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April 6, 2011 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Mexican pointy boots. [SLYT].

Appears to be a genuine phenomenon, I am pleased to report.
posted by stonepharisee (39 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's all fun and games until somebody pokes their eye out.
posted by Muddler at 1:19 PM on April 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


more, and some examples: 1, 2, 3. Sorry for staggering the post.
posted by stonepharisee at 1:23 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love everything about this

Metafilter: Those pointy boots make me wish I were a Mexican hipster rancher
posted by Blasdelb at 1:24 PM on April 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Now if they could build them with those springy metal runner's prosthesis, so that you could really tear out on them, that would be cool.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:30 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


See, I regularly wear shoes like this (well, that exact pair, actually). When I see things like this, I just think 'STOP! You're RUINING it!'
posted by FatherDagon at 1:31 PM on April 6, 2011


4, 5, 6. So help me Lord, Chuntaritos.com is pure gold.
posted by stonepharisee at 1:32 PM on April 6, 2011


that video is the best thing ever.
posted by lapolla at 1:53 PM on April 6, 2011


See, last time this was in fashion would have been the long toed shoes of the middle ages. These would get so long that the young men sporting them would be forced to tie the tip of their shoes to their ankles.

And thus... Everything old is new again.
posted by Phalene at 1:56 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


the long toed shoes of the middle ages.
posted by stonepharisee at 2:02 PM on April 6, 2011


It's been done throughout history.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:05 PM on April 6, 2011


That video seemed to have a 12 year old boy doing a strip tease at a discoteca!
posted by psylosyren at 2:19 PM on April 6, 2011


This seems to be real, even though the video was uploaded on April 1? Fascinating.

I guess I was mostly surprised to learn that there's a kind of club music which seems to be techno based on mexican accordion music? I mean, it makes sense, I just never imagined it.

Oddly made me homesick for southern New Mexico. *sigh*
posted by hippybear at 2:20 PM on April 6, 2011


I'd like to see them rumble with some goths wearing winklepickers!
posted by vespabelle at 2:32 PM on April 6, 2011


Vice Magazine had a thing about this last (or this) month
posted by azarbayejani at 2:33 PM on April 6, 2011


7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
posted by stonepharisee at 2:42 PM on April 6, 2011


Oh pointy boots,
Oh pointy pointy...
posted by ShutterBun at 2:46 PM on April 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Russians (or Finnish comedic stereotypes of same) are fashion forward, as always.
posted by Slap*Happy at 2:47 PM on April 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


String post!
posted by msalt at 2:51 PM on April 6, 2011


Are you sure this is not an April fools joke? That date of the video would lead me to believe so.
posted by chillmost at 3:16 PM on April 6, 2011


You are a solid instigator
Of the human code
You held back the traffic
While I crossed the road

But please don't try to be a martyr
The Good Samaritan way
Because my pointy Mexican boots
Will give your games away

posted by Smart Dalek at 3:25 PM on April 6, 2011


> Are you sure this is not an April fools joke? That date of the video would lead me to believe so.

That was my assumption. But then I asked myself, how much work and dedication would it require to produce the boots, with their variety. And it was clear that you can't fake this. Then I found the blog, http://www.chuntaritos.com/, and it presents the same material in a human context that can not be faked. Or else someone or thing just passed the Turing Test.
posted by stonepharisee at 3:25 PM on April 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


April 1, 2011: Skynet becomes self aware and starts trolling the internet...
posted by Slap*Happy at 3:50 PM on April 6, 2011 [7 favorites]


Mexico is taking fashion ideas from Santa's workshop, apparently.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:54 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Some more.
posted by gummo at 4:21 PM on April 6, 2011


This made my day. Thank you!
posted by marlys at 4:59 PM on April 6, 2011


Pointy boots: Weird
People gathering in a stadium to look at some pointy boots dancing badly: WTF?
posted by DU at 5:45 PM on April 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Totally love that! Fun post. Got me curious about the "tribal" music they like: Erick Rincon

Adding to the pointy shoe mix: American version Clevis and then Liliana for girls | Polish version: crackowes or poulaines | Pakistani khussa | Punjabi mojaris, jutti.
posted by nickyskye at 6:03 PM on April 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Are you sure this is not an April fools joke?

Not likely if it comes from Mexico. April fools in Mexico is celebrated on December 28, though it's obviously not called April fools. It's called Dia de los Inocentes (Innocents Day).
posted by Penks at 6:39 PM on April 6, 2011


Holy what. When the video first started I found it funny. Perhaps incredibly funny, as I do have a few beers under my belt so far. I did not expect to actually sit through 9 minutes of it though.

However, that was goddamn fascinating. It felt a lot like I was seeing the birth of a new cultural meme or movement, and certainly no weirder than some candy kid fashion stuff I've seen. I can't even properly put into words why I found that to be so compelling, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Everyone involved seemed so earnest and involved in what was happening, which was rad. I think in part the whole thing also really reminded me of some scenes I've brushed against, but with an entirely different face.

I guess in summary, wooo for strange subcultures and just enjoying what you do.
posted by Stunt at 6:45 PM on April 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


We've had a few trauma patients brought in wearing pointy boots, but nothing this exuberant. They had tips that were maybe 6 or 8 inches longer than normal.

It's only a matter of time until someone comes in wearing the real deal.
posted by etherist at 6:54 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I totally love this awesome post. Extreme cowboy boots. And a Leningrad Cowboys clip, for good measure.

Accompanying Vice article: Look at these fucking boots.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:09 PM on April 6, 2011


Now I'm looking at all my round toes shoes and feeling disappointed.
posted by splatta at 8:17 PM on April 6, 2011


Please, please, please let these come into fashion in Los Angeles. Oh my god, they are wonderful and I want them so much. It is my doom to lust after flamboyant shoes, I guess. I own my pointiest boots to date right now and while they are nowhere NEAR the level of commitment these guys have, I am really enjoying the general pointy toes situation and may well ramp it up next time I buy boots. As it happens, I have pointy feet, so this totally works.

I loved the part where the guy said he made boots that were 7 feet long and was like "We didn't even have to have a contest cause my boots won immediately." That is badass as HELL.
posted by troublesome at 10:56 PM on April 6, 2011


> I guess I was mostly surprised to learn that there's a kind of club music which seems to be techno based on mexican accordion music?

Tribal Guarachero
represent!
posted by Tom-B at 7:46 AM on April 7, 2011


"I guess I was mostly surprised to learn that there's a kind of club music which seems to be techno based on mexican accordion music?"

Not just "a" kind of club music, multiple types of club music. The two I'm aware of are the tribal guarachero stuff in the video (kinda terrible, in my opinion), and Nortec, which became popular around 10 years ago in Tijuana. Much better, in my opinion.

Here's a sample.
posted by Bugbread at 8:04 AM on April 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


My first reaction was in the LOL WHAT category, and thought how silly and ridiculous.

Then I remembered* that at a certain point in the early 90s, the very height of ravewear and clubwear fashion in certain parts of the US involved dressing up in floppy, oversized Mad Hatter's Tea Party-style clothing and hats straight out of a Doctor Seuss illustration.

*Or so I was told. Ahem.
posted by dantsea at 8:51 AM on April 7, 2011


> Not just "a" kind of club music, multiple types of club music.

Tribal guarachero is part of a thing that some are calling Transnational Bass, which is basically what happens when poor people get computers = traditional local music + booming electro beats.

So you get Balkan Beats from Eastern Europe, Baile Funk from Brazilian favelas, Cumbia Villera from Argentina, Champeta from Venezuela, Kuduro from Angola, Kwaito and Shangaan Electro from South Africa, etc.

This deserves a separate post, but if you want to get a feel for the sound just search for the bolded names in Youtube. Also, Generation Bass is a great blog that covers this kind of music.
posted by Tom-B at 9:09 AM on April 7, 2011 [9 favorites]


Tom-B I do hope you do a juicy FPP about the Transnational Bass story aspect. I would be so interested in reading what you put together.
posted by nickyskye at 12:36 PM on April 7, 2011 [3 favorites]


Mexican vampires.
posted by The Emperor of Ice Cream at 12:40 PM on April 7, 2011


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