I've been dying to post this entry for MONTHS, but at long last the ‘embargo’ on it can be lifted as I finally have them in hand - or at least on foot.
THESE are the real deal.
I was put onto them by one of my readers and clients, who searched high and low for the bootmakers – and his work was truly rewarded.
For ages now, people have been searching in vein to find the right boots, and although they have found pairs that are similar, or have details that are partly or mostly right, no-one has actually definitively found them. And there is a very good reason. I can 100% confirm they were custom made specially for the series to a design of the BBC costume department’s choosing.
All Saints Layer boots. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s what there were - or were based on at least (see left).
For a long running series such as Doctor Who, all manner of versions of the lead’s costume are needed: hero costumes; stunt double costumes; publicity costumes; standby costumes etc etc.
As a result more than one pair of boots were needed. So a genuine pair of Layer Boots were sent to a specialist bootmakers who do all sorts of film, tv and stage work.
From these they produced a pattern to Matt’s exact foot size and sent them for fitting. Once approved they were finished and used during the rehearsal period prior to filming.
Further pairs were ordered, using a softer leather at Matt’s request to make them a more comfortable fit. Around six or eight pairs were ultimately made, used at various stages of filming for a variety of reasons.
Now, this is where things get all a bit Big Bang, so bear with me.
Barbara Kidd supplied an image of a pair of boots sourced from a company called Cosprop, who are a costume and props supplier in North London (see what they did with their name - clever, eh?).
Now, the pattern cutter at the bootmakers recognised the boots from Cosprop as a pair he had made many years before. He is described as a genius pattern cutter, and remembers every pair of shoes he has worked on, so he would know!
It’s almost like a time paradox, where the bootmakers were asked to match a pair of boots they had already made! What if The Doctor had gone back in time and dropped his boots off at Cosprop. It doesn’t bear thinking about!!
Anyway, so armed with the info of precisely where they were made, how can I resist commissioning my own pair to be made by the same hands that furnished the feet of our iconic star!!
I’ll post some info shortly on how the boots were made to measure and fitted, before I wear them for the first time to a convention this coming weekend.