this month’s shoe porn

Innov8 Flyroc 310–

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It’s all I can do not to steam them very lightly & eat them for lunch.

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5 responses to “this month’s shoe porn

  1. Is that the shoes talking about your feet?

  2. Josep

    I see they endured your wading through “Under the Dome”…

  3. Dave

    Hi Mike. I’ve been MIA for a long time (lot’s of posts to catch up on), but thought I’d drop in with an amusing anecdote for you.

    I was on vacation in the Adirondacks recently. Bad weather and the flu scuttled my plans and I ended up in a local shop called The Mountaineer. Wanting something to read, I grabbed two books on the recomendation of the store owner without really even looking them over: Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide (which contains perhaps the best chapter heading to be found in a field guide, “The Weasel & Its Allies”) and The Villain.

    I got home and started reading, and, lo and behold, who has a cover blurb on the back of The Villain? You’re everywhere. Great book though, eh?

    It gets better though.

    The day after buying the book, I did a short hike in to Avalanche Pass and met an old British climber named Pete Lamb. We start talking and it turns out he’d met and climbed with Whillans a few times (said he’d died “just a few years ago” and I didn’t think before telling him that it was actually more like 20 years…). It was a great coincidence and he was happy to talk my ear off for hours. Admitedly, he had some fantasic stories. My favorite was one about Whillans throwing rocks at somebody who was on a route he was developing just because he wanted the first ascent. Seems unimaginable today.

    The books and Pete’s stories make me feel like what I did this summer hardly counts as climbing…

    Anyway, glad to see you’re still rocking the Inov8s. Mine have been all over this summer, but need to be retired for the year in favor of something a bit more snow-proof.

  4. Duke of Sussex

    Now I have had time to absorb the blue on that footwear I’m going to stick my neck out and say ultramarine.

  5. uzwi

    Footwear, the very word is like a bell tolling me back to my sole self etc. In my time I have been an Imelda Marcos of running, climbing & walking footwear. Even now, a broken old guy, I have these beautiful shoes to look at. I would arrange them in rows, but that’s hard to do with two pairs. But I keep them clean & shiny, you betcha. Ultramarine, Duke, I can go with that: even better, I did a whole day out in them around Benirrama last week, in thin cotton socks. Not a blister. It’s almost supernatural.