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 Finds – July Edition

Long ago, Hunting World used to sell canvas caps and hats manufactured by a traditional French hunting clothing company. I haven’t seen one on the market for many years so it was nice to find an Explora in very fine cotton gabardine show up on eBay last week.  I nabbed it for mid-summer  kayaking or hiking trips. The chin …

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Shopping from ebay: Gokey loafers

Here’s an unusual pair of Gokey loafers for women, available via this ebay auction. Gokey is known for their rugged, moccasin-style, handsewn boots for gents. Gokey footwear was originally designed for explorers, hunters and prospectors. Here’s a typical Gokey specimen: I’ve always aspired to own knee-high Gokey boots. I also covet Tom’s garage sale Gokey …

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Archival Deadstock

It’s great to see US brands like Red Wing, Wolverine and Thorogood reissuing work boots and shoes from their archives. While the original versions were designed for hard wear, modern offerings are likened to dress shoes and sold at a premium. If you’re longing for the real deal, take a look at these ebay auctions …

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Archival Moccasins

I’m shopping for hand stitched, double-soled leather mocs for Spring. Before I make a purchase, I thought I would review a few product offerings from the past. Next week, I’ll document the best of what’s available today.

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From the Archives: Yakima Climbing Youth

OK, we know that the Life archive has been endlessly passed around the circle, but it doesn’t mean that the images aren’t brilliant. Having grown up rock climbing, I’m stuck on these kids from Yakima, Washington, right now. You cannot fail with khakis, Chucks, and poplin anoraks. Sign me up. LL adds: one hopes these …

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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: San Francisco (1/2010)

by Lesli Larson Archival Clothing made a quick trip to San Francisco over the weekend to see friends, visit shops, show bags and attend Andrea Marcovicci’s Johnny Mercer tribute. As it were, our visit corresponded with the opening of MAN UP, a menswear pop-up store on Market St. In the next few posts, we’ll document …

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Archival Field Trip: Timber Bowl

Backdate to 12/08 Bowling in small doses (say, once every five years) is OK since you get to wear stylistically and historically codified footwear (like an interactive module in a shoe museum). While bowling has inspired fashion oriented footwear, my minimal field research shows little evidence that streetwear has influenced bowling shoe designs. At Timber …

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