Koda is a living weapon, a secret assassin for one of the royal houses. He's made from forbidden magiks, a chimera of monsters in the body of a man. Raised and trained in captivity, he exists only to be used, and has never been treated as anything but an experiment and tool.
So I needed a look that felt more functional and utilitarian, less obviously street stylish.
I kept staring at them all day, trying to think of how I was going to make them work anyway. Finally, I ended up ripping the soles off, and the inner plastic foot was fairly easy to peel out of the faux-leather outer shell. I carefully resealed the edges back to the sole, and now have a perfect pair of boots.