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Postby thesandman » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:16 am

was at the crocs store tonight and got my self a pair of Canvas Santa Cruz loafers fit good so far slip on and off easy
http://www.crocs.com/crocs-mens-santa-cruz/10128,default,pd.html?cid=280&cgid=men-footwear-slip-ons
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Postby junglesmacks » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:35 am

You know I think after weighing all the options, that I may just go with a cheap pair of Converse All Star high tops. You can get a pair for $20 free shipping, they seal out the dust, decently comfortable, and I won't cry if I have to toss them afterwords.
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Postby Shotglass75 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:26 am

[quote="Elorrum"]
these look comfortable, and the specs good.... BUT... you won't be able to tighten your shoelaces without a whole lot of friction and squeaking. Your fingers will get raw trying to pull each little bit of slack between loops. The dust is awful on that type of lacing through fabric loops.[/quote]


Hmmmm, something to think about. Thanks for the tip. Appreciate it.
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Postby teardropper » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:31 am

Yeah, one pair of the hiking boots I used has speed laces and they still squeak.
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Postby EmilyD » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:02 am

Has anyone had success with spraying boot laces with silicone spray?
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Postby Token » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:02 am

Lemon Pledge or similar wax based polish. Works great on zippers too.
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Postby EmilyD » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:01 am

Token wrote:Lemon Pledge or similar wax based polish. Works great on zippers too.
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Postby junglesmacks » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:13 am

EmilyD wrote:
Token wrote:Lemon Pledge or similar wax based polish. Works great on zippers too.
Token, you are a wiki unto yourself! Thanks for yet another excellent tip!


Right? He's been on a roll lately..

I picked up a pair of brand new plaid Chuck's on Ebay as planned a couple of days ago for $25. They should do the trick I think. Planning on blowing through a brand new pack of socks while I'm there and just keeping the footsies covered at all times.
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Postby Savannah » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:17 am

You know I think after weighing all the options, that I may just go with a cheap pair of Converse All Star high tops. You can get a pair for $20 free shipping, they seal out the dust, decently comfortable, and I won't cry if I have to toss them afterwords.


A little dust will come in through the lacing holes and will rub between your foot and the shoe, so wear socks. As you were probably going to anyway. :)
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Postby junglesmacks » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:20 am

Savannah wrote:
You know I think after weighing all the options, that I may just go with a cheap pair of Converse All Star high tops. You can get a pair for $20 free shipping, they seal out the dust, decently comfortable, and I won't cry if I have to toss them afterwords.


A little dust will come in through the lacing holes and will rub between your foot and the shoe, so wear socks. As you were probably going to anyway. :)


Yes'm. I'm thinking a new pair of socks a day should do the trick, along with a foot bath and some good Aloe & Vit E Cream.
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Postby Eric » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:58 am

junglesmacks wrote:I picked up a pair of brand new plaid Chuck's on Ebay as planned a couple of days ago for $25. They should do the trick I think.


Just make sure to use a good pair of inserts with them, like the Dr. Scholls gel ones. I've been using Converse for years, but without the inserts your feet will hate you by the end of the week.

Other than that methinks they're the perfect playa shoes!
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Postby Token » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:21 pm

EmilyD wrote:
Token wrote:Lemon Pledge or similar wax based polish. Works great on zippers too.
Token, you are a wiki unto yourself! Thanks for yet another excellent tip!


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Postby Shotglass75 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:00 pm

Decided against the Adidas but am now considering these. Found them on sale at REI for $60 bucks. They are very comfortable. But my one question is about the shoelaces. They have Quicklace. Will these hold up on the Playa and stay tight or will they slip? I have been reading things about squeaking (i'm a noob, not sure what that means) and I want to make sure that these type of laces work. Any info is appreciated.

http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/ ... 1677M.html
The Salomon Men’s XA Comp 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe provides a versatile, weatherproof platform for extended trail runs and light day hikes. Thanks to the Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane, gusseted tongue, and integrated mud guard, the XA Comp keeps out everything from pebbles to rain storms. Salomon’s Quicklace system provides a snug fit, and the Contagrip outsole helps you stay glued to the trail.

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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:12 am

I am wearing a pair of those right now. One of the best pair of shoes I have ever owned.
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Postby hollywallydoodle » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:47 am

i replace my laces with cheap, shiny ribbon. no squeak, stays tied, didn't turn playa-colored.

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those boots were a bit too heavy for me in 2008 (very soft playa that year), so i bought these fake $10 cons at forever 21 last year.

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Postby junglesmacks » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:39 am

geekster wrote:I am wearing a pair of those right now. One of the best pair of shoes I have ever owned.


For $125, those better be magical.. *gasp*
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Postby Shotglass75 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:44 am

geekster wrote:I am wearing a pair of those right now. One of the best pair of shoes I have ever owned.


Do you think the laces will stay tight on the Playa?

I'm buying them for about half the cost at REI if they do.
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Postby teardropper » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:48 am

My boots with full fabric speed laces still squeak from last year, but they always tightened, and still do, they just make noise.
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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:30 am

I didn't pay that much for them. I got 'em on sale someplace, either REI or Any Mountain, I don't remember. Yes, the laces stay tight. What you can't see in the picture because it is tucked into the shoe is that there is a slide on the laces with a little button you depress that releases it. You pull the laces tight, slide the slide against the tongue, and they stay.

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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:33 am

I also take a pair of these:

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Well, not exactly those, more like these:

http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?p ... =1&CatID=6
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Postby Shotglass75 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:48 am

Thanks for the info Geekster. Heading to the store now.
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Postby teardropper » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:06 am

geekster wrote:I also take a pair of these:

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Well, not exactly those, more like these:

http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?p ... =1&CatID=6


Yes, those are very similar to mine. Mine are Bates with a Gore-Tex liner and Vibram sole. They were at my army surplus store. Very nice and comfortable, and, like I said, the color of playa.
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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:28 am

Heh, actually, mine are Bates, too. I just went and put an eyeball on them.

This model:

http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?p ... 18&TabID=1


And the commenter on that product is dead on ... they DO take some breaking in, so don't take a new pair out there that you have not worn a while or you will end up sorry you did.
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Postby darren y » Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:22 am

lets see various pairs of old ragged out chucks, a pair of docs, some army surplus boots (one painted sparkly blue the sparkly red), and old worn out pair of river shoes covered in fur....

the key is frequent foot washings with a vinegar mix, good lotion & a fresh pair of socks
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Postby EmilyD » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:51 pm

Token wrote:
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Token wrote:Lemon Pledge or similar wax based polish. Works great on zippers too.
Token, you are a wiki unto yourself! Thanks for yet another excellent tip!


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Postby ScrogFather » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:34 am

Sanuks, sidewalk surfers. Anybody ever heard of these? I bought a pair and wore them for a weekend at a music festival. Very commfy! Good ventalation, my feet did not sweat. Eco friendly. You can wash them and they do not change shape. I love my Kingstons!
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Postby geekster » Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:03 am

Ventilation is sort of a double-edged sword. Air lets in the dust. Your shoes can fill with dirt. I *always* wear socks on the playa, too, even to bed. Coat your feet in lotion, put on a pair of clean socks and go to bed.

But hey, it isn't like you are living on that playa all year, you are only out there for a week. If I really wanted to know what works best, I would look to see what shoes the people who are on the playa the longest are wearing. Have a look to see what DPW has on their feet.
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Postby Bexx » Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:37 am

Imna stomp around in these!
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I totally forgot I even had them! happy score for cleaning out my closet!!
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Postby Sham » Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:48 am

Bexx wrote:Imna stomp around in these!
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I totally forgot I even had them! happy score for cleaning out my closet!!

Bexx, awesome shoes. Perfect for booting some deserving person in the ass! :shock:
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