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Manolo the Columnist: Frye 12 R W Engineer Boots

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

Yesterday, after five days of Derecho-induced darkness, the power in my neighborhood was finally restored. The first thing I did, after turning on the air conditioner, was boot up my computer, check my email, and look at your blog. My question is, after spending almost a week without power, what sort of shoes would you recommend for societal collapse?


Manolo says, that is easy! Whatever you can loot from the burned out shell of Neiman Marcus!

In the post-apocalyptic future, the Manolo expects the survivors to be exceedingly well-shod for the first few years, after which, we will have to make do with old Birkenstocks and burlap bags. It will be like living in the Middle Ages again, only without the benefit of people who are handy with tools.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, much more likely than total collapse will be the sort of disaster that will cause localized damage, short-term panic, and disruption for the few days or weeks. Things like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados, unexpected visits from Lindsay Lohan.

For this you will need to have the pair of kick-butt boots to protect your feets as you go about your business of rebuilding your neighborhood. (And, if the worst should happen, you need something to help you crawl over the burning wreckage to get at the Neiman Marcus shoe department.)

Here is are the classic Frye 12 R W Engineer Boots, the perfect thing to wear with your post-apocalypse, Mad-Max shoulder pads and leathers.

Frye 12RW Engineer Boots, Perfect Post-Disaster Boots

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Frye 12 R W Engineer Boots”

  1. venus velvet July 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I have these – they rock! Comfortable and tough, after 2 winters, they look as good as they did new.

  2. Koblog July 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Had a pair when I was (much) younger. I had them resoled with the then just-invented Vibram lug soles. Must have weighed ten pounds, but they were truly boots for the End Times…right out of Terminator.

  3. Fred Beloit July 7, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Excellent choice. Of course to create the perfect match in the perfect mood, the coat should be the navy pea with the anchor buttons, the pants Levis, and the headgear a gray chauffeur’s cap. Studs may be applied horizontally around the equator of the heels to add that Chicago Irish South-sider punk look of yeateryear.

    • "gunner" July 8, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      “style” will not be a priority in a post apocalyptic word, practicality and durability will be the criteria. a “stylish” corpes is just another dead body to step over on the way to gaining food and shelter.

  4. Miriam July 7, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I’d prefer my Bates boots. Something that laces up and fits/supports the foot and ankle snugly. Those engineer boots may look kickass, but they’re not so good for running from zombies (or starved looters) or climbing the shells of bombed out buildings looking for abandoned (and petrified) office snacks.

  5. MEC2 July 7, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Are they steel-toed? If not, they are not the best for the apocalypse. Would also require a metal-reinforced penetration resistant sole as well.

    Looking “Mad Max” cool isn’t important. Finding these good-looking boots on your fetid corpse because you died of tetanus from stepping on a nail renders the whole chic thing rather pointless. Nobody looks good dead.

  6. "gunner" July 8, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    @ miriam & mec2,
    sounds like two probable survivors.