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fhm615
07-05-2011, 02:28 PM
I've worn Rainbow Sandals now for over 20 years. Pretty much 24/7/365 they are on my feet at some point in the day. I also wear them around the camp. In that time I have worn out 1 pair, retired one pair to home use only (Broke in good after 8 years!) and just got my newest pair last month. The little sandal co. out of California really churns out some tough sandals. 1 Ton Military Spec nylon is used for the thong. I have yet to have a pair blow out on me. I have traveled from Costa Rica to the Keys with them. I dread the day I can't find them for sale anymore! :50:

For stalking game, and colder temps, I have an old pair of L.L. Bean Camp Moccasins with the double sole that I love as well. They feel like warm butter on the feet, and are deadly quiet in the woods.

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz341/fhm615/IMG_0985.jpg

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz341/fhm615/IMG_0986.jpg

Sgt. Mac
07-05-2011, 02:40 PM
Uncle Ho's VC tire sandals

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/VCSandals.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/CrusaderCupComparison022.jpg

fhm615
07-05-2011, 02:43 PM
Uncle Ho's VC tire sandals


Mac-

Those things Rock! Do they say "GoodYear" on the tread! :50:

Sgt. Mac
07-05-2011, 02:45 PM
Lol not that I can see Buddy

fhm615
07-05-2011, 02:48 PM
Lol not that I can see Buddy

Well, you should get 50,000 Miles or so anyway I guess by the way those are built! :4:

Good buy at whatever price! :4:

Roper Pro
07-05-2011, 03:31 PM
Why not add a picture of your tongs too??

Forgive Forge1, couldn't help it.

Newt
07-05-2011, 03:33 PM
No pics, but still wearing the same pair of Tivos I got many, many years ago. I often fish in them, hike and camp, etc...even have some old OD paint I sloshed a bit too much on them.

My hunting shoes are a simple pair of mocs I made years ago as well. As said, very quiet stalking.

solocanoe
07-05-2011, 03:37 PM
Keen Newport H-2's:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r115/fsmh3/0b054480.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r115/fsmh3/Tenkaracanoetrip4242010003.jpg

After beating on a pair for a year...a few years back I bought multiple pairs - just in case they quit making them!
I own dress shoes, 2 pair of boots...and these. that's it - gave away all my other shoes!!!

I can wear them all year with wool or neprene socks, but the kids hate it when I do...lol.
love how I don't worry about water, mud, or muck in 'em...they just wash out and dry out...or aren't terrible to wear wet. excellent traction on trails and good on the mountain bike.

even ran a race in a pair. (ok, I was really slow...but that's me...not the shoes' fault! :D)

dwightp
07-05-2011, 03:52 PM
I wear my Purple Crocs around camp in the evenings..............extremely lightweight and comfy after wearing hiking boots all day.

fhm615
07-05-2011, 04:38 PM
Why not add a picture of your tongs too??

Forgive Forge1, couldn't help it.

LOL! I am scared to ask! :4:

whiskersnitch
07-05-2011, 04:56 PM
I just have a simple $1 pair of flip flops I wear to water the garden, and they aren't comfy at all. I would buy some nice sandals to wear exclusively in the summer but my feet have a case of the uglies and I wouldn't wanna scare anyone. :15:

froldt
07-05-2011, 05:09 PM
I don't have a picture with me (at work) but I am a fan of my Vibram 5-Fingers shoes. If I'm not in them or my motorcycle boots, it's a pair of Driving Moccasins by Lands' End.

marbro
07-05-2011, 05:26 PM
putting photobucket on my phone really has changed everything :4:

now sharing a pic here is only takes 2 minutes.

Oh yeah, these are chocos, the most confortable sandles i have ever owned.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd445/lankymo1/2011-07-05_15-16-05_850.jpg

fhm615
07-05-2011, 05:37 PM
putting photobucket on my phone really has changed everything :4:

now sharing a pic here is only takes 2 minutes.

Oh yeah, these are chocos, the most confortable sandles i have ever owned.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd445/lankymo1/2011-07-05_15-16-05_850.jpg

The Choco Sandals are really taking off in the Texas Market. The Choco shoes are as well. Very solid product from what I hear. Paul over at Hedgehog Leatherworks wears them in some of his videos I've seen.

abo4ster
07-05-2011, 05:43 PM
Here are mine with an amazing flip flop modification that will make your flip flops an even more capable piece of footwear for the bush...

YouTube - ‪Flip Flop Modification‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqtzdOZvWpw)

Sgt. Mac
07-05-2011, 05:56 PM
Great mod Chris, what do you think if you gutted the 550 cord, that would be flatter then?

abo4ster
07-05-2011, 06:09 PM
Yes, absolutely would be better with just the outter sheath. I just did it that way to demonstrate.

This modification is good to know in case you get stuck somewhere and need to walk a long way. Flip Flops are sold everywhere, can be put in a briefcase, bag, etc.

As far as fashion, a buckskin lace on a pair of flip flops with light brown straps would look very bushcrafty. For those very fashion conscienous you could color coordinate the lace with your clothes...

I actually toyed with the idea of making the mod into a business venture...

rdraider
07-05-2011, 07:23 PM
Is this the bush craft foot fetish thread???:26:

The choco's do look nice though!:4:

Skab
07-05-2011, 10:56 PM
Still rocking my orginal issued shower shoes! I throw them in the pack for those times you need a quick trip to the head in the middle of the night and don't have time to put your boots on.

walkabout
07-05-2011, 11:09 PM
Uncle Ho's VC tire sandals

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/VCSandals.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/CrusaderCupComparison022.jpg

Nice michelins Sarge! even though i despise the little commie bastards, they defintely get an A+ in the "use what ya got" category! and i know this off topic but if you ever come across this book get it, some very good stuff in there.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i43.tower.com/images/mm101034401/weapons-field-gear-north-vietnamese-army-viet-cong-edward-j-emering-hardcover-cover-art.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tower.com/weapons-field-gear-north-vietnamese-army-viet-cong-edward-j-emering-hardcover/wapi/101034401&usg=__rGzyGanaO_hbezabUTa0PiKTqhM=&h=265&w=200&sz=12&hl=en&start=2&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=VipIE9y9VQuWjM:&tbnh=112&tbnw=85&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dweapons%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bnorth%2Bvietname se%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rls%3Dcom.mic rosoft:en-us:IE-Address%26rlz%3D1I7GGLL_en%26tbm%3Disch&ei=Ft8TTtblJcLZgAeS9KD-BA

Gryphonblade
07-06-2011, 12:50 AM
My favorite flops: I've lived in these for about three years now. Re-soled them with BF Goodrich A/T tread and have used a tube and half of Shoe Goo at least on putting them back together.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd100/gryphonblade/2011-07-05_22-34-23_241.jpg

I also have a pair of Crocs brand flip flops for house shoes. Way comfy!! A lined pair of Crocs for cold weather round it out. I only wear "shoes" when I have to or am out in the bush; I have a nice pair of leather sandles for church wear. ...but with the heel strap conversion from abo, I may wear these even more!

After this thread, these shall be retired once I get some of those Rainbow brand for myself! I'll be doing a hurachi style liek abo posted with the soles...unless I use them for my boots instead.

MJDavis
07-06-2011, 09:06 AM
Right now I'm just wearing a cheap pair of Ozark Trail sandal from Wally World. Have had them for a couple of years, just wear around the house, don't think they'd hold up long in the bush. I do want to make a pair of Huaraches, they sound comfortable.

hog
07-06-2011, 09:07 AM
4X4 Bush wackers.
http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp92/skukuza_2008/smileyface033.jpg

BillCr
07-06-2011, 09:19 AM
Uncle Ho's VC tire sandals

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/VCSandals.jpg

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/CrusaderCupComparison022.jpg

Mac what does the bottom of the these sandals look like? I'm trying to visualize how the straps connect on the bottom of the sole or how they are attached to sole in general if they do not protrude through.

Sgt. Mac
07-06-2011, 09:22 AM
Wait one Bill and I'll snap a pic for ya

Sgt. Mac
07-06-2011, 09:29 AM
Here ya go Bill. Slits are cut through the bottom and then tabs of the rubber straps are pulled through

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/VCTiresandelsbottomview001.jpg

J
07-06-2011, 09:38 AM
Ive been wearing the same pair of Chacos for 4 years now. Through float trips, hikes, creek walking, beach bummin.. My wife is amazed by how long a pair of flip flops can last. Untill these Id go through a pair every summer. Vibram soles rock.

siquani
07-06-2011, 10:11 AM
Anyone have experience with rope sandals? I've been thinking about getting a pair. I run around in Wal-Crap flipflops almost exclusively when not working and go through a couple pair a year.

Joben
07-06-2011, 10:26 AM
Uncle Ho's VC tire sandals

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/SgtMac80/VCSandals.jpg


Did you make those?

Sgt. Mac
07-06-2011, 10:36 AM
Did you make those?

Nope Buddy, these are genuine VC sandals made by the industrious fellas in the Peoples Republic of Viet Nam

siquani
07-06-2011, 11:30 AM
found some easy instructions, I'm going motorcycle tire hunting this weekend :D

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tire-Sandals-a-guide-to-comfy-hand-crafted-footwe/step11/Enjoy/

fhm615
07-06-2011, 12:19 PM
Gryph-

What in the world did you use to cut those out! Must be a hellava tool!:eek:

Those look great!

hog
07-06-2011, 01:14 PM
WARNING FOR SANDAL WEARERS Do NOT wear with socks....please.:29:

Gryphonblade
07-06-2011, 01:19 PM
Gryph-

What in the world did you use to cut those out! Must be a hellava tool!:eek:

Those look great!

I got lucky. I found the remains of a blow-out and got just the tread cap. I yanked out the steel belts to get to just the rubber tread. After that a razor knife took care of it...and a LOT of careful!

Gryphonblade
07-06-2011, 01:21 PM
Right now I'm just wearing a cheap pair of Ozark Trail sandal from Wally World. Have had them for a couple of years, just wear around the house, don't think they'd hold up long in the bush. I do want to make a pair of Huaraches, they sound comfortable.

Thats what mine are. I've worn through the footbed and the sole to the tire in a couple spots.

marbro
07-06-2011, 01:35 PM
Nice michelins Sarge! even though i despise the little commie bastards, they defintely get an A+ in the "use what ya got" category! and i know this off topic but if you ever come across this book get it, some very good stuff in there.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i43.tower.com/images/mm101034401/weapons-field-gear-north-vietnamese-army-viet-cong-edward-j-emering-hardcover-cover-art.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tower.com/weapons-field-gear-north-vietnamese-army-viet-cong-edward-j-emering-hardcover/wapi/101034401&usg=__rGzyGanaO_hbezabUTa0PiKTqhM=&h=265&w=200&sz=12&hl=en&start=2&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=VipIE9y9VQuWjM:&tbnh=112&tbnw=85&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dweapons%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bnorth%2Bvietname se%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rls%3Dcom.mic rosoft:en-us:IE-Address%26rlz%3D1I7GGLL_en%26tbm%3Disch&ei=Ft8TTtblJcLZgAeS9KD-BA

Those are some mean looking sandles. Thanks for sharing

solocanoe
07-06-2011, 01:50 PM
WARNING FOR SANDAL WEARERS Do NOT wear with socks....please.:29:

lol...i MORTIFY the kids when I have on my Merino Wool socks around the house in the winter...and then make a move towards the Keens....:p :25:

KA-BAR USMC
07-06-2011, 01:56 PM
Had these for awhile now. Been thru rapids, rivers, creeks, mud, sand, you name it. Have held up well!

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i362/KABAR-USMC/100_0254.jpg