While everyone else was making New Year’s resolutions on January 1, Kylie Turley, Charles Post, and Kelsie Mae O’Connor were making new plans. Each an explorer of a different vein, all three of them decided to start 2016 on the right foot with one of our brand new shoe styles and an adventure that would set the tone for the next 365 days. Here’s how they broke in their shoes and kicked it into a higher gear for the new year.
Pictured: Women’s De La Vina Ankle Perf
Kelsie Mae O’Connor
The plan: “This is a big year for me—I’m getting married! Taylor and I met at a coffee shop and just a few weeks later, still basically strangers, we hit the road for a coastal California road trip. So just days after ringing in the new year, we left on a search of our dream ceremony location.”
The adventure: Kelsie and her fiancé are both surfers and foodies, so California’s Lost Coast—80 miles of shoreline wilderness—was the perfect place to look for a wedding destination. Sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and Redwood giants set the tone for 2016 (not to mention a lifetime together).
“Big Sur is where Taylor proposed, so we wanted to go back (at the time he scored a rad Airbnb rental called The Dome Home, where all our friends were hiding to surprise me). Big Sur Bakery was a must—with its farm-to-table menu, it’s a culinary fantasy. Our favorite beach along the entire coast is Trinidad State Beach and Patrick’s Point. There’s a spectacular rock there, ironically called Wedding Rock, that is just stunning and makes you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.”
The Shoe: Women’s De La Vina Ankle Perf. “My style is very relaxed, where the bohemian beach babe meets your local Goodwill. This boot fits perfectly with my style because I prefer a fashionable shoe that’s capable of handling the elements. When I first put them on and walked around, Taylor couldn’t get me to shut up about them!”
Pictured: Men’s Hurricane XLT
The plan: “I’m keen to spend more time unplugged. It seems like technology has encroached into my personal time spent outside, time that used to be dedicated to field research, field notebooks, and binoculars. I’m making it a priority to have more balance so I can enjoy the pure freedom of the outdoors, which will certainly be all the sweeter without a phone buzzing in my pocket.”
The adventure: With the intention of spending more time outdoors—sans technology—Charles escaped to his own backyard: The Point Reyes Peninsula, a coastal nook he frequents just two miles from his house. He was after striped bass and halibut—he didn’t catch anything, but that’s why it’s called fishing, not catching, after all.
“When I’m out exploring the Point Reyes Peninsula, I always make a point to stop at Bovine Bakery for coffee and the best oatmeal cookie in the Milky Way. When I’m not eating, I’m hiking out along Pierce Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore. You can get a pretty close look at Tule Elk, North American’s smallest and most rare elk. Who could have guessed that 35 miles from San Francisco you could be face to face with an elk!”
The Shoe: Men’s Hurricane XLT. “At any given point, I’m ready to hike, fish and cruise along the beach, and my Hurricane XLTs have the tread for trails and comfort for miles of walking. Plus, you can get them wet; what more could you want? They are pretty much the ultimate utility know of the shoe world—and when my feet are wet from the stream, a pair of wool socks fit into the equation nicely.”
The plan: “This year I want to focus on what truly matters. I am always on the go and seeing new places, so part of my goal this year is to be more grounded and find home in the everyday routine, whatever that may be.”
The adventure: Kylie is a skier at heart, so there was no question when it came to how the Boise, Idaho-native would be celebrating the first few days of 2016: a fun ski day at Tamarack Resort, followed by a dip in a hot spring.
“Tamarack Resort is in the Donnelly/McCall region, not far from Cascade. It’s a great mountain with long runs and lots of backcountry terrain. Cascade Lake is just below, you can see it from the lift—there are plenty of camping options on the lake or dispersed throughout the Rocky Mountain region, but we have a family cabin we love to stay at. There’s even a wave park for the surfers who still want to shred even though they’re in the middle of the mountains.”
The Shoe: Women’s Original Universal in Mashup Teal. “I’m really simple. I like minimalistic styles with a pop of fun, usually with color or pattern. I spend most of my time outdoors, so I like my wardrobe to have function as well as fashion. Teva sandals are small and compact, making them easy to throw into any adventure bag. It’s nice to have sandals to wear in the car so you can keep your feet dry and rock the socks under the heater. It’s an easy transition from the slopes to the soaks!”
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