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High tops with a twist – tartan plaid, cable or snowflake knit ! From French shoe manufacturer Spring Court.

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Via: A Fashionable Sport

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Before I headed into town last week to buy a pair of tall rubber boots I checked out the web to pinpoint what kind of boot I wanted and how much I could expect to pay. In case you haven’t noticed, women’s rubber boots have become a fashion statement. So many fun choices – different heights, colors, prints and prices. (No, I won’t pay $300 for a pair of rubber boots no matter how cute they are!)

I discovered that in my area of Vermont there has been a run on rubber boots in the wake of the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. “Yup, they’ve been flying off the shelves. People buying them so they can help dig folks out of the flood mud”, is what I heard as I tried one work wear and farm store after another to discover that my size 8 ½ foot is a very popular size. Who could have anticipated selling out of rubber boots? I happily ended up with a utilitarian pair of LaCrosse boots – in a men’s size 6.

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If you want to don rubber boots and help Vermonter’s dig out click here. Or write a check click here. Thanks!

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Recently I’ve been thinking about buying new cycling shoes. My internet scouring led me to custom made D2 Shoes. I’m completely smitten with the idea of not only having shoes that are made to order for my duck-shaped and bunioned feet, but being able to select the materials and color placement as well!

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I love the sleek design and the wonderful juxtaposition of textures and colors in this shoe; wingtip shoe meet vintage Vans. The gold is a bit over the top for me personally – I might select light colored natural leather instead. The D2 website has a photo gallery of beautiful handmade shoes and extensive choices of materials to mix and match.

Looking down at snappily shod, pain-free spinning feet in custom D2 shoes would make me smile.

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The Italian luxury brand Missoni, which has a flare for original knitwear design, has collaborated with Brazilian footwear company Havaianas on a collection of flip flops. Now these fun “designer” flips are something I can wrap my mostly-barefoot-outdoor-lifestyle brain around! At $60 they won’t deplete my piggy bank.

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I just spent a few days at the Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show last week. The state-of-the-art backcountry and telemark ski gear that will be available next fall makes my head spin!

It’s nice to think back on a time when ski boots were simpler, resembled hiking boots and skied like slippers. However, I won’t be trading my buckles for laces anytime soon!

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To see more vintage ski fashions click here.

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