Friday, November 27, 2009

Buying Custom Boots in Hoi An, Vietnam



[NOTE: When we traveled to Vietnam in 2009, I used Posterous for a lot of the photo hosting for this blog, because it as an easy way email photos from my phone.

With the subsequent death of Posterous, now most of my Vietnam travel posts have broken image links... I have the photos still, but it will take some time to recreate the visual narratives... Apologies for broken links below.] 













































11 comments:

  1. These boots are made for Texas Two-steppin'! No doubt about that. Great picture story of the whole process. Careful you don't fall off'm :) --dewd

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  2. The pictures tell it all; no words needed.
    Those are some boots. Are they dancin' boots? Love the buckle detail and the way the toe box is cut on yours. Love the soft brown of Daniel's boots and the rounded toe; they look so comfortable.

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  3. Looks like you guys are having fun. I'm surprised you passed up the green leather. A pair of Tony Lama copies in bright green leather would be... let me think what they'd be. A conversation starter. :)

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  4. Yeah, we went pretty utilitarian, compared to other people. I honestly needed a pair of black dress boots that actually fit (they're always too big or too small in the calf); for Daniel, we weren't looking for boots for him, but we did just take a country-western dance class, and had been planning to buy him some Ropers or something kind of flat and leather-soled to dance in. So, pretty boring... :) I wish I'd had my camera for some of the wacky outfits we saw walking around town. The first day we were there, we saw two youngish (early 20s) guys strutting up the mud/dirt street, each wearing a clearly freshly-made full suit, each with some far-out multi-colored sneakers. It was a hoot.

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  5. Oh, and Daniel's boots came out a little funny... The shop we bought from didn't have any cowboy boot samples, so we found something in a catalog for them to copy, and we specified toe shape, heel height, etc. The shank ended up being kind of big and loose and looked a little weird, and we mentioned it, but they little bit blew it off saying that it had to be that big to get his foot in. So we let it go... it'll fine with pants on.

    Mine came out fine and fit quite well, though there were some corners cut(leather outsole, but vinyl used behind the zipper, vinyl used for the cuff inside), and a couple dings and scratches in the heels, but nothing worth fussing over. All these little shops are taking orders, and then outsourcing in town to someone else. Some stuff, the shop can easily fix themselves (Daniel's boots were too tight in the toe, but the glue wasn't dry yet, so they were able to take care of that); some stuff, they'd have to pretty much start over, which didn't seem fair given the prices they charge... the girls who took our orders were really sweet, and we had a good time.

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  6. Daniel's boots are for dancing. Mine are for standing and looking pretty in. I do love how mind came out.

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  7. Those are some high heel boots girl! You can walk in those? :) I'm sure I would fall flat on my face. But I'm surprise you didn't go for the bright orange pair with all the cut outs in picture number 3!! Now THAT'S HOT! :P

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  8. That place was so overwhelming, I didn't even see those orange boots :) The women in the tailor shop (who kept trying to talk me into below the knee instead of above the knee hems) would say those are "not nice." :)

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  9. Hi, im going to Hoi an soon, just wandering how much you paid for the custom made ladies? thanks!

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  10. We paid $60 for mine. Probably could have done a little better if we'd shopped around more.

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  11. Enjoy your trip! FYI, we really liked the Ha'an Hotel. Plumbing was a little funky, but really nice otherwise, especially for the price. Fabulous service and great breakfast buffet.

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