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Photog
12-04-2003, 09:58 PM
http://images.cosplay.com/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11950
Hi all,
this is my Neo reloaded costume.
My biggest concern about it is that I don't know where to get replica boots or who makes them.
Anyone know?
Thanks,
Photog

Kia
12-05-2003, 04:00 PM
Do you have a reference photo of what the boots should look like?

BTW- I want to steal your coat :D

DeadLegato
12-07-2003, 09:24 PM
If you're willing to drop 200 bucks, you're going to want to get a pair of New Rock boots. They're the brand worn by rock stars such as Marilyn Manson. Neo's boots in the "real world" look EXACTLY like a pair of New Rocks.

As for Neo's matrix boots, which I'm assuming you want because you made his matrix coat, try either New Rock or Gripfast. Both are UK based, I *think*, and both are available from a variety of websites. Just try looking by the brand name in a search engine.

They're expensive, but my new rocks have lasted three midwestern winters with virtually no sign of wear, so they're worth it. Keep in mind that new rocks, at least, are "unisex" fitted, but I find them to be closer to women's than men's sizes. I dont' know about Gripfast.

Any chance you'll be at anime detour? We're trying to pull off a massive "Animatrix" cosplay for it.

DDR Faery Spice
12-08-2003, 02:57 PM
only thing I have to say is, you kick arse. This looks wonderful. Hot Topic's good for boots, they have a pair that look really similar, if not identical, to Neo's boots. But Hot Topic is kinda expensive.

Hanyaan
12-08-2003, 05:28 PM
I love your Neo coat. The buttons are a bit too big, but the fact that you took the time to cover them in fabric (or bought buttons covered in similar fabric) makes up for it. And I wouldn't have noticed that if I didn't have a poster of Reloaded Neo in my computer room.

The thing about boots is that if you have the right coat, you can get away with wearing anything as long as it's convincingly combat-boot-ish and the right shininess level. (When I cosplay as Trinity I use vinyl Doc Martens, which are very inaccurate but work in a pinch, so there you go.)

Photog
12-09-2003, 03:42 AM
Wow, thanks everybody, I will definitely check out the recommendations, especially New Rock. I hope I can find them at a good price locally!
I'd also love to go to anime detour, but unfortunately, I have a feeling it's 1200 miles away.
Hanyaanfaery, I agree about the buttons, but neither myself nor my friend the ameteur seamstress, had a botton making device. we tried squeezing the wool into smaller flatter buttons, but no can do, so we settled for the larger rounder ones.
Welp, I don't have dvd sreen capturing capabilities, so this is the best pic i could find.
http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/rl_img/reloaded_26.jpg
Other than that, you can see a closeup of the shoe in Reloaded during the chateau fight scene when Neo's hand is dripping blood and everyone pauses.

Seiya Yagami
12-09-2003, 09:46 PM
Shoes... Watch the Neo VS Smiths fight again... this time, pay attention when Neo pulls out the rod from the ground... It should zoom to his shoes. ^^;;

Aer
12-09-2003, 10:42 PM
Thats so great XD lol

You could always check ebay...really never know what you'll find there heh XP

DarkindDreamer
12-09-2003, 11:55 PM
Pennangalan (http://www.pennangalan.co.uk/boots/FW58.php) has a great pair that are very close, and a friend of mine has ordered from them and said they are very nice.

the coat looks great. it could be a little more fitted though, and i agree the buttons are a weee bit big but i don't think anyone would really notice unless they've spent hours trying to figure out how big they are in the first place.. heh heh.. now does the wool you used have that boxy weave to it that neo's does? i couldn't tell in the pix.
.. i myself am actually using a knit for the coat when i get around to it.. i found this fabric at a wal mart while traveling and it has the perfect weave. it just wont be wool.. so i'm trading one evil for another.. but i figured this is cheaper..since it costs me 7 bux for all 7 yards, plus the weave is what i liked the most about his suit.

Photog
12-10-2003, 01:10 PM
the coat looks great. it could be a little more fitted though, and i agree the buttons are a weee bit big but i don't think anyone would really notice unless they've spent hours trying to figure out how big they are in the first place.. heh heh.. now does the wool you used have that boxy weave to it that neo's does? i couldn't tell in the pix.
It has a slight weave, but definitely not as pronounced as the weave in the rain battle of Revolutions - they actually used a different material for that scene. A friend of mine who is a purchaser for a clothing company told me the name of it, but i can't remember because it is synthetic and really long. heh.
Anyways, i'll try and get a close up shot of the fabric up soon.

Ayana
12-11-2003, 07:17 PM
Nice, very cool. Hey, if you live anywhere near Chicago...I'm going to be Trinity next year at Anime Reactor and (possibly) Wizard World....

Photog
12-15-2003, 01:11 PM
Aww nuts Ayana, Too bad I live in Canada. haven't seen any good Trinity's locally, though I've seen many good ones here on cosplay.

Photog
12-17-2003, 07:08 AM
Hi DarkindDreamer, here's the fabric shot i promised.
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=100493&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
The weave is very fine, hopefully good enough for Reloaded, but as mentioned, not nearly good enough for Revolutions.

Daala
12-17-2003, 08:01 AM
Wow! that fabric is super close. Btw, you're outfit rocks, you did a great job ^_^

TsukiGuujin
12-17-2003, 02:41 PM
DUDE! Your costume rocks my world! And I love your CG effects!
What pattern did you use to make that coat!? O_O

~~Tsuki~~

Photog
12-17-2003, 05:24 PM
It was a Simplicity Pattern I found in Seattle on sale for $1. we modified it a bit. worked out alright. :bigtu:

TsukiGuujin
12-18-2003, 10:37 PM
>>It was a Simplicity Pattern I found in Seattle on sale for $1. we modified it a bit. worked out alright.

Neato!
Would you mind telling me the number, if you have it? I'm thinking I could use that pattern for a different coat costume....

~~Tsuki~~

Photog
12-19-2003, 01:36 PM
Sorry Tsuki, I tossed out the bag. But it is from the halloween 2003 catalogue.

Hyperion
12-19-2003, 09:37 PM
Any chance you'll be at anime detour? We're trying to pull off a massive "Animatrix" cosplay for it.

I am going there... My friend wore his Neo Reloaded costume at school on Halloween... It's pretty good. I'll see maybe if I can drag him along with me.

Hype

TsukiGuujin
12-20-2003, 07:14 PM
>>Sorry Tsuki, I tossed out the bag. But it is from the halloween 2003 catalogue.

Damnit!
Ah, well, back to the drawing board.
If you ever remember the number, let me know. ^^

~~Tsuki~~

taochi
12-21-2003, 06:27 AM
I think he is referring to Simplicity Pattern 5386. Check their website at simplicity.com

I haven't seen many people attempt at covered buttons, they are tricky to do, but it makes the garment so much more personalized. When I first did them in my clothing class, I ended taking my rather large Literature Book, as my body weight wasn't good enough XD I adore the way the coat billows, I've seen alot of Neo costumes were the maker skimped on fabric and it just lacked in flare. If you ever wanted to recycle your costume, it would double wonderfully as Snape from Harry Potter.



teehee

Photog
12-21-2003, 05:13 PM
Hey Taochi,
thanks for helpin'! 5386 sounds exactly right!
:D
My biggest beaf with the Simplicity was that it did not include the pockets or the seam the runs below the chest.

pepe171
12-21-2003, 06:33 PM
I also used the simplicity pattern and it worked out really nicely, I have pictures of it in my photo gallery. It really sucked because there was no pattern for a liner and i really wanted one so the instructions were useless and we ended waisting a ton of fabric before we could figure out exactly what we needed cut.

TsukiGuujin
12-21-2003, 06:51 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I think I can modify that pattern for a different costume.
What kind of fabric do you suggest, Photog, to make it billow that way?

~~Tsuki~~

Photog
12-22-2003, 08:16 AM
mine is wool, but i think polyester would work well too.

taochi
12-22-2003, 07:27 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I think I can modify that pattern for a different costume.
What kind of fabric do you suggest, Photog, to make it billow that way?

~~Tsuki~~


Adding a vent to the center back seam will make the coat billow as you walk. But the coat itself needs to have a fair amount of fabric too.


teehee

Photog
01-05-2004, 04:03 AM
Welp, I was 70% happy when i finally found these boots during boxing week because they fit my budget ($50cdn!!!), but after getting some screencaps and composing this collage today, they don't look so great anymore.
guess i'll have to keep looking.
on a plus side, the boots traction is great in the ice and snow.

EDIT:
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=102567

here's a link to a pic at the matrix website - i tried posting a screencap before but it's illegal.
http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/rv_img/photo_rev_oct_19.jpg

taochi
01-06-2004, 03:44 AM
Don't be discouraged, the silhoulette is a good start. However you probably will want to choose a boot made out of leather that is stiff and smooth. Something sleek like this pair of Kenneth Cole Reaction Boots (http://store.nordstrom.com/product/product_brandboutique.asp?styleid=2813747&boutique=boot_shop_men&category=2376778~2372807~2372829~2378679&NextStyleID=2824147&PrevStyleID=2825459) or this pair of Kenneth Cole New York (http://store.nordstrom.com/product/product_brandboutique.asp?styleid=2825459&boutique=boot_shop_men&category=2376778~2372807~2372829~2378679&NextStyleID=2813747&PrevStyleID=2825428)are a start. Nordstroms has sales to die for, but you'd be suprised at what you could find at discount chains.





teehee

Matrix7reloaded
01-07-2004, 12:55 PM
Nice shoes. I think those would work. Does anyone know where to find boots like the ones in the first Matrix movies? The ones he wears for when he takes out the swat team.

Photog
01-07-2004, 03:25 PM
Nice shoes. I think those would work. Does anyone know where to find boots like the ones in the first Matrix movies? The ones he wears for when he takes out the swat team.
Hi Matrix7,
thanks. the boots from the original movie were made by Airwalk. they ceased production in 2000, so the best bet is to troll around on ebay, as on occassion, they will pop up for sale.
if you don't need the authentic boots, then you can check out this pair of boots found by DarkindDreamer: http://www.pennangalan.co.uk/boots/FW58.php
Or check out Hot Topic as suggested by DDR Faery Spice.

Matrix7reloaded
01-08-2004, 12:32 PM
Disregard this post. I don't know how but it submitted. I thought I stopped it, but I guess it still posted. Since I can't figure how to delete it, I'll just edit it and say, refer to the post below.

Matrix7reloaded
01-08-2004, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the tip. But yeah, it's 200 dollars on the UK site and on ebay it's also 200. Found a pair that kinda looks like it at Hot Topic site but it's for women and the boot doesn't go far up the leg. Just my luck... Any trenchcoat ideas besides ebay? I have a pattern to make a trench coat just as the way it is for the first movie but I think that will be definietly way too much work probably because I never sewed anything in my life. It would require a lot of time to the point that it might not be ready for AX03. And I know the coat is not leather so it will keep costs down. (at least it doesn't look leather).

Photog
01-08-2004, 04:44 PM
Hi Matrix7,
check out Kim Barrett's interview from The Matrix website:
http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/rl_cmp/rl_interview_kym_barrett.html
half way down, she says she uses wool.

Matrix7reloaded
01-12-2004, 01:23 PM
All right! Wool! One step closer to finishing this costume. 99 million more to go and less than 6 months for its debut. A friend of mine has the boots. Any info on what kind of material that the pants and shirt is made of? I guess if things can get tough, any tight stretchy black shirt will do, but the pants are a different matter. They kind of look like wind breaker pants to me.

Photog
01-14-2004, 02:31 PM
Hi Matrix7,
the M1 outfit consists of black cotton cargos, or military cargos, and the top appears to be either cotton or cotton/lycra. One thing I love about the top is that the seams for the sleeves are like a baseball T and start out from the collar. I'd make my own shirt if I knew how to sew 'cause i can't find that style anywhere in all black. It's available in different colours though . . . oh well.

Matrix7reloaded
01-15-2004, 02:40 PM
i guess i better start looking for cotton cargos. A baseball T? you mean a jersey or uniform? a regular t-shirt? got a picture? the shirt he wears remind me of things i see in Express/Structure. a stretchy shirt that hugs the body. of course, in the movie, it looks worn out as well, but that was probably due to the battles.

Photog
01-16-2004, 03:23 PM
Hi Matrix7,
please PM me your email addy and i'll try to send you a screencap this weekend.

Matrix7reloaded
01-23-2004, 01:07 PM
Sent it. If not just look on my pro and get the email.

Photog
02-05-2004, 01:02 PM
Matrix7, I emailed you last week, but this is better than the screencap i had sent you.
http://photopile.com/photos/pmiyan/T_X/81031.jpg

Photog
03-05-2004, 09:49 PM
Finally, new buttons!! Thanks to HanyaanFaery for the suggestion.
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=115936&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
now all i gotta do is get them on the coat . . . . . . . :schitzo: