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JoeBoeing
01-04-2003, 10:14 PM
Greetings all,

I have another question for you Chun Li cos-players... why do 99% of you wear high healed and/or platform boots?

Sorry to be a stick in the mud but Chun Li doesn't wear them that I remember.

Thanks,
Joe

RealizeDOP
01-04-2003, 10:49 PM
Heehee, ^^ The only reason I like them cause it makes the outfit look better I think. I'm a huge Chun Li Fan, but I still like the look with the high heeled platforms. Chun Li's costume is very pretty and "elegant" and I think just plain white flat bottom commando boots kinda of look strange with all the satin/broque/vynil/etc. My two cents!

Sciguy
01-05-2003, 12:04 AM
they wear high heels and/or platforms because it does more damage when they kick drooling and groping fanboys. Seems quite logical to me

Schu
01-05-2003, 11:28 AM
Hehe. I bought a pair of knee high lace up white vinyl heels for mine... why? I dunno... everyone else does :) High heels always make you look taller and slimmer... although I've found it impossible to ninja anyone in those things. I had to end up making an alternate pair for walking in... I dunno though, I think it's just the sex-appeal really.

Radical Urd
01-06-2003, 09:17 PM
Okay I know the perfect answer, Chun- Li is sexy right? well she wears those lace-up boots, and we as sexy girl cosplayers think "how can i make this more sexy?" so we take lace-up boots=high heeled boots. They look way sexier and they just kick butt!!! You don't have to agree, thats just the way i see it. You have to agree, they do add that bit of sex.

Solairis
02-01-2004, 11:11 AM
a) You can never find boots like chun li's and god boot covers look funkeh.
b) i agree, they do make the costume look much better. :bigtu:

Pockets01
06-06-2009, 01:30 AM
It's not about making the cosplay sexier. Chun Li is the stroungest woman in the world she does not need high heels to look sexy. Really what it comes down to is that most girls will find the high heel shoes alot sooner then the flat shoes. Also they hope that the high heel shoes will cover for any short comings they may have. After all most people will notice the shoes rather then the hair puffs.
I did the heels one year only because I couldn't get the flat shoes in enough time. But I could run in mine and hold the kicks, so it worked out ok. But as soon as I could I got the flat shoes. I like them better and find them to be way sexier then those high heels. There is one good thing about the heels though they do make you taller! ^ ^

Jonboy2312
08-02-2009, 06:42 AM
a) You can never find boots like chun li's and god boot covers look funkeh.
b) i agree, they do make the costume look much better. :bigtu:

I realize it's been many years, but Pockets01 already revived this thread, and since girls cosplaying Chun Li STILL have those problems, I figured this info might be useful.

A) Yes, you can EASILY find those boots. Just go to a MARTIAL ARTS strore, not a regular clothing/shoe store. They're BOXING BOOTS. Those boots are part of her fighting tournament outfit - of course they'd be dedicated fighting gear...

Example:

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3049/dsc2933.jpg

B) I agree with the OP... high heels ruin the entire cosplay. I'm sorry, but that's just NOT Chun Li. Chunny is a fighter, she's always been wearing those white boxing boots. Now if you give her high heels with that outfit, you make her look not like Chun Li the martial artist, but like some japanese 'actress' from a cosplay porn flick.

Seriously, do some more research on the character. High heeled boots are a no-go...

Demon Doll
08-16-2009, 03:31 PM
Finding white boots is not so easy. I took what I had and made it white.
Trust me, I ran everywhere in my local area and came up with nothing.

My boots have a little heel in the back. If I was fighting, they wouldn't knock me off balance. They are a thick enough to be walking normal and no where near platforms.

No way could I do a small thin heel, even if a cosplay did call for it. I'm just not that type of girl.

XxInusgirlxX
09-07-2009, 12:20 PM
to be accurate yes everyone would wear A the wrestleing boot or martial arts boots. i am doing a black version and to stay true to the character i am wearing flat shoes. the heel is just sex apeal when its over done but for the people with small heels and not stelettoes it may have been a crunch for time . the flat shoes are fairly easy to find. i really frown upon inaccuracy and expecially when ppl alter her coat tails so they sit on their butts. that is also very inaccurat.
the original chunlis coattails go down to almost the back of her knees and cover most of the butt except the middle. even the newer version goes past her butt. so really the whole shoe thing is prefrence and i think platform shoes look kinda rediculous.
its my opinion im not trying to make anyone feel anyway. as long as your satisfied with your cosplay but i would pick accuracy over the wrong idea of attention anyday

Gaku_X
09-07-2009, 06:41 PM
I realize it's been many years, but Pockets01 already revived this thread, and since girls cosplaying Chun Li STILL have those problems, I figured this info might be useful.

A) Yes, you can EASILY find those boots. Just go to a MARTIAL ARTS strore, not a regular clothing/shoe store. They're BOXING BOOTS. Those boots are part of her fighting tournament outfit - of course they'd be dedicated fighting gear...

Example:

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3049/dsc2933.jpg

B) I agree with the OP... high heels ruin the entire cosplay. I'm sorry, but that's just NOT Chun Li. Chunny is a fighter, she's always been wearing those white boxing boots. Now if you give her high heels with that outfit, you make her look not like Chun Li the martial artist, but like some japanese 'actress' from a cosplay porn flick.

Seriously, do some more research on the character. High heeled boots are a no-go...

Agreement!I nearly bought a pair of white wrestling boots years ago jsut so if ever I made Chun-Li,I'd have them.

Gripe #2-Why does everyone make her outfit our of SATIN?(or similar shiny,tacky looking stuff)I don't recall her dress looking particularly shiny,and it always just looks-Weird to me.

Gaku_X
09-07-2009, 06:55 PM
Returning to whine because Chun Li is one of my idol characters(little chinese girl with crazy muscles,resmblance and awesomeness.so I feel the need to defend her greatness.)

Looked through all 15-16 pages of people here who've done Chun Li outfits.A handfull of those DIDN'T use shiny material,and even of those quite a few seem to not know how long her dress is.A lot of people make it too short.I'm starting to think they all do it on purpose to be 'teh sexeh'.
I found one person who is currently working on their Chun Li.All they had was a picture of white wrestling/boxing/martial arts boots.I have hope.

stardust1187
09-08-2009, 12:25 PM
I think shiny is the best choice. When I look at all of the pictures they have so many different tones to them. Also shiny is a lot cheaper then to buy what I really wanted which wasn't shiny but $15.00 a yard. I can't afford that. I think that when people use a cheap cotton that it does look cheap. I also hate when people use high heels because she def does not wear them. There are lots of different versions of Chun Li with different lengths and shades of blue so really the length is pretty open depending on which version you are doing. I am working on a Chun Li now and I am planning on buying the correct shoes but I am using shiny because it is cheap and better then that crappy broadcloth that everyone likes to use.

NekoMimiChan
09-09-2009, 06:29 AM
I'm planning a Chun-Li costume for Halloween, and the shoes have me in this same perdicament. I was thinking about buying those super-high-top Converse sneakers:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200375289117&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

Then again, I am short (5'3") and heels would make me more substantial. I'm afraid if I get the sneakers I'll end up looking too short and stocky for Chun Li, who is a very formiddable woman in stature.

What should I choose?

I am planning on having the longer coat tails and using a matte fabric ^___^

Jonboy2312
10-18-2009, 09:21 PM
About the whole shininess issue - Her 'dress' is in fact a modified qipao. These are very often made out of shiny satin.

Heck, I have a proper, OFFICIAL Chun Li figurine where her qipao have been painted with a metallic blue paint (like a car!). Also, if you look at her original set of game sprites (SF2, SSF2, SSF2T and such), the way they are colored and shaded is highly suggestive of a nice satin sheen.

I believe a subtle satin shine is the correct, accurate way to go.

Aleera
10-19-2009, 01:40 PM
I'm planning a Chun-Li costume for Halloween, and the shoes have me in this same perdicament. I was thinking about buying those super-high-top Converse sneakers:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200375289117&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

Then again, I am short (5'3") and heels would make me more substantial. I'm afraid if I get the sneakers I'll end up looking too short and stocky for Chun Li, who is a very formiddable woman in stature.

What should I choose?

I am planning on having the longer coat tails and using a matte fabric ^___^
Those converse go to just below the knee in length. I have a pair. I think they are too tall, imho. If you went with mid-calf boots or boxing boots they would look more accurate. If you are pressed for time, the converse are probably easy to find on the other hand. I'm a 9 in that shoe, they only come in whole sizes (I think I'm a size 39 in euro, I forget since I bought them irl).

I'm guessing the high heels are to compensate for the height issue. The average woman measures about 5'4 (myself included). Few woman are actually 5'8. In a Street Fighter group the height might be more noticable.

coffeebeat
11-04-2009, 03:51 AM
I agree with the high heeled shoes not looking so good for Chun Li. For me, I ended up buying some white Dr Martens boots. The hardest part was finding ones with a non-black sole and white shoe string rings. These do squeeze a bit on my darn meaty calves...:waaaah: The main thing that bothers me is the pointy-ness on toe area, but they do the job well for me for now. :)

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2328504/

shiara_freaky5
05-11-2010, 10:51 PM
where did you find the ones with no heels??!!!
im working on her cosplay right now.and can't find anything!!!
please help!

SailorSaturn03
05-11-2010, 11:42 PM
I agree with the OP, I had a super easy time finding non-high heeled boots for my cosplay. I just see it as altering the real costume idea when you wear platforms or high heels and it's not authentic. I'm kind of a stickler for that type of thing (the authenticity) and I get irked when people alter costumes in that way, especially with Chun Li.

Another problem I see a lot with Chun Li cosplays are the wrist bands >_>

Andie Pryde
05-11-2010, 11:53 PM
I actually don't see a problem with using those boots for Chun-Li. There's a little thing called "artistic liberty", and it's not like they're doing a huge change, such as making her hair blond. Also, there are a few good reasons why they do it.

1. Ease. Not everyone might have access to a specialized store to get the boxing boots. There's also the issue of cost. I don't know how much boxing boots cost, but, from what I've seen, high-heel chunky go-go boots with laces can be had for around $40-$50, which isn't too expensive.

2. Comfort. As crazy as this is going to sound, some women are used to wearing heels and find flat shoes terrible to wear. Myself, for example. Every single time I wear my Converse for a day, I promptly take them off and chuck them across the freakin' living room when I get home, cursing them to Hell and back. They make my feet SO uncomfortable, I barely wear them. I avoid flats like the plague because they're just not comfortable for me. Maybe I'm not the only one, and maybe some of these girls HAVE tried the accurate boots, and found them unwearable.

2. Appearance. Chun-Li's legs are her most prominent, fanboyed-over physical feature. She's known for having long, nice, toned, sexy legs. There's no way about it -- a convincing Chun-Li's legs HAVE to look good. If you weren't lucky enough to be born with such legs, those types of boots can often help. If you're 5'1" or thereabouts, and have stocky legs, the boxing boots are going to make your legs look even stockier. Not flattering, and definitely NOT helping the illusion of having sexy legs. Make it or fake it, I guess, and for girls with less-than-perfect-legs, those boots might help.

Considering my height and legs, I might actually opt for the boots if I ever cosplay Chun-Li, honestly. To each their own, and I'd rather take a small artistic liberty that'll make the costume more flattering for me, than keep an unflattering detail just because it's 100% canon. But that's just me.

Besides, I don't think the boots really make or break that specific costume -- if I wanted to get nit-picky about shoes, I would go to everyone who's done Lenalee from D.Gray Man's Dark BOOTS with thigh-high black socks and black stilettos. I still don't mind it, it looks nice anyways, but considering Lenalee's Innocence/Dark Boots are a MAJOR part of the character, getting the shoes wrong on her is a more glaring inaccuracy than getting them wrong on Chun-Li.

Solai Tsukada
08-03-2010, 07:18 AM
I only wore mini platforms because I couldn't find the proper flat ones. I didn't think to look for boxing boots, I was looking for wrestling type ones (which look fairly similar).

I would prefer flats next time I cosplay her (or if I ever cosplay R. Mika) for comfort and accuracy sake.

~Lightning~
08-03-2010, 07:47 AM
For my Chun-Li, I have buy false converses boots white, and it's look good.

Pockets01
01-13-2011, 03:16 PM
I'm planning a Chun-Li costume for Halloween, and the shoes have me in this same perdicament. I was thinking about buying those super-high-top Converse sneakers:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200375289117&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

Then again, I am short (5'3") and heels would make me more substantial. I'm afraid if I get the sneakers I'll end up looking too short and stocky for Chun Li, who is a very formiddable woman in stature.

What should I choose?

I am planning on having the longer coat tails and using a matte fabric ^___^

It's ok if your short! People forget Chun Li is short too!

Pockets01
01-13-2011, 03:18 PM
About the whole shininess issue - Her 'dress' is in fact a modified qipao. These are very often made out of shiny satin.

Heck, I have a proper, OFFICIAL Chun Li figurine where her qipao have been painted with a metallic blue paint (like a car!). Also, if you look at her original set of game sprites (SF2, SSF2, SSF2T and such), the way they are colored and shaded is highly suggestive of a nice satin sheen.

I believe a subtle satin shine is the correct, accurate way to go.

Thats very true! I based my outfit on the maunals colors and the game sprites! I don't think the shinyness of the outfit is a bad thing.

Pockets01
01-13-2011, 03:20 PM
Those converse go to just below the knee in length. I have a pair. I think they are too tall, imho. If you went with mid-calf boots or boxing boots they would look more accurate. If you are pressed for time, the converse are probably easy to find on the other hand. I'm a 9 in that shoe, they only come in whole sizes (I think I'm a size 39 in euro, I forget since I bought them irl).

I'm guessing the high heels are to compensate for the height issue. The average woman measures about 5'4 (myself included). Few woman are actually 5'8. In a Street Fighter group the height might be more noticable.

If you check the art the lenght of her shoe veries. So you may be ok with longer ones. I have the longer ones and I haven't had any problems. Still need to get a shorter set though.....

Pockets01
01-13-2011, 03:31 PM
where did you find the ones with no heels??!!!
im working on her cosplay right now.and can't find anything!!!
please help!


Look up:
Everlast Michelin Hydrolast Lockdown Hi Boxing Boot
http://store.titleboxing.com/everlast-lockdown-hi-boxing-boot.html

In White

that will get you the mid calf set any thing higher ....well let me go look

Pockets01
01-13-2011, 03:54 PM
I actually don't see a problem with using those boots for Chun-Li. There's a little thing called "artistic liberty", and it's not like they're doing a huge change, such as making her hair blond. Also, there are a few good reasons why they do it.

1. Ease. Not everyone might have access to a specialized store to get the boxing boots. There's also the issue of cost. I don't know how much boxing boots cost, but, from what I've seen, high-heel chunky go-go boots with laces can be had for around $40-$50, which isn't too expensive.

2. Comfort. As crazy as this is going to sound, some women are used to wearing heels and find flat shoes terrible to wear. Myself, for example. Every single time I wear my Converse for a day, I promptly take them off and chuck them across the freakin' living room when I get home, cursing them to Hell and back. They make my feet SO uncomfortable, I barely wear them. I avoid flats like the plague because they're just not comfortable for me. Maybe I'm not the only one, and maybe some of these girls HAVE tried the accurate boots, and found them unwearable.

2. Appearance. Chun-Li's legs are her most prominent, fanboyed-over physical feature. She's known for having long, nice, toned, sexy legs. There's no way about it -- a convincing Chun-Li's legs HAVE to look good. If you weren't lucky enough to be born with such legs, those types of boots can often help. If you're 5'1" or thereabouts, and have stocky legs, the boxing boots are going to make your legs look even stockier. Not flattering, and definitely NOT helping the illusion of having sexy legs. Make it or fake it, I guess, and for girls with less-than-perfect-legs, those boots might help.

Considering my height and legs, I might actually opt for the boots if I ever cosplay Chun-Li, honestly. To each their own, and I'd rather take a small artistic liberty that'll make the costume more flattering for me, than keep an unflattering detail just because it's 100% canon. But that's just me.

Besides, I don't think the boots really make or break that specific costume -- if I wanted to get nit-picky about shoes, I would go to everyone who's done Lenalee from D.Gray Man's Dark BOOTS with thigh-high black socks and black stilettos. I still don't mind it, it looks nice anyways, but considering Lenalee's Innocence/Dark Boots are a MAJOR part of the character, getting the shoes wrong on her is a more glaring inaccuracy than getting them wrong on Chun-Li.

You are right people make a big deal about this but to each their own. But you can't get made a a person who's a stickler for detail either. But the fun of cosplay and point of it...well at least when I started ... was to show love for a character!...ok so maybe the outfit is not 100% right. But did love go into the outfit? did the cosplayer enjoy their time makeing it? Wearing it? Thats what matters! ^ ^

I love heels but I also love flat shoes...can't wear platforms....my sister can...they hurt me. But you deal with what you have to work with untill you can get what you want and need.

Also being 5'1" and haveing the flate shoes not a bad thing! I am short! but I have the legs for it so it works for me better then the heel s do. Work with your body to give the best look! Just cause it works for one girl doesn't mean it works for all.


On that Loved what you said. You made great points! didn't realize when I posted on this thread it would open up such a debate........^ ^