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Dec 26, 2012
I'm not sure what they were called, but they were basically the 5.10 Coyotes or whatever entry level lace up predated them. Scott O
From California
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Dec 26, 2012
PAs... Pierre Allan, I think. Uppers were red leather and black canvas. Early 1970s.

Then in no particular order: EBs, RRs, Royal Robins Blue suede boots, Canyons, La Sportiva Mariachers, Boreal Aces (red), Mythos, Boreal Jokers. Probably some others I don't remember...
wivanoff
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Dec 26, 2012
csproul wrote:
Indeed, they looked a lot like the Merrels but they were black and yellow. BTW, in your post with the 4 pairs of shoes, I also ended up with a pair of the 2nd pair (L->R) of the pink and blue high-tops. What were those?

They were made by a company called Dolomite. Can't remember that model, they also made a low-top model I think called Edlinger's that Edlinger wore on the Snowbird Comp in '88.
I do vaguely remember another 2-lace shoe, I think it was a fad that lasted like 3 months.
Mike Lane
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Dec 26, 2012
Olaf Mitchell wrote:


Are those Kronhoffers?
wivanoff
Joined Mar 3, 2012
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Dec 26, 2012
Blue Kaukulators!
Could do everything well and comfortably. Have not found that in any other shoe since.
Eric and Lucie
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 14, 2004
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Dec 26, 2012
Chouinard Canyons. Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Joined Jan 2, 2007
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Dec 26, 2012
FiveTen Spires in 1996. After they wore out I discovered the magic of sensitive shoes. Doug Lintz
From Kearney, NE
Joined Apr 19, 2004
900 points
Dec 26, 2012
I special ordered direct from Vasque, for their new fangled all thick full grain leather Vasque Ascender high top shoes. Stiff, great for standing in aid slings, absolutely no friction from the hard Vasque rubber soles. Must have been mid 70's... Woodchuck ATC
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Dec 26, 2012
RRs, then EBs, followed by Boreal Fires, then various La Sportivas.
Fires were my favorites--versatile and comfortable.
TWK
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Dec 26, 2012
RR's. Still have 'em.

PA's next, then on to EB's. Then to Fires. Then Ballet Gold.
finally to Acopa JB's. Oh, I forgot to say my mountain boots too!
Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
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Dec 26, 2012
Blue kaukulators,just sent them in for another resole patrick sullivan
From silverthorne,
Joined Oct 24, 2012
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Dec 26, 2012
Pair of green fiveten moccs with blown toes that I found in the used basket at the BD shop. "Performance sized" for my discomfort. Even worse after the $10 resole. John Douglass
From Seattle, WA
Joined Sep 12, 2010
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Dec 27, 2012
EB's extremely expensively imported.......
And everybody was laughing when I climbed first time with them....
Until I was climbing better than the others......
Pitty
From Marbach
Joined Apr 27, 2011
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Dec 27, 2012
wivanoff wrote:
Are those Kronhoffers?

Yes
Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
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Dec 27, 2012
Barefoot and J.C. Penny work boots. Healyje
From PDX
Joined Jan 31, 2006
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Dec 27, 2012
Kronhoffers were my second-- first pair was a shoe called the Spyder (maybe made by Pivetta?) that was possibly a low-cost Kronhoffer variant. Also had the Direttissima, kind of like the Kronhoffer but with double leather at the toe for extra durability. Those old shoes could really edge... Larry DeAngelo
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Nov 1, 2002
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Dec 27, 2012
I first climbed one of the Flatirons in Boulder with a pair of double thickness hiking boots, don't remember what we called them but everybody wore them, they were very popular. After that I bought the RR blue boots, supposedly good for edging but then I got the PA"s, red leather boots. When they wore out I bought EB's. My first pair were too tight, so I bought a size 40. Kept the smaller pair for edging. Jorge Gonzalez
From San Gabriel, CA
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Dec 27, 2012
Boreal Aces Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From Alabama
Joined Jan 18, 2008
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Dec 27, 2012
Yeah, really started out with massive Rachle Rotundo thick leather hiking boots...They got me NOWHERE on the slick Devils Lake quartzite I grew up on. Suffered a few more years with the Vasque ascenders, and finally got my first pair of ill fitting too-tight EB's, but they were gladly replaced quickly with first generation Firey's and the fabled Spanish rubber on them. First 5.11's in those Boreal shoes. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Dec 28, 2012
Ex-rental Boreal Zephyrs. Size 11. 2001, I think Graham Johnson
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Dec 28, 2012
My first pair was a a pair of old rental evolves. They smelled so bad that once my friend caught a wiff as I was taking them off and offered me a pair of his shoes if I promised to throw them away. And thats how I ended up with a pair of purple 5.10 spires milesholland
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Dec 28, 2012
milesholland wrote:
My first pair was a a pair of old rental evolves. They smelled so bad that once my friend caught a wiff as I was taking them off and offered me a pair of his shoes if I promised to throw them away.



After growing up scrambling/slab climbing in my classic vans, I invested in my first pair of technical climbing shoes, Evolv Defys. While they definitely got me sticking to the stone, I had a helluva time finding partners because the synthetic upper smelled so rank. Now, over three years later, my longterm partners still remember how bad my feet smelled. Thanks Evolv! I know your materials mean no animals were harmed in the making of your products but that doesn't stop 'em from smelling like roadkill :D
A.Javi.Gecko
From San Diego, CA
Joined Mar 15, 2012
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Dec 28, 2012
Boreal Aces. With the green laces.

Great shoes, even after a bunch of resoles. Still my backups...
Jim R
From Vegas!
Joined Apr 24, 2007
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Dec 28, 2012
First three pairs were EBs, then I got some Chouinard Canyons. Chris Owen
From Big Bear Lake
Joined Jan 1, 2002
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Apr 4, 2013
Royal Robbins blue suede boots, EBs (numerous pairs), La Sportiva Mariachers, Boreal Fires, Boreal Aces (black w/ green laces - I still use them for long climbs), La Sportiva Mythos, orange Scarpas, La Sportiva Miura. sibylle
From Colorado
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