Christmas Eve footwear

UPDATE: I’ve given the answer in comment #25.

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Maker is known (Tony Lama), but I won’t reveal the beast. Guess the hide—not an easy one!

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43 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Ostrich?

  2. Miles_Teg
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Caiman?

  3. Richard Smith
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    A tony llama?

  4. docbill1351
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Sammy Shark

  5. Alex Shuffell
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    They’re either human, shark or stingray.

    • Alex Shuffell
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Or cat.

  6. dogugotw
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Off topic a bit but, hey, it’s your fault. Because of you, I’ve discovered the world of used boots on ebay (or as stated by Kirk…’COOOOOOOOOYYYYYYNNNNNNE)

    Anywho, my question relates to sizing. Do you find that your boot size = your shoe size? Is sizing consistent within a manufacturer or is it kind of a hit-or-miss thing?

    I’ve purchased 4 pair, 3 @9.5D and 1 10D. 2 of the 9.5′s were so tight I couldn’t even get them on my foot. The third pair is tight but is workable. The 10 seems loose in the heel but is generally more comfortable. In shoes I wear a 10D.

    So, curse you and thanks!

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

      Ebay is the source of most of my boots, and you can get some real bargains there. Even for brand-new and perfect boots you can often pay 25-30% of the retail price, and for used boots much less.

      Boot size and shoe size don’t necessarily comport: most of my shoes are size 8, but I can wear boots beginning at 8.5 and going up to 9.5. Manufacturers differ in their sizing, too: Terry Stanley’s boots always run small. You simply must try them on. And remember, there should be some slippage in the heel; that’s normal with these boots. It looks as if you need a 10 in boots.

      • dogugotw
        Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink

        Thanks. Until I’m dead sure on sizing, I’ll buy cheap or make sure they’re a return policy. I don’t mind giving a $30 pair of boots to Goodwill but getting stuck with $250 boots that don’t fit…not so much! OTOH, I can always sell them back on Ebay.

        • gravelinspector
          Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

          Don’t forget the old soldier’s trick of setting your new boots to soak overnight before trying to wear them. The soaking medium .. how can I put this … is something that you can provide for yourself, though it may take a day or two to produce enough.
          The smell shouldn’t put you off ; the neighbours on the other hand, may object.
          OTOH, “Snow Seal” (I think a Colorado product) or calf’s foot jelly (international) will probably do as good a job, but needs to be worked in by hand (the warmth of the fingertips is significant).

  7. Allen
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Crocoduck?

    • gravelinspector
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Duck-o-dile?

  8. Miles_Teg
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    My foot is so broad I can’t even get them into boots unless they’re elastic sided or have a zip, and I’d really like to wear something like them.

  9. Scott Reilly
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Can Jerry or someone else who is knowlegdeable comment on this article by Mehdi Hasan. He interviewed Dawkins a while back and had a few things to say afterwards.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2012/12/god-best-answer-why-there-something-rather-nothing

    He argues that God is the answer to why there is something rather than nothing and tries to use cosmological science to argue the point. Not being a scientist I can’t really scrutinise his points, but they look suspiciously like the jargon-laiden, Deepak Chopra-esq attempts to sound sciencey enough so people will think you know what you’re talking about.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2012/12/god-best-answer-why-there-something-rather-nothing

    I sent him a tweet advising him to read Lawrence Krauss latest

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      Why did you put this off-topic comment in this thread? Please restrain yourself.

      • Scott Reilly
        Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

        I don’t see a “contact” link, email address or another way to get in touch privately in order to raise an issue.

        Regardless, won’t happen again. Apologies

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

          Click on “Research Interests” [right sidebar] for the email address

          • Scott Reilly
            Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

            Ah, Cheers Michael

        • gravelinspector
          Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

          Jerry’s email address is a matter of public record ; it’s not difficult to find. I drop him a mail with “interesting stuff” several times a week, and occasionally get a reply.
          FYI : I put “[WEIT]” in the subject line of my mails related to this website, on the idea that it may help Jerry to manage his mail pile.

  10. Fergus Gallagher
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Reindeer, surely.

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      :)

  11. Timothy Hughbanks
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Rhinicerous is my guess – or perhaps a pig.

    My wife guessed elephant.

    • Sirlordford
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      I would guess elephant as well. Looks like the pair I bought in 1986.

  12. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Yule … it could be run-and-hide?

  13. alexandra
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    ostrich for the boots

  14. alexandra
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    rethinking -it must be unicorn -

  15. Kevin Alexander
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Since it’s X-mas I’m guessing sacred cow.

  16. Roo
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Happy secular-Christmas-Eve Jerry! Tis a night to gorge on eggnog drinks so that you can get your liver and your arteries at the same time. A beautiful thing…

    I say some kind of reptile. The pattern on the hide looks a bit uneven and bumpy, so that’s my best guess.

  17. Jeff Johnson
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I’ll guess goatskin.

  18. Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Hippo?

  19. Posted December 24, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Bison?

  20. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Water buffalo.

    Or it could be Wayne LaPierre. He’s having some hide taken odd him.

  21. marycanada FCD
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Armadillo?

  22. Hempenstein
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Roo?

  23. Andy Lowry
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne, like dogugotw above, I too have been converted to cowboybootism by your advocacy. I got five pairs this year, the latest being Western Diamondback snakeskin. This is your fault, of course.

    I may later regret your mentioning that ebay is a source for such objects of delight, but was delighted to learn it! Thanks for everything you do.

  24. Kiwi Dave
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Reindeer?

  25. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    The answer: shark, which someone mentioned above, but it’s SHAVED shark, whereby the upper layer of the skin is shaved off, leaving a softer layer below.

    • Posted December 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Ooh… but you said “beast” = mammal!

      /@

      • gravelinspector
        Posted December 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        “beast” < > “mammal”. At least not in my dictionary, nor most others that I’ve met.

    • docbill1351
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

      That “someone” was me who answered “Sammy shark” whom I dissected way back when in Comp Vert Anat! Ruint my scissors, he did!

      EVERYBODY knows that Sammy shaves. Sheesh!

      “Someone,” indeed. I’m telling Kink.

  26. justcaroles
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I agree with those who said reindeer.

  27. John Scanlon, FCD
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I was going to say some kind of echinoderm, or aren’t those real ambulacra?


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