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#1 thomas-english

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 01:35 PM

just wondering opinion wise what clobber people sport.. im experimenting with every thing from hiking boots to seperated toe martial arts boots... any rules ive overlooked? seeing as ive never had any formal training.

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#2 ericoh

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 03:08 PM

Hi,

For interior and warm weather operating I found a pair of Salomon shoes that are made for water sports. They have a good support system and are very light. They are meshed in construction so they also keep your feet well ventilated. There aren't any laces to come un-done halfway through a shot, and they have a separate adjustable retainer for the heel. I showed them to Jeremy Benning (the guy that got me into Steadicam - I used to assist for him), and now he swears by them. I'll attached a pic of them.

For cold/wet weather and mucky terrain, I use a water proof low-ankle hiking cross-trainer. When the situation arises that I need something with a higher ankle I use gaiters. I don't like clunky shoes, or high ankled hiking boots as I feel less in-tuned with what I'm stepping on. Then again, there may be the day when I'll need something like that... Needless to say as I live in Canada, I have several kinds of shoes for the different conditions we get up here. I know of operators up here using golf shoes (with hard spikes) when operating on ice. They aren't warm but they give you grip.

Ultimately, you want a shoe that has good arch and heel support. You'll probably end up owning several different pairs for different situations and climates.

Eric "put your best foot forward" Oh

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#3 guillermo nespolo

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 03:31 PM

i remmember a tv ad from adidas...where the camera was chasing a guy that wears nike and in the end says the runer uses nike but the guy whit the steadicam uses adidas or something like that for shure erwin nows about this tv add
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#4 JimBartell

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:16 PM

i remmember a tv ad from adidas...where the camera was chasing a guy that wears nike and in the end says the runer uses nike but the guy whit the steadicam uses adidas or something like that for shure erwin nows about this tv add

Actually, I know the guys behind this quite well. The commercial was conceived and produced on spec by Todd Schlopy, steadicam assistant and 1AC. The operator in the shot was Mark Emory Moore, who Todd usually works with. BTW, they both own 2 BFD's.

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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:43 AM

I wear Merrell's pretty much all the time. They're super comfortable, last forever, and have great traction on any surface. They also have waterproof styles that are also VERY warm. I would recommend them to anyone, not just Steadicam Operators. As a matter of fact I know a lot of AD's that wear only Merrell's because they're so comfortable. Check em out. Good stuff.
I believe it's www.merrellboot.com
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#6 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:01 PM

I'll second the vote for Merrells. I have a lightweight pair for interiors/stage work and a heavier version for cold/wet/muddy exteriors. Irrespective of what shoes you wear i find the biggest help in terms of comfort are the right socks and a really good pair of insoles. they really do make a huge difference. I also keep a little spray bottle of tea tree oil in my kit which i spray on my feet at the end of the day. Helps you feel a little more human and your feet will thank u for it.
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:59 PM

and a really good pair of insoles.

Good point. I forgot to mention the insoles. I use Superfeet. They're a hard insole that keep your arch up. They're not cheap at about $30, but you can use them for a long time and switch them from shoe to shoe. REI is a good place for both Merrells and Superfeet. They have an amazing return policy there so that even if you wear your shoes for a while, and then realize that they don't quite fit right you can take them back and get another pair. I believe that's their policy on everything they sell. I brought a pair of shoes back after realizing that I needed a 14 and not a 13. I had worn them for two weeks straight. They took them back without blinking an eye. Pretty great.
Check them out at the REI homepage
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 03:12 PM

I'll second the vote for Merrells.

I'll "third" them. My low-ankle hiking cross-trainers are made by Marrell as well.
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#9 Erwin Landau

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 03:08 AM

I used to wear heavy work boots with steal toes and jeans for the first year... Garrett used to make fun off me at the workshop.

I just had to many bad experiences as an AC and heavy cases...

I got smarter since...

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#10 Bill Powers

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Posted 27 February 2004 - 10:17 AM

One of my favorite footware stories comes from a Workshop we sponsored about three years ago. One of our attendees wore Teva Sandals. He wouldn't wear anything else. He almost went down about twenty times! He was asked to go to town and buy something appropriate to wear and refused several times. The best part was during the final test when he had a running shot on a stone slab patio. The WHACK, WHACK, WHACK of each step cracked up all who reviewed the tape.
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#11 Jeremy Benning

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Posted 01 May 2004 - 12:19 PM

I have to agree with Eric that the Salomon amphibious shoes are amazing. I had a pair of custom orthodics made that mate perfectly with them (one nice thing about the IATSE health plan!). I still have severl Merrell's as back up for for colder days in my van. I found a great set of pull-on friction enhancers for working on sheet ice - at Mountain Equipment Co-Op here in TO...

Another operator here swears by Mephisto shoes (an orthodic type shoe).

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#12 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 11:26 AM

As Jeremy mentionned,
The Mountain Equipment COOP in Canada is one of the best source for shoes and outdoor stuff...
You can shop online at
Mountain Equipment COOP

I mention this web site because the stuff is great, the prices are among the best and they ship almost anywhere around the globe. Sometimes , you just can't get it in your country and I love it when I get a hold of a web store that can actually ship anywhere. So there, a good address for everyone.

Frederic "MEC member since 2002" Chamberland

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For the shoe poll, I wear Salomon hicking shoes on ruff terrain, Nike Shokx and DC shoes (a sub company from Burton that makes skateboard shoes, very comfortable) inside and on pavement. I heard good things about Merell and Mephisto.
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#13 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 03:40 PM

If the surface is slippery or wet, check out "Shoes for Crews"

They are shoes specifically designed for people (mainly food service) who work around slippery areas.

They have a patented bottom made of of little rubber "teeth" that resist slipping.
And knowing the fact that food service people spend 10-12 hours a day on their feet, the Shoes for Crews are pretty darn comfortable.

The other bonus, they can be had completely black.

New Balance seem to be the best for general comfort. And for the majority of our work, they do wonderful.
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#14 David Allen Grove

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 05:54 PM

How about these!? ha!
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#15 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 05:58 PM

How about these!? ha!

Hee, that's our secret!!!! Dutch way of operating :P
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