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Re: Playa Boots

Post by gaminwench » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:45 am

Barefoot, YES!
followed by vinegar/water rinse & moisturizing lotion before socks and fab boots...

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Post by SquirrelHead » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:01 am

DOH!! I keep forgetting to figure out boots for the trip. My burgin brain is overwhelmed at times, I admit it. It is now highlighted on the list of things that need to be done.
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Post by Bob » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:20 am

Nike Air Huaraches.
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Post by VultureChow » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:16 am

SquirrelHead wrote:DOH!! I keep forgetting to figure out boots for the trip. My burgin brain is overwhelmed at times, I admit it. It is now highlighted on the list of things that need to be done.
My burgin brain has been having these random "squee!" moments the past two weeks. I'll be driving home, or shopping for food and my stomach will go all squirrely and I'll start grinning manically with the knowledge that I'm going to Burning Man. It happened at the office one too. It's getting harder to control.
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Post by Jax Dee » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:12 pm

VultureChow wrote:
SquirrelHead wrote:DOH!! I keep forgetting to figure out boots for the trip. My burgin brain is overwhelmed at times, I admit it. It is now highlighted on the list of things that need to be done.
My burgin brain has been having these random "squee!" moments the past two weeks. I'll be driving home, or shopping for food and my stomach will go all squirrely and I'll start grinning manically with the knowledge that I'm going to Burning Man. It happened at the office one too. It's getting harder to control.
Lol, I still do that and I am on year 4. I'm not sure it fades :)
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Post by Foxfur » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:31 am

Though seemingly oxymoronic, I wear my US army issued jungle boots. I feel they're much better than the army desert boots. The nylon fabric uppers breathe much better than the desert leather uppers. They are much lighter as well. My old ones are from the early 90's. I just picked up a new pair. the price was right at $27. Admittedly, they're made in China but fit well. Be sure to break your boots in pre-playa...
Wear 'em while mowing the lawn or other 1 - 2 hour tasks at first.
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Post by incubus_pantomime » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:18 am

Just bought my brother and I jungle boots from the local army surplus store. They were new, but thankfully the store was having a sale, and they were almost half price. Now we just need to break them in!

If anyone is interested in getting boots, Top Brass was the store with the sale. If you're not living in Houston, you can visit their website and order them online. :)
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Post by Boijoy » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:49 am

Just purchased these for this year. Im thinking rubber slip ons might be a good idea.

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Post by Foxfur » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:02 pm

incubus_pantomime wrote:Just bought my brother and I jungle boots from the local army surplus store. They were new, but thankfully the store was having a sale, and they were almost half price. Now we just need to break them in!

If anyone is interested in getting boots, Top Brass was the store with the sale. If you're not living in Houston, you can visit their website and order them online. :)
I recently picked up a new pair of jungles for $27 @ Andy n Bax in Portland, OR. They're made in China, meh. I'm thinking about bringing them out to the playa. My old ones won't take a shine 'cause they're so ratty. I love to spit shine my boots out there. It's a nice touch and draws comments, especially from other vets.
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Post by tattoogoddess » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:45 pm

Hey what would be the best glue to glue my soul of my shoe back on?
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Post by Drawingablank » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:49 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:Hey what would be the best glue to glue my soul of my shoe back on?
Barge contact cement is what most shoe makers use for soles - not sure what spiritual cement to use for souls lol.
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Post by tattoogoddess » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:54 pm

I step on peoples souls duh! Havent you seen the hate for me on Facebook? ;)

Thanks DAB.

You think gorilla glue might work? I have heard it does.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:57 pm

How about a nice pair of Jack Boots?

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Post by Drawingablank » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:10 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:I step on peoples souls duh! Havent you seen the hate for me on Facebook? ;)

Thanks DAB.

You think gorilla glue might work? I have heard it does.
It might, my only experience with gorilla glue is on wood so I have no opinion on it for shoes.
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Post by Eric » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:13 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:I step on peoples souls duh! Havent you seen the hate for me on Facebook? ;)

Thanks DAB.

You think gorilla glue might work? I have heard it does.
Second vote for Barge cement, and I can vouch it will survive the playa- if you follow the instructions! If you don't have some cheap C clamps (I didn't), buy some; I also recommend getting some small pieces of scrap wood to put in the shoe that are at least as long as the area being glued.

Clean the area, apply glue as recommended on the tube, slide in the wood, C-clamp the wood down (to distribute the pressure), leave alone for at least 24 hours. I left mine clamped for two days (I live in a cool climate) just to be safe. The shoe I repaired has survived two years on the playa (it's twin, which hadn't been glued, failed last year; I still need to repair it)
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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:16 pm

Robot Steve will be very disappointed that no one's suggested GOOP yet.

For gluing shoes you need something that's strong and flexible. I think last time we went through this there was nothing that satisfied all those who stuck their oars in. I'm not going to search for it, but GOOP might be one possible search term.
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Post by Eric » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:35 pm

I've tried both GOOP & SHOE GOOP in the past, I like Barge Cement much better for shoe repair.

Of course, I have about 12 different glues around here for specific uses - I am not a "one glue fits all" kind of guy...
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Post by International Incident » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:40 pm

Got my NEW playa boots. No more blunnies covered in old paint and scuffed edges for me.

I’ve gone all class. Black, 3/4 calf length firm sole, lined with check fabric, zips that work, non leather, wonder boots!

Wearing them in at the moment - they will need extra insoles as I have flat feet - but so far so good.

Anyway just wanted to report that as I feeling damn proud of myself for actually going into a shop and buying shoes (I hate shoe shopping).

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Post by Drawingablank » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:44 pm

Eric wrote:
tattoogoddess wrote:I step on peoples souls duh! Havent you seen the hate for me on Facebook? ;)

Thanks DAB.

You think gorilla glue might work? I have heard it does.
Second vote for Barge cement, and I can vouch it will survive the playa- if you follow the instructions! If you don't have some cheap C clamps (I didn't), buy some; I also recommend getting some small pieces of scrap wood to put in the shoe that are at least as long as the area being glued.

Clean the area, apply glue as recommended on the tube, slide in the wood, C-clamp the wood down (to distribute the pressure), leave alone for at least 24 hours. I left mine clamped for two days (I live in a cool climate) just to be safe. The shoe I repaired has survived two years on the playa (it's twin, which hadn't been glued, failed last year; I still need to repair it)
Well actually that is doing it the hard way. Apply barge to both sides to be glued in a thin layer (squeeze some on then squeegee it with a business card) and allow to dry until barely tacky. Then press them together - it is an instant bond on contact. Just putting it on and walking a bit should secure it, but if you want to be sure it can be clamped. The whole concept behind contact cement is that it doesn't need clamping.

Keep in mind that doing it any other way lessens the quality of the bond - i.e.: dont squeeze a bunch on then press the 2 pieces together, it requires a thin, almost dry layer on both halves to work as intended.
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Post by Foxfur » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:16 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:I step on peoples souls duh! Havent you seen the hate for me on Facebook? ;)
TG, Little Foxfur refuses to believe this. I'd like an example or two, dear...

On the subject of Barge cement, yep, it rawks.
When I was an army bachelor I used it to glue (instead of sewing) the patches onto my uniforms. After 20 years and gawd knows how many washings they're still there. The tube was 10 years old and half used when I got it from my grandfather's workshop...
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Post by tattoogoddess » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:32 pm

Currently testing the gorilla glue as it is all I have if it is no good I am bringing the barge stuff with me
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Post by Eric » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:43 pm

Drawingablank wrote:
Eric wrote:apply glue as recommended on the tube
Apply barge to both sides to be glued in a thin layer (squeeze some on then squeegee it with a business card) and allow to dry until barely tacky. Then press them together - it is an instant bond on contact.
Um, that's how I do it (hence the "apply glue as recommended on the tube"). I clamp & wait because I've had it fail before, and when you're wearing knee-high platform boots you do not want them failing as you walk. Had a friend break his foot that way on the playa in '10. Call it the "overkill" method of attempting to make sure my boots hold up.
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Post by tattoogoddess » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:58 am

Well it seems to have worked. Pulled and Pulled and they are not going anywhere. Although it gewed out the sides so now i have to file it down and paint where I filed. Splurge for next year. New Boots. I have had these for like 7 years.
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Post by daft » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:50 pm

Thinking about taking my old ugg hi tops and spray painting them.

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Post by The Hustler » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:45 am

AntiM wrote:
MisaBlue wrote:The boots are as sexy as YOU make them :)
Those are simple army boots from ordinary army shop I bought from one doctor who served in Afghanistan...in real not sexy at all, but on playa? Hell yeah!

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We have the same boots....
Last year I wore a pair of Air Force desert boots (The Panama sole version) and they were retarded comfortable. In central and coastal Texas they're comfortable in the brutal summer so I figured they would be fine.
This year, i may wear some black, 8-eyelet Doc Marten boots, which may prove to be a bad idea since they get hot int he sun.

The military desert boots are awesome, just like kaki or digital cammoflauge version of the army uniform shirts )ACU) are outrageously comfortable and functional.
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Post by The Hustler » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:47 am

Fufa wrote:I ended up buyin' these babies. Time to break them in!

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Post by Fufa » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:41 am

Yah, it definitely was. I got a lot of blisters. Then after I had to wear the 20h over one weekend for a motorcycle course, BAM broken in. :mrgreen:
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