Shopping From the Past

Trot Moc – the back to nature shoe

It’s great to see heritage footwear brands like Thorogood motoring forward with new models and vintage reissues. Fun fact: Weinbrenner/Thorogood¬†¬†made boots for CC Filson in the 1990s. And when Archival started, we met with Thorogood to discuss a possible collaboration. That project never materialized, but here’s a variation on an oxford I wish we had …

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Archival Tennis

Dinah Shore and Burt Bacharach Once Spring randonneuring season is over I’ll be switching over to tennis as my preferred archival sport. Tennis is great because it only requires two to play and even if you have no formal training there’s a good chance you’ll get the ball over the net (who cares about line …

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Archival Field Trip: PDX November 2009

by Lesli Larson My plan for Saturday was to double-check Danner Japan inventory and attend the first anniversary party for the Filson flagship store in Portland. But an unexpected, out-of-town guest rerouted our shopping itinerary more towards women’s footwear and work wardrobes (not to be confused with workwear). Fortunately, I was able to negotiate a …

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Archival Gent: Bob Lee

I could be wrong but I think Bob Lee, Safari outfitter and shoulder bag tycooon, may have passed away. Uncertainty about Mr. Lee’s age seems appropriate since he never aged in a thirty year span of appearances in his namesake catalog, Bob Lee’s Hunting World. In every Hunting World catalog I own, Mr. Lee is …

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Archival Footwear: Traditional Leather Touring Shoes

Carnac Forclaz (discontinued) Vintage leather cycling shoes (anon.) ExIT cycling shoes by Jeff Mandel Bata bikers (discontinued) Sidi leather touring shoes (discontinued) Bata “badminton” shoes (discontinued) If I had to design my own line of footwear–I’d repurpose leather cycling shoes and advise folks to wear cushioning insoles. At the Oregon Manifest handbuilt bike show, I …

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Distant admiration: Limmer boots

I seem to be in a state of boot and heavy duty shoe envy at the moment. In Portland, I spied a gent in a full new union suit: Filson tin cloth jacket, Levi 501s and Red Wing boots. Though this look is popular in certain online pockets of the world, Portland guys seem to …

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