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Archive for September, 2008

Archival lingo

September 25th, 2008

Drawing on the field research of encyclopedist Professor Bertram Potts, I’m freshening up on my 1941 street slang:









To view the complete research report, see Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks, 1941)

The living language

September 22nd, 2008

Taking lessons in modern slang by way of the Tulle encyclopeadia institute (Ball of Fire, 1941)

Footwear News

September 6th, 2008



Thanks to Erick W. of Riotgeer handcrafted shoes for noting the availability of Trippen brand footwear through the Canadian online retailer Gravitypope. Sara, who just returned from Spain, noted that the footwear selection at Gravitypope was better (more stylish?) than what she saw (or could afford) in Seville. I remain smitten with the Todi style and was happy to collect a few more photos from Japanese web sites featuring this design in different styles of leathers (including an alarming aqua sueded version). I’m still unclear as to why the Trippen Todi is not offered in women’s sizes outside of Japan.

A shoe in need of revival is the Bata biker. I purchased several pairs on ebay so I’m pretty well set for the next decade (ebay high bid: .99 cents a pair). However, I’ve been getting positive comments from fellow cyclists and so I’m trying to locate a few spare pairs to distribute to the toeclips and straps crowd. Here are my Bata bikers in action.

As summer winds down, I’m bringing out my leather footwear (the slip-on genre) for restorative polish and evaluation for repair. Fortunately, my dog has not inflicted the kind of before and after horror shown on the Macrostie leathers website.

Shopping from the past: Trippen shoes

September 3rd, 2008




More archival review of items I did not buy while on vacation. This time from Tokyo, 2001. Spotted these Trippen shoes in the Matsuzakaya department store. Collected a brochure and took down product name so I could hunt them down online upon my return to Oregon. I never actually ordered/found a pair (no US vendor?) but I still have this cherished low resolution jpegs from the 2001 German website.