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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:06 pm

I'm just seeing this weird, continual talking past each other...
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:19 pm

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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:07 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Image
The name's Plissken.





damn, now i have drool all over my keyboard...


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Postby Bob » Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:22 pm

Das Boot!
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Postby EmilyD » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:34 pm

hahahah Simon of the Playa, we were just watching Escape from New York tonight.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:59 am

i know.


just don't ask how.
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Postby Da Mule » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:01 am

Roberto Dobbisano wrote:Image


ooh, I like these
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Postby Da Mule » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:03 am

and look!

Boots for Fishy too!!

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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:40 am

There's no such thing as the perfect playa boots. I go barefoot mostly.

Otherwise, it's a pair of Docs. Two years, now, they've worked fine.

The trick is a nice pair of insoles. Get a cheap-ass pair of boots you like and put some comfy soles inside.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:32 am

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Postby Elorrum » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:58 am

If they come at you with a bad costume, you go at them with a gun. Noooo Thaht's how you get a costume designer.
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Postby C.f.M. » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:48 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:Image


That movie...it's like being on acid without having to take any.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:32 am

Da Mule wrote:and look!

Boots for Fishy too!!
Kisses Da Mule on the muzzle.
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Postby Eric » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:30 am

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These are my favorites so far. I want them, even if I have to kill a Boer myself to get them.
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Postby Bob » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:43 am

Those look too Amish.

Try festive.

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Postby Eric » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:56 am

Bob wrote:Those look too Amish.


You've obviously never seen me in person....
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Postby Rilopie » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:20 pm

my co-worker LOVES her keen boots.
I think they are these: http://www.zappos.com/keen-winthrop-boot-wp-black
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Postby EmilyD » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:33 pm

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ROFLMAO hey wait...is he on the Playa?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:21 am

Yes, Emily, he is on the playa. Only someone gave him a shirt, so he lost the loincloth and became a shirtcocker.
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Postby H.G.Crosby » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm

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Postby wraith » Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:04 am

[quote="theCryptofishist"]Yes, Emily, he is on the playa. Only someone gave him a shirt, so he lost the loincloth and became a shirtcocker.[/quote]

The real amusement comes from saying shirtcocker in Sean Connery's accent.
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Re: ISO the perfect playa boots

Postby Super Evil Brian » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:30 am

Flirty wrote:I'm one of those folks who can't wear sandals at Burning Man--within 30 minutes I could feel my feet drying up and cracking under the influences of playa dust!

I've tried several variations on the theme: my first year I used plain ol' hiking boots, but the laces became a pain going in and out of my tent (tried to take my shoes off before entering) and entering others' tents where required. Next I had some awesome platform boots (only 3") but they zipped and the dust clogged the zippers at times.

I want to be able to slide in and out of them easily, want to them to come up about midway to my knees to keep the dust out, sturdy (duh) but not too heavy so I can walk for miles (for those deep playa wanderings that we find ourselves in midst of and then...oh yeah, we have to walk BACK).

Oh, and they have to look fucking sexy and awesome!

Any suggestions? What has worked for you?


Try the cheap, tan, army-issue combat boots. Not the black leather ones from Vietnam, I mean the current ones. They're fast to get into and out of, cool in hot climates and will keep the dest from making your feet gnarly.

Amazon has deals on them or places like www.uscavalry.com or something like that has them as well. You can get goggles and other stuff there also.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:03 am

I have a pair of short black leather harness biker boots, size 7M, the kind you just stick your foot into, no zipper or laces. Finger loops at the top to pull them on with. One inch heel, eight inch shaft, vibram soles. Very good used condition. Free to a good home if you pay shipping.
Already broken in, I love them, but my feet changed size when the arthritis kicked in.
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Postby TomServo » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:26 am

The last boot Ill ever wear..

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Postby AntiM » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:45 am

Nice.
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Postby Savannah » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:51 am

Eric, those are wonderful.


I love my playa boots just a little too much. They're the color of playa dust to begin with; a pull-on hybrid of riding boot and cowboy boot. I felt comfortable getting them dusty immediately.

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Postby motskyroonmatick » Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:32 pm

I really like my Tony Lama Cowboy boots. Yeah they are choppy to walk in. Were never actually designed to walk any sustained distance in but I like the way the tops tucked in my pant leg keep the dust off of my feet. I've had these boots since 94. They are like an old friend. Just nice to have around in good times.

Otherwise I wear some version of skate shoe or hiking boot.

Wear something broke in to your foot. The playa is no place to be breaking in a pair of shoes or boots. Something that breathes but is fairly dust proof will be nice. It is hard to get both. Bring lots of socks so that you can change them out often if you need to.
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Postby junglesmacks » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:33 am

My perfect playa boots:

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I tried wearing closed toe shoes and lasted until about Wednesday and said screw it. Once I made the switch over to my normal Rainbow flops that I swear by everyday anyway at home, I was never happier. Playa foot? What playa foot? It's a dirty rumor spread by Dr Scholls, I tell you. Zero problems.
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