Monthly Archives: October 2016

Vasque Boots, and a Giveaway

There are quite a few brands that I recognize when thinking about what shaped my sense of style.  One of those brands is Vasque, and specifically their iconic Sundowner boots.  They were, and still are so cool.  That brownish-red leather with a streamlined vamp gives a rugged look, but a not-too-heavy boot functionality.  They were […]

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Robert Noble - October 31, 2016 - 9:31 AM

I got my Sundowners in 1999. They were hand me downs from my dad, who decided he needed to up half a size as his feel swelled as he got older.

They’ve been through two treks to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, hundreds of miles on the AT, countless day hikes, and other long days outdoors. In fact, just this weekend I wore them for a weekend camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and we took a nice 3 mile leisurely stroll on a trail to see a few waterfalls.

Hard to believe I’ve owned a pair of shoes for 17 years, but aside from some scratches and gouges on the toes from general wear through the years, they still work like champs, remaining waterproof and protecting the bottom of my foot no matter how many miles I go in a day.

M.A.F. - October 31, 2016 - 11:14 AM

I wore my original red oak Sundowners for about 15 years until they finally split (after much abuse) where the toe of the boot creases. I went through college/law school/real life wearing ropers and Russell Mocs every day until I saw an ad last year for the “new” Sundowners in the suede Hawthorne with red laces… (great combo). They’ve been on my feet ever since (even today, in the office, with an old pair of Patagonia duck pants and a Jacob Miler SS madras; it’s still awfully hot over here in Mississippi…). Really happy to see a write-up on these so I know I’m not the only one out there still sporting them… (P.S.-I sure would like a pair in red oak to replace my old, blown out pair (RIP)).. Great blog, great post; I look forward to them daily.

Cheers from the MS Delta,
MAF

AK - October 31, 2016 - 1:59 PM

I got my Sundowners in 1997, because just like you said, they were a staple in my fraternity house, along with Red Wings and a can of Cope in the back pocket. The right boot still has a very faint spot on the toe where a blob of Papa John’s “garlic butter” sauce hit them back in the day. But they’ve held up for almost 2 decades, not only through college, but through numerous military deployments, both in the sandbox and Asia, through grad school, and like MAF, I still break them out for the occasional casual Friday in the office. These things will probably outlast me. Thanks for the post!

AK - October 31, 2016 - 1:59 PM

I got my Sundowners in 1997, because just like you said, they were a staple in my fraternity house, along with Red Wings and a can of Cope in the back pocket. The right boot still has a very faint spot on the toe where a blob of Papa John’s “garlic butter” sauce hit them back in the day. But they’ve held up for almost 2 decades, not only through college, but through numerous military deployments, both in the sandbox and Asia, through grad school, and like MAF, I still break them out for the occasional casual Friday in the office. These things will probably outlast me. Thanks for the post!

TW - October 31, 2016 - 10:35 PM

After nearly breaking my ankle multiple times while hiking through the Quachita Mountains in SE Oklahoma I decided I needed to up my hiking boot game. The old Nikes just weren’t cutting it anymore and after years of playing soccer, my ankles weren’t either. Having been a fan of Red Wing for sometime I swung by my local Red Wing dealer to see what kind of boots they had and that’s where I was introduced to Vasque. The manager recommended the Vasque Breeze GTX so I went home and did a lot of research. I quickly found that there wasn’t going to be a company superior to Vasque so I immediately returned and purchased them. My wife and I have since moved to South Carolina and my Vasques see frequent action in the Smokies, Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains just to name a few almost every weekend. These boots have allowed me the opportunity to hike some pretty intense terrain that I couldn’t before and have allowed me to up my footwear game around the campfire. They also function as a great snow shoe when the weather calls for it. I’ve since recommended these boots to just about everyone I talk to and would be honored to receive a new pair of Sundowner boots and take them on my next adventures.

Chris Prendergast - November 1, 2016 - 12:29 PM

I have a pair of Vasque Cascades from 1980 that I still wear a few times a year. Other than laces and a small repair at the cuff, these boots have been solid and they fit like a glove.My only issues is their weight.

PM - November 1, 2016 - 8:22 PM

As with most stories that begin at a fraternity house, the details are a little fuzzy. One Sunday morning my brother found a pair of Vasque Wasatch GTX boots in the fraternity chapter room. No one claimed them or knew where they came from. After a few weeks my brother claimed them and they served him well for the remainder of his time at Ole Miss and then two winters in New York City after college. When he moved to Texas a few years later, he left the boots at our parents house and in classic younger brother form I “inherited” them.

In the four years I’ve owned these boots I’ve gotten them resoled and dutifully worn them all over the United States and recently took them with me to South America. I’ve worn my Vasques with suits to Capitol Hill during snowstorms. I took my first turkey in GA a few years back wearing these boots. Last year I moved out to the Midwest for law school and these boots got me through my first Midwest winter. I’ve hiked and fished Yosemite and Teton parks in these boots and just last week I hiked 34 miles to to Machu Picchu wearing my Vasques. They’ve been nothing short of amazing. If I could find the guy who left them in the fraternity house a dozen years ago I’d buy him a beer…but I probably wouldn’t give him his boots back.

Abram - November 1, 2016 - 11:23 PM

I have had my Vasque breeze gtx boots for almost two years come by December and I say they are one of the best hiking boots I’ve ever had. They are extremely comfortable and very waterproof as well. I hiked these boots at the Philmont Scout Ranch, Parts of Baxter State Park, and a lot in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia which is where I live. The only complaint I would have to say is that the waterproofing kind of wears off by 8 months to a year but this can easily be fixed if you spray some extremely durable water resistant spray on them. But overall I think they are a great boot.

Ace and the Desert Dog

You are about to see a lot more about Vasque Boots here on Red Clay Soul, but for now, enjoy Ace and his Desert Dog.  Talk about some bucket-list level stuff:   Hug your pooch, friends.

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Catching Up: Aviate

I’ve been friends with Aviate for well over a year now.  To say that they have blown up is an understatement.  Their airport code hats are everywhere, and those of us that got on board a while back are already on to hat number 2, or 3, or 4.  This sort of growth for a […]

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WarEagleDG - October 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

I’ve been waiting for them to come out with an AUO one… starting to give up hope.

A Goodwill Trick: Buttons

I can’t stand brown buttons on button-up shirts.  They give shirts a very casual look, which I don’t like at all.  Call it a pet peeve.  I prefer white buttons on all sport shirts, and especially on all dress shirts. Today’s Goodwill trick: Don’t let brown buttons deter a really nice Goodwill find.  If you […]

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1000 Words: Sid Mashburn Fall 2016

Fall is the sweet spot.  It’s with great anticipation that we await to see what #menswear maestro Sid Mashburn has up his sleeve…  The feeling this fall is bold basics.  Great pieces like a cashmere sweater that you may have in a more muted charcoal, but in a super cool teal green.  A work shirt […]

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James - October 24, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Yup! They did it again. Not surprised but still wowed!

cam - October 24, 2016 - 1:51 PM

What else can be said about SMashburn? Just stunning

Cory - October 24, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Never a misstep. Great store. Great stuff.

MRS - October 25, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Terrific stuff. Here’s a question for the bartender – a good portion of Sid’s stuff is described as “imported” on the website . I’m not a purist over made in the USA but at those price points, I’d like to know where the garment is sourced. Anyone have thoughts on this?

cam - October 27, 2016 - 2:07 PM

@MRS – if you call sid’s customer service, they will answer any question you have. i have reached out to them numerous times and they always make me feel like im a customer right there in the store with them. just the best.

Quick Hitter: Dallas from my iPhone

Mrs. RCS and I had a chance to spend a little time in Dallas.  What a great town…there is so much to love, as my iPhone camera will prove: Beretta Store: Filson Store: Sid Mashburn: Cavender’s: Randoms:

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BCM - October 21, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Dallas is truly a great city. Lived there for four years as an undergrad at SMU. Hope you made it to Pecan Lodge for lunch.

JPD - October 21, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Glad to see you enjoyed the city! Would love to meet up and discuss menswear next time you come through.

Nem - October 21, 2016 - 11:49 AM

You need to get those Lucchese caiman shit kickers, don’t let Mrs. RCS tell you no!

Shopping Fall with Ball and Buck

With Fall arriving, and the temperatures (finally) starting to drop, it’s time to transition closets to more weather-friendly options.  For me, Fall is my favorite time of year.  Not only is it college football season, but the humidity disappears, and ‘outdoor life’ becomes much more conducive. Fall is the sweet spot for Ball and Buck. […]

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Clarence Anthony Jr. - October 19, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Good call on the gloves. I was also looking at the elkskins as an option. Thoughts?