Ophelia's Gaze: It's Boot Season in Second Life!
Exclusive to NWN, Iris Ophelia's ongoing showcase of all things stylish in SL
There's been a glut of great boot releases recently, and it shouldn't be a huge surprise. Fall is a big season for boots-- a little too cold for sandals, not cold enough for a pair of fuzzy mukluks, it's the perfect time of the year for stylish, ankle and calf-hugging footwear. Even in Second Life, where we're immune from every shifting season, it's a big time for tall footwear. Keep reading for four pairs of beautiful boots that I just couldn't ignore!
machang Pichot's Leather Riders Boots might be a bit of an acquired taste. I admit that I had a very hard time putting an outfit together to suit them (though that may just be because I insisted on getting the red pair), but the detail work in both the textures and the sculpties is undeniably astounding. machang sculpted dozens of straps and laces that are bunched and tied in an extremely realistic and unique way. The amount of time it must have taken to build these boots almost boggles the mind, and the end result truly shows it. You can get these boots at Aoharu [SLURL], in their ANEXX luxury line... for men and for women!
Bax Coen's Prestige Boots debuted during the summer and quickly won a passionate fashionista following. While the boots are built and textured nicely, the real selling point is the customization options. These boots have the mother of all customization scripts, which let you choose the colour of the boot, the boot sole, the heel, the heel cap, accents, zippers, and heel trim, just to name a few. You can also adjust the fit of the boot with impressive precision (which I love, since my shape is slightly knock-kneed, meaning that I always need to rotate and shift my boots around to fit). If you're looking for a versatile boot that you can do just about anything with, Bax's boots are probably worth investing in. Grab a pair or five at Bax Boots [SLURL].
If I was a store, I think I would be *G Field*. A little bit under the radar, eclectic, colourful, and straddling the line between adorable and elegant... with a nice Japanese fashion vibe included, of course. Cerberus Noel of *G Field* [SLURL] makes some pretty fabulous shoes for some pretty reasonable prices, and if you've been shoe shopping lately you've probably noticed that many pairs are getting to be as expensive as your average skin, Because of that, I'm a bit of a sucker for quality economical shoes, so when I noticed that Cerberus was offering two recent pairs of buckled ankle boots, including the pair above, called Emma, in pumpkin orange for a scandalous L$30 each, I was completely sold, and Cerberus had secured her spot on my list.
I really only have one thing to gush about with this last pair. These are the Longboots Round from J's [SLURL] by JB Gazov, and they probably have the best texturing I have ever seen on a shoe in Second Life ever. Period. No hyperbole, no fangirling. There are two points on these boots that make me say that, one that you can see, and one that unfortunately was a tad too awkward to photograph. As you can see in the back of the ankle, there's a little bulgy wrinkling of the leather-- maybe I'm just a little bit too crazy over details like this, but the shine and shadow of this little area has me smitten. The detail that you unfortunately can't see are the two strips of brilliant glossy shine on the back of each calf, which are really flattering and give the illusion of really well shaped calves where SL's shape mesh may otherwise be a bit lacking. If you really appreciate the beautiful minutia in a design like I do, I can't recommend these boots enough. They're just beyond gorgeous!
Those are my favourites, but there's a big hole in my list-- steampunk, gothic, punk, and grunge boots! I've got a bunch, but they're all starting to get a bit old and dated. It's time for something a bit fresher, so you tell me, who's released the most awesome gritty, street-ready boots recently, and what are your favourite boots for a brisk fall in SL?