Sunday, April 5, 2015
FATEstep Makes a Splash
In his characteristic perfect overkill, Damien Fate started a new branch of his powerhouse of a store, FATEstep. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to handle it; there was, of course, always just filtering his sleek and astonishingly customizable shoes into my looks - and going forward that will be happening, but somehow I wanted to make a bigger splash given I had a folder full of shoes, and only some of them would fit my feet. I'll give a brief overview of the features, but please believe me when I say they're worth taking some time to explore the shoes that particularly appeal to you! Each come with additional socks you can wear, which I've never seen before in Second Life, offering a fantastic bonus both for these shoes and for other shoes you might want to slide over these charming foot additions. The women's shoes come set for both SLink and Maitreya feet. All of the shoes come in pairs of styles (check out the additional pictures for labels for each) with texture differences which add to the variety; in particular, the Nylon Chucks feature art from Nylon Pinkney, a wonderful SL artist and store owner in her own right.
The HUD for those chucks (shown below) is fairly representative of the amount of individualization available. The Part Selection highlights the parts of the shoes as you select them, and you can select multiple parts at once. The texture options vary from shoe to shoe, with some of the shoes having simple colors while others have patterns and pictures. Below that is both a tinting mechanism and a slew of extra features, which vary from actual parts of the shoe changing to the amount of shine available. Finally, at the very bottom is a series of presets you can save over as you come up with different styles you enjoy - a feature of FATE HUDs that I particularly appreciate.
Definitely swing by to FATE Island to try on some of these new shoes and walk the grid in style!
( More pictures here. )
Skin: Fallen Gods, Lumina Firefly
Tattoo: Fallen Gods, Aralia tattoo
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Splayed
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands and Feet: SLink, Hands and Feet
Nails: Fallen Gods, Lumina Firefly
Pose: Grafica, Drift 2
Drifting Shoes: FATEstep's Entire First Release
Location: My Platform
Light Settings: Phototools, No Light
Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping