When many say “those boots can’t be re-soled,” cobbler Dave Page says, “bring it on”. At his shop in Seattle Dave has been resoling hiking boots since 1969, and even though the complexity of hiking boots has increased dramatically in the past 40 years, he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. In an “age of disposable footwear,” it’s good to see someone like Dave bringing new life to boots with many miles left to give. It fits our fix don’t replace consumption philosophy nicely.
Vasque took an interesting look at Dave Page and his quest to give new life to perfectly good boots – including many pairs of repaired Sundowners. The timing couldn’t be better to think about classic hiking boots with the recently released Sundowner GTX hitting the trail this month. The 2015 Sundowners use the same stitch pattern, sole construction and design as the originals Vasque sold 30 years ago making them a modern day equals. Or that’s the hope, and if there’s any trouble it’s good to know that there’s someone like Dave Page out there at the ready to bring them back to life.