Boots and Shoes

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17 Oct Float On – Teva’s Arrowood tough lightweight

The most difficult items to pack for any extended trip - is footwear. It’s usually meant sitting on the plane in clumpy walking boots with sandals and evening shoes in the overhead locker to save weight.  Thanks to new technology - like the Float-Lite TM in these new Arrowoods by California cool cobblers Teva - we’ve entered the era of one pair journeys. I’ve worn my burgundy Lux Mid WP...

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21 Sep Leica SOFORT instant camera

The irony for a generation brought up on selfies is the inability to look at images on anything other than a phone or tablet. What ever happened to photos slipped into the sides of mirrors, stuck to fridge doors, safe in a wallet, or, heaven forbid,  framed. The fact is most people don’t see their photos after they’ve taken them and when the device is junked, or the software obsolete,...

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27 Mar Double Barrel – insulated coffee/beer mug

Just the job for hot days at the beach - a two layer stainless steel mug (a growler to give its correct US moniker) to keep beer lipsmackingly cool long after you’ve taken it out of the fridge. Made by Ecovessel of Boulder, Colorado who pride themselves on  environmentally friendly flasks, bottles and ‘growlers’ without phtalates (a controversial cocktail of chemicals used in the food packaging industry that are linked to a raft of...

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now you see it

08 Mar Collapsible Cuppa – Stojo Pocket Cup

There are so many ways this Stojo Pocket Cup is - well, just brilliant. Like most aspects of modern life coffee ‘to go’ is just another convenient system of littering the planet. According to a recent article in The Guardian - http://tinyurl.com/hcyfbe7 - here in the UK alone we get through 3bn paper coffee cups a year. And despite some of the take-out coffee companies saying their cups are recyclable (they carry the...

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25 Nov Lightweight Waterproof Boots

MERRELL SERRATION MID WATERPROOFS We have a bit of a thing with walking boots here at GG2G, which is to say we are predicated towards more classic, nostalgic, even retro boots. Shiny old eather, metal eyelets and quick lace-up hooks with a wear anywhere timelessness; great on the trail and just as good in the city with jeans. Merrell’s relaunched 1982 Wilderness Canyon boots a couple of years back fitted the...

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30 Aug Bogs Boots

Ultra High The unexpected winners in the popularity of music festivals are Wellington boots. There used to be green wellies and black wellies – and yellow wellies if you were a fisherman. Nowadays they come in every conceivable colour and pattern. The Cornish company Joules even marketed tweed wellies a couple of years ago. Of course what they all have in common is the facility for wearers to go splashing through...

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30 Aug Altberg Yan Tan Boot

They know a thing or two about hiking in Yorkshire, where the local boot makers, Alt-Berg is the only boot makers in the world to offer five – that’s right, five – width fittings across its entire range: The company was set up by boot maker William Shepherd in the 1930s, as a worker cooperative, initially in Rochdale. These fully waterproof Yan Tans keeps winning ‘best boot’ awards and it’s...

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hillmaster

30 Aug Brasher Hillmaster ll GTX

We get through a lot of walking boots at GG2G but we keep coming back to Brasher’s 28 year old Hillmaster, for us the benchmark by which all hiking boots must be measured. The Hillmaster is all about comfort and support, and classic understated looks. The shock absorbing PU midsole insulates the foot from rough terrain whilst providing grip, and the memory foam collar and tongue inhibit slip. In short,...

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