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The Alaska state shoe

The canada goose outlet canada Skinny Raven Shop 907 article from a couple of weeks ago got me thinking about Alaskan’s shoes. My wife is a transplant to Alaska who moved here from Washington state more than three years ago. The first thing she noticed was the canada goose outlet jackets license plates.

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canada goose clearance A little later, she began to notice the shoes. Not to say the shoes don’t exist elsewhere it’s just that canada goose jacket outlet their popularity in Alaska canada goose outlet online seems to be unlike anywhere else I’ve seen in the Lower 48. So I began wracking my brain for shoes that have a popularity up here that isn’t reflected in the other states in the union. canada goose clearance

canada goose clearance sale We certainly have a fondness for shoes with ugly, monosyllabic names Uggs, Crocs, Bogs, Mucks but surely that isn’t canada goose outlet uk sale the unifying factor. What shoe best embodies the Alaska spirit? What shoe can be worn by an oilfield worker on the North Slope, a subsistence hunter in the canada goose outlet sale Interior, a weekend warrior on the Kenai, an urban Alaskan doing some midday shopping, a southeasterner tromping around gravelly beaches? What canada goose outlet store uk shoe works in summer, winter, breakup which, lets face it, are the only seasons we enjoy up here? canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose Jackets The first shoe that came to mind is the Dansko. It’s hard to go anywhere in Anchorage without seeing someone wearing a pair of Dansko clogs. I’m told the Danish style shoes are very comfortable after being broken in, and the high soles are nice for elevating official canada goose outlet the foot away from a thin layer of snow coating downtown sidewalks in the winter. Canada Goose Jackets

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Given these shortcomings, and the fact that our state is shrouded in a thick coat of snow for half the year, it would seem the only logical choice for the goose outlet canada Official State Shoe of canada goose outlet in usa Alaska would indeed be a boot.

Canada Goose Online First, we should rule out some boots. Bogs are another popular choice for urban Alaska and offer warmth, waterproofing, and a high cut to keep snow from slipping into your canada goose outlet parka socks. But again, although they offer a variety of styles for men, they seem to be much more popular with women. Canada Goose Online

cheap canada goose uk Muck Boots, offering many of the same benefits and even some of the same aesthetics as Bogs, have the opposite problem. Their following among men seems much larger than among women. Hunters and construction workers (both male and female no discernment there) love their warmth, comfort and durability, but the plain black styling probably does little for fashionistas looking to make a statement. And the camouflage look is only for the brave few. I personally own an insulated pair for working outside in the winter and those mid January trips to the dog park. cheap canada goose uk

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buy canada goose jacket That leads us canada goose black friday sale to our runner up: Bunny Boots. Designed for use in extreme cold weather the white pairs are rated up to minus 65 degrees these boots are popular for those working outdoors in the Alaska winter, especially the closer they get to the Arctic Circle. The boots are extremely bulky and heavy because of all that insulation, however, and offer little to anyone wanting to wear them in warmer temperatures. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose Parka Which takes us to my pick for the official State Shoe of Alaska, a jack of all trades, all season, gender neutral boot. It can be seen on clam diggers near Homer, commercial fishermen in Unalaska, villagers motoring across the tundra on four wheelers, and hipster kids in midtown Anchorage. It can be canada goose outlet store worn in the summer and the winter, in rain, shine, and break up; with jeans, Carhartts, and skirts. They aren’t sold in trendy boutiques, but in industrial supply shops and at Costco. They are Honeywell’s Xtra Tuf boots. Canada Goose Parka

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canadian goose jacket Xtra Tufs are a common sight canada goose outlet black friday in Alaska even outside of legislative offices in the capitol building. A pair of Bogs is also pictured. canadian goose jacket

canada goose uk shop The Xtra Tuf is an odd choice for fashion it sports brown rubber with a beige stripe above the sole and the top of the leg opening. It has canada goose factory outlet a small rectangular logo on the top front, usually just below the knee. Jeans can be tucked into them or worn outside, because the rubber is particularly pliable. canada goose uk shop

canada goose store Go to the website and you’ll see only a few styles, all the same color. The only difference is in canada goose outlet shop the height of the boot, whether it has a steel toe, and the availability of insulation. There are a total of six styles for adults, and they only come in men’s sizes 3 16 women have to figure out their size conversion. There is also a single style of kids’ boot. canada goose store

cheap Canada Goose But they are surely the most ubiquitous shoe in Alaska, and can be seen on the Great Land’s men and women from the far north to the ends of the Aleutians and the islands of Southeast. Xtra Tuf even promotes them as “worn for commercial fishing, canneries, general outdoor, casual wear and for canada goose outlet fashion in Alaska!” A trooper in an episode of the National Geographic series “Alaska State Troopers” refers to the boots as “Southeast sneakers.” cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose sale Our love of these boots, and their recognition of our love for them, merits their title as official state shoe of Alaska. They’re versatile, practical, and beautifully basic. Just like us. Canada Goose sale

Canada Goose online But this is just one man’s canada goose outlet new york city opinion. Did I miss the mark? What do you think the official shoe of Alaska should be Canada Goose online.

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