To celebrate my 500th post on this blog, I picked out four pairs of boots — one from each armor type — that I think present interesting Transmogrification challenges because of their unique style or color, then invited you, my dear readers and friends, to create Transmogrification kits using them.
To be sure that there’d be at least one entry in each category, I put together an outfit for each one myself. My outfits are shown first, followed by all the wonderful community contributions in the order that I received them.
Cloth: Gnomish Inventor Boots
Craftsman’s Monocle (requires Engineering), Sea Song Epaulettes, Elemental Raiment, Cord of the Slain Champion (N), Netherweave Pants, Rockwurm Hide Handwraps, Peacekeeper Blade, Thermotastic Egg Timer/Spring Gadget (if Horde)
I was trying for a “Gnomish Inventor” look here and couldn’t resist the gear detail in the T13-lookalike belt. I wish the belt graphic didn’t cut off the top of the gear, though. The shoulders, the belt, and the stripe detail on the gloves pull out the rusty tones from the boots.
Cowl of Benevolence, Contender’s Satin Amice, Buccaneer’s Vest, Ruby-Linked Girdle, Heavy Woolen Pants, Zaetar’s Gloves, and Staff of Immaculate Recovery
I love the way the soft browns of the pants and shoulders create a gradient between the white of the cowl, blouse, and weapon and the darker boots in this serenely lovely outfit from Zhau@Hellfire-EU. The belt is a particularly inspired choice because it contains almost all of the same colors as the boots. The amount of fine detail in the belt and weapon beautifully balance out the relatively fine detail level of the boots.
Leather: Sandals of the Insurgent
Ruffled Chaplet, Cutthroat’s Mantle, Cabalist Chestpiece, Bandit Cinch, Cinderweb Leggings (H)/Warbear Woolies, Supreme Gloves, Voodoo Hexblade, Master Builder’s Shirt
Here, I was aiming for a wild and primitive — perhaps even trollish — sort of look. I picked out the chestpiece for its triangular patterns that mirror the triangular patterns on the sandals. I liked the way the wing design on the T12H-lookalike pants reached down to touch the tops of the sandals, but then the outfit felt unbalanced without a shirt. So I made the variation with the skimpier pants for those who want to show more skin
Left: Nordrassil Mantle (T5), Don Rodrigo’s Poncho, Veteran’s Dragonhide Belt, and Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Dragonhide Legguards
Right: Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Dusk-Dweller, Nether Shadow Tunic, Red Belt of Unspoken Warning, Warbear Woolies, Serpentis’ Gloves, and Brutal Gladiator’s Staff
Zeirah of Azeroth Life designed this elegant kaldorei Druid. She’s taken a bit of a different approach by leaving the red color only as the accents on the sandals. This choice really makes the shoes pop and also gives the whole outfit an extra flair, sparking it up relative to a similar outfit with green or purple shoes.
I love how the feathery pattern on the chestpiece of Zhau@Hellfire-EU‘s very deadly-looking Monk makes the sandals look feathery, too. The belt and the hat bring reds to the outfit from head to toe without being overwhelming.
Mail: Netherstorm Greaves
Champion’s Helmet, Sentry’s Shoulderguards, Champion’s Armor, Steadfast Girdle, Mithril Scale Pants, Netherstalker Gloves, Hammer of Judgement/Netherbane, Aegis of the Vindicator, Silky Velvet Cloak
Instead of trying to blend these vividly-colored boots into an overall color scheme, I decided to let them be the focus of attention against a neutral background. The gloves and belt pick up the more subtle lavender tones in the scaly areas of the boots, smoothing out the middle tones of the head-to-toe greyscale gradient without being bright enough to distract. Then I brought more color back in with the accessories.
Left: Dragonstalker Spaulders, Triumphant chestpiece & legplates, Terror Pit Girdle, and Gauntlets of the Dragonslayer
Right:: Crown of Destruction, Striker’s Pauldrons, Magnificent chestpiece, Battleforged Girdle, Dragonstalker’s Legguards, Gauntlets of the Dragonslayer, and Hair-Trigger Blunderbuss
The red and purple accessories against the relatively plain golden background of the chestpiece and leggings in this fabulous outfit from Veluxia of Sunshine, Luxypie and Rainbows make the whole kit look like a beautifully jeweled treasure from a castle.
Like the charred wood inside a bonfire, the dark tones of the pants make the orange-against-fuschia contrast between the chestpiece and the boots in this kit from Zhau@Hellfire-EU really blaze, even without the fire hat! The AQ40 shoulders are a fantastic complement to the boots.
Equilibrium Epaulets, Salvager’s Hauberk, Nightflight Chain, Legguards of the Lurking Threat, Gauntlets of the Ancient Shadowmoon, Tihan, Scepter of the Sleeping Emperor, and Touch of Inspiration
I like the red + blue = purple theme that this brilliantly-coloured set from Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction has going on. The purples in the shoulders and the off-hand frill pick up the purples of the boots very nicely.
Plate: Boots of Avoidance
Oathkeeper’s Helm/Talonguard Helmet, Acid-Etched Pauldrons, Leonine Breastplate, Triad Girdle, Starcaller’s Plated Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Sword of the Bottomless Pit/Sword of Nefarian’s Hand
I built all of these sets more or less toes-to-head, starting by looking for pants that coordinated well with the boots. I’ve struggled with these pants because the green patches on the knees usually clash with the other colors I’m trying to use with the gold, so I was pleased with the two-toned green effect created by pairing these pants and these boots. That made me think of these two-toned green shoulders, where the dark side is more like the boots and the light side is more like the knee patches of the pants. After that, the mix of bright, lemon-lime greens already in the set seemed perfect for bringing in the gauntlets and these crazy acid green helms — more pieces I’ve been wanting an excuse to try to work into a set. The Belt of the Triad neatly matches the celadon green tones of the boots, and its gold blends perfectly with the chestpiece and pants.
Crown of Empowered Fate, Pauldrons of Ambition, Lofty Breastplate, Malevolent Gladiator’s Clasp (Paladin only), Shattered Hand Legplates, Jade Gauntlets, and Starshatter (N)
I love the combination of jade greens and dulled golds in this fantastic set from Zhau@Hellfire-EU. All of the pieces coordinate with each other so splendidly! The usually fierce Amani shoulders look surprisingly beautiful in this context.
Shoulderguards of Centripetal Destruction, Jade chestpiece & pants, Girdle of the Immovable, Thatia’s Self-Correcting Gauntlets, Stormscale Drape, and Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
This Arms Warrior (or Ret Paladin) is not only distractingly dangerous but also cool as a cucumber in all these lovely soft greens. Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction has found the most perfect weapon match for these boots! The cape complements the whole kit very nicely.
My favorite part about a Transmogrification challenge is seeing the differences — and similarities — in how different people interpret the same prompt items. Thank you so much, all of you, for participating!