Thursday, December 17, 2015



Besides catching up on SERIAL podcasts...our other pastime on the subway-is checking out the footwear of other passengers.

Depending on the time of day...certain types of lace-up boots/flats/sneakers/oxfords/slip-ons dominate female and male feet---pointing to lightweight function over pure fashion in a city where walking is a given...but where style is also a big deal .

FYI-swapping into heels-at an office... common ...

Around 2-3PM -when construction/infrastructure guys -finish up and head home...we see them attired in burly protective workboots -along with their Carhatt jackets.

From the leader in protective kicks-Wolverine makes sense we saw so many new looks---  from hiker -chukka-low almost trail runner looks----loaded with comfort and OSHA required musts that are super impressive...especially given the prices.
EDGE LX Waterproof nubuck leather EPX™ work boots feature a footbed (removable) of dual density PU EPX™ anti-fatigue, energy returning-for long days -upright. Nylon shank for sturdiness, Wolverine Dura Shocks -compression pads in heel+forefoot absorb shock&return energy, serious looking CarbonMAX®-strong as steel with half the weight- advanced protection+performance safety toe-lightweight and non-conductive to electricity-and resists cold+heat extremes...all delivered in a boot with a 30 day comfort guarantee. 
Composite toe version-22.82 oz

Serious lugs-the outsoles are anti-slip-and grip well-resistant to oil, water, abrasion and chemicals. 

Women's EDGE FX EPX™ Watrproof CarbonMAX® workboot....similar in features to the above-with a waterproof mesh with leather trim upper, moisture managing mesh waterproof membrane, ultralight compression molded EVA and PU midsole, nylon shank, and footbed (removable) of dual density PU EPX™ anti-fatigue, energy returning. Soft toe version weighs in at 18.34 oz

rubber lug outsole- anti-slip-and grip well-resistant to oil, water, abrasion and chemicals.

From Michigan to Montana...GO FASTer durable/functional hiking footwear continues to loose the ounces ---in Oboz' new Spring 2016 low-mid options. PLUS: still tricked out with the label's smart tech features that make this under the radar brand-more and more popular with the trail bound.
Men’s Scapegoat Low-15.5 oz-all day worthy-made of tough, breathable mesh has synthetic leather overlays that anchor the lacing system and also add structure, protection and conform to the foot. An elastic scree collar keeps stuff out, and at the toe, heel and sides of the shoe, rubber coating armors highly vulnerable areas. Inside- BFit Deluxe footbed inside, co-engineered to fit perfectly in the Scapegoat....w/ arch support that controls pronation and elongation of the foot- and ensures a great, stabile fit-w/  shock absorption.

Women’s Echo saves weight with minimal, single-piece mesh upper built into a tongue-free bootie design-with ease of a slip-on. Elasticized bungee lacing with cinch lock secures the foot quickly for speedy getaway, the synthetic leather are support cage- stays that also guide the lacing system. heel and toe overlays protect the foot from debris. Hot weather worthy with Echo’s unlined midfoot and toe area. 10.1 oz

 Echo  has a light, grippy Hyalite outsole and EVA midsole, which has an embedded plate to protect the ball of the foot. Generously deep lugs ensure excellent traction....and imprinted with mountain range design. COOL.
women's AURORA-minimal synthetic materials-super breathable unlined single piece mesh upper-unlined forefoot
unlined forefoot promotes airflow-for protection-a side guard, heel and toe cap to fend off trail hazards, and the. Hyalite outsole flexes easily and has a light feel, impressive- with those deep 4mm lugs for superb traction. Forefoot protection-compressed EVA plate, a  dual density EVA midsole cushions the foot, and a nylon shank stabilizes the shoe. Great fitting- BFit Essential insole supports the foot with a minimum of added weight. 10.2 oz

Men’s Scapegoat Mid 16.3oz

" ‘Thru-hiker’ midsole-outsole package for the shoes that prioritizes long-term durability, support and comfort. Its four- part components include a compression-molded EVA midsole, a light polyurethane heel plug for durable cushioning, a forefoot protection plate and a nylon shank. The outsole is formulated of resilient rubber that extends edge-to-edge to ward off wear and tear. Aggressive deep lugs provide sure-footed traction and a well-defined heel adds security on descents."
ADDED PLUS Thru-Hiker outsole sports a topo map of the Continental Divide trail. 

Women’s Pika-refs the hard, talus-dwelling yet cute pika-is a synthetic upper trail shoe for the quick minded... is durable, breathes well, and dries fast. A full mudguard, plus toe and heel caps, wraps the base of the shoe, protecting the area that gets the most abuse. We like the scree collar around the ankle-  keeps stuff out -11.5oz

PIKA outsole-Oboz’ supportive BFit insole- built on Oboz’ new “Thru-hiker” midsole/ outsole system....with that Continental Divide imprint...

old vs new....