Lolita Theresa is back out from her deadline cave from writing The Slayer, book two in The Legend Chronicles. Which gives me precisely one week to get all my costuming done for the upcoming Authors After Dark conference in Philadelphia. (And yes, there’s a booksigning on Saturday, August 13, at 2 p.m. that’s open to the public.)
Now while I can certainly sew my own costumes and have quite a bit of fun doing it, there are certain elements one cannot make easily by oneself (unless you happen to be a cobbler or milliner in your day job!) For me some of those items include hats, goggles and shoes. But it’s a tough decision, because for every character I represent, I really have to contemplate, what exactly to those shoes say about him or her? For that matter, what are your steampunk shoes saying about you?
For example these shoes are for a tinker, inventor or female mechanic. How can I tell? They are stable, practical and comfortable with ample detailing. If these are your thing, then you are likely good with your checkbook and don’t tend to go overboard on anything, preferring to limit your adventures to your library or laboratory.
These on the other hand (by their very name Zeppelin) look far more military and, exuding a no-nonsense-take-charge comman would be perfect for an airship captain. (Can’t you just picture these on Anglinea Jolie in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow?) Like the shoes, if these are your favorites, then you’re more of a leader than a follower and don’t like taking no for an answer.
An explorer, adventurer or naturalist might find these boots protective, sturdy and ready to run. They’ve got just enough extras (like the brass-look heel and fantastic rivets) to make them look fashionable, yet pratical. Perfect for trying to woo investors to back your adventuresome quests. If these are your thing, then you’ve got a side of you that longs to travel, enjoys doing more than watching and are likely someone who knows how to tell a good story about your exploits.
Of course if all of these are simply too fancy for your taste and you really just want the good ‘ol Victorian basic black there are the standard granny boots. There’s nothing wrong with being the salt of the earth. You like meat and potatoes. You don’t need fancy cheese. And really, hanging out with friends and family at the backyard bbq is just fine with you.
Then there are the city folk, who wish they could explore, but are afraid it might get them dirty. So they only want to look the part. For them, these Manolo Blanick’s with a steampunk flair are simply a must. It’s a way to show you can afford to be steampunk, but without packing your dirgible about.
There’s just so many choices, as individual as the person who wears them. And each one says a little something different.
So if you are dressing to fit your steampunk character at a conference, what would be your perfect shoe?