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Post by jacob » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:59 pm

Cheap Hanwags. (The kind I've owned and worn for close to 15 years now.) They ship to the US.


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Post by rachels » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:25 am

Are there any vegetarian/vegan shoes that will last multiple years? I usually own a pair of sneakers or hiking boots and a pair of light sandals/camp shoes. My feet do a lot of walking, hiking, and cycling so comfort here is most important. Unfortunately, I seem to be able to beat the crap out of synthetic shoes within a year. Any ideas? Think there's just nothing like animal skin?


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Post by mikeBOS » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:46 am

Someone should make a web portal people like us can trust, exclusively linking to high quality, durable products. Boots, shoes, backpacks, bedding, socks, coats, clothing, knives, cookware, tools, etc.. Could be worthwhile, the webmaster makes a little on affiliate sales/commissions, the consumer gets good information without having to hope someone on the forum happens to know about the particular product we need. Done with a little style I'm sure it could appeal to more than just ERE-ers too, there would probably be a wide market base.
It's so hard to know if something is high quality, or just over priced, until after you've tested it yourself. We need someone we can trust.


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Post by jacob » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:51 am

@mikeBOS - I've thought about that and made a few false starts as well. It's harder than it sounds. For instance, all the good stuff rarely comes with affiliate arrangements. It doesn't need to.


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Post by C40 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:02 am

@Rachels - I don't actually know much about shoes, and I'm sure the options have increased a lot lately... but there's probably a good reason people have been wearing leather shoes for thousands of years.


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Post by JasonR » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:35 am

@MikeBOS - This site may cover some of your wishes:
http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/ca ... s-grid.php
and since you may have an urge to not only use cool tools...but also dress like one:
http://www.511tactical.com/Shop?


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Post by AnotherAustinite » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:13 pm

Don't you guys hate the way those thick-soled leather shoes feel?
I started wearing "minimalist" footwear from Terra Plana. They're expensive and I doubt they will last forever but they feel so much better (almost like walking barefoot).


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Post by ICouldBeTheWalrus » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:27 pm

I've had a pair of Blundstone 510 for a year and a half, only really wearing them in the cooler weather. They're pretty good if you want a slip-on short boot that's pretty simple and black in appearance. I'm pretty sure they're going to last many, many years.
In the warmer months, I like wearing footwear that's a lot lighter and less rigid, e.g. cheap canvas shoes (Vans or cheaper versions of that sort of thing) or the Vibram Fivefingers. The former seems to be cheap enough for the length of wear I get out of them, the latter has been surprisingly durable so far, though it needs weekly washing.


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Post by NYC ERE » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:25 pm

Go barefoot! I've been doing this for about a month now in NYC. The only time I put on shoes is when I ride my bike. I know it sounds ridiculous, and it would be if I did it for budget reasons, but I'm actually doing it for health. The climate will sometimes force you to put something on your feet--I plan to use moccasins rather than Vibrams and the like (Vibrams make my feet smell).


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Post by ICouldBeTheWalrus » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:58 pm

I spent a summer in college walking around barefoot. Considered trying it here (California) in more recent times, but it's so damned dry in the summer that the pavement's so dusty and dirty.


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Post by JohnnyH » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:03 pm

I would say I've put 50 miles (10 days) on the Norwegian welt boots. They're no longer uncomfortable.
Certainly not good yet, but it's starting to feel like they will be at some point. :D
... I too prefer barefoot, but it's not really feasible here most of the year. I do use a pair of 5finger treks a couple times a week. They've been remarkably durable, and they don't really smell if you only wear them with clean feet (just out of shower).
Wearing boots all the time really was starting to stunt my little toe. Now it's back and I've recovered my wider foot (and foot strength) thanks to the vibrams.


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Post by JohnnyH » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:21 pm

Just put 10 miles on boots without a blister... In another 3-6 months, I think these will be my favorite boots.
The break it:

*Has taken 11 months wearing them 1-3 days a week, still not done IMO.

*Wore through the original laces and an extra pair I had... Switched to leather laces, so far so good.

*Only 1 stitch, near back heal, has come loose. Burned it down to leather.

*Insides no longer nice white leather :c and boots in general certainly do not look like dress shoes... I think I should oil them. Or something, will have to research care.

*Amazingly solid, I would be really surprised if the didn't make it at least 3 more years daily use. Would be pleased with 5, but hoping for 10!


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Post by Sclass » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:22 am

I'm looking for durable sandals. I have a closet full of AE oxfords (pre china models) that I wore when I worked. Durable when wear is distributed over a dozen pairs...so not durable really. During a particular pairs life I'd resole four times. They are nice but you'll destroy them outside the office.
I got some garage sale sandals that I wear everyday now. "High Sierra" brand. They are just a loop of leather over a rubber sole. Rubber sole wears like a car tire. I'm looking for sandals like this that offer toe protection for shopping carts. Keen looks promising but I'm not sure how long they last...and they seem pricey.
As a grad student redwing short boots were unbeatable for durability. But you look like a construction worker if that bugs you. Oiling helps breakin and longevity. Use neats oil.


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Post by Dragline » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:22 am

I have gone the cheap route with these. I have been able to buy "Alpine Design" sandals for about $30 on sale. They last a long time -- i.e., until they start smelling like my feet before I wear them. Well, that's a few years on average anyway.


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Post by anomie » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:46 am

Keene has some cool sandals that are durable, and veggie friendly as well!
I think this is one of the links of such.
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/67824?pi ... google_pla


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Post by Sclass » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:30 pm

Got the keen sandals. Comfy lightly used pair. Wore them on a road trip to couch surf at pals. Sturdy but may eventually fail where strap hits sole. Funny thing, soft comfy insoles may be a durability trade off.
Got comments from the non extreme early retired. These old guys walk a lot for kicks and like sandals...go figure. They universally recommend Josef Seibel brand. keen looked too hip. I'll check up on the JS shoes. The leather looked tough.


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Post by FPMLLC » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:34 am

I have redwings. they arent cheap up front mine are 3 years old and look better than new, and so comfy. and they can be resoled!


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Post by jzt83 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:26 pm

"I have redwings. they arent cheap up front mine are 3 years old and look better than new, and so comfy. and they can be resoled!"

Is there a substantial difference in quality between the US and China made Redwing shoes?


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Post by JohnnyH » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:24 pm

Done a month straight in welt boots, feeling very good... They're starting to look pretty terrible, however. Anyone have any tips for making them look good enough to get on a plane?
I'm thinking I'll use some brown Kiwi polish and a snoseal on top of that... Looked around on web but couldn't find a reliable info source on care.


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Post by C40 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:09 am

jzt83 - I've had one pair of China Redwings and one pair of US, and they were both very nice. They are completely different styles so it's hard to compare them directly. I can't say there's any different in quality.


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Post by dragoncar » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:05 am

Would any of these recommendations hold up to a 4 mile/day pavement commute? I've found that, for higher quality shoes, the cost of replacing the heels and/or/ soles is higher than treating cheap shoes as disposable. This may not be sustainable, but for now I'm not sure I have another choice unless I become my own cobbler and find a wholesale source of materials.
P.S. My heel wears quickly due to the shape of my feet and the way I walk. I can't really walk slower if I want to keep the commute short.


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Post by C40 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:36 pm

Dragoncar - my current Redwobg soles wore more quickly than I expected - from my <1 mile commute. I wonder if there are boots/shoes with soles meant to last while walking on sidewalks. That seems to wear out the soles much faster than walking on carpet, wood, grass, or smooth stone floors. I'm planning on trying to get my current Redwings re-soled soon, and I've been wondering how much it will cost (it's $90 to send them to Redwing, and I'm expecting it will be cheaper if I can get it done locally


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Post by lilacorchid » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:11 pm

@dragoncar - How fast are you going through shoes? My Rockports have lasted nearly three years with a 2 mile commute a day (two of those three years). They are starting to look a little worn as I'm not the type to use polish or anything. At this point, the sole is nearly worn. They were about $140CAN new I think.
Like you, I do mostly side walk walking and often wonder if a cheaper throw-away shoe makes more sense sometimes.
The best shoes I ever had were skateboarding shoes. They are meant to be used against the gritty board and on sidewalks. I wish I could have found a replacement that was good enough to wear to work when those wore out.


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Post by dragoncar » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:40 am

I've gone through Rockports in about 6-12 months. They weren't $140 though... more like $50-$80 maybe? That probably means the sole is worse.


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Post by jennypenny » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:48 am

I know people make fun of women who wear sneakers with dress clothes when they commute, but I always did because I didn't want to wear our my expensive dress shoes. Can't you guys just leave dress shoes at work and commute in shoes that are made for that kind of walking?


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