My first post :) I splruged and bought myself a christmas gift. http://www.sub-shop.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1594 (This site is listed above with a similar locking leather strap).
The product description says to order one size larger for comfort, and the "size conversion" says to order 2 sizes larger for males. I did the math. I wear size 10/10.5 (depending on brand) so, 10 + 1 (for comfort) + 2 (for men) = 13. I chose to ignore this logic and order size 12. I wanted them to be strict and TIGHT. I was going for foot bondage (and the potential that I might meet a Lady who could at least play with them). In hind sight this may not have been a wise decision.
I've come across three problems, and if Y/you're patient with me I'll be as succint as I can. The first problem I came across right from the moment I put them on. The tongue goes down to right where my toes end and my feet start, when completely laced there is just enough stress to force that part of the boots to rub painfully against my feet. I purchased latex socks to prevent sweat damage inside the shoes. The socks are paper thin and did not protect my feet from the seweing of the tongue. - possible solution: I added normal cotton ankle socks to add padding and it was enough to nullify that particular pain.
Second problem: my feet over heat. I didn't want to risk standing or walking my first night, so I laced them as tight as I could while sitting down and then climbed into bed. I woke up just about 3 hours later in throbbing pain. The heat from what I thought was the latex and sock combination was too much with no escape and I had to quickly unlace the boots and take off the socks. A short massage later I passed back out and woke up pain free. - possible solution: got rid of the latex socks and tried again with just the regular socks. Just about another three hours later, the heat was too much and I had to take them off. The material doesn't seem to "breathe" at all. It's flexible and stretches a teeny bit, but obviously not enough. This was tested again many times with different thickness socks - even double socks but that was just more heat. I even tried mid winter with no heat on and then went so far as to bind ice packs to my feet around the outside of the boots. I got an extra half hour to an hour before the pain got to be too much. The extra time wasn't worth being miserable because I was cold. My longest time just gritting my teeth and bearing the pain was 6 hours with massaging my toes while still wearing the boots.
Third problem: I simply cannot strighten my legs at the knee while standing in the boots. I knew I had at least a three hour window to test this and arranged braces to help myself stand and try to walk. If I try to walk by placing my heel down and then my toe and walk "normal" I cannot strighten my legs and walk like I do in my sneakers. I can take four or five steps before my upper torso is too far off balance from not being able to fully stand and I keel over. If I brace and lift my heels off the ground and walk on just my toes I get the same four to five steps before I need to brace again. If I lay down or brace and completely lift off the ground I can straighten my legs normally. I just can't do it with my 5'10 140lbs supported by only the spikes and my toes. - possible solutions: actually ordering the right size. If I put the boot on my desk and look at just the toe and the rubber stopper at the base of the spike they are dead even, but standing in them the arch of my foot and shape of the boot makes it feel like the spike is too long and it forces my shins forward and I have to bend at the knee or "lean forward" (to the point of I can't stand up without bracing unless I bend at the knee). So maybe it's not the size, it's just the design of the shoe. I could probably "Train" to walk with my knees bent but I can only immagine how improper and unnatractive that would look.
So if Y/you're still with me... Size is important, I chose not to send mine back and get the next size up. I kinda like the idea that I can't walk run or stand without help. Pain is inevitible, but at least not permanent in the short term. I'm sure walking with my knees bent is interesting exercise but not good for my spine and certainly not good for my posture. The pain is definately tortue, I take them off when they hurt too much, I'm more into them for looks and for bondage/restraint then for masochism.
When I'm ready to splurge, the derby shoes from punitive (http://www.punitiveshoes.com/database/ballets/derby.shtml) are my next toy (perfect for pony play if there are any upstate NY Dommes looking for a male pony). The shoes I got are actually made by Devious (Autumn & Co. DID send the boots in their origional box with the Devious logo - however friends helped me research the best pricing and Autumn had a 40% off her ENTIRE site sale at the time I made my purchase - and the box was dinged up a bit, probably sitting on the shelf at the warehouse too long before someone bought a size 12)
http://howcool.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=618&osCsid=006aa941b2b6fd56c9f6a518aea33931 and howcool.com has an AMAZING selection of normal (non ballet) heels, costumes, fetish wear and more. (This link was given by someone who helped my price search.)
Hope all this rambling helps S/someone,