The North Face came to Tahoe last month to train its team on the Spring 2013 line. Turns out they needed a pair of feet to model some shoes and mine were just the right size! I showed up at the Resort at Squaw Creek not sure what to expect and in an hour found myself strutting a catwalk (images 2 and 5 above) with 3 other Tahoe locals. The place was crawling with TNF employees and gear. Even the lobby’s hallways were not spared, with the latest tents popped up on display (image 6).
While they dressed us up in full North Face clothing, our feet were the focus. You can see the impressive lineup of shoes in image 4 above and just how big our feet got on the giant screens to show the audience closeups of the shoes (image 1). I had to quickly change into some 15 pairs of shoes, with clothes changes thrown in there as well.
It was hard to keep track of all the shoes I tried on, but there were some standouts, including the cool retro Back to Berkeley hiking line (hightop pair shown in image 3), the new design of the Base Camp ballet flats, and the new North Face water sandals (image 7) that feature ultra lightweight synthetic strapping versus the typical webbing you find on Chacos or Tevas.
I scored two pairs of Spring 2013 The North Face shoes to take home: a Back to Berkeley low-top hiker and a pair of ultralight running shoes. Love the colors on these!
The North Face Verto Approach Shoe
The North Face Base Camp Flip-Flop
The North Face El Rio Sandals
I’m a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow’s good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe’s beaches in summer.