Boot Warning &
maintains a moderately tight rein on costume authenticity. Supported by their
rules and regulations, what people may tell you, what your
local garrison may allow and what the true reality is, can be exceptionally
I will be
the first to admit, I've seen a massive influx of extremely low quality products
flooding into the costuming world, generally created by
profiteers and amateur garage builders and while I'll never understand why fans
accept such poorly manufactured goods, they do. Some perhaps
out of desperation for obtaining a specific piece, while some may not honestly
understand that which they are purchasing is quite sub-par.
an absolutely unique and highly personal item, you must be well informed and
knowledgeable when purchasing. They carry and support you, they help to keep
you upright and walking tall, all while being generally ignored and neglected.
At the end of the day, you feet will thank you or boldly
chastise your choice for opting to save a few dollars. Lasting a few months or
lasting many years will determine their quality.
you will find many low quality boots being sold on ebay. To better help you meet
501st requirements, we've outlined many common
issues with these knock-offs.
Honestly, we want you to purchase our boots, but
once you have tried our boots and worn them in action, we
know with all certainty you'll be glad you chose 'TK Boots'.
infamous stitched center seam.
The stitched seem which runs up the center of most low quality boots is not
accepted. This seam is used to help
make construction easier and believe me, it does. Using this seam placement does
make the boots easier to build and also cheaper,
as you can use smaller pieces of leather which would other be scrap. It also
makes forming the boot easier and helps to eliminate the potential
wrinkles where the leather bends upwards from the foot.
Many of the boots
you'll find for sale on-line have these stitched seems, but the sellers
photograph the boots so the seams are somewhat hidden. They know exactly what
they're doing and
this technique is highly deceptive. If you attempt to return the boots, they
frequently charge a 15% restocking fee.
Remember: 'TK Boots' do not have any seams on the front.
If you examine the above
photo of a low quality costume ebay boot carefully, you'll notice the center stitched seam has been purposely
angled so as not to be overly visible. You will also notice the sole is too thin
and looks like a low quality dress shoe
or children's style shoe. Selling for $39.00 to $68.00, these low quality
plastic boots do not meet 501st requirements.
partial or 'moderate' stitched center seam.
The partial center
seam is also unacceptable by club standards.
While many use this design, it will not meet 'Centurion' grading requirements.
This seam is used on most boots as it's placement, once again, allows for easier
forming of the leather
and allows for smaller pieces of leather to be utilized. This small seaming
process also helps to reduce
the inevitable or potential wrinkling of the leather as it's formed, turning
upwards from the top of foot.
In the image below, you can
see an extremely obscure stitching pattern and center seam of a low quality boot
costing approx. $150.00. These boots are not accepted by 501st costuming
standards. If you examine the stitching closely,
you can clearly see the stitching is exceptionally sloppy and highly
unprofessional. Compare this construction to an
authentic 'TK Boot' and the choice becomes very clear.
The below photo is a
shortened upper region.
Many boots are
produced with a shortened upper region. While this may not affect the boots
ability to qualify for club usage, it can cause fans a great deal of continuous
'TK Boots' are designed to be worn with an armor costume. The calf armor on most
fans has a tendency
to frequently twist and hang up on the top of the boot.
'TK Boots' eliminated this issue by making these beautiful boots taller, placing
the boot higher up inside the armor pieces.
This helps to prevent the calf armor from hanging up on the top of the boot.
Also, let's be very honest and upfront here, the original ankle height boots
look absolutely terrible in real life, as fans
can see the gap between the boot and armor, frequently exposing the wearers
socks. While some so-called experts insist on using
the shorter boot/shoe, in reality they do not look like a true, professional
military boots. At conventions where you'll be photographed,
it's important to look your best, professional and well put together.
doubt that we're the most obsessive builder of trooper boots, but we have to be.
We can't settle for less
than perfection and the sole of the boot is just as important as the upper.
On 'TK Boots', you'll instantly see the sole is approx. 0.55 thick, over 1/2 an
This thicker sole gives the boots a truly military characteristic, a real 'Mag-Grip'
appearance which the Empire
requires of their boots. If you look at competing products you'll instantly
notice the soles are thin, more like a dress shoe or children's shoes.
Thin soles are simply unacceptable.
of a high quality boot should demand a welted sole. Welting is the process
where soles are stitched in place along with high temp, pressure applied
If you look at most boots sold on-line, you'll instantly notice the soles are
by cementing. This is actually acceptable by most standards, but we demanded the
best and that's
exactly what you'll receive.
In the below image,
you can clearly see the seam where the white upper material is joined to the
Wrinkles are highly visible and the seam appears to have some type of adhesive
or touch up paint splattered
around the edge.
The below photo is a
You can see the extremely
low quality and careless manner in which the upper
was joined to the sole.