Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Heart Patches

Patches are an accessory that can really make your clothes an expression of your individuality. Here are some patches I have purchased from Etsy lately.

Siouxsie, The Cure, and Joy Division patches from neoshiki

David Bowie mugshot patch from Toxic Crash Cult

Embroidered Joy Divison patch, and tags for the Overlook Hotel (The Shining) and the Bates Motel (Psycho) from Bruised Tongue. The Overlook Hotel tag is currently on my car keys. You can also see my rabbits foot :)

Divine patch, plus a free sticker from Black Lodge Press

I have lots more patches on my wishlist :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Gothic Shoe Company Review Winklepicker Review

Winklepickers are the staple of many goths wardrobes. I think you can never have enough pairs. I love dancing with them, and the traditional goth silhouette they provide.
Modern winklepickers are sometimes difficult to obtain, especially good quality ones! That is why I am excited to review a pair of winklepickers from The Gothic Shoe Company.

This company is family run in the UK and design, cut, stitch, and make the boots completely from scratch!

One first glance of their website there are so many options to choose from! They have a number of winklepicker styles, some with buckles and some without. Along with chelsea winklepickers, original pikes, and chukka boots.
The options amongst the winklepickers also seem limitless. There are options with zipper closures, lace ups, and buckles of all shapes and sizes. Coffins, bats, skulls, western, and pentagrams all make an appearance in buckle designs.

The material of the shoes is also varied. There are lots of colour options for leather, suede, and patent. If they don't have an option you like, it's always good to send them an email as there are many other options they have. You can even send in your own material to get shoes made from!

I was drooling over all the different shoes available, and I was conflicted in my choice. In the end I decided on some plain 4 buckle winklepicker boots. This allows me to wear them everyday, and even to special events, without feeling too dressed up.
For the future, I have my eye on some green suede boots- or maybe some lovely bat buckles. Gosh, I want more winklepickers!

The shoes are very affordable, especially for shoes that are handmade! Once I placed my order it took around two weeks for the shoes to be made, and three weeks for delivery to me in Australia. I had no trouble with the delivery times, as they shoes are made to order and delivery to Australia can be a bit slow at times.

Arriving at my house, safe and sound.

Look how wonderful they are!!

I found the boots to be very comfortable, and the leather is very supple straight from the box. I took my shoes to my local cobbler to put grippy soles on them, as winklepickers are usually made with a smooth sole.

I love my new boots, and I highly recommend The Gothic Shoe Company. I will be purchasing more winklepickers from them in the future.