Demonia’s are gorgeous and well known platform boots that cater perfectly to alternative culture. But are they really worth it, what with the insane amount of Demonia horror stories out there of platforms breaking off in the first few wears or buckles literally just falling off without reason. As far as I’ve read they seem to be hit or miss.
They Aren’t For Everyday Usage
There is the chance that you get lucky and your boot/shoe doesn’t fall apart after repeated usage but it’s generally accepted that Demonia’s are more suitable for occasional usage to clubs and events rather than everyday. Though Natalie at Gothy Two Shoes has done a great review on some non-platform styles that you might want to take a look at for a differing opinion [here].
The Sizing Can Be Off
The sizing in general can run large on some of the shoes, I suppose it depends on the model since there’s so much variation. Plus, they are rather more suited for narrow feet and those without high arches.
They Consistently Lack Grip
When a shoes lacks grip it can be dangerous especially when you’ll be dancing around or even running in them. I once had a pair of velvet Mary-Janes that were unfortunately destroyed by rain, but they had ridiculously slippery solves. I remember crossing an intersection (luckily with lights) and taking a step in them and sliding onto my back in the middle of the road. It’s safe to say I was more frightened for my life than embarrassed.
|Yes, that’s Taylor Momsen – Link|
My Personal Experience
You should all know, or check out, my earlier blog outfit posts when I wore my Demonia boots almost religiously (even thought they’re quite embarrassing and old) – of course though in reality it wasn’t that often. But I did dance in them, jump around in them and go for long walks in them along-side friends also wearing Demonia platform boots. Besides being incredibly comfortable they have never broken in the slightest – though they do scratch almost instantaneously.
You can find boots almost anywhere, but to find boots are decorated as Demonia is a different story. That doesn’t stop the many other online retailers that are up to the mark of both quality and decoration.
My personal favourite, very long lasting, with great grip and they come in a variation of styles. They aren’t the most decorated of shoes but they are a great staple of alternative culture. Their sizing has been questioned as not consistent though, so remember to research first.
I can say from experience that for those outside of the UK it can be little annoying to order since you can order directly from the site but they have an automatic cart system of you ordering through an international shopping service.
|They even come studded! – Link|
New Rocks are expensive first hand but are built to last everyday wear. They come in a ridiculous amount of styles, a lot of which could be considered dupes of Demonia (or vice versa). They even stock creepers. I’ve always had a thing for the platform with the spring in side it.
|A few years ago I was so close to winning a
model like this on EBay for twenty dollars.
These tend to lower in price and you can get very good quality pairs. Look out for shoes that are both glued and stitched to the base, a good tread (otherwise you’ll be sliding around) and for sturdy grommets (though these can be simple to replace).
Demonia boots have a great stigma almost in the community, though it still seems everyone still loves them and has owned or wanted to own a pair. I don’t think they is one opinion on these boots that is the end all to the controversy over their quality. If you want some more opinions on the quality check out this forum post on GOTH.NET [here] and you’re sure to get a tonne.