Even with the advent of walk mode, ski boots are still cumbersome, heavy things to walk around in. Lodge, hut, cabin...all places where some lightweight, packable, but warm and water-resistant footwear would come in supremely handy, right? Enter Pakems packable shoes.
We stopped by the Superfeet booth at SIA last year and got a set of Superfeet Custom Carbon Winter Insoles. After a year on the insoles, we went back to Superfeet this year and went through the process again, documenting every step. Here's what we learned...
Barefoot Ted is a dude who really likes to be barefoot. Nine years ago, he wandered down to the Copper Canyons of Northern Mexico and met Manuel Luna, a Tarahumara tribesman who showed him how to make traditional huarache sandals out of old tire tread and cordage. Voila – Luna sandals were born. We set out to explore a wide range of Luna’s offerings and found that Lunas are, in a word, awesome.
Barefoot running has been getting a lot of traction (puny!) over the last few years, with an almost cult like following. Inspired by the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico - who made their huaraches sandals out of tires and string, then would run on them for very long distances. Steven and Lena Sashen are making some really cool minimalist (like really minimalist) sandals called Xero Shoes that are getting good recognition from runners, outdoor enthusiasts, paddle boarders and lots of folks who just like to feel the ground beneath them.
Building a shoe that can effortlessly cross from commuting duty to office duty is a difficult task. You have polar opposite interests competing for inclusion. On the one hand, you need the shoes to be stiff to transfer energy to the cranks. On the other, you want shoes that provide all-day comfort and look stylish in an office setting. At Engearment, we toss another wrench in there by using standing desks. So, not only do shoes have to be comfortable enough to wear all day - you have to be able to stand in them all day, too. Enter the DZR Mechanic.