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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    Sounds like my feet! Someone told me Scarpa boots have a reputation for being a good fit for those with narrow feet, but that's not me and they fit me great so... I haven't worn Keens, Merrells, or Moabs, so can't compare to those. Chacos are a great fit for my feet, but I think they're more universally adaptable.
    To avoid anyone's future confusion, I should clarify that Moab is a very popular model/line from Merrell.

    I have a very old pair of Chaco sandals that I used to wear all summer. I haven't worn them in years because they're incredibly heavy compared to my current preferred Keen sandal, which also has the advantage of a closed toe--I'm at least a little prone to stubbing it. They were always extremely comfortable, though, so I may take a look back at their shoe options. Last time I checked they were pretty limited. Still a sandal company at heart--which I understand.

    FWIW, definitely try some Keens next time you're shopping for a pair of boots or hiking shoes. The Targhee line is still pretty close to the same shape as their older signature wide toe box. I think the Targhee III is a little narrower, but still fairly wide compared to some other brands.

    Asics have usually been my other standard casual shoe brand, but I haven't tried on any current models to know if they've changed their general sizing and footbed shape.

    For @PaulT00 , I see that you're in England, so this may not help, but I've had decent luck with Allen Edmonds for dress shoes. My foot is a pretty proper US 9EEE on the Brannock, and with most of their lasts, that's the right size. Their classic 65 last is a little trickier for me because it's got a longer, pointier toe and not as generous an instep as I prefer. The 201 last has more volume in the instep and toebox, so I have done a half size smaller in it in one pair. Sock choice has a big effect also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Ms. Ferret. Thank you!

    I also don't wash my wool garments unless they look soiled. They never smell.

    Can I also ask how URESHII DESIGN's finish their seams and hems?

    Do you have a favorite garment shape from them?
    My favorite garment is the Soft Top. I have SIX of them in different fabrics and colors. The shape is cute, but relaxed and comfortable enough to sleep in (I just woke up and may still be wearing the same merino one I wore yesterday), the cowl neck is great for temperature regulation, it's basically sleeveless (so it layers well under anything), but still has decent armpit/shoulder coverage. Now that the Pure Merino comes in Mermaid I am definitely picking up a few more.

    I don't really know enough about sewing to comment on the seams/hems, but Emily sometimes blogs about this kind of thing. I would just ask them if you've got a question about a specific garment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolycus View Post
    Asics have usually been my other standard casual shoe brand, but I haven't tried on any current models to know if they've changed their general sizing
    I have lots of shoe thoughts! : ) Here are some of my travel shoes ...

    For city touring on foot Backpack
    I'm also using ASICS for my travel city shoe - I just bought a pair of Gel Nimbus 21s to replace an old pair. I love the ASICS for city travel because they're super durable, have lots of protection, hold up to rain (but not water resistant!), have lots of cushioning for walking and standing, and they're available in mute colors (I have a pair of light grey ones - very nondescript). The note on the new ones is, definitely order one full size up. Other shoes I occasionally use and love for this are Scarpa Mojitos and Vasque Rift, although both of these are more outdoor / woods than city use.

    For air travel Plane
    Here I violate my air travel rule of no synthetic clothing (which will melt to your skin and immobilize you in a fire) - I just bought a pair of Hoka ONE ONE Rincons. They're EXTREMELY light, like almost not there light, they have a ton of cushioning, and most important to me are two additional features: they are super breathable as in the most breathable athletic shoe I've ever had, and they have a roll-step meaning they push you forward as you walk. This makes them great for airport speed-walking / running (Schiphol anyone??). These features also make them great for city touring use in the tropics, although they have zero water resistance. These are some of the best athletic shoes I've ever had for walking / running.

    For training Invader
    My new favorites are ON Cloudflows. First, I love how these look - they're just plain cool to my eye; that said I use them for training, so not too many people see them : ) I love them because of a few features: super breathable, super light, somewhat cushy, and most importantly, super planted: these are try-and-push-me-over shoes. They are ultra-stable when standing so they work great for jumping around, weight lifting, etc

    For water use Summer
    Without a doubt, Merrell choprock shandals. I've got a lot of others (columbia, tiva, et al) but these have the most support and protection, while also staying tight to my foot - plus you can swap out insoles to wool vs rubber so you can wear them as sandals when you know you won't be around water. The only trade-off is, despite their giant air holes, they're not as breathable as you'd think, but it's a decent trade-off for the protection.

    Sandals Mountains
    Over the years I found two brands work best for me: Naot (by far the highest quality sandal I've owned) of which I have multiple sandals and shoes. I find Naots to be much better than birkies in terms of durability, fit, and comfort. Olukai, with one caveat: i'm finding their older stuff to be much better than their newer stuff, so haven't bought many Olukais lately

    Flip-flops Summer
    My go-tos are Olukais, and anything that's Hawaii Lifeguard Association endorsed as those are awesome around water and the pool - both super grippy on wet slippery surfaces, plus the footbed is also super grippy so you foot never slides around when wet.

    Yes I like shoes. Yes, it might be a problem. I'm working on it. (not really Cool)
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    A few things I love are:

    Tactile Turn pens: https://tactileturn.com

    I use their Bolt Action Pen in Copper. I love the weight and feel of the product. Seems like it would last forever.

    Filson (not all products):

    I use a 24-Hour Briefcase and I absolutely love it. Itís laid out similarly to a Pilot without the water bottle middle channel. I love the craftsmanship and material. I also own a coat from them that is fantastic as are their Mackinaw wool products.

    Western Rise: https://westernrise.com

    These are new to me, but I really like their pants. They seem very durable and are lightweight.

    WoolX and other merino t shirts:

    I travel almost exclusively with Merino wool t shirts. I can wear them for 4-5 days without odor and I wash them in the sink.

    Darn Tough socks:

    When I bought darn tough socks I threw away the rest of my sock collection. I now own a handful of crew socks and a few longer socks and thatís it. My sock drawer is now extremely empty but easily organized.


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    Thumbs up

    I'll add something I recently bought and it's giving me so much joy, I have to share it, albeit for a niche group: veterans of The Struggle.

    The Struggle is when you share a bed and your partner/spouse likes the air temperature 10+ degrees different from you; in my case she likes it about 70F, I like it about 55F. How we've stayed married for decades, I dunno Wink

    But then recently a sleep specialist told me about the chilipad! Snowman

    At first it sounds a little scary: it's a mattress pad (for one side) that circulates cool (or warm) water. He insisted on it's quality, so I bought one. Two weeks in I can say HOLY MOLY this thing is a life changer! Every night I can't WAIT to get into bed: super cool sheets, cold all night long. No more sleeping coverless and waking up sweating, no more long waits to fall asleep, just super comfortable cool deep sleep. Night Sky I'm falling asleep in like 15 min now, it's amazing!

    You can buy them on amazon (from the manufacturer) for cheaper, although not cheap, $300, but I can honestly say I'd pay that just for the 2 weeks of pure sleep I've gotten so far. I can't believe I didn't know about this thing. If you have trouble sleeping, especially if it's due to temp regulation, definitely give it a shot! (30 day trial period on mine)

    I've got a plastic barrier and then towels just in case it leaks but I don't think it will, it's built very solid, although I'll update if it does. One thing I would note - if you have high humidity in your room, I could see having trouble with condensation just like a glass of ice water so I wouldn't recommend it in those cases. No problems whatsoever for me so far, but I'll keep you posted - In the meantime, oh boy do I recommend the Chilipad!
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    AESOP Australia

    Particularly the hand sanitiser. Easy to use with a flip top lid, non-sticky, lovely herbal scent. I also use their spray deodorant.

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    The fulFILL container is the newest addition to my EDC, and it's a perfect fit in a mini Ghost Whale. I use mine to carry a tiny amount of tinted lip balm, solid perfume, mints, floss, ibuprofen/tylenol, and tweezers. It would fit really well in a PIKA or the interior pockets of the Luminary.

    https://fulfillcontainer.com/

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    I know this brand has probably been mentioned here a few times, and I'm well aware that I'm performing thread necromancy here...but I wanted to give a massive shoutout to Darn Tough because of their warranty. I bought a few pairs about a year ago and they were a size too big. I sat on them for about 3 months and then finally got around to filling out a warranty claim...and then promptly forgot to actually send the socks to them for another 9 months. Then last week I found the unsent package while cleaning out my room, and I finally shipped it to them. If anyone's keeping track, that means that I'd been meaning to send these back for a year at this point. The package got delivered to them today, and about 20 minutes after I got the delivery notification I got an email saying that my warranty had been accepted and I got a code for two new pairs of socks. Absolutely fantastic warranty, they really do mean "no questions asked" when they say it.
    Guide's Edition Synapse 25, Pilot, HLT2

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    This thread is as bad for my wallet as TB
    Some things I love:
    L.L. Bean's pima cotton v-neck tees. Super soft and wear like iron. The v-neck is high enough to still be work appropriate too.
    Zaqq minimalist shoes. Bit of a pain to order from if you're in the U.S., but they have some very stylish zero drop shoes and boots.
    Stream2Sea sunscreen, hair, and body care. Made in my home state of Florida and all products are certified reef safe.
    Black/Island Synapse 19, Black/Steel, 13" Ristretto, Indigo BB, Island LSB, Black SSB, Sitka SSB, Seapine P.I.K.A, Sitka STT, Sitka SSC

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