bound_crossdresser wrote:However, while I was browsing eBay, I found a few sellers who posted pictures of the actual shoes in their possession rather than the company’s stock promotional photos and the differences were enough to give me pause. The most desirable element that I am seeking is a true 5” heel and the seller’s images seem noticeably lower than that.
Remember that a stock promo photo is likely to be of a size 7 or 8 shoe, which means that a 5" heel height will look a LOT taller than it will with an average crossdresser size shoe -- all the extra "shoe" makes the same size heel look shorter!
Two pairs of my favorite knee-high boots, one CD size, one ex-GF size, both advertised as 4" heels. In reality, the larger size heel is only about 1/8" longer -- but viewed by itself it doesn't look as tall.
bound_crossdresser wrote:I was wondering if anyone has firsthand experience in purchasing classic pumps and can give me some guidance on styles that are still widely available, especially from Ellie or Pleaser, or at least can confirm that the styles I mentioned above have a true 5” heel (or the approximate equivalent).
I can't speak of their pumps, but both Ellie's and Pleaser's boots seem quite accurate with their heel heights -- I have quite a few pair of their 5" boots and a couple of 4" versions.
Since you're also in Columbus, I'll mention The Garden on N. High Street -- just a few doors down from The Chamber which caters to the BDSM crowd, and apparently run by the same owner.
The Garden has a wide array of costumes and footwear, and much of their clientele seems to consist of exotic dancers, drag queens...and half of Columbus around Halloween! As such, they sell a LOT of "fetishwear" type shoes with 5" heels -- I've been in there several times shopping for women's shoes while "in drab mode" and the employees seem VERY used to guys trying on high heels, and have been very helpful!
bound_crossdresser wrote:Of course, any input on sizing would also be very helpful but that would be viewed solely as an added bonus as I have a pretty good idea on the size I would need.
I have probably written the equivalent of a small book (on this forum alone) on the subject of women's clothing and shoe sizes, and how they're basically just random numbers. Thanks to different companies using different sizes and the whole topic of "vanity sizing," picking the correct size the first time as a woman (or a crossdresser) is like picking the correct big lottery numbers. Someone somewhere does it once in a while, but the odds are better of being hit by lightning!
A common recommendation in North American sizing is to "take your men's size, plus 1 1/2. If you're a men's size 8, you'd be a women's 9 1/2." Then there's the "for heels higher than 4", go up one additional size." All that may sound great on paper until you realize that most women's shoes stop with "half sizes" after size 10 or so. "Well, then, go up an extra half size," they say.
I normally wear about a men's size 11 in a dress shoe. [Thanks to the goofy "size creep" in athletic shoes, I may wear something as huge as a men's size 13 -- but let's forget about that part for now.]
If I wear a men's 11, according to those ridiculous rules, then I should wear a women's 12 1/2 (nobody makes one) or a size 13, right? Or maybe a size 14 in very high heels.
The first pair of boots I ordered online were a size 13 -- and they were far too big. I then ordered the same style in size 12, which were still too big! (Most of the time 12's are a little too big for me, and 11's are just a TINY bit too small until they're broken in.)
My favorite thigh high boots are a women's size 11 (and I have several pairs in different colors.) My favorite knee-high boots are size 10
. I have a pair of patent-finish platform boots that I bought at a store in size 11 and returned. The 10's would be great if i ever wanted to wear them in January with thick socks, but the 9 1/2's fit perfectly -- go figure.
In case anyone is unsure of what I mean by “classic pumps,” I am looking for the style of shoes that the lovely Ashley Renee is wearing in the following photoset:http://www.ashleycash.com/affiliates/tg ... index.html
[Note to the forum’s administrators: I assume the link is acceptable to post as I found the photoset through a search on the sister site Bondage Utopia]
Links are great, as long as they lead to the picture's owner's site, as in that example!
We only have copyright issues when people copy and repost other's photos as if they're their own, or when they copy other's photos and then post and link them on third-party sites. If a fetish model has her own page on Photobucket, that's okay -- but if Fred copies her pictures and reposts them on Photobucket as "Fred's Favorite Fapping Fotos" that's not okay.