The more I’ve been thinking today about Supergirl boots, the more I’ve been thinking about how to make those batshit New 52 boots. As a general principle, I hate layers, and I hate things that fall down and have to be pulled up constantly, so I don’t want to layer boot over thigh-high sock to get that layered effect nor anything that will slide. I also don’t like thigh-highs in general, as they tend to fall the hell down. I’ve seen a plethora of awesome new 52 Supergirl cosplayers thus far, but I notice that a lot of them seem to struggle with the boots… so I’m hoping I can rectify that not only for myself, but for other future New 52 Supergirl cosplayers. (Assuming this goes well, of course.)
And look: I’ve said in the past that I don’t like this design. I don’t like super-diapers, I don’t like sixteen year olds in panties, I don’t like it when teenage super-heroines look like they belong in Strike Witches. I intend to make it because I love Supergirl and I’m gonna give it a shot anyway. HOWEVER, I do intend to do that with slight changes, for both aesthetic and functional reasons.
It starts with turning these boots into boot-leggings. I use dance tights with most of my costumes anyway, but this one I’m going to do similar to how I did my Huntress tights; sheer, flesh-matching fabric which attaches to the tops of the boots (and the knee-window) to keep them from falling down, to keep them flush against my skin (even when bent) and to ensure they are relatively “seamless”. The bodysuit will be worn overtop, which makes it relatively seamless (save the seam on the inside of the thigh) and it will make the whole outfit look a bit more “covered”. I mean, unless you’ve got your face up against my thigh you won’t be able to see too easily what’s going on, but it’ll do the trick. Bare legs look so vulnerable to me.
It will also have the fantastic perk of keeping the boot in place regardless of how I have my leg! This is one thing I have noticed with other cosplayers; it looks fine on a straight leg, but when you bend it, the /\ doesn’t stay against the thigh and instead sticks out in a spike. I’ve seen some rectify this with tape, but I would love to avoid that, because not only does tape damage the boot and your tights, it’s uncomfortable and hot and sticky and whatever.
So: there are some thoughts. Now we’ll see when I get around to doing this.