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  1. On 1/30/2018 at 1:30 PM, Deatherage said:

    I am having a hell of a time looking for CRL approvable boots as well... So, you're suggesting these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Womens-Punk-club-Chunky-Block-Heel-Pull-On-Platform-Mid-Calf-Boots-Shoes/173062788258 with the added leather strip? I am already almost 5'10'', how much can I take off the heel to still be approved? 


    I am still trying to find the second option... These would be better for my height or I am going to turn into an Amazonian TK!image.png.bb64580e04c725c9552b3a107af890ec.png


    Unfortunately, the Comic Style boot is really only available from Gio. I don't know if it's based off any sort of shoe style out there, but I've never been able to find an existing shoe that looks like it.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Daetrin said:

    femtrooper detachment?  Sorry, I'm just out on touch on that one.

    Paul, can we chat regarding Vincent's design? To keep costs down and remove some of the issues with the flap, I asked Vincent to produce a prototype with stitching that would emulate that look but not have the issues associated with the flap (the adhesive comes off, color differences, fraying and damage from the shin).  These are based off the original boots that were approved as the original CRL (before Gio's photos were added to the CRL).


    Here are photos of the prototype:






    Would really like to have a reliable vendor like Vincent on this project... hoping this can help our new members and the ladies that have worn-out originals!

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  3. Keep in mind that these parts are contoured pretty significantly.  I'd recommend taking off from the bottom of the calf, and mounting it as low as you can on the boot (they sit pretty high on my wife's boots).


    For the thigh, that's a tough one. Taking off anything will remove the return edges. Will you be heat bending new returns?  Perhaps you can just mount the thighs higher, which will end up with less of a gap between the cod and the thighs (not a bad thing).

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  4. On 10/25/2017 at 8:18 PM, shnnn116 said:

    Are they going to be both versions heels and flats?

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    At this time, only the heeled version. We'll do another interest thread on the flat version after this run.


    Glad there's a lot of interest - I'm sure they'll make it in any size needed.  Edit: found out the soles come from a supplier and the largest available is a EU 40 (US 9.5) Vincent is looking for other options, but he thinks it's unlikely he'll be able to find them that large, sorry!


    I expect some mockup samples this week and will post up here as soon as I get the photos!

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  5. Run starts: January 8th
    Sizes: EU sizes 36/37/38/39/40 or Approximate US sizes 5.5/6.5/7.5/8.5/9.5 (per conversion chart)
    Price: $99.90 US, $35 Shipping to US


    You'll order these from http://www.imperialboots.com/ when the run begins in the new year. Set your calendar reminder!



    Original Post:


    With the options for boots dwindling, I reached out to Vincent @ Imperial Boots about the Legacy design.


    His team is willing to do a production run in January, pending interest from the community. I have asked for a quote... based on other similar designs, I expect these boots will run in the $100 range.




    Please post up here if you're interested in the run. Looks like we had enough interest for Vincent to start a run on Jan 8th!




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  6. "The boots have a rugged tread white sole with a tall thick heel."


    Not sure what the GML is asking for on this one. The photo is not the originally approved heel, it was a Gio design.


    Here's the original "Newlook" and "Steve Madden" white chunky chelsea that was approved after adding a vinyl strip to the front:






  7. Very detailed list! The tools look good. Few suggestions:


    - I would swap out Line24 snaps for the Dritz. The Dritz ones are notorious for failing.


    - Snap plates are great idea. Because of the curves in this armor, you may want to think about doing snap plates made of the nylon in certain spots (top of the chest comes to mind).


    - Any idea how you're going to mount the TD to the kidney?  I always use 1.75" flat head screws with nuts on the inside of the tube. Inside the kidney, the screws go inside "finish washers". You'll need a drill/bit to make the holes in the armor and tube.


    - E6000 is a really good idea for a first time build. I prefer CA glue because of the speed, but you can easily screw something up with it...


    Couple things to think of down the line:


    - What are you considering for your bucket? Foam? Motorcycle helmet liner? E6000 works fine, but I'd recommend hot glue if you have available.


    - Fans in bucket?

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  8. I have yet to contact Gio, but I was wondering, does he make both a flat version and a higher heeled version, or does he only make the flat? The girls I know who have boots from him only own the flatter version. Just wondering because the heeled boot is becoming increasingly hard to source because white heeled Chelsea boots are not in style. I found one pair on Amazon that I think will work, but it's kinda sad that options are so limited.


    Gio does indeed make both versions.

  9. Mark, thank you for the offer.  You can make a donation directly, if you wish.  The family has notified that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made toward Riley Children's Foundation.


    Here's an update on the services:


    A memorial visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.


    A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1009 Kem Rd., Marion, IN, with Fr. Richard Weisenberger officiating. Private burial will take place at Catholic Cemetery, Ft. Wayne.


    Memorials may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Ste. 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or online at http://www.rileykids.org/donate


    Online condolences may be made at http://www.nswcares.com.

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  10. This may be something that falls in that same category: "troopability" as a consideration for compromise on basic approval.


    But on the other hand... there's just certain costumes that some people won't ever be able to pull off for 501st approval... again, Vader comes to mind.  A 5'2" person is likely not going to be able to find proportional parts (unless they're custom made).


    So yeah, I'm not much help here :)

  11. One minor input on the cape.  I feel like we should put "almost floor length" instead of having it drag the ground.  Any of you with Vaders and floor length capes know exactly why.


    I've almost been pulled to the ground from someone stepping on my cape. I can't imagine how fun that would be to see a Phasma grinding up on the concrete.


    While it's great for supreme screen accuracy, I believe basic 501st approval - especially on new costumes - should be taking into account minor compromises to ensure these kits can actually be trooped... or you're going to end up with people who modify it after the fact (causing a whole new host of issues) or costumes that sit on someone's mannequin.

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