Fearless Photographer

Fearless Photographer

R. J. Kern is both a fearless photographer as well as a new fan of Xtratuf boots. R.J. has an annual tradition to “trash the dress” which amounts to taking a bride and her wedding dress someplace that has never typically seen either, and taking some amazing photographs. You can see more about this years trash the dress in an Alaskan Gold Mine! Here is what R.J. had to say about his experience with Xtratuf Boots: The Boots…and why he used them! About once a year I embark on a special personal project I like to call “Trash the Dress.” It’s not about destruction, but creation. No disrespect towards irreverence to the wedding dress… but honestly, a bride will never wear her dress, nor will her daughter. So why not make it special when she does:) Go big, or go home. We went BIG. A dear friend of mine and stunning wildlife photographer, Brendan Smith, came along to help with gear logistics. He recommended a pair of Xtratufs, so bought a pair while on Kodiak Island since we’d be getting dirty and wet. Never thought I’d be wading through cold mountain streams with all my lighting gear on me. I felt comfy, warm, and secure in knowing I wasn’t going to easily slip in the rocks. Stacy reminds me the importance of living life to the fullest. Faced a rare disease, she’s battled death more times than many can would care to dream a nightmare of. Celebrating life, we decided to a no-holes barred experience in her native Alaska environment full of gold mines. She’s a gold mine herself… filled with enthusiasm, bravery, and big smiles. Heart of gold, in flesh. I wore the boots up as we headed up to Hatcher Pass to begin our bridal portrait session. I knew I had the right boots for the job. showcasing her beauty like she’s never seen before. One of the talents of a good wedding photographer is to pull out the inner-most beauty (despite vulnerabilities), and not only make their clients look beautiful… but FEEL beautiful. But I also have to feel comfy, and cold and damp in June in Alaska is an easy thing to come by. One of my favorite parts of this shoot was any number of these images could have been taken 50 years ago. And I’d like to think in 50 years these images...

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Working Construction? Xtratuf Has the Boot For You

Working Construction? Xtratuf Has the Boot For You

Are you working in the construction industry? No matter what the economy, the work of building things just goes on, and it doesn’t stop when conditions get a little bad. Finding the right pair of boots for the conditions is the most important thing you will do. Buy Xtratuf construction boots, for the toughest conditions!

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How To Dress Like An Alaskan

How To Dress Like An Alaskan

Dressing like an Alaskan is not an easy thing to do, as I learned when I went to college in Alaska, as a transfer from Bend, Oregon, from a dry climate to a wet climate. Before I made the trip I bought some standard rubber boots since I knew it would be wet. A few days of walking the streets and trails of Alaska told me that I had the wrong boots. Not only were the boots clunky and making the back of my heels sore, but everyone was looking at my boots when I passed by. They knew I was from out of town by my boots. So, I started looking at what they were wearing and noticed they all wore the same boots, a kind of tight, flexible boot that was quiet when they walked. I thought it was strange that everyone wore the same boots, but decided to find out what they were. I decided to ask the next person I met on the sidewalk what they were called. “The boots? Sitka slippers.” “Excuse me?” “They’re XtraTuf Boots, but we call ‘em Alaskan Slippers. You need to get yourself some if you want to live here.” So, I did. Xtratuf Boots are also known as Alaskan Sneakers, Alaskan Tennis Shoes, and Alaskan Slippers! As soon as I put them on, I felt like part of the gang. I rubbed a little dirt on them so they didn’t look so shiny. Walking down the street I noticed that no one was looking at my boots. I was not an “outsider” any longer. I was now learning how to dress like an Alaskan, boot-wise, anyway…almost like the crew on the Deadliest Catch! If you come to Alaska and plan to spend any length of time at all, you want to learn how to dress in a manner that does not make you look like a tourist. We welcome tourists here, but we also know they are from another country and won’t be staying long. We treat tourists in a friendly manner, but we don’t share our secrets like, where to catch the good fish, and where the best beaches are. If you want to know those things, you have to show me you plan on staying awhile. To do that you need to start with your boots. If I see you in XtraTufs, then I know you plan...

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XtraTuf Boot Review – Fishing Boat Captain

XtraTuf Boot Review – Fishing Boat Captain

Fishing Boat Captains need to keep their feet warm and dry. XtraTuf boots are the perfect solution to keeping your feet ready for the elements, even on a fishing boat. Read what one boat captain has to say about his favorite pair of XtraTufs.
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Xtratuf Insulated Boots for Farmers

Xtratuf Insulated Boots for Farmers

Providing the right footwear for farmers is tough, their tasks are diverse, and the physical requirements demanding. Luckily the team at Xtratuf is up for the challenge, that is why we have Xtratuf boots for farmers!

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Xtratuf Deck Boots for the Hard Working Fisherman

Xtratuf Deck Boots for the Hard Working Fisherman

Xtratuf deck boots are perfect for all your fishing needs. Putting on a pair of these boots means you do not have to worry about slipping on the deck of the boat. The firm grip sole, keep you on your feet and fishing!

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Xtratuf Boots | Deadliest Catch

Xtratuf Boots | Deadliest Catch

Xtratuf boots are so versatile that the crews from Deadliest Catch have been know to wear them in the harsh Alaskan fishing environments. If crab fishing in the bearing sea is a good place for Xtratufs, then your local fishing hole is also!
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Xtratuf Boot Review by National Forest Service Worker

Xtratuf Boot Review by National Forest Service Worker

A former National Forest Service and Commercial Fisherman reviews Xtratuf Outdoor Workboots.

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Home Owner – XtraTuf Boot Review

Home Owner – XtraTuf Boot Review

Working around your home it is important to have a reliable pair of work boots. This Home owner feels that life was made far simpler after using XtraTuf boots. Read a homeowners review of using XtraTuf boots compared to traditional styles of boots.

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How To Dress Like a Southeast Alaskan by Mark Zeiger

How To Dress Like a Southeast Alaskan by Mark Zeiger

If you want to Dress like a Southeast Alaskan, you first need a pair of Xtratuf Boots. Finding your pair of Xtratuf boots is no longer an adventure, but how you wear them always will be.

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