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May 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

New Crocs: Still Bad?

Everyone loves to hate the Croc Classic:
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That rubbery playgound material, the gnomish lack of streamlining, and the garish selection of colors they come in, as if the Crocs Corporation shouldn’t be ashamed of their product. Sorry Crocs, but everyone else feels otherwise. But are their products uniformly revolting? I give you the Crocband Flat:
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The lines and design are…not so bad. It would be fine for a late spring day doing light, enjoyable activity. But then, of course, there’s that horrible material to deal with, and without the ridiculous “portholes” for ventilation, I’m betting these would be a strong contender for the sweatiest-footwear-ever medal. Our vigorous spring day is now transformed into a humid nightmare. Once again, Crocs, thanks for nearly nothing.

If you would still like to bravely try these flats out, be my guest. And let me know how it goes!

May 4, 2010 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

This project needs to be revived

While half-heartedly perusing the new items at the Lucchese site, I stumbled across these gems.

Arkansas

In 1949, the Lucchese Boot Company was commissioned to build a collection of boots-50 pairs of boots, each pair “depicting” a state- for a national advertising campaign. Each boot features unique and exact colors for the states flag, capital, bird, flower and state commodity. I don’t know about you guys, but I am head over heels in love with both this crazy idea and the resulting boots.

Montana

Louisiana

The boots I found only represented about a dozen or so states. Thus, in the interests of all things artistic and patriotic, I think someone should really consider taking on the completion of this admirable endeavor. 50 boots, 50 states. Seriously, we have deprived Connecticut of this honor for far too long.

Nebraska

Nevada

Go take a Look!
Lucchese Boot Co.

May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm 1 comment

The Doc Marten Boot: From Utility to Underground

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The Dr. Marten boot was first created by Klaus Martens, a German Army doctor, in 1945. After injuring his foot, he created a new, comfortable boot based on the design of his army boots at the time. They were cut from softer leather, and featured a unique, air-cushioned sole. In 1959, manufacture rights were purchased by the Griggs Group, and Dr. Marten was officially re-baptized an Anglo product.

The first pair of Dr. Martens were introduced to the British market in 1960. The boot was immediately favored by members of the working class, including postmen, policemen, and factory workers. By the end of the decade, Dr. Martens had been adopted as the choice footwear of the skinhead movement. The boots were seen to embody the experiences of the working class, and offered an antagonistic counterpoint to the pervasive “middle-class” hippie culture of the time. In the 1970s, Dr. Marten boots grew in popularity within punk and new-wave circles, often worn by the artists and musicians embodying these cultural factions.

Dr. Marten recently re-instituted British manufacture of its products, and these boots are available for purchase for those who wish to make a classic and functional purchase that hearkens back to the golden days of anti-establishment.

Get yours today!

May 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Free People’s “Slouch Clog”

Yikes.

How tightly stretched is your budget, and how out of ideas do you have to be to come up with a number like this. What a doozy. The owner of these beauts must have a hard time deciding whether to upholster furniture, work in a garden, or go to a rave in 1996. Admirably hideous.

Take a look for yourself…read the description and try not to laugh.

May 3, 2010 at 3:49 am Leave a comment

Naomi Campbell for Vivienne Westwood: The Fall Heard (or Seen) ‘Round the World

The most infamous fall on a runway caused by extreme footwear happened to Naomi Campbell about 15 years ago, when she was walking for Vivienne Westwood. The quality of the video is not so great, but you do get a sense of how drastic it was.

Pretty nasty fall. Poor girl. At least a runway career improved after a fall. Enjoy Dave’s fitting commetary on the debacle.

May 3, 2010 at 3:23 am Leave a comment

Frye is stepping out. Takers?

So…electric blue cowboy boots.

What do you think? I’m thinking…yes, actually, but more along the lines of an off-season villa in Greece, or lunch in Barcelona. Not to be worn in the Continental U.S., and definitely not around any cowboys, excluding those of the Rhinestone ilk, of course.  This is of course Frye’s Carlson pull-on.  Enjoy.

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April 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

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