On my uppers

Duke City as seen from the Sandia foothills.

I piddled away a bunch of daylight early yesterday doing bits of this and that, and come 10 a.m. I was in the mood for the great outdoors but not quite sure how to approach it.

Finally I loaded a Gregory day pack, pulled on my old Vasque Clarion boots and went for a short hike in the Sandia foothills. I have some marching to do next month, at Interbike, and it never hurts to refresh the old muscle memory, especially old muscles and old memory.

Shoes for industry.

Wise choice, as it turns out. On the way home my decrepit hiking boots performed what Herself, a former outdoor-equipment retailer, called “a de-lam’.” Both soles basically crumbled and peeled away at the heels.

“Sonofabitch,” I observed. “I’ve only had these boots since the elves made them for that down-on-his-luck cobbler, and what a steal they were, too. Or was it Elvis? Anyway, curses, etc.”

So home I flapped, like a nattily dressed hobo. And now I get to buy some new boots. I feel happier than Carrie Bradshaw with a Manolo Blahnik catalog.

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24 Responses to “On my uppers”

  1. Carl Duellman Says:

    i use gorilla glue to repair my delaminating tevas. the glue is basically expandable foam so it gets in all the nooks and crannies. it’s worth a try as nice boots aren’t cheap.

    nice blue sky there. we are getting a bunch of rain. 5″ over night and still coming down.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Carl, it’s been raining every afternoon here. Hard rain, but short duration. Yesterday we even got a little hail, some of it of the dime-sized variety.

      But five inches and still falling? That sounds ungood.

      • Carl Duellman Says:

        we’ve had a very rainy summer and we’ve already surpassed our annual 65″ per year. the mtb trails are taking a beating and i bet the water bars i built a few weekends ago are toast. right now we’re getting it from one of the bands from harvey. we’ve had several 100 years storms in the past decade and one 500 year storm.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      +1 Glue is cheap and you won’t use it all up on this project. I used 5-minute epoxy on my cycling shoes in two cases when the soles separated from the uppers at the heels. Of course epoxy’s not as flexible but for this purpose it worked (and is still working many years later) just fine.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Hey, Larry, Carl … thanks for the glue tip. I have two old pair of cycling shoes that have sole separation at the heels, and I’d like to keep using them. They old, but they ain’t daid.

        • larryatcycleitalia Says:

          It was a long time ago but many Italian shoe makers (SIDI was somehow not one of them) got a batch of defective glue, meaning a whole bunch of shoes put together using this faulty stuff came apart. Our friends at Vittoria were victims and our old friend Chairman Bill of Torelli Imports was beside himself dealing with all the failures and making things right. Rather than add to his problems I simply mixed up some clear 5-minute epoxy and fixed ’em myself. One pair is gone but I wore the other pair just the other day.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: For what it’s worth,a recommendation on hiking boots (NOT cowboy! Get those for jury duty!). Lowa Renegade Mid……worth every penny …. and mine have been the most comfortable, easy to break in, etc. of any I’ve worn (and that’s quite a few). Durable, functional, supportive, etc.

    As always, when searching for new boots, try on late in day when feet are bigger/swollen, wear the socks you’ll wear when hiking, and make sure you have good toe room/fit.

    Nice pic of Duke City environs too! šŸ™‚

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      JD, I’ll have a peek at ’em. Looks like they have a few at the Duke City REI. I need new socks, too. Hoo-boy, I can smell the Visa card smokin’ already.

    • Steve O Says:

      I just donated a 30 year old pair of Vasque Sundowners to Goodwill. Still have another 30 years of use in them. Woulda kept ’em, but apparently feet and ears are the two things that keep growing when the rest of the bod starts shrinking.

      Tramping around in run o’ the mill Keens these days. Great for short hikes with light loads but probably too squishy for extended trips. Maybe I’ll hit the REI Labor Day sale. Workers unite!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Remember when boots lasted forever? I don’t recall when I got the Clarions, but I liked them so much I bought a second pair, using one for evil duty and one for clear-weather marching hither and yon.

        Oddly enough, the beater pair is still going strong.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sandy says, “same shit, different day.” Ten year old Lowas give up the ghost. See last picture on her post.


  4. John Levy Says:

    bought a pair if scarpa boots about three (3) ears ago and they have stood up to the worst andb est of Glacier National vPark. They have a wide toe box to fit my size 12 1/2 gunboats. Not Inexpensive but still going strong.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Yeeks. I had a pair of Hermans Survivors I bought back in college (early 1970s). They were resoled once and then disintegrated after fifteen years of Hawaii humidity. I put them to rest in 2001. Sad day for me.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Goodyear welts and boots that could be resoled. Might buy some Danners, made in the USA, to get that old feeling back. Set you back $380 USD. Nineteen days to go before the embargo ends.

  7. Libby Says:

    Re: Interbike. I see on Instagram that a ferry is required and a Zeppelin is optional to attend Eurobike. Those are just the photos from outside.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      That’s EURObike. Interbike in ‘Vegas requires one to buy a carton of cancer-sticks and shove a bunch of loot into a one-arm bandit before you get inside! But it’s the last one there as for some unknown reason they’ll move to a gambling/boozing/smoking paradise (Reno) on the other end of Nevada for 2018.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Reno? That should tickle the shit out of Patrick. Air Subaru now flies 575 miles to Vegas. Reno means a flight of 1025 miles. Patick will be in Nevada so long he will have to stop and pay taxes.

      You would think Interbike would be centrally located like Kansas City maybe. I guess all the big money for plastic wonder bikes with disc brakes and electronic shifting is in California.

  8. Ira Says:

    Reno? Maybe a fallout helmet would be appropriate…https://youtu.be/M3XH0CpQcJg

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