|: I could use some ideas on how to (safely) drill through the boots' soles.
Lookup Claudine's writeup of how she did it: http://www.stonescape.net/~claudine/centering.html
: Would be a waste of 85 precious bucks if I screwed that one up, and I wouldn't know how to hold it perpendicularly while drilling, whether it's with a drill press or a hand drill.
Well, I always was too impatient to do it in another way than holding the boot in one hand and the drill in the other. Most of the time I had to correct the holes. I found it always to be uncritical when the holes where a bit bigger.