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what boots do you like?

What boots do people like? For Rainy/Tropical, rainy/temporate, desert?

by [a former member] at 2006-06-15 03:57:09 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Oakland , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I’m a barefoot freak, a jumper and bare feet are not unusual for me our winters are ok. I get the occasional odd look at airports though

by Imants | 15 Jun 2006 04:06 | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
My all purpose boot is the “Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX”. I’m on my fourth or fifth pair. Just great boots! Best, Davin.

by Davin Ellicson | 15 Jun 2006 05:06 (ed. Jun 15 2006) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
To throw in my 2 cents…Over the last 12 years in the Army, I have tried dozens of boots, and by far the best, lightest, most comfortable, quick drying, runner-like boot and is about $110CAD is the “Hi-Tec Magnum” Super comfortable, I have parachuted in them for years, been in the Arctic, Afghan desert, African savannah, Louisiana swamps, Rocky mountains, miles of pavement and any other surface except the moon, and they have stood up very well, as a matter of fact, I am leaving the military and will continue to use them. For “civillian style” hiking boots, Vasque all the way.

Cheers
Mat

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 06:06 | Victoria, BC, Canada | | Report spam→
Danner, Scarpa, Vasque

by Roger Arnold | 15 Jun 2006 06:06 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
RM Williams rubber-soled boots, because the have no laces and you can slip them off to go into houses or mosques. Comfy too.

by John Perkins | 15 Jun 2006 06:06 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Doc Martens

by Vic Joubert | 15 Jun 2006 07:06 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Doc Martens

by Vic Joubert | 15 Jun 2006 07:06 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Timberland has a couple of good boots that I like, currently I am using their Timberland “Men’s Summitscape Mid Day Hiker w/Gore-Tex XCR® Membrane Dark Grey”(not really a high boot but does the trick all the same) for my average day use, quite fund of them; I have worn Timberlands Gore-Tex shoes pretty much everywhere with reasonable results. Rarely I wish they where different. Otherwise I tend to go for military surplus boots.

by Js | 15 Jun 2006 07:06 | | Report spam→
I just picked up my resoled Sportiva Thunder this afternoon. I paid 9800 JPY. The pair costed me slightly over 100 Euros in Italy two years ago. I bought the pair in Italy where I needed to climb to a mountain hut at 2100m. They are light mountain boots. I was able to get to my destination without breaking in the boots.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 15 Jun 2006 08:06 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
‘these boots are made for walking’. nancy sinatra.

by Michael Bowring | 15 Jun 2006 08:06 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
Blundstones. Best boots made. Slide on and off, incredibly comfortable. At home on a ranch, in the mountains, or in a bank. jack

by Jack Kurtz | 15 Jun 2006 08:06 | Flagstaff, AZ, United States | | Report spam→
Salomon makes excellent lightweight and very warm winter boots that have kept me warm in -40.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 09:06 | Moscow, Russia | | Report spam→
north face sneakers.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 10:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Doc Martens: i’ve lived with Docs since i was 14 (okay, im older than 35, younger than 45, u do the math ;)) )…the one time i wore a different shoe (in the more than
35 years) i fucked up totally my left arch: now, i feel like an old bloody man….there are better shoes, more comfortable, surely more orthepedic, but loyalty is a price
no good arch can do with out ;))))) docs will go to the grave with me, or maybe its still that young 14 yr old, pimple-picked face kid who went to england with his aunt and returned with colored hair and the “shoes of revolutions” (a
old man in Picadilly told me that when in 1979;))) living inside me….cheers, bob

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 11:06 (ed. Jun 15 2006) | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
altama jungle boots resoled with vibram.

by gilby kim | 15 Jun 2006 12:06 | rockville, md, United States | | Report spam→
Jack is right…Blundstones, Aussies cow-boy boots…waterproof, super comfy, undestructible, light yet strong, elegant (if you get them shoe-shined that is), cheap…I know dozens of photojournalists using them…Jim Nachtwey, Paolo Pellegrin, etc…

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 12:06 | San Quirico, Toscana, Italy | | Report spam→
Salomon – put them on, no pain, no wearing in, they just work!

by Dave Walsh | 15 Jun 2006 12:06 | Dublin, Ireland | | Report spam→
Indeed, Blundstones – Tasmania’s best ever export (where they’re originally from)….. that’s not fair actually, I know plenty more good has come out of Tassie, I just can’t think of anything at the moment! Oh yeah… the smoked salmon, that’s pretty fine what with pristine environment & so on etc etc bla bla. Just bought a pair of black Blundies, can double as dress shoes (as per Bruno, with a bit of elbow grease they can shine up ok), never saw the black in Europe (nearly vomited at the price I saw at a shop in Vienna!!), only ever brown which still remind me too much of my high school years as that’s what we wore, so black makes a change. Grab a pair, you’ll swear by them.

by Paul KISS | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
Can’t beat a pair of steel-capped John Bulls (from any good farmer’s market in NZ)

by Dave Walsh | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Dublin, Ireland | | Report spam→
can get steel-capped Blundstones too

by Paul KISS | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
D.M’s for me as well,although i prefer the shoes to the boots.

by Michael Bowring | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
though what was this ‘Myth Busters’ test they did with toes being cut off with heavy weights being dropped on steel-capped boots…… ?!

by Paul KISS | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
Merrell has some nice shoes. I have the lower top chameleon 2 w/ gore tex and I’ve been pleased.

by Aaron Bernstein | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 (ed. Jun 15 2006) | Bloomington, United States | | Report spam→
For some reason I’ve never been able to wear Docs or Blundstones without discomfort. I had a pair of Vasques years ago that I loved until they wore out. My latest boots are Caterpillar – the real ones with stitched soles. When I bought them in Diyarbikir, Turkey there was nothing else to choose from and I never expected I’d keep them once I got back to the west. But they have ended up being among the best boots I’ve ever worn. I was surprised at how comfortable and strong they have proven to be. I have not had a blister or sore spot – even the first day I put them on and walked 50 miles in them in the mountains. They have a bit of padding inside that makes them feel cushy and comfortable even when your feet are exhausted. The soles are substantial and have a thick tread, so they make your feet and ankles feel very secure. As with any leather boots, it is essential to treat them often with mink oil or silicone, or whatever you prefer. That will keep them quite waterproof. They are good for motorbike riding too. Of course the Caterpillars aren’t very stylish, so they are less versatile and sexy than the Docs and Blundstones for sure. Not good when it gets sub zero cold either (obviously). For that you can’t beat Sorels (but I’m interested in checking out the Salomon’s now too). On another footwear tangent, I just bought some “hiking” sandals by Merrell (better known for their hiking boots) – the sandals are very functional, sturdy and good for hiking as well as city walking. I’m hoping they can replace boots on some terrain. Will be trying them out on Vancouver Island this month. A good compromise between boots and going barefoot.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
i had a pair of steel-toe caterpillars about 10 years ago.very comfy,but fell apart in less than a year.still got my toes though!

by Michael Bowring | 15 Jun 2006 13:06 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
Been using a pair of Timberlands for about 4 years now. Pretty rugged sole and toe/front. Solid around the ankle. Breathable and light enough to use in hot weather but also do fine hiking in the White Mts. in NH (though not anything I’d like to use in deep snow.)

by William B. Plowman | 15 Jun 2006 15:06 | Boston, United States | | Report spam→
Whatever I have on now.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 16:06 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
I use BEST DEFENSE BOOTS. RAIN/TROPICAL. Worked perfect in Baghdad, Eros. No problems with the heat and here in Chile I used them in a heavy snow storm in Los Andes. The are build with Gore Tex. I bough it for $90 in NY

Un abrazo, cabrón

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 17:06 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Eros, I have been on the road from NYC to Bolivia since August 2005 with a pair of Scarpa boots.
They are super tough, but also maybe a bit heavy for most people, but not for me. I love them

They are each made of one piece of leather with Vibram soles. It took a while to break them in,
but now that they are, they feel like heavy slippers. I completed a 45km hike a month ago in the
Andes and they really did a good job.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 17:06 | Potosí, Bolivia | | Report spam→
I use BEST DEFENSE BOOTS. RAIN/TROPICAL. Worked perfect in Baghdad, Eros. No problems with the heat and here in Chile I used them in a heavy snow storm in Los Andes. The are build with Gore Tex. I bough it for $90 in NY

Un abrazo, cabrón

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2006 17:06 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Funny, I’d never given much thought to what boots or shoes I wore, but I usually wear a pair of Docs or my oh-so-worn-out-but-comfortable engineer boots.
Just yesterday, though, I was reading Debora Copaken-Kogan’s book “Shutterbabe” and she was talking about how the photojournalists dressed and mentioned some kind of boot called “Paraboots” as being de riguer among the crowd. Anyone know of these?

by [former member] | 16 Jun 2006 01:06 (ed. Jun 16 2006) | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
wolverine work boots, I started using them for construction jobs and stuck to them. They are like tennies, but better…

by Dominic Bracco II | 16 Jun 2006 02:06 | Hebronville TX / Laredo MX, United States | | Report spam→
Danners – police issue – tough as nails but still comfy (with thick socks) or Montrail Gore-Tex hiking boots.

by ABC | 16 Jun 2006 02:06 | San Francisco, CA, United States | | Report spam→
Debora Copaken-Whatserface’s ‘Paraboots’ are either just that, parachutist boots…. or that
French brand of very nice (& often very sensible, far too sensible to be getting dirty!) handmade
shoes by the name of PARABOOT – www.paraboot.com

They’re pretty well made & will last years over many resoles – you get what you pay for. They used
to make a great pair of ankle-high leather boots, but I don’t see it there now…. matter of fact
I’m not too keen on anything I see there now!

At this distance I’ll stick with local produce, Blundstones & RM Williams.

by Paul KISS | 16 Jun 2006 09:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
Never realised I knew so much about fucking shoes!!!!

Time to change the subject I reckon…..

by Paul KISS | 16 Jun 2006 11:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
So what’s the go with kangaroo skin football boots Paul? WC winners?

by Imants | 16 Jun 2006 11:06 | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
ummm… errr…. I’ll have a think about that over a drink Imants….

by Paul KISS | 16 Jun 2006 13:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
the ‘be nice to ’roos’lobby has got to david beckham.he won’t wear boots made from kangaroo leather anymore.not that i am suggesting engalnd will win the world cup,although i live in hope.

by Michael Bowring | 16 Jun 2006 13:06 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
Yea but David has become a bit of a poonce, maybe he should divorce that skinny wife of his ,isn’t she the one that takes paparazzi photos with the lens cap on! Sheesh give us a break.

The kangaroos didn’t mind and couldn’t give a rats arse about the roo lobby in Europe (what a farce that is), the roos’ reasoning and complacency was mainly due to the fact that they were dead and the millions still alive can’t read

by Imants | 16 Jun 2006 14:06 (ed. Jun 16 2006) | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
hytest boots in america at least. you have to get the ones with a green stripe around the sole. (FootRests Electrical Hazard Steel Toe Oxford – Bro
AMPA Certified ) these are only work boots back by the ampa. the bad thing is they only come in steel toe but they ar egreat out of the box and last forever. i like and have had them all over in every type of condition.
cheers eros
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by Darren Hauck | 16 Jun 2006 18:06 | coldwaukee, United States | | Report spam→
Why not use the boots the military uses in your neck-of-the-woods? After all, they should know …. ;)

Sgt Frank Hudec
Cameraman/Canadian Forces Army News
www.army.forces.gc.ca
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca

by [former member] | 17 Jun 2006 00:06 (ed. Jun 17 2006) | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Our leaches are not brand concious and just love the shoutin,shootin bunchs’ boots

by Imants | 17 Jun 2006 00:06 (ed. Jun 17 2006) | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
Nearly spat my coffee out laughing Imants!

This thread could end up breaking all records for longest running….. under the nonsensical category…..

by Paul KISS | 17 Jun 2006 00:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
Paul’s right—enough of this boot nonsense…

Can anyone recommend some good underwear for photography? I typically shoot Fuji Neopan Presto 400 and develop in Rodinal.

by [former member] | 17 Jun 2006 05:06 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
For me another Australian product, Bonds….. though I am more & more often going commando these days….

by Paul KISS | 17 Jun 2006 05:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
See my first post, ie the 1st response,same, same but different…..

by Imants | 17 Jun 2006 06:06 | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
dare say you would get the occasional odd look at airports !!

by Paul KISS | 17 Jun 2006 06:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
i sport oakley si assault boots (desert). they’re all the rage out here, worn a lot by aircrews and sf guys. comfortable as nikes and very light. mine have held up well.

by Jacob N. Bailey | 17 Jun 2006 07:06 | Tal Afar, Iraq | | Report spam→
Another good thing about Docs is you don’t have to take them off every time you go thru airport security.

by Vic Joubert | 17 Jun 2006 13:06 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Steel capped Blunnies (for head kicking when I am cranky) and Bonds G-strings, sports
and hipsters, depending on whether I am travelling or out shooting. Then I know
all the most important bits are covered!

by lisa hogben | 18 Jun 2006 01:06 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Meindl! They have the perfect fit for me. And Belgian army boots, off course… Better fit then Doc Martins. Oooh, and no underware, gives you a feeling of complete freedom! Whatever wants to hang,…
:-)

by Guido Van Damme | 18 Jun 2006 09:06 (ed. Jun 18 2006) | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
says on the homepage the last post was from Imants, but very disappointed to see it wasn’t he!

by Paul KISS | 18 Jun 2006 11:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
I think he deleted his post…

by Guido Van Damme | 18 Jun 2006 11:06 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
Guido Van Damme Sun Jun – that’s a cool name
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(deleted by accident},playing with formatting tips)

by Imants | 18 Jun 2006 11:06 (ed. Jun 18 2006) | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
:-s
Sun Jun isn’t part of my name, Imants… But thanx anyway… I think…
:-)

by Guido Van Damme | 18 Jun 2006 11:06 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
…. I suppose tomorrow you will change it to Guido Van Damme Mon Jun just to piss me off

by Imants | 18 Jun 2006 12:06 | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
Hehehehe… Is it actually possible to piss you off, Imants Sun Jun 18 12:10:17 UTC 2006?

by Guido Van Damme | 18 Jun 2006 12:06 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
Probably not, but misery guts next door pisses me off a bit as he stands there with his hands in his pockets playing pocket billards and rabbits on about his jatz crackers. Wierd coot

by Imants | 18 Jun 2006 12:06 | 7. Kalni, Australia | | Report spam→
For general around town stuff it used to be Caterpillars, with the steel toe (and customised steel sole) because they are very comfortable and polish up very nicely. But I have since discovered De Walt boots which cost half as much and are twice as padded and lighter than the Cats and also have a nice grippy kind of sole. The madness behind wearing heavy boots all the time is that when you have to run like crazy and are wearing lighter boots, you go like moses. Plus I can stand all day in them.

Otherwise I go for Oakley or HiTec/Magnum.

by Mikethehack | 18 Jun 2006 15:06 | Cloud Cuckoo Land, Holy See | | Report spam→
Those Bonds G-strings, great boots, get down to your local shoe shop & check them out!!

by Paul KISS | 18 Jun 2006 21:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→
Paul, you know a Bonds G-string doesn’t fit between the toes! But they’re
great for avoiding ‘grundy grab’ if you are sitting in a cramped conveyance
of any sort!

by lisa hogben | 19 Jun 2006 15:06 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
How does one wear a g-banger on ones foot?.

by [former member] | 19 Jun 2006 15:06 | England, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
You know the other name for them is ‘a thong’!
Now there’s great Oz footwear.

by lisa hogben | 19 Jun 2006 16:06 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
I know it’s not for the toes, but I deviously thought the more gullible of us might not put 2 & 2 together and go out there looking for these ‘Bonds G-string boots’………… well, it was a quiet moment here……….. anyway, the THONG, don’t know why I didn’t think of it before myself, as it’s all I wear for 5 months of the year, I have a few pairs, different colors in different states of repair for different ocassions! The Thong, yes.

by Paul KISS | 19 Jun 2006 19:06 | Melbourne - St Kilda, Australia | | Report spam→

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