Friday, November 26, 2010

New fashion wellies: Ride 'em cowboy.

Time was when I was a kid you could put on your wellies and believe you were a cowboy. New wellies from China are in the shape of cowboy and biker boots. The adult sizes come with pointed or rounded toe and some are fitted with chunky or wedge heels. Metal buckles near the quarter complete the effect. Apart from the usual midcalf or knee-high styles, some Chinese companies are launching pairs in ankle and over-the-knee lengths. The new boots are  in vivid colours and patterns with  motifs like stars, polka dots, flowers and checks very popular.  As an alternative to printing, textile overlays such as delicate lace cover the shaft. Ribbed fabric or synthetic fur attached to the collar gives extra warmth for the winter months. Shoelaces, zippers, buttons and drawstrings serve as functional adornments.  A few models boast concealed elevator insoles of equivalent height.  PVC and natural rubber are the main materials for the uppers and outsoles. Both are locally sourced, although imported variants of the latter are employed in upscale designs.

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