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Men's Shoes At BM

Postby dav725 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:10 am

Ok, this is something I never get right....guys, what kind of shoes do you wear at BM that are easy on the feet, easy to bike with, and what do you wear at night that are all of the above, plus good looking?

Thanks for any feedback.
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Postby Sensei » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:12 am

All you need to remember are these two little words: black wingtips.
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Postby Kers » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:51 am

Good looking?
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Postby MikeVDS » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:10 am

Doc Martins work well for just about anything.
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Postby EB » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:56 am

After going with Teva-style sandals for a few years, I've come around to the comfort of the tenniboot.

You walk SO much at the event. Even when you bike from place to place!

I wear mine 24/7. As far as looking fancy for going out, mid-calf Doc Martens seem to be a popular choice.
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Postby skygod » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:58 am

Someone always asks this question.
Last year there was a pix posted of a guy who wrapped his feet in duct tape.
Hiking shoes don't work so good cause they are heavy, the playa is flat so really lightweight walking shoes are best I think. Even sandals (with socks!) are good. Don't worry about keeping the dust out cause you'll be soaking your feet in aloe vera or bacon fat or some kind of lotion several times a day anyway.
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Postby Ron » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:20 am

This year a lover of mine is helping me prepare some costumes for the burn. She's a former theatre costumer as well as an experienced burner so I tend to value her opinion. On the topic of shoes she told me, "On playa everyone gets a fashion get out of jail free card for their shoes. Comfort first out there...." :)

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Postby phil » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:02 am

skygod wrote:>SNIP<
Last year there was a pix posted of a guy who wrapped his feet in duct tape.
>SNIP<


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Personally, I agree about the wing tips. You _never_ go wrong with wing tips.

Everybody's mileage varies. Wearing sandals and flipflops worked for me in terms of foot support, but the playa powder ate my feet alive. It took a few weeks for my skin to heal and turn back to flesh color (well, what passes for flesh color vis-a-vis my feet). I've started wearing ankle-high walking shoes and low rise sneakers or comfortable work shoes.

The playa is level and there's no gravel, but on occasion the surface has been rugged and the use of shoes with thick, stiff soles made walking on that surface _much_ more comfortable.

My opinion is that the variables are each individual's ability to withstand the alkalai playa powder and the condition of the surface of the playa. Without that information, any suggestions I make are guesses based on how I deal with it.
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Postby misfit » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:17 am

>>>>Hiking shoes don't work so good cause they are heavy<<<<

its your call. i prefer my heavy docs, (hiking boots), but thats me..... just remember to wear socks
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Postby trilobyte » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:24 am

Comfort first and foremost. Personally, I bring a couple pairs of shoes. An old pair of Nikes and an old pair of Doc Martins. Both are great for wearing/walking hours on end. This year I'm being fancy and am treating myself to a Dr. Scholl's gel insert deal for added comfort.

When running around at night I usually double up on socks.

Then, at least once a day whether I need it or not treat my feet to playa foot salad. Wash the feet in vinegar (which counteracts the alkali in the dust), then massage them with olive oil (which takes the edge off the vinegar and feels really good).

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Postby Hoolie » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:45 am

I go with a pair of Vans without laces. Full foot coverage. Canvas upper keeps feet a bit cooler. Easy slip on and off which is nice for going in and out of a tent. Great for walking or riding your bike.
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Postby Dr. Pyro » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:51 am

Big ol' red clown shoes to match my big ol' red clown hair.
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Postby MikeVDS » Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:22 pm

Don't worry about keeping the dust out cause you'll be soaking your feet in aloe vera or bacon fat or some kind of lotion several times a day anyway.


I have to disagree. If you keep your feet in clean dry socks and shoes, you should be able to avoid the damage. If you run around with exposed feet, you will probably have those problems. I prefer to keep mine sealed up 95% of the time. Others like to run through barefoot all the time.
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Postby mdmf007 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:07 pm

I bring 10 bucks in brand new socks from wally world, cange htem twice a day, and never have a problem with playa foot. I wear tenny runners. unless working, then I am in leather boots.

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Postby Sensei » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:39 pm

MikeVDS wrote:I prefer to keep mine sealed up 95% of the time. Others like to run through barefoot all the time.

Yep, it's true. I'm a goddamned barefoot hippie. But here's the thang these flat-footed shoe wearers won't tell you: the playa feels fantastic in bare feet! I love to go most of the day barefoot (around camp, that is) and I put the hightop tennys on 'bout sunset after a good rinse and wash. Use lotsa goop before you put your socks on and you're good to go.
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Postby Bambi of Finland » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:45 pm

I just got me some of these... http://vibramfivefingers.com
They are very strange to walk in it is pretty close to bare feet, but enough protection for around camp and short strolls. Boots for longer jaunts into the wilderness, and some sort of athletic shoe for extended periods.
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Postby Eric » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:33 pm

I wear mostly Converse, both low & high tops, as well as Doc Martins & occasional dress shoes. I put soft inserts in all my shoes for comfort, and change my socks once or twice a day (I tend to wear thick white socks regardless of the shoes out there) and have never done the playa salad foot wash thing. I baby wipe my feet when I change socks and I'm good to go.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:34 am

i don't ever have to wear shoes again.
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Postby gyre » Thu Aug 16, 2007 4:40 am

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Postby robotland » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:53 am

I like to wear playaplatforms after a run behind the water truck.

For the new, remember that it's a very hard-packed surface, like pounding pavement more than anything else. Insoles can really help.

Second the new-bag-o-sox idea. And a shot of Gold Bond in each one.
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Postby BAS » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:25 am

How about steel toed work boots? They help avoid the whole rebar in the foot problem.


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Postby mdmf007 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:12 am

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Thats what rebar can do to a foot without any shoes on - i wear shoes
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:38 am

robotland wrote:For the new, remember that it's a very hard-packed surface, like pounding pavement more than anything else. Insoles can really help..


very true normally, but my sources out on the Playa (as we speak) claim that the Playa is looser and softer than they've ever seen it for many years due to a really dry winter. So, maybe factor in a more sandy condition.
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Postby mdmf007 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:25 pm

that is going to make for a dusty, hard to get around BM 2007. I say we postpone until Early October - Ill drop BMORG a note and let them know we want to wait.

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Postby Burp! » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:04 pm

I like Teva type sandals during the day and a tennis shoe type thing at night.

Now the key I find to preventing playa foot is to give your feet a nice bath every morning. Take the melted ice water from your coolers and put it into one of those turkey aluminum bins, throw in some doctor bramers(sp?) soap and soak as long as you can. Dry off and apply some lotion, put some clean socks on and you are good to go.

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Postby Dork » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:22 pm

Any type of shoes that you can handle walking a few miles in will work fine. I've worn heavy hiking boots, mocs, and water shoes. All were fine. It's not so hot or so cold that too heavy or too light footwear will completely ruin your experience.

I always wear socks out there and change them often. I've become a big fan of good hiking socks. They last forever and are more comfortable than even brand new cheapo socks.
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Postby skygod » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:38 pm

If you have a palanquin you won't need any shoes.
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Postby MikeVDS » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:46 pm

If you have a palanquin you won't need any shoes.


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Postby robotland » Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:01 am

Teo del Fuego wrote:
robotland wrote:For the new, remember that it's a very hard-packed surface, like pounding pavement more than anything else. Insoles can really help..


very true normally, but my sources out on the Playa (as we speak) claim that the Playa is looser and softer than they've ever seen it for many years due to a really dry winter. So, maybe factor in a more sandy condition.


Good point.....*packing the snowshoes*
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Postby phil » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:18 am

skygod wrote:If you have a palanquin you won't need any shoes.

Video of palanquin from last year:
http://civilizedexplorer.phanfare.com/album/112694/130742/6110307#imageID=6110307
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