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Offline Cooking with Zyklon B

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Re: Too old to wear Vans
« Reply #60 on: December 11, 2014, 04:13:30 AM »
As of this moment I am wearing a pair of black vans skater shoes that I bought around 2005; not because they are stylish (they are marred and muddled with white primer paint) but because they are comfortable and dry and to give my standard issue winter boots a chance to dry out. At the time of purchase I figured I'd try out skate boarding, but gave up after failing miserably after a few basic tricks and deciding I'd save myself the future injuries and surgeries.

Normally I'd be a big proponent of Merrell shoes/boots, but it seems after they stopped being made with American Pride, and started being made with Chinese/Taiwanese sweat I've lost faith. My first pair of Merrell Mocs were bought in 2004, and lasted me until 2011-12, then I bought a replacement pair, same kind/different color/different country, the life span was significantly less then half of the last, the wear/tear/abuse was the same, only difference was country of manufacture, I've almost but not quite lost faith in the brand. It can't be a coincidence that the first pair was made in America and lasted close to a decade but the second pair manufactured in china lasted a fraction of the time. I'm still willing to buy a pair if the price is right but I'm doing research to branch out and put my hard earned money and trust into another brand/country of manufacture.

As of late I've been wearing my standard issue winter desert combat boots because I never wore them in the service and they are water proof and warm (but they roughly weigh about 6+ lbs/pair), however because they are pretty much my only waterproof pair of footwear I have to wear them on a continual basis for work, disallowing them time to dry out, and they stink to high heaven because of the lack of breathability. I was perusing black friday/cyber monday shopping for replacement footwear, but I'm not going to shell out $250 for a pair of boots just to pay for a name.

Instead of providing pictures and links to footwear of various shapes/styles/brands, I'm going to plug super feet insoles, because no matter the brand or type of footwear I decided to spend my hard earned monies on, those insoles have provided me 1-2 years of continuous comfort. They seem rather pricey compared to some of the Dr. Scholls inserts, but like Vibram soles are good for atleast a year of wear and tear. They run from 20-30 bucks for a pair of the insoles, but after about 30 days of breaking in will provide good support and shock absorption for atleast a year. I'm sure you could get away with $20-$30 shoes equipped with these insoles and get away with a year of comfort. Mind you the soles might outlast those walmart $20 clunkers, but after the break in period the soles pay for themselves in overall comfort and durability.

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Re: Too old to wear Vans
« Reply #61 on: December 11, 2014, 04:23:39 AM »
vans rock /thread
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Re: Too old to wear Vans
« Reply #62 on: December 11, 2014, 06:55:54 AM »
you have bad taste bro

as long as they aren't flip flops I don't care what I look like

they are good, durable, lightweight all-weather shoes
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Re: Too old to wear Vans
« Reply #63 on: December 11, 2014, 10:46:00 PM »

Normally I'd be a big proponent of Merrell shoes/boots, but it seems after they stopped being made with American Pride, and started being made with Chinese/Taiwanese sweat I've lost faith. My first pair of Merrell Mocs were bought in 2004, and lasted me until 2011-12, then I bought a replacement pair, same kind/different color/different country, the life span was significantly less then half of the last, the wear/tear/abuse was the same, only difference was country of manufacture, I've almost but not quite lost faith in the brand. It can't be a coincidence that the first pair was made in America and lasted close to a decade but the second pair manufactured in china lasted a fraction of the time. I'm still willing to buy a pair if the price is right but I'm doing research to branch out and put my hard earned money and trust into another brand/country of manufacture.

I'm guessing their "American" factories were actually in Mexifornia like most "made in the usa" crap. If your shit must be made by Mexicans and Hondurans wouldn't you rather them make it in Mexico or Honduras?

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Re: Too old to wear Vans
« Reply #64 on: December 11, 2014, 10:52:44 PM »
I make these for myself:
http://cdn.instructables.com/FM2/86K8/GFRWMYDZ/FM286K8GFRWMYDZ.MEDIUM.jpg
It's also what I usually give everyone for x-mas
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