I find myself in need of a pair of black Victorian boots for a replica theater costume I'm making. The original shoes were button boots, but I don't mind lace-ups if the fit is better. Since my budget is limited, I've pretty much narrowed it down to these two.Ellie Button BootsPleaser Lace-up Boots
Does anyone have experience with either of these boots? I would like to know how high the heels really are. Typically, I can comfortably wear 2" heels, but no higher. These say they are either 2.5" or 2.75" but judging by the photos, the Pleaser boots are lower than that. Can anyone say for sure?
My other concern is width. I have very wide feet. We're talking double wide, here. How expandable are these boots at the ball? Will I need to order a size up and perhaps use inserts to help them fit better? Is there any chance that my regular size will fit?
I am open to alternatives, if anyone knows of any other black Victorian boots that are less than $100. I'd prefer to avoid speed hooks if possible, but zippers are okay since it's a theater costume replica. I'd prefer buttons, rather than laces, but I know my options are limited. They do need to be mid-calf rather than ankle boots, but I have short legs, so if they are tall ankle boots, they might work. Any suggestions?
Apologies if this is in the wrong place, but I didn't see a category for shoes/accessories.
www.yesterdaysthimble.com . . . Chronicles of a Modern-Day Dressmaker, Historic Costumer, and Sewing Instructor