Chelsea and Jodhpur Boots for Approaching Autumn and Winter!

Autumn is here and it’s about time to take up your boots. The classical ankle-high leather boots are commonly known as Chelsea or Jodhpur boots. Nowadays the difference between Chelsea and Jodhpur style boots is a little bit blurred. The standard definition is that Jodhpurs have straps and Chelseas have elastic-sided design without strap, however in practice these definitions tend to mix.

Chelsea boots originate in the Victorian era, and were first used for horse riding. The elastic siding of the boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again. The Jodhpur boots as well were originally designed as riding boots with a rounded toe and a low heel, and they were fastened with a strap and buckle.

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Some people call higher jodhpurs, “engineer boots”, which were designed for railway engineers who had to stand on the hot floors of the engine cabs. They are heavy, thick-soled pull-on boots, typically with a buckled strap around the instep.

Nowadays, both Chelsea and Jodhpur boots still hang on as riding boots, but they also have converted into an essential fashion item. Most visibly, Chelsea boots rose to fame in the ’60s mod scene (the Beatles booted up in a similar eponymous style). Chelsea and Jodhpur style boots are the perfect accessory for every style, casual or formal, no matter whether you’re wearing jeans or suit.

Take a look at Botisto’s classic, country style Franchezza boot, and your problems regarding autumn and winter shoes might be solved at once.

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Shoes for Wedding Guests

The summer is here, and so are the wedding invitations. Basically, it’s a fun idea, however usually the first thought that enters your mind when you get the invitation is: what to wear? Ok, for women it tends to be a real brain-twister, but not completely trouble-free for men either. Usually, when talking about traditional wedding parties the starting point for men is a suit as most brides and grooms wish that their guests follow a certain dress code. We highly recommend you to follow it because it’s the protagonists’ day and they have every right to fill their expectations. However, there’s one way to get a personal twist to your outfit: the shoes. And regarding this issue we would love to give you some hints and recommendations.

The next question is: do you feel comfortable in a suit, or is at just a necessary evil? If you’re more like a jeans and a t-shirt guy we can imagine that going shopping is as interesting as watching the paint dry. The perfect solution in this case could a pair black Successo. A comfortable, stylish, however a low-key choice. And if you wear a suit only seldom, these go well with jeans or chinos in every day life so that you don’t have to worry about wasting money just for one occasion. Or if you prefer a little twist in your shoes maybe the classic full brogue oxford style Virtud in black or tobacco brown could be your choice. Once again, shoes that you can wear with very different styles.

textile shoes for wedding

Alternatively, if your style is more audacious so will be your options. Keep the classic, elegant style but play a little bit with colors and materials. Imagine a well fitting black suit with a pair of blue or green Virtud. Personal but not too daring. Or you can even skip the leather shoes and go for textile: Durezza in black or navy definitely fine-tunes your outfit without being too daring. If the dress code is white, which is more common every day, then Durezza, Trionfo or Indipendenza in sand work as a perfect finishing touch. Keep in mind also our Ostrich Trionfo as a worthy option. But in this case let the skin be the protagonist and go for low-key colors.

ostrich shoes for wedding

By and large, one could say that the dress codes are more flexible nowadays. For example, suede leather shoes are in most cases totally fine with a suit. If you prefer suede to leather check our model Allegria in black and brown, for instance.

Anyway, whatever the case don’t stress! Parties are fun, and so is shoe shopping because you can buy a pair of Botisto shoes at your own couch.

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The Blood Brothers

Some things just cannot be considered neutral, such as the colour red. Besides being an eye-catching colour itself, the color red symbolizes many emotional and powerful things. Traditionally, red has been associated with passion, anger, blood, danger, sacrifice, socialism, and so forth. And when it comes to shoes, a person wearing red shoes for sure has not chosen his shoes just based on practical use.

Red shoes have inspired artists, rulers, and fashion people throughout history. Or, who wouldn’t recognize the famous red sole of Christian Louboutin shoes? Maybe you remember the pair of red shoes on the movie The Wizard of Oz, in the 1939, worn by Judy Garland. Color red is also a strong religious symbol; Pope Benedict XVI “the Prada Pope” as he was named by media for his designer tastes, revived the tradition of wearing ruby-red papal shoes, a practice which arose during the Roman Empire – the colour red being associated with the blood of martyrdom.

Historically, red shoes or red parts of shoes have been considered to be “the statement shoes” of the rich and powerful. For example, in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels and soles on shoes were always colored red. The dye was expensive and carried a martial overtone. Charles II of England was famous for his red, high French style heels although he was 1.85m tall.

Another very famous red shoe fanatic, Louis XIV, issued in the 1670s an edict that only members of his court were allowed to wear red heels to distinguish them from other aristocrats.

Nowadays, any man from any class can wear red shoes. You can find red shoes in every style and every price range. However, the choice of color is never coincidental, a men wearing his red shoes always has a special bond with his shoes.

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Don’t Take Life Too Seriously, You Won’t Get Out Alive

Let that be our aphorism of today. Sometimes, even shoes can cause a lot of headache, but hey, in the end they’re just shoes.
However, bare in mind that in every joke there tends to be a hint of truth…Have fun!

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    • A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. ‘How do they feel?’ asks the sales clerk.’Well they feel a bit tight,’ replies the man. The assistant promptly bends down and has a look at the shoes and at the man’s feet. ‘Try pulling the tongue out,’ the clerk says. ‘Well, theyth sthill feelth a bith tighth.
    • A three-year old put his shoes on by himself. His mother noticed that the left was on the right and the right was on the left. She said, “Paul, your shoes are on the wrong feet.”
      He looked up at her and said, “No they’re not, Mom. I KNOW they’re my feet.”
    • ‘About thirteen weeks ago, I had my shoes shined against my will. Tremendous shoeshine boy, said to me, “I’m shining your shoes.” “Yes you are,” I said. He did give me an excellent shine though, I might add. But they were suede shoes.’ Woody Allen
    • Did you hear about the little shoe who was upset? Its father was a loafer and its mother was a sneaker.
    • It’s time to get new shoes when you stand on a coin and can tell if it’s heads or tails.
    • A blonde was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana. She wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes, but didn’t want to pay the high prices. After unsuccessfully haggling with of one of the shopkeepers, the blonde said, “Maybe I’ll just go out and catch my own alligator, so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price.” Later in the day, the shopkeeper spotted the young woman standing waist deep in the water, shotgun in hand. She took aim at an alligator, killed it and hauled it onto the swamp bank. Lying nearby were several more of the dead creatures. The shopkeeper watched in amazement as the blonde flipped the alligator on its back and shouted in frustration, “Damn, this one isn’t wearing any shoes either.”
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    I Like the Style, the Size is Pretty OK, But They Don’t Have It In the Color I Want

    Or vice versa, they got the color but the shoes just don’t fit by any stretch of the imagination. Sounds familiar? After spending hours on the crowded streets and visiting several shops you just end up home with empty hands. At one place you see the perfect pair of shoes for your friends wedding, however not available in the material or color you wish. In the next place they got the right type of leather but the shoe model is not that attractive at all. And compromising sucks! Who said that only women have problems with shopping?

    customize shoes

    First step in problem solving: search online. Wear your favorite sweats, have a cup of coffee and start surfing. Yes, shopping can be fun and relaxing, however, wandering around the shopping streets not. The web offers you endless options which can actually in the beginning be quite frustrating. However, when you more or less know what you’re looking for and define your search with the right key words you’ll probably piece together the above-mentioned jigsaw.

    This is where Botisto steps into the picture. Your chance to design your own high-quality shoes that really fit. No need to take of your shoes and expose your sweaty socks to a shop assistant. All you need to do is send us two easy measurements of your both feet with the information regarding the model, material, color etc. You want, and your customized shoes will be made individually for you at our factory in Italy.

    After a couple of weeks the shoes will be delivered to your doorstep and you can try them on safely at home. If for some reason you’re not happy with the fit you always have a right to return the shoes without an additional cost.

    We highly encourage you to try the Botisto experience, and we’re pretty sure that after your first pair of Botisto shoes you won’t show yourself in a shoe shop too many times anymore. Why bother? You’ll get a pair shoe that fits and exactly in the style and color you want.

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    Home Sweet Shop

    Getting married? Need a stylish pair for the approaching summer vacations? Or just simply fed up with walking around shoe shops, trying on again and again without finding THE pair of shoes? Botisto has made it easy for you to get your pair of high quality custom-made shoes in the peace of your own home or any place with an internet connection. Skip the crowded, sweaty shopping streets and create your pair of shoes at your own couch.

    The Botisto Measurement System enables you to find a nicely fitting, reasonably priced, comfortable pair of shoes online. We also offer you an opportunity to have a shoe pair with different measurements without any extra cost if you have a significant size difference between your feet.

    Botisto offers you a pleasant and effortless way to buy a pair of shoes that really matches with your unique feet measurements, which is exactly why Botisto does not use traditional shoe sizes. If for some reason we are not able to offer you a well fitting pair of shoes, you will always have the possibility of returning your shoes.

    In order to send us your feet information you’ll just have to follow few easy and quick steps. We need the length and girth of your both feet in millimeters.

    Measure length:

    1. Place your heel against a wall.
    2. Place a ruler parallel to the wall across the highest point of your foot and draw a line.
    3. Measure the distance between the draw line and the other end of the paper.

    Measure girth:

    1. Place a measuring tape under your foot.
    2. Wrap the measuring tape around both extremities on the sides of your foot.
    3. Note the entire circumference.

    See our instructive video:


    If you are a returning Botisto customer and your feet have been scanned at our shop, we can obviously use those measurements.

    Check our shoe customizer, design your shoes for any occasion, send us your feet information and wait comfortably at home the deliverer to get the shoes to your doorstep.

    • Create your own shoe
    • Two easy measurements, no traditional, unreliable shoe sizes
    • Possibility to have a shoe pair with different measurements for left and right shoe
    • Money back guarantee
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    Exotic Leathers

    Exotic leather products are increasingly considered to be among the highest-status, highly desired items in the fashion world. Related to their relatively high price many fashion brands market their exotic leather products as exclusive luxury items. However, the picture is actually not that black-and-white. Many exotic leathers are very resistant and long lasting materials, not to mention that many of them improve with age, which actually makes the price quality relationship of these products in most cases pretty good. We are definitely not talking about disposable items here.

    There is a wide selection of different exotic skins at the market, such as crocodile, alligator, stingray, fish, snake, ostrich, eel, toad, chicken etc., some more affordable than others. Like all leather products exotic skins vary in textures, patterns, and markings, depending on the individual skin, as well as the area of the skin that was used in the manufacture of the item, and each item will always have its own unique texture and pattern which makes it different from any other. For example, snakeskin is much softer than other exotic leathers and that’s why items made of snakeskin can be more sophisticated in design.

    The most coveted and high-priced skins from this family come from the largest of all living reptiles – Crocodile Porosus, a saltwater crocodile found throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. The commercial value of Crocodile Porosus skin is very high which leads to unpleasant by-products; some dealers call any crocodile skin Porosus to purposefully charge higher prices. So, if you are prepared to invest in a product made of Crocodile Porosus maybe it’s not a bad idea to do some investigation first.

    Always before purchasing a product made of exotic leather check that the skins used to manufacture the products in question are legally obtained in full compliance with CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) regulations. The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP- The United Nations Environment Programme which is based in Geneva. The relatively high price of exotic leathers unfortunately also feeds undesirable phenomena, such as poaching which at its worst leads to extinction of endangered species. Nowadays most skins used by responsible suppliers come from farmed animals to preserve wild life. For example,the North American alligator has been removed from the endangered species list as of 1987. It is now raised on farms due to its commercial value. However, the Chinese or Asian alligator does remain on the endangered list.

    Author: Jaakko Tulkki

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    Shoe Addiction

    Commonly, addictions are related to drugs or alcohol, however people can really get addicted to almost anything imaginable, to gambling, exercise, food, work, sex, social media and so on. Basically, whatever the addiction, it’s about trying to cope in some way and trying to fill a void and numb out one’s feelings. This time we’re going to ruminate on addiction to material, more precisely to shoes. Actually, the “shoe thing” is even a bit cliché these days—thanks to Carrie Bradshaw—however, even every paradise tends to have a downside.

    It might sound curious that someone feels a compelling need for buying more and more shoes. Besides, is it really that bad having a lot of options in the shoe closet for every occasion and dress code? Yes, one can have too many shoes. Enough is enough no matter what is the addiction in question.

    Botisto Ostrich Shoes

    There are certain warning sign that alert you to the dangers of stepping out of line: maybe you have hundreds of pairs of shoes but you don’t even wear most of them, and this doesn’t stop you buying more. In other words, most part of the money you receive goes to shoes. Seriously, is it really okay with going broke for shoes? Or, have you maybe bought your current home based on the laundry/storage room, decorating the future shoe closet in your mind already during the sales presentation? Or have you ever surprised yourself by dreaming about designing a glass door book shelve style shoe cabinet with lighting in it to display all your shoes? If so, you might be seriously obsessed with shoes, but not in the good way.

    Could it be that buying shoes helps you hide problems or relieve stress maybe? Do you buy shoes especially when you’re upset, lonely or just stressed? Like any addiction, admitting the true cause of your obsession is the first step to recovery. At the time it might make you excited but gradually you’ll end up in a spiritual void. The more shoes you get the more really important things you will let slip through your fingers, maybe relationships, hobbies, your credit rating or even a job. Definitely not worth it.

    Ok, it’s time to stop. Shoes are just shoes, they’re meant to be accessories. Start with trying to figure out other things you can do to provoke that same feeling of excitement. Make a list of the things you could go with all the money that you don’t spend on shoes. A trip to Bahamas perhaps? In everyday life, be aware of all the danger zones, such as lunch breaks, holidays and paydays. Avoid rash decisions, both in the stores as well as online.

    There’s nothing wrong with having some pairs of nice shoes. The right shoes can nicely compliment your outfit, they can lengthen your leg and they can alter the look of your calf. The right shoes can make you happy and maintain your health and well-being but not hundreds of right shoes. Invest in quality not quantity. Everything can be enjoyed with moderation. And finally, keep in mind: I wear the shoes the shoes do not wear me.

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    Fabricación artesanal versus tecnología

    Hoy en día, los productos de la industria textil y calzado cada día más se basan en fabricación industrial. Sin embargo, todavía existen artesanos que mantienen las tradiciones artesanales en la fabricación de calzado.

    designing shoes on shoe last shell

    La fabricación artesanal quiere decir trabajo realizado de forma manual por una persona sin la ayuda de maquinaria o automatización. Cada producto obtenido con fabricación artesanal es distinto a las demás y, como actividad material se suele diferenciar del trabajo en serie o industrial. Hay una larga historia detrás de la fabricación como, obviamente, antes de la industialización era la única manera de producir bienes y servicios. Para muchas personas, la fabricación artesanal es un término medio entre diseño y arte. También, se suele asociar artesanía con alta calidad.

    Sin embargo, hoy en día cada día menos personas se dedican en la fabricación artesanal. Uno de los principales problemas de la fabricación artesanal es la competencia con los productos procedentes de procesos industriales de bajo coste, muchas veces, con apariencia similar a los productos artesanos, pero con menor precio y calidad.

    No obstante, en realidad la división entre fabricación artesanal y proseco industrial no es tan blanca y negra. Un producto industrial no quiere decir, automáticamente, peor calidad. Muchas veces, cuando el motivo más importante es producir grandes cantidades, rápido y de menor precio el resultado final tampoco puede ser de muy alta calidad, pero no deberíamos juzgar el producto industrial así como así sin conocer los recursos y procedimientos de la fábrica y marca en cuestión. Un producto industrial puede ser de alta calidad y, también, personalizado como hoy en día la tecnología moderna hace posible fabricar productos, también, en pocas cantidades pero de manera lucrativa.

    Blake shoe, where technology and art meet

    En general, la tecnología ha hecho mucho más fácil el esfuerzo humano, sin mencionar el ahorro de tiempo y eficiencia. Además, cabe pensar que las manos humanas también cometen errores. La fabricación artesanal, que requiere mucho tiempo, obviamente tiene su efecto en los precios al consumidor lo que limita el grupo objetivo, y en el peor de los casos el negocio se convierte en pérdida de tiempo y dinero.

    Un concepto moderno muy interesante, y un fenómeno creciente, es una mezcla de las dos maneras de fabricar: un producto que comprende fases de trabajo tanto artesanales como industriales. En el mejor de los casos, el resultadio final es un diseño original de alta calidad pero como se fabrican algunas partes de manera industrial es posible bajar tanto los esfuerzos humanos como los costes. Optar por el camino más fácil no es necesariamente siempre insensato, sino puede ser genial.

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    Shoe Shopping Online

    Nowadays, more and more people are breaking with tradition, and buying shoes online. On one hand, looking for shoes online can be relaxing and fun. You save time and energy as you don’t have to travel to a shoe shop. At its best shopping online can make shoe shopping simpler and easier than before. On the other hand, there are some points that can make purchasing shoes online sometimes challenging.

    One of the major challenges when buying shoes online is finding the correct size. If it’s sometimes difficult in a shoe shop, it’s even more difficult online. Because the shoes are being bought without the advantage of having been tried on, they may not fit properly and returning them can be problematic. Obviously, is your motive for online shopping is basically to save money and your looking for items of the shelf, you can always try on the shoes in a physical shop, ensure the correct size and later buy the shoes at home.

    Anyway, in some cases looking for shoes online can end up vary advantageous. If you, for example, have a difficult time finding the right pair at stores due to the size of your feet, this is the perfect way to get exactly what you need. Most shoes shops usually focus on standard sizes, because they sell more of them, and don’t actually offer much alternatives when it comes to other measurements than the length of the outsole. Thus, those in search of, for example, bigger sizes, wide-fitting shoes or narrow shoes can find what they need in online stores. And, it really doesn’t have to mean compromising comfort for fashion. As a matter of fact, you may find a wider variety of sizes and styles online than you would find in the high street: amazing designs and delicious colors can be yours, whatever your size. And bear in mind that some brands offering such services only operate online.
    shopping shoe online is not always easy

    Obviously, also in this above mentioned case one of the fundamental basics behind a successful shoe purchase online is proper size chart offered by the shoe online shop, so make sure that you understand the instructions and be very precise when taking the measurements. The methods for taking the measurements can vary between different brands so they are applicable only to the shoe making of the particular brand in question. Avoid falling for too complicated methods as it does not necessarily go hand in hand with a successful result. For example, simply showing the different measurements in centimeters, or in other predominant measurement system, can really help a confused shoe shopper.

    Moreover, it’s highly recommended to be very familiar with the return policy of where you are shopping shoes online. Although it might sound like a boring waste of time, it’s always a good idea to read the return policy before the check-out, because you never know when a store decides to change their return policy. And, extra attention should be payed to the return policy of sale or clearance items. The most reputable companies have return policies that always serve the interests of both parties. When you finally get your shoes and try them on, make sure you’re careful not to walk outside or get them dirty, or else you can’t return them. A carpeted floor would be an ideal place for the test run, and make sure not to run for kilometers. The idea is just to test the size. For example, high quality leather shoes always take some time to soften and adjust to your feet.

    Autor: Jaakko Tulkki

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