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Being Prepared – Santa’s Magic Suit – Part III

posted by SantaTim On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Being Prepared – Santa’s Magic Suit – Part III

The Boots and Belt

I have seen just about every type of Santa boot imaginable.  From fake vinyl covers to rubber boots with yellow toes and tops, to fireman’s boots, to fancy cowboy boots with silver tips and heals.

Unless your Santa Suit is a period piece, your boots should be black leather with a rounded or slightly squared toe.  A real Santa boot should be 16 to 18 inches high, depending on how tall you are.

And why real boots?  It is just one more reinforcement that you are the real Santa.   Wearing those fake boot covers is just like having a weak link in your armor.

There are a few commercial boots on the market that are popular with Santas.  Justin and a few other boot makers make a black boot with a nice rounded toe.  However, all of these boots are only ten to twelve inches high.  One Santa I know likes the boots with the ‘Steel’ toes.  He adds, “High heels and other shoes can really hurt your toes when you are stepped on.”

So, for the traditional Santa, custom boots are the best.  Particularly since you can have them made to go all the way up to the bottom of your knee, 16 to 18 inches.  A good pair will cost between $300 and $500, but they will last you forever.   

And with a good pair of custom boots, you can have zippers on the side to offer ease when putting them on and taking them off.  As you get older, you will understand what I am saying.

And for those who are just starting out and the cost of custom is too high, I have a solution that gets rid of those fake boot covers.  Some costume shops and even a few places on the web offer special costume ‘Santa Boots.’ 

These are vinyl boots with vinyl plastic soles, zippers on the side and come in three basic sizes: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 and cost less than $50.  Cosmetically they look identical to the custom Santa boots.   Physically, they have nothing inside.  No arch supports or anything to help the foot.   If you are sitting all day, they are fine.  But if you have to be on your feet all day, they are not practical.

And for those of you like me who do have real leather boots, these vinyl boots are great for foul winter weather and the like.  Why ruin your leather when you can zip up a pair of these simple boots.

Another source for boots are the ‘turn-out’ or fireman’s boots.  These are usually steel toed, water-proof and have a nice wide top for tucking your Santa pants into.

Belts

The Belt should also be of good grade leather with a nice brass or gold buckle.  I still see a few Santas with belts made out of plastic, vinyl or the old cloth backed plastic with big eyelets and buckles made from cardboard or tin and covered with gold cloth or foil.  I hope they someday get the message about how tacky they look. 

A couple Santas, Richard Christie, in California, and Pete Kilmer in Oregon both make great belts. 

Santa Richard specializes in custom buckles in ovals and rectangles that feature “Santa” or the giant initials, “SC”.  To these he adds a quality leather belt.  www.SantaBelts.com 

Santa Pete is a leather artist and creates hand tooled leather master pieces featuring scenes of Santa with sleigh and flying reindeer, holly and other elements all around the belt.  To this, he adds a custom solid brass buckle. www.santaswardrobe.com/realsantabelts2010.htm

Tomorrow, padding and cooling vests.

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