Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Heels for men
- I have a related question.? I'm costuming The Hobbit, and need some high platform boots to add several inches in height to Gandalf.? The actor is about 6' and all the dwarves/hobbits are 5'8 or shorter, but we're trying to increase the difference.? Any ideas for men's platform boots that don't look like Gandalf is hitting Studio 54 after he leaves Middle Earth?
From: darkling2b <fuzzyotter@...>
Sent: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 11:00 pm
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Heels for men
Not sure if this will help you at all, but recently I had to costume an actor doubling as 2 roles in the same show. He was a short man so for one of the parts I did everything I could to make him appear taller. I purchased heeled cowboy boots on Ebay for a very reasonable price and he wore his lifts inside them. I had originally hoped to find flamenco boots, but they were beyond my budget. Latin dance shoes are a bit more reasonable. Perhaps you could put the one in shoes as flat as possible and the other in Latin shoes and increase the height of the headpiece ever so slightly. If the director builds in some 'signature moves', perhaps with Satan's cape,the audience should buy it. 5 inches is quite a bit!
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Sylvia Rognstad <sylvia@...> wrote:
> I am working on a show in which 2 actors, 5 inches apart in height
> have to wear the same costume, Satan, and appearing to be the same
> person. Does anyone know of a place to buy high heeled boots in
> men's sizes?
> Sylvia Rognstad
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- --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, lanorte1@... wrote:
>Well, that all depends on what kind of a budget you've got available. For our Halloween shows every year, we do a Frankenstein's Monster character...to make him taller (and induce that familiar lumbering gait when he's walking around), we put him in combat boots with built-up soles, done by our local cobbler (it's the same basic thing they do when doing orthopedic corrections for people with one leg shorter than the other). It's extremely effective, if you've got a good cobbler and you start with a decent shoe in the first place (learned the hard way that cheap boots don't work well, so if you go this route, converse with the cobbler in advance so he can tell you what to look for to make the job as easy as possible for him and as long-wearing as possible for you).
> Any ideas for men's platform boots that don't look like Gandalf is hitting Studio 54 after he leaves Middle Earth?
The drawback? You can easily end up spending more on the new soles than you did on the shoes. The last time we had to do new boots for Frankenstein (since they cast a guy with size 14 feet!), we spent about $120 on boots...and $200 on building them up 4" (though the end result was extremely impressive...you could pick him out of a crowd no matter how many people were in it). That was WITH the discount the cobbler gives us for volume traffic in his shop...
The advantage? If you have decent shoes to start with, you can turn ANYTHING into a platform shoe, and you can also select the amount of build-up...our cobbler generally orders the crepe soling that he uses for it in thicknesses of 1/8" for common stuff and 1/2" for heavier applications (like ours), so you can easily get something turned into 1", 2", etc platforms.
If it's in your budget, it really is the best way to go.