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January 11, 2007

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The Flea's commitment to learning by doing resulted in a nasty, peculiar blister on a first pass at lacing the twenty-hole Stompy Stomp Stomp Boots; a buttonhook would be a timely Victorian solution to the problem. Once I have tracked one down - and gained some confidence in my footing - I will explore a strange new world of shoe lacing methods. There is a temptation to go all hardcore for Double Cross Lacing and Double Helix Lacing has an Hermetic appeal but for my current purposes Riding Boot Lacing is almost certainly the most practical; unlike, for example, boots whose rationale was a Canadian winter. We have not seen much of one here as of yet.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 11, 2007 07:23 AM


Please call if you consider use of the related and accessorising head corset.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 09:47 AM

Double Cross lacing easily wins the aesthetics contest hands-down. But you would have to sleep in your boots since donning or doffing them would be highly impractical.

Where is the Colonial Marines model with a big metal shin-guard?

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 10:05 AM

Mine are Riot-20s... the Reaper-30s have a bit more metal to them. My real alternate choice, however, were the Gravel-20s due to their Deathdealer appeal.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 10:27 AM

I should point out mine were an eBay purchase, significantly discounted and paid for using Flea-generated PayPal revenue. This virtual economics stuff can pay dividends.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 10:29 AM

Oooooooooh, stompity stomp boots are sexy!

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 01:06 PM

I confess I had this in mind alongside their obvious practicality as footwear.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 11, 2007 01:47 PM

It is posts like these that make me feel old. At 39 I wish I could buy stompity stomp boots and go all Steam Punk to work, but with three kids to feed and a mortgage, I have no chance to be a viable member of any such fun.. (I type as I drink my Singapore beer and get ready for a night of SLACk and video game geekdom).

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 12, 2007 07:13 PM