Iris Rants: Are These the Most Amazing Boots in Second Life, or Just Proof of How Broken the SL Markeplace Is?
I prefer not to write solely about my dislike for something. I don't like attack pieces. I try to balance the good and the bad, and I'd rather altogether avoid something if I can't come up with at least one constructive comment. But this time... I've absolutely had enough.
This time, let me tell you... I never want to see these goddamned boots again.
These boots don't represent the best that Second Life fashion has to offer to say the least, and there is absolutely, positively no way that I am the only one whose skin crawls at the sight of them. These bloody sculpted boots, either from this brand or from the countless others that have used and abused the same full-permission building components. They've been around for ages. I feel like they've been popping up in front of me at least once a week for the past 4 years of my life.
And I would give just about anything to never have to look at them again.
Every time I browse the SL Marketplace, whenever I search for something related or completely unrelated, whenever look at one of those showcase features attempting to highlight certain items but inevitably just showing the exact same nonsense every damn time, without fail these boots are there. Sitting at the top of the page with their dated sculpts and their lazily recolored textures. I would link them in case you wanted to grab a pair for yourself, but I doubt you'll have any trouble at all finding them. They're haunting the Second Life Marketplace like a ghost.
Or maybe they're just haunting me.
At the temptingly low price of L$29 these boots have made their way into countless wardrobes and are undeniably one of the most popular items on the Marketplace today, boasting 1470 user review and a solid 4-star average. The popularity of mesh also doesn't automatically make a well-made sculpted item any less well-made, and sculpted thigh-high boots in particular offer better resizability and fitting options than their rigged mesh counterparts tend to.
They're not the worst boots in Second Life, but they're certainly not the best, either.
Is the real problem the boots themselves, or are they just an easy scapegoat for something larger -- the fact that the Second Life Marketplace's current means of highlighting content has put these damn boots on the front page of every search, every skim, every showcase I've looked at in years? That's the question I'm left with... And yes, it's absolutely rhetorical.Tweet
Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.