PF Flyers Ramblers: The Perfect Retro Shoes for the Modern Hipster

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There’s a simple reason why so many techies look like hipsters: hipsters aren’t hipsters without technology. They are early adopters; they want to differentiate themselves from those around them in any way possible. So hipsters might as well be called techsters.

Techsters, however, aren’t just obsessed with the future. They are equally excited about the best parts of decades past. And so, like the caramel macchiatos they sip, techsters are the blend of two completely different tastes that end up working surprisingly well together; and thus the cutting-edge is combined flawlessly with the retro.

Things like iPhones and vinyl. Things like Apple Watches and PF Flyers. Wait, what?

If you’re of a certain vintage, you’re plenty familiar with PF Flyers, but if you’re around 30 or under you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Either way, what’s old is new again as PF Flyers, a popular shoe brand back in the 50’s and 60’s, is beginning to make a comeback.

Back in the day PF Flyers were known as basketball shoes, army shoes and a fashionable shoe brand for teenage girls who buy outfits designed to match their Flyers. Actually, PF Flyers got their start from BF Goodrich (yes, the tire company) as a new use for vulcanized rubber was found. There’s a history — a legacy — that techsters can appreciate.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been rocking the PF Flyer Ramblers, a pair of hi-top sneakers that are classically classic. It’s been a completely new experience. Here are my thoughts.

The Ramblers are light, which is nice. Over the last couple of decades, I’ve tried so many different shoe brands it makes my head swim; and many of them were actually sort of heavy, by comparison.

It was kind of bizarre wearing hi-top shoes. It takes a bit longer to put them on and lace them up and it takes a bit longer to take them off; there’s just more laces to go through. But that’s all part of the experience; the Ramblers wouldn’t be retro hi-tops if they slipped on super-quickly.

One of the first things I noticed about the Ramblers is that they seems really durable. The holes for laces are all metal, there’s extra seam taping around the lace holes, the main shoe material is a tough canvas and, of course, the bottom of the shoes are the famous PF Flyers vulcanized rubber.

If, like the techster I think you are, you want to unfollow the crowd, if you want to mix the best of the past with the best of the future, give PF Flyers a look — especially the Ramblers. They make a great addition to the hipster techster wardrobe. Shop now to grab your own pair. Or check out PF Flyers on Tumblr.

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