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ford, spielberg and lucas on the set of indiana jones

if you’re a regular reader of to take the train, then you know my obsession with the indiana jones movies.  i give steven spielberg and george lucas a lot of credit for shaping my imagination as a child.  i always thought at some point in my life i would move to hollywood and start making movies for a living.  there’s still time right?

over the holidays i saw spielberg’s new animated film the adventures of tintin – which reminded me a lot of indiana jonesi read spielberg discovered tintin when a review of raiders of the lost ark compared it to the long standing comic book written by belgian georges remi (who wrote under the pen name herge).  spielberg bought the movie rights shortly after herge’s death in 1983 and re-optioned them in 2002.  i enjoyed the film, but it made me crave more indiana jones movies.

when i got home from the theater, i went on a small quest to find inspiration in some behind the scenes photos of speilberg, lucas, and ford on the set of the indy movies.  i definitely found it in the following photos.  don’t worry i’m not going all safari shirts and bomber jackets in 2012, but come spring you might find a few things from these photos that have made their way into my personal style. Continue reading

the alden indy boot

i’ve wanted these indy boots for over 3 years now.  i’ve been to new york twice during this time with the intention to buy a pair at the alden store on madison avenue.  i chickened out both times after trying them on.  i told the guys working there that i would order a pair when i got back to nashville.  i finally made good on that promise last month when a friend of mine told me he knew one of the gentlemen that worked at that store (shout out to curt who took excellent care of me).

it only took me two tries to get the size right.  i measure a 9.5 on a brannock device and went a half size down as instructed.   the 9 felt huge on my feet, so i returned and reordered an 8.5.  they fit like a glove.  these are by far some of the nicest boots i will ever own.  they’re every bit worth the wait and money.  i can’t wait to break them in; although, i probably won’t let them get as destroyed as indiana jones’:

speaking of indy boots

a little background on me: i was indiana jones for halloween from the ages of 8  to 14.  that’s 6 years of indiana jones.  i was obsessed as a child.  while most kids were watching looney tunes and the little mermaid, i was outside with my fedora whipping tress and neighbors.  it was a fairly easy halloween costume.  all you needed was a leather jacket, hat, khakis, and whip (i’ll see if i can’t get a picture from my parents at some point).  the only thing missing from my costume was boots.  how was i supposed to know what indy boots were when there was no internet.

a couple of years ago when i found men’s style blogs, i found out that there were actually boots named after indiana jones.  rumor has it harrison ford bought these boots from a store in la when he was a carpenter.  ford had a lot of trouble finding shoes and boots that feet his feet and the owner of store fritz fit him in alden 405s.  when the time came to shoot raiders of the lost ark, ford insisted that he wear the 405s instead of the red wing 1905s that the costume designer had purchased for him.  awesome story.

i went to new york last april determined to buy a pair for myself.  we went to the alden store on sunday and i chickened out.  the shoe salesmen was a little pushy and insisted the 8.5 fit me without a) being me and b) knowing how my feet felt inside the shoe.  i figured i’d do better on my own.  i’m headed back to nyc in january.  i’m not leaving without them this time.