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Archival Mountaineers

This spring mountaineering season: Pull on your knickers, grab your rucksack, lace up your tallest boots, help your pals with their bowlines-on-a-bight, and head for the hills. Here in Oregon, I’ll limit archivally-equipped outings to big, basic mountains – South Sister would be ideal, but the bold could go for Three-Fingered Jack, named after an …

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Shopping from 1946: Field & Stream

Congress Sportswear Masland Sportman’s Clothes On a November run up to The Rain Shed for closed cell foam and cordage, Tom picked up this 1946 Field & Stream from a thrift shop. In a future post, I’ll showcase F & S advertisements from familiar “living” US brands like Pendleton, Gokey, Filson and Eddie Bauer. Today, …

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Archival Field Trip: The Field House

by Lesli Larson and Sara Tripodi The opening of The Field House, Blackbird’s newest Ballard store, has already been well documented. Here are a few sample reports: We Are the Market; Blackbird’s own blog; SLAMXHYPE; Inventory; Secret Forts; Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. We stopped by for our own visit last Saturday. We were curious to see …

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Shopping from MacRostie Leathers

By Tom Bonamici Macrostie product literature LL’s MacRostie Oxford Honestly, the story of shoemaking in the upper Midwest would probably be best dealt with in a Steven Sondheim musical (à la Assassins), given the number of companies that have come and gone, the takeovers, the outrage. Mr. Sondheim being do doubt occupied, I’ll just describe …

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Danner Factory Store Revisited

Danner Mtn Lites (Japan model on left, stock US model on right) DJ Dakatons in orchid and green 1970s era Danner refurb (nfs) Aspirational footwear via Ku:nel magazine On Sunday, to cap off a long day at Ikea, we visited the Danner Factory Store in Portland, Oregon. A Restless Transplant and I have already reported …

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Archival Footwear: Filson Boots and Shoes

Red Wing Heritage boots @ Portland Filson Flagship Store Filson leather and twill boots (Roberts Supply) Recent Filson Offerings Red Wing Heritage Boots @ Portland Filson Flagship Store I’ve been requesting that Filson offer footwear for women since the line was introduced in the 1990s. Though Filson customer service folks acknowledge the demand, they’ve yet …

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Archival Salvage: Filson Semi-Annual Sale

Filson Tin Waterfowl/Upland Coat Tin Cloth Carpenter Pants Alaskan Long John Zip-Neck Upland Wellington Boot Filson sent out an email today announcing a semi-annual sale. Since Filson never puts regular stock items on sale (try a web search sometime), one can assume that these “sale” items are actually going to be discontinued from the main …

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Shopping from Japan: Danner Trample

The Trample is an interesting Danner Japan “lifestyle” model I’ll be hunting for during my next field trip to the factory seconds store. For prompt delivery, and more plausible size availability, order your pair here. A Danner classic loafer and Tirolean walking shoe are also on my expedition list.

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Archival Field Trip: Danner Factory Store

Thanks to Foster H. of A Restless Transplant for blogging about the Danner factory store. After reading Foster’s post, A Trip to the Danner store, I immediately planned my own follow-up field trip. My main motivation was to see (if not purchase) some of the Japan-only styles that Foster documented in his blog. At the …

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