styles available, with flames, chains, skulls and spikes. They are also famous for producing some of the most RIDICULOUSLY high platforms you will ever see.
Underground England produce a fabulous range of baseball boots and creepers - ideal for casual wear. Their canvas boots are very comfortable and could be described as 'Converse for non-conformists'. Patterns such as spiderwebs, skulls and tartan are incorporated into many of their designs.
Mad Fish supply vegan Goth and punk footwear and are one of the most affordable ranges. A lot of their boots are similar in style and appearance to New Rocks, perhaps a cheaper alternative for the Goth on a budget.
Websites stocking the above brands and many more can always be found with a quick Google search.
One of the common fears of a newbie Goth is shelling out hundreds of pounds to get a decent pair of boots; but look, we can't all afford spiffy New Rocks or the latest Demonia Transmuters, and it's not too difficult to put together a perfectly nice Goth look with footwear from the high street. A pair of basic (or not so basic) black boots can be found in shops like ShoeZone, Peacocks (I have two or three pairs from Peacocks and at least one from ShoeZone), or your local army surplus. For courts, heels, and other varieties of shoe New Look is often a fairly safe bet, and reasonably cheap.
Charity shops can often be very helpful - I have two pairs of second-hand New Rocks, and a pair of velvet pointy-toed pixie boots that I found in a charity shop. Just make sure to try them on and inspect them thoroughly first - they may need re-heeling, re-soling or a thorough clean to make them look as good as new.
If you're a picky darkling who doesn't fancy high street OR brand name footwear, try eBay and Etsy to track down little-known alternative brands and independent sellers - just be sure to check sizes carefully and make sure you buy from reputable traders.
Remember, pumps, flats and plain boots can always be jazzed up to suit your personal aesthetic with a little DIY. Change the shoelaces; add spikes; paint designs onto them; even spray with glitter (I have a pair of steel-toed combats that I am going to cover with rainbow glitter and give pink shoelaces ^^). You don't have to spend a fortune to have a perfect pair of Gothtastic footwear... ;-)
|Me today - Veil of Vision shades and latest charity shop find (my hat)|