Well, the shoes I ordered arrived way faster than I anticipated. They were waiting for me when I got home today! Both pair fit perfectly, and they are super comfortable. The moccasins fit much better than the ones I ordered before. I had gaping spaces at the sides on those where the leather overlapped. These are soft, the sheepskin is warm, and I can wear them with or without socks. I hope others have been able to take advantage of the sale. I'm seriously considering going back and ordering another pair.
If the planets align, perhaps I can snag a pair of the Dash RunAmocs when the discount increases next week? If it's going like hotcakes though, I might have to jump on a pair of those too, soon.
I love my SoftStar Shoes. I finally have a business casual shoe to wear to work, a running shoe, a weightlifting shoe, a lightweight walking shoe all in one shoe. The shoes are super lightweight and flexible for packing. I am inspired by the posts of people that only use their Synapse for a several week trip.
Best, thing, SoftStar is small USA company that hand makes every shoe. They are located in Corvallis, OR. Which is where my ala mater, Oregon State University is. I have the Dash Runamoc, street sole. I just ordered a trail sole on sale dash Runamoc. Will be here on Monday.
Looks like all of the adult size on sale shoes are gone. That was quick.:(
Oops, you are correct. My mistake.
On another note, it looks like my shoes will be delivered today.
This is an interesting thread. I still have to say--that I don't think being made in China is automatically a terrible thing; or having it made here is better. It all depends on the company and its philosophy. I believe that TB's philosophy will be the same if they are located in China or India or anywhere in the world. I think, what we have lost, is transparency in general. So off my soap box!
My favorite ones:
1. IBEX --find their wool stuff really really classy, stylish, and very comfortable and well made. Personally, like them better than even Icebreaker.
2. Shoes---Mephisto; Ecco; Dansko. Generally I find European designers far more stylish and comfortable than US ones. Especially for women. Not sure what that is about!
3.Colonel Littleton leather goods: expensive. A bit quirky. But the goods seem unusually wonderful. I could not afford anything more than a small wallet---which I have to say has been extraordinarily good. Small but holds a ton.
4. Levenger--circa is still my favorite system. They have become far more diffuse in their offerings, which I am not sure about...but basic stuff is great.
Patagonia--of course, although increasingly, most if not all their stuff is made elsewhere; and sourced from all over.
Wow, nice boots -- never even heard of them before. What's the link to the domestic source, if you don't mind sharing? I practically live in my rain boots this time of year.Quote:
Originally Posted by Gingko
DJ Bennett sells the Aigle Parcours ISO. There's a 20% sale now going on through Feb. 13, plus an additional 10% off if you sign up for their online newsletter and get a log-in account. I've never owned the boots before, so I cannot endorse them as a good product myself, but I've read the reviews on UK Amazon and googled other reviews, and people seem impressed with the quality and longevity, so I think it's worth the splurge to try them. Customer service at DJ Bennett has been pleasant so far as well. Free shipping if it's over $250, so I got my partner a pair too. He's concerned about the length of the boot, but hey, if he doesn't like 'em, we can return his pair and then he's on his own to find his own pair of quality boots. ;)
Shoes - Ecco. I have a pair of moc-toe boots that I bought on the first weekend trip I took with my wife after our wedding, and we celebrated our 12th anniversary a couple months ago. I wore these every day for the first couple years we were married and still wear them at least once a week, and they've held up better than every other pair of shoes I've owned. Last summer, I finally replaced my Ecco sandals that I got in college 18-19 years ago. But, I also have a soft spot for Vans slip-ons, Chuck Taylors and Doc Martens.
Clothes - When I wake up on workdays, the only choice is which of the identical navy blue Nomex shirts I'll pin my badge on, so off-hours I'm pretty casual. Levis for jeans, specifically the 559s. If I need to be fancier than a t-shirt, Lands End for "business" (like the fact that I can get most anything in a tall size - I'm a big guy) or Cubavera for casual (less choice in the tall sizes though).
Pens - I've always been a fan of the Fisher Space Pen. My Dad carried one of their "silver bullet" pens for years in his pants pocket. I love the look of it, but doesn't work well in a shirt. A couple years ago I discovered CountyComm's Embassy Pens, which are custom machined by them, but which use the Fisher cartridge. I carry one of their titanium pens in my uniform shirt every day and have a black one and a red one (with a red ink cartridge) in my Empire Builder. Solid, and a nice heft which I like. Have a steel one too, which I carried before the titanium came out (which is much lighter).
Camera Equipment - Nikon, all the way. I shot 35mm for a long time with an FM2 and an N90S, and when I got my D80 digital SLR a couple years ago, I didn't even bother buying lenses, I just kept my original "glass" (and yes, I know all the reasons why digital-specific lenses are supposed to be better with a DSLR, but I haven't had any issues).
Knives - I carry a Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) M21-13 folder every day. It's not as fancy as some, but it's a solid performer. I carry its big brother M21-14 in my turnout gear too.
Computers - I've had my MacBook Pro Retina for a week, and I'm hooked - that Kool-Aid is tasty. ;-) But for PCs, Dell has done me well.
Single Malt Scotch - Is there a bad one? Seriously? But if I have to choose: Macallan, Glenmorangie (preferably the port cask Quinta Ruban) or Lagavulin.
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This is a great thread! I can't wait to check out some of the brands listed that I haven't heard of.
Shoes - Keens, one of the few brands that fits my many foot issues from years being a professional dog walker
Other than Subaru, Apple and Smartwool, the rest of my brand loyalty is in dog gear so I guess I will list those.
Leashes - Auburn Leathercrafters and Krebs Recycle
Collars - Lupine, Earthdog
Dog Toys - West Paw Design, Planet Dog, Jollyball, Genuine Dog Gear
Dog Beds - West Paw Design and Mutt Mats
Collar Tags - Boomerang Tags, Red Dingo
Dog Food & Treats- The Honest Kitchen, Acana and Orijen, Cloudstar, Bravo
Dog Shampoo & Wipes - Earthbath
Dog Performance Apparel - Ruffwear, K9 TopCoat, Horseworks Canine Cool Coat
Dog Bowls - Basis USA made stainless steel, Fiestaware
Dog Seatbelt - Champion K9 System
Supplements - Nordic Naturals, Animal Apawthecary, Animal Essentials
Clean Up - Poopbags.com, Nature's Miracle
For bag needs not served by Tom Bihn, Maxpedition.