Category Archives: Footwear

Après Ski: Cute Boots

tory burch leland boot winter 2014 pares ski fur pom ponsThe Leland Bootie by Tory Burch.  For a non-snow fashion brand, traditional nordic influences and materials have come together in an inspired style that looks at home in the mountains.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionSarah discovered these lovelies at the beginning of winter 2013-2014 and they have been enjoying a full season of après outings.  Shown here in the Bear Den Lounge at Burke Mountain, Vermont.  Currently, these very boots can be found exploring Sun Valley where they undoubtedly have more like company than in the Northeast Kingdom.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionThe season is winding down and if you are lucky enough to find your size, you will probably be lucky enough to find them on sale!

penelope chilvers impossible boot red apres ski winter

penelope chilvers impossible boot red pink black green apres ski winterThe Leland reminds me of boots I came across while shopping Zurich, Switzerland a few years ago and have been dreaming about since.  Penelope Chilvers designs the Impossible Boot with a Lapland-inspired upturned toe. . .

penelope chilvers incredible boot winter apres ski brown traditionalpenelope-chilvers-incredible. . . and the equally charming Incredible Boot. These boots are as functional as they are stylish with water-repellant pony upper, non-slip rubber soles and super-cozy sheepskin shearling lining.

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JUST DO IT: Picabo Street

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageThe wind howls because it knows it has to race me.  Just do it.

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageMademoiselle, April 1996

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike adWhat is it you want in this world?  What would leave you satisfied?

Picabo Street is never, ever satisfied.  She’ll ski down one mountain.  And then find a higher one.  She’ll ski down a river.  And then find a lake.  She’ll ride mountain bikes.  She’ll go skating.  She’ll be fast.  Furious.  Unafraid.  Because what is it she wants in the world?  Everything.

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike ad vintageTrees should duck.  Rocks, cower.  Anything soft and low should learn what is hard.  We have come into the mountains because they would not come to us.  And then we move them.  Just do it.

Women’s Sports + Fitness, October 1995

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Nike’s JUST DO IT: 25 Years Old

nike just do it roads always open run poster vintageThere are clubs you can’t belong to,
Neighborhoods you can’t live in,
Schools you can’t get into,
But the roads are always open.

Just do it.

It is fair to say that Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ quickly transcended its origin as an advertising slogan and became even more than a cultural icon – a motivator, a mantra, a way of life for many.  The landmark ad campaign launched twenty-five years ago this month in July 1988.

I purchased this poster early on in the campaign, 1991 at the latest.  To this day, ‘The Roads are Always Open’, the freedom and inspiration of the gorgeous imagery, and of course, ‘Just Do It’ ring in my head when I need a kick in the ass to get out there and get after it.

Watch the original TV spot that started it all.  Read Wieden + Kennedy’s anniversary blog post.

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Shopping Munich: Globetrotter

The Globetrotter shop in Munich is a massive four floors of outdoor clothing and equipment presented with the most thorough, precise and functional merchandising I have ever seen.  This German specialty retailer aims to make shopping an experience – and they succeed.

globetrotter munich shop outdoor gearxglobetrotter munich shop geyser waterThe tank on the lower level for testing kayaks and canoes erupts into a geyser that reaches the top floor.

globetrotter munich shop outdoor photographsxglobetrotter munich shop outdoor photos displayThousands of photos line the stairwells – it is visually staggering and impressive in execution!

globetrotter munich shop outdoor experience merchandising displayThe top floor hosts a large branch of the Bavarian alpine club, Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – complete with extensive maps, information, merchandise and educated staff to help plan mountain adventures.

A 360° tour can be viewed on the Globetrotter web site; this video provides a walking tour – both show off the gorgeous fixtures and unique features of this store.  I strongly recommend a stop at Globetrotter to shop the wide selection of premium outdoor brands or just for inspiration.

Globetrotter Munich:  Isartorplatz 8-10, 80331 Munich, Germany

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Bally: Everest 60th Anniversary Collection

hillary norgay everest climb summit 1953Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ascend Everest.  Photo:  Smithsonian.com

norgay hillary camp everest 1953Norgay and Hillary at camp.  Photo:  The Times UK

hillary norgay everest anorakHillary and Norgay.  Love the anoraks!  Photo:  Stamford Advocate

bally switzerland boots everest 60th anniversarySwiss luxury brand Bally is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Everest ascent with a new capsule collection featuring a reproduction of the Reindeer-Himalaya boots worn by Tenzing Norgay while summiting with Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.  Photo:  Bally

bally vincens hiking boot everest 60th anniversaryCheck the Bally website for the full collection and information about the historic expedition.  Photo:  Bally

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ISPO 2013: Yellow

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020351©anapolitano2013Luis Trenker

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020354©anapolitano2013Marmot

Yellow was everywhere at the February 2013 ISPO Munich tradeshow.  From gold to lemon and everything in between – the sunny hue appears to be the dominant trend color story for winter 2013/14.

More from the world’s leading wintersport tradeshow to follow soon. . .

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Rugged Boots: Handcrafted in the USA

032720©anapolitano2011Danner of Portland, Oregon.

040320©anapolitano2011Schnee’s of Bozeman, Montana.

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