Thorin Oakenshield’s boots

Yes, like everyone else, I’m succumbing to serious Dwarf Desire and dying to possess one of these:

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, 3-D poster available at ComicCon 2012.

I wonder what it’s like to walk into a convention hall and see yourself all over the walls. I don’t know what it’s like — I assume there’s other stuff going on at this convention, too — but that has to be a bit strange. I’ve been turning over the possibility that we’d see a picture of a bemused Richard Armitage standing under this:

Statue of Thorin Oakenshield at ComicCon 2012. Source: imdb.com via RichardArmitageNet.com

And then I concluded we probably wouldn’t. If the Guy of Gisborne figure bothered him, this is the kind of thing is unlikely to be better. Hope you memorized a bunch of Zen poems, Mr. Armitage, and are saying them to yourself at every turn.

Anyway, on to the actual topic of this post, which is Thorin Oakenshield’s amazing footwear.

You know what they say about men with big feet. They need big socks. Ba-dump-dump.

OK, it’s true that I’ve loved almost every shoe that Armitage has ever worn. The man has serious shoe style:

Coolest shoes ever: Richard Armitage in delightful wingtips at the New York premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger, July 20, 2011. I can almost forgive him that trouser break. Seriously, Mr. Armitage, did you just decided to pin your slacks to the right length at the last second? Tsk, tsk. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

I haven’t been able to hold myself back from writing about them. The Porter soldier desert army boots. The Guy of Gisborne S3 boots. The boots with heel buckle that he wore to the BAFTA 2010 red carpet. Something about even his personal shoe choices makes him seem so strong.

As Thorin Oakenshield must know, with big feet come big responsibilities. Because those are the biggest boots I have ever seen on man or dwarf. How Armitage ran around in them I have no idea, though evidence indicates he managed it with no problem:

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, cap from pre-production vlog #7 for The Hobbit. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Although his calves look really slim there. Maybe they made the little person who was playing Thorin wear the clunky boots?

Anyway, some Thorin boot caps from pics and replicas:

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Things I love:

  • The leather strapping over the upper and calf. Recalls a bit some of the Guy of Gisborne leather aesthetic, but in a pleasantly understated way. In that it looks vaguely functional, creates a faintly medieval / Norse mythological feel.
  • The under-material over the calf. Bridges the gap between barbarian / Germanic warrior and early medieval knight.
  • The shape of the boot on Armitage’s foot (not so much on the replicas): lovely contrast between the strength of the materials in the sole and tip and a rounded or curved aesthetic that make the shoe seem both strong and pretty. A hobnailed boot that doesn’t look hobnailed — must be extremely practical.
  • The reinforced tip — obviously functional but indicative of dwarf style and culture in its patterning.
  • The buckle at the ankle (on the original): apparently not functional, but oh so stylish.
  • and a question: do dwarves (dwarfs?) dance? Do they stomp their feet on the floor in these boots when they raise the roof? What a lovely picture that would be.

Love the shoes, Mr. Oakenshield. Can’t wait to see more of your creator tomorrow, in the various streams that come out of ComicCon 2012. I wonder if anyone will take a picture of his shoes. (Servetus grins.)

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And don’t forget: it’s time to SpReAd the Love. Thorin O. wants you. Well, not that way. Or maybe he does. You won’t know till you give blood or food.

Here are the details of the initiative.

Here’s the related facebook group.

~ by Servetus on July 12, 2012.

35 Responses to “Thorin Oakenshield’s boots”

  1. You aren’t alone, Servetus. I love these boots! Once I managed to get past his face in some of the full length images, the boots were the next place I looked. The leather straps, the fur poking out at the top, and the intricate toes really drew my attention. I’m not at all sure why these features appeal to me. But, I find these boots really sexy and I think I would regardless of whose feet they housed.

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  2. I haven’t been able to watch any of the stuff for more reasons than one, but I seriously want one of those posters. Seriously. And I have thought the same thing about his boots–how does he move (so well) in those? They look as clunky as the moon boots I wore in the South Dakota snow back in the day. But they also look really right for the character. He is just magnificent as Thorin, isn’t he? *sigh*

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  3. I’m totally loving those boots, too ladies. They are serious footwear for our serious dwarf king!! I think he could kick some serious **s, in those boots!! Okay, okay, I’m seriously done using the word serious! Can you tell I was a teenager in the early 80’s. The expression “gag me with a spoon” just popped into my mind! Blah!

    Over the past few weeks,I have been watching the commentaries and extras of The Lord of the Rings. Everyone involved in those movies seemed to be extremely dedicated, creative and conscience of the incredible responsibility they all had to make these movie so terrific. They all collaborated so well and perfected things down to the minutest detail. They wanted to bring Tolkien’s story to the screen in the best possible way. It’s been amazing to watch. While I’ve been watching, I’ve been thinking about how well Richard will do in a Peter Jackson film. He fits right in with the dedicated, hardworking people that PJ seems to gather around him. I’m imagining a wonderful costume department designing those boots. Maybe Richard had some say in their design. The actors seem to have a great deal of say in many of the details. It will be very interesting to watch the extras of TH as see all of the in’s and out’s of the production!

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    • yeah, I think it would hurt to be kicked by them.

      I’m sure the interviews with him on the DVD will be interesting to see — he is so dedicated. And if this were his aesthetic? Servetus swoons.

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  4. I approve of that poster with every cell in my body. That is all.

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  5. I want that poster too. Does it come with 3D glasses? I wonder if my husband would let me hang it above the mantel 😉 I haven’t bought a poster in ages, my first was of Shaun Cassidy!

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  6. I can’t help but try and imagine how he must feel with those likenesses that actually do look a lot like him, *all* around. This really feels like we are reaching a povital moment in his fame, and probably his experience and perception of it. We knew this would be a big moment in his career but it’s just weird seeing it all unfold. And it’s just the beginning of the beginning.

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    • I wonder if Comic-Con won’t seem like something of a surreal experience for him, a sort of “pinch me, I may be dreaming” sort of scenario. Just as putting on that costume for the first time with the other dwarfs to present themselves to Sir Peter made him realize he really was going to play his dream role, Comic-Con may really drive home for him his life is about to change in a big, big way. It must be exciting and a little scary, too.

      I am so very, very happy for him and proud of him. That’s my boy!! 😀

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      • Let’s hope it’ll be a “surreal but nice” (my favourite line from Notting Hill) experience for him! 🙂

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  7. I love Thorin’s costume, all that texture and detail (along with the hair of course) but for some reason his boots had me fascinated. They really appeal to me. The things you love about them, servetus, resonate with me as well. Richard seems to move quite easily in them so I’m guessing maybe they’re not as heavy and clunky as they look.

    I hope there’ll be an opportunity somewhere, sometime to obtain that poster. I really want one too.

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  8. I can’t get these lyrics out of my head: “These boots are made for walkin’/And that’s just what they’ll do…:D Thorin’s boots really can’t be as heavy as they look, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to walk in them!

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    • I’m sure that’s true. On the other hand, they have to be a little heavy, or else he’d have to simulate the necessary walk.

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  9. I have to investigate who designed the costumes for the Hobbit, because they’ve done a seriously awesome job! The texture, the fabrics, colours are amazing! I love the metal details and the leather straps. The thing is, when the costumes are done correctly, they become a part of the character, so no one really pays them much attention.

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    • well, there is an Oscar for costume design, isn’t there? Not that this film is likely to win.

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      • Stranger things have happened. Hallie Berry won one for… gulp…acting.I’ve noticed the Academy is more liberal in their choices of winners when the category is less popular. Look at Titanic. They won so many, but none in the ‘big’ categories.

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  10. N&S DVD extra interview – Mr. A discussing the little details of costuming that make the actor comfortable in the skin of the character…

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  11. I wonder what his boots looked like that he wore to his audition for Cold Feet. He said he landed the role because the producer took a shine to them.

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    • what a great question! I wonder if he’s one of those guys who never throws anything away, and there in a corner of his closet …

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      • Suspect he might be. We’ve seen some very well worn jeans, the variety of boots and shoes that reappear and that wonderful slightly battered briefcase. A habit developed from the lean years, perhaps? Reminds me of my hubby. I wanted to buy him a new wallet a while back and it’s like, “Nahh. This one hasn’t fallen apart yet.” 😉

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        • someday he can put them in the Armitage Acting Archive — the boots that got me that role …

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          • All I remember is that he said those Cold Feet “casting” boots cost him £25 (or.. £35?) Geez, I don’t even remember the price! 😉

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  13. […] I concluded: it’s the boots that make this picture. The boots are amazing. I’d written about it about five days earlier, describing them as what I thought they meant at the time: an extension of my more all-encompassing Richard Armitage shoe love. […]

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  16. I made his boot caps! http://rassaku.deviantart.com/art/Thorin-Boot-Caps-Hobbit-Movie-Costume-360251039 😀

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