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Detailed Guide to Rocking Horse Shoes

Rocking horse shoes : most of us have seen em. Many of us own them. They're popular with wearers of lolita and related fashions. The original designer was Westwood, and for a very princely sum you can still get them, but lots of Asian shoe sellers have their much cheaper knockoff versions. So many it's hard to keep them all straight. Which one makes them with the really high real wood heels again? Which ones sell foam ones with really cute really round toes? Which one is the cheapest? Which make them big enough for me?

I figure this can end up a detailed rocking horse info entry to eventually be stuck in the memories. Help me complete the detailed info on each seller and add in any that I missed?


Seller : 69th Department/Gothic & Lolita Shoes
Brand : Lolita_Lola
Website : http://xx69thxx.exblog.jp/3387285#3387285_1
Payment methods : Western Union, Paypal
What sizes are available? EU 35-39 (22.5-25.5 cm) standard, possibly up to EU 42 or 43?
How do the sizes run?
What is the sole made from? Wood, coated
How high is the heel? 7.5cm according to site
What colors do they come in? Black, white, red
Do they have boots versions available?
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? $116 USD, $90 Airmail or $78 SAL
Additional details : The straps are pleather-y and start at the instep/middle of the shoe.

Seller : Double Decker
Brand : Double Decker
Website : http://www.d-decker02.com/
Payment methods : IPMO, sometimes Western Union
What sizes are available? 23-25cm
How do the sizes run? About average
What is the sole made from? Wood, unvarnished, soft
How high is the heel? ~3.5"
What colors do they come in? White, black, and light pink
Do they have boots versions available? Yes, plus a "kilt" version and a shoe version that laces over the top of the foot
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? ~$75 USD
Additional details : The toes of these are a little more pointed/narrow than some other brands. More like the original VW ones in that respect. Straps are at the back of the shoe and are satin ribbon.

Seller: Ling Lam
Brand : Believed to be Montreal -- anyone owning these confirm?
Website: http://hk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ling_lam2005/my_photos
Payment methods: Paypal?
What sizes are available?
How do the sizes run (narrow? wide? big or small overall? average?)
What is the sole made from? Foam
How high is the heel?
What colors do they come in? Black, white
Do they have boots versions available? Yes
What's the average cost including EMS shipping?
Additional info : The straps are rounded (as opposed to flat) pleather.

Seller : Lolita_lola
Brand : Lolita_lola
Website : http://usera.imagecave.com/lolitalola/
Payment methods : Believed to be Paypal
What sizes are available? up to 26cm
How do the sizes run?
What is the sole made from?
How high is the heel?
What colors do they come in?
Do they have boots versions available?
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? $80, shipping is "one week shipping" so probably not EMS but Airmail
Additional details :

Seller: Miwitch
Brand : Lolita_Lola
Website: http://miwitch.com/
Payment methods:
What sizes are available? EU 35-42
How do the sizes run (narrow? wide? big or small overall? average?)
What is the sole made from? Wood, coated
How high is the heel? 8cm according to site
What colors do they come in? Black, white, red
Do they have boots versions available?
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? $93? USD


Seller : Refuse to Be Usual
Brand : Montreal
Website: http://stores.ebay.com/REFUSE-TO-BE-USUAL
Payment methods: Paypal
What sizes are available? 22-25.5cm / US 5.5-6 to 9-9.5
How do the sizes run (narrow? wide? big or small overall? average?)
What is the sole made from? Foam
How high is the heel? 2 1/4"
What colors do they come in? Black, white
Do they have boots versions available? Yes
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? $105 USD
Additional details : Supposed to be rather comfortable

Seller : Rosechocolat
Website: http://www.rosechocolat.com
Payment methods: Paypal
What sizes are available? US5-8 (Korean 220-250) "If you want the size bigger or smaller than the written size, we will manufacture it when you order more than 2 products of the same model.
In this case, the manufacturing takes 7 more days for molding."
How do the sizes run? Pretty large
What is the sole made from? Foam (according to comm members)/cork (according to site)
How high is the heel? 7cm for "Classical Ballerina" and 4cm for "Rhythmical Ballerina"
What colors do they come in? Black, white, red
Do they have boots versions available? No
What's the average cost including EMS shipping? $133
Additional details : Supposed to be real leather, has piping like An*ten*na's did

The original maker: Vivienne Westwood (most all of this info from cidsa
Website: Dolly will order them for you (for a fee): http://dolly_dolly_s.livejournal.com/
They have to be custom ordered at the VW shop in London and take 8 weeks to be made.
Payment methods: Dolly; Paypal. VW shop : credit cards and Cash (believe).
What sizes are available?: At least UK 4,5,6
How do the sizes run?: They run true to vintage sizing. A UK size 6 is 25cm, size 5 is 24-24.5, etc. They do not run large or small.
What is the sole made from?: Wood, sealed
How high is the heel?: Original size, 3" I think.
What colors do they come in?: Black, White, Red, Blue, Brown. Rarer colours include lime green, fucshia, light pink, etc.
Do they have boots versions available?: Yes. They also have the GOLF version. Rarer versions include slave, crossover and baby.
What's the average cost including EMS shipping?: From the VW shop, they are 250GBP (275 for golf, 300 for boots). cidsa's ballerinas came out to 300GBP even. Buying them from Japan costs much more. Hundreds more.
Additional details: Real leather and wood, of course! There are different types of leather available. Grainy matte, shiny matte, shiny kid and shiny matte.


By the way : What makes something a rocking horse shoe? Rocking horse shoes have wedge heels, wood or wood look soles, a square cutout section in the back, and generally a curved cutout section in the front. The back cutout is key. If the shoes have only a wood-like wedge heel sole, they are NOT rocking horse shoes, though they are quite possibly still loli-able. They should be called wedge maryjanes or wooden wedge maryjanes.
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