omg, the x-men boots are amazing! where did you get them?
they’re kurt geiger: http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/boots/top-black-leather-suede-36-kg-kurt-geiger-shoe.html
doubtful, i got them (the pewter-coloured men’s dress shoes) like 4 years ago.THOSE FIRST ONES ARE INCREDIBLE!! d-do you know if they’re still available anywhere?
Anonymous said: I am really curious about what kind of shoes you actually wear.
i have a pretty wide variety of shoes. i just looked at my old twitpics to find photos of ones i was wearing a couple years ago and came up with this:
i have several pairs of flatforms because i like to be as tall as possible but i also like to walk, and most high heels aren’t very practical. however, right now i’m wearing these x-men boots all the time. they are very comfortable and go well with the large quantity of black leather/drapey black shroud clothes in my wardrobe.
justanotherbildungsroman said: Your recent ask response reminded me of a question that I have whenever I watch these movies: why the heck are everyone's shoes so dumb?? Like if you look at the full body pictures of Chris Evans from The Avengers his boots are just... mind-boggingly awful. I guess I don't know if you have a real explanation but I feel like we need to raise attention to this issue that is obviously very important.
[for link purposes, this ask is related to this askbox reply about bucky’s boots in CATWS.]
My theory is that it’s easy to just not film people’s feet in an action/superhero movie, so there’s no point in making an enormous amount of effort to make Captain America or Thor’s boots look super plausible compared to the more visible parts of his costume.
Making a “realistic” and generally awesome-looking cape for Thor is really important because the audience will be looking at the cape all the time, whereas boots? Not so much. Canonically, Thor would probably be wearing some kind of interesting leather boot with gold filigree and buckles and armoured stuff or whatever.
However, in the context of making a superhero movie starring actors who have to wear this shit for twelve hours a day, it makes more sense to just modify a pair of sneaker-boots that will be comfortable during stunt work, and can be replicated four or five times for stunt doubles and spares or whatever. Plus, it’s unnecessarily complicated to make shoes from scratch, so why not just buy a pair from a store and then add stuff to the outside to make them look more ~superheroic.
In general, men’s shoes are one of the most overlooked details in film and TV costume design. Women’s shoes are often visible or remarked upon (because movies spend more time focusing on what female characters look like), and it’s typical to see scenes where you either get a close-up of a woman’s feet or shoes, or a full-body shot where you can look at her entire outfit. Most of the time, you’re only gonna see a man’s feet or shoes in detail if it’s for a good reason, i.e. he’s trodden on something sharp (think Bruce Willis in Die Hard), or the camera is shooting from a low angle nearby, or he’s wearing a particularly smart outfit. Men’s shoes are less “important” than women’s shoes, which is why every male FBI agent in the history of crime cinema could be wearing the exact same pair of shoes and it wouldn’t matter, while a female FBI agent’s choice between flats and heels (or sneakers or leather boots or whatever) will wind up being remarked upon, possibly by having the camera zoom pruriently towards her feet.
travelwedo said: All right, an actual question this time. Someone on tumblr claimed that these boots are what WS wore in the film (google "Men's GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side Zip Boot" and it should come up on the batesfootwear website). But they look a lot more, I don't know, fluid/soft/less crude than what I saw on him - to the point where it seems like a different pair of boots, not something their costume department embellished a bit. What do you think?
I just googled this and it looks like yes, people have tracked down the specific boot Sebastian Stan and/or his stunt double appears to be wearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
These look reasonably accurate, but my personal opinion is that it’s pointless to try and identify or copy the “real” boots or shoes from almost any onscreen superhero costume, because they always look really weird IRL. You never see close-ups of Captain America or Thor’s feet or boots in The Avengers, because their costume boots look kind of “fake” if you look at them properly. Like, Thor and Loki are both basically wearing… plastic sneakers with galoshes over the top? These are very obviously “costumes” rather than something the ~real Thor would be wearing in Asgard.
Anyhow, it’s entirely possible that the Winter Soldier is wearing a couple different pairs of boots over the course of the movie, for stunt purposes. For example, Natasha is meant to be wearing two or three-inch heels in several scenes, but ScarJo probably did most of her stunt work/running scenes in sneakers because it’s more comfortable. Similarly, her Black Widow costume in Avengers involved high heels, but I think this was primarily for height purposes because the film never actually shows the character wearing wedge heels as part of her official uniform/costume, because it would’ve been weird and impractical. ScarJo is a lot shorter than several of her male castmembers, so she may actually have had to wear heels to avoid the height disparity looking too ridiculous. (For more on this kinda stuff, see my Avengers costume design reviews.)
I know that in a couple of scenes in CATWS you see what is presumably meant to be the Winter Soldier’s “real” boots, and I think they’re probably a version of the commercially-available GORE-TEX boots you mentioned, but modified to look different/more badass to fit in with the rest of the costume.
I think Cap’s uniform boots in Avengers are a similar pair of store-bought boots as well, but modified and with a bunch of red armour stuff stuck on top to make them look like they’re part of the overall costume. This makes sense because it’s possible to make most of the rest of a costume from scratch, but there’s no point in going through the arduous process of moulding and building something as complicated as a shoe, when you can just buy a pair and make a few changes so they look less like something you’d just buy at the mall. Plus, of course, the Winter Soldier as a character would be far more likely to be wearing store-bought boots than someone likee Captain America or Thor.