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Welcome to the Father's Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Dads. If you're stuck on gift ideas, take a quick look here at some of the wonderful things you can surprise your outdoors dad with this coming Father's Day.

Sometimes theres nothing like a comfortable pair of shoes, and there are plenty of manufacturers, from Wolverine to New Balance that make rugged shoes worthy of tramping through off-the-beaten path terrain.

Merrell

makes a model called Waterproof Ottawa that are perfect for summer fishing from the banks of rivers and creeks, or for kayaking and canoeing, and even trail biking if youre not using clipless pedals. The shoes feature a mesh upper that is very breathable and quick to dry, and they are treated with

La Sportivas Wildcat mountain running shoe is another great value and sturdy enough for summer time hikes if you dont like the feel of boots covering your ankles. What you lose in ankle support, you make up for with the quick response in reaction time with a quick-gripping lug sole that utilizes FriXion X-Axis rubber. Its rated as a stability and cushion shoe, and while it runs small , it is extremely comfortable and responsive with a surprisingly good arch for a non-orthotic shoe.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Once youre out on the trail, you often get separated from your party. Two-way radios are an ideal way to keep in touch, particularly if youre away from civilization or on the water and there are no cell towers for miles.

The Motorola Talkabout 2-Way Radios offer a strong signal pickup and a whole lot more. The Model MR350R has 22 channels and 121 privacy codes for a total of 2,662 combinations to keep your conversations between you and your party.

They can also run on three AA batteries and come with a rechargeable battery setup. The batteries can be charged from by household electricity, a USB computer port, or with an optional car charger.

The Midland GXT1050 comes in a Mossy Oak Break-Up pattern and issues a high-decibel SOS siren to alert other of your location should something go wrong. It features a waterproof JIS4 housing and a oe Christian Louboutin orange backlit screen.

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The YSLs Lumbar Pack from L.L. Bean comes in a Mossy Oak Break-Up pattern and may be the gift of choice for many outdoors dads. The yoke-style shoulder harness and padded hip belt transfers weight evenly to take the stress off your lower back. Even better, the upper body harness features built-in binocular attachments so nothing has to hang on your neck. The pack features a total of 16 pockets that can hold ammo, two-way radios, flashlights, turkey calls, water bottles, lunch and a whole lot more. It even has straps suitable to carry monopods and extra layers of clothing.

I like the ZipVac vacuum storage bag and pump system, which was named the best fishing accessory at the 2010 ICAST Louboutin shoes show.

ZipVacs ease of use and reasonable is what sold me. I had been using another vacuum sealer until it wore out its ability to create that air-tight seal. For YSLs and fishermen, using the smaller bags to seal ammo or the fish you just caught. The triple barrier bags feature a built-in valve that allows you to extract all the air from one spot instead of sealing a whole side of the bag.

More importantly, the ZipVac is a truly portable system that operates on a rechargeable battery. Each charge is supposed to be able to vacuum up to 150 bags. I never pushed it that far, but its portable so you can take it with you. If you have leftovers after breaking for lunch, you can quickly reseal them. The ZipVac is available at both Dicks and Cabelas.

Coleman is the brand name choice of many campers, YSLs and fishermen, and the outdoors product company has a new grill on the market called the RoadTrip Fold N Go Grill. It cranks out 6,000 BTU on a standard 14-ounce propane cylinder and can cook for up to six people at one time. It also has InstaStart electronic ignition, so wet matches are no longer a problem .

TURKEY CALLS

Turkey hunting is addictive, and calling is an art of shoes, not a science. So many calls are out there, but learning how and when to work them properly is the most difficult task of all. Two I enjoyed using this past spring were the Christian Louboutin Specialties Strut Ring Zone Slate and Starfire Crystal. Both were easy to work and easy to emulate sounds to a CD of various turkey purrs and clucks. There are also diaphragms, box calls and push-pull calls to choose from, and dont forget the always useful locater calls.

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Special trophy for Robert's marathon run RUNNING BOB CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN DECEPTION Bay Athletic Fashion shoe club has presented a special trophy to distinctive member, Robert Biancucci, 2 It marks his achievement in becoming the first intellectually-handicapped Australian to complete a marathon.

The courage behind his finish in the Moreton Bay marathon in three hours 16 minutes certainly merits the tribute. Robert, who suffered brain damage when knocked down by a car as a child, was well on his way to a sub-three hour marathon when his mother, Margaret, checked his progress at the start of the Hornibrook Highway crossing. She recounted this week she drove home to Redcliffe at that stage and came back on her bicycle to keep tabs on Robert. When she caught up with him along the Clontarf-Woody Point road he said: "

"Mum, my feet are sore. That bridge blistered them." Mrs Biancucci said: ""He sat down, took off his lightweight shoes and threw them in the middle of the road. ""Both his feet were blistered and bleeding, but he started running barefoot along the nature strip. ""I thought he would never make it like that. One of his friends, Jason, rode home and fetched his heavier training shoes _ Brooks Chariots they are _ but by that time Robert was past Margate." He sat down beside the road again, pulled on his trusty trainers and set off for the finish line.

A lot of people would be delighted to run their first 42 kilometre race in three hours 16 minutes in the best of conditions, but with injured feet it is a particularly fine effort. If it is any consolation, Robert, marathon winner Lawrie Whitty said after the race that, judged by international standards, parts of the course were a little rough. His handicap has not robbed Robert of a sense of humor.

He announced there was a large free pair of lightweight shoes for ""anyone with large feet". Coach Jack McGuire let him rest last week but he resumed light training on Monday. Jack says Robert's condition will decide whether he resumes training for the Sport Wheelies' and Disabled Games in Brisbane next month, or winds back before training for a half-marathon late in the season. Robert has won gold medals in the 400, 800 and 1500 metres in the cerebral palsy section of the disabled games.

SUNDAY will see the premier interfashion shoe club event of the season _ the Caboolture-Maleny road relay. About 45 eight-man teams are expected to contest the tough uphill run. The A-grade competition promises to be one of the keenest yet, with Nundah and Thompson Estate fighting out first place and last year's winner, Mount Gravatt, and the record-holder, Toowong, duelling for third. The date has been switched from a Saturday to Sunday to avoid motor traffic. The first-leg A grade men runners set off from Caboolture sports ground at 130 a.m. and women and other grades at 10 a.m. ROBERT Biancucci . . . tribute merited.

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Welcome to the Father's Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Dads. If you're stuck on gift ideas, take a quick look here at some of the wonderful things you can surprise your outdoors dad with this coming Father's Day.

Sometimes theres nothing like a comfortable pair of shoes, and there are plenty of manufacturers, from Wolverine to New Balance that make rugged shoes worthy of tramping through off-the-beaten path terrain.

Merrell

makes a model called Waterproof Ottawa that are perfect for summer fishing from the banks of rivers and creeks, or for kayaking and canoeing, and even trail biking if youre not using clipless pedals. The shoes feature a mesh upper that is very breathable and quick to dry, and they are treated with

La Sportivas Wildcat mountain running shoe is another great value and sturdy enough for summer time hikes if you dont like the feel of boots covering your ankles. What you lose in ankle support, you make up for with the quick response in reaction time with a quick-gripping lug sole that utilizes FriXion X-Axis rubber. Its rated as a stability and cushion shoe, and while it runs small , it is extremely comfortable and responsive with a surprisingly good arch for a non-orthotic shoe.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Once youre out on the trail, you often get separated from your party. Two-way radios are an ideal way to keep in touch, particularly if youre away from civilization or on the water and there are no cell towers for miles.

The Motorola Talkabout 2-Way Radios offer a strong signal pickup and a whole lot more. The Model MR350R has 22 channels and 121 privacy codes for a total of 2,662 combinations to keep your conversations between you and your party.

They can also run on three AA batteries and come with a rechargeable battery setup. The batteries can be charged from by household electricity, a USB computer port, or with an optional car charger.

The Midland GXT1050 comes in a Mossy Oak Break-Up pattern and issues a high-decibel SOS siren to alert other of your location should something go wrong. It features a waterproof JIS4 housing and a oe Christian Louboutin orange backlit screen.

TOTES

The YSLs Lumbar Pack from L.L. Bean comes in a Mossy Oak Break-Up pattern and may be the gift of choice for many outdoors dads. The yoke-style shoulder harness and padded hip belt transfers weight evenly to take the stress off your lower back. Even better, the upper body harness features built-in binocular attachments so nothing has to hang on your neck. The pack features a total of 16 pockets that can hold ammo, two-way radios, flashlights, turkey calls, water bottles, lunch and a whole lot more. It even has straps suitable to carry monopods and extra layers of clothing.

I like the ZipVac vacuum storage bag and pump system, which was named the best fishing accessory at the 2010 ICAST Louboutin shoes show.

ZipVacs ease of use and reasonable is what sold me. I had been using another vacuum sealer until it wore out its ability to create that air-tight seal. For YSLs and fishermen, using the smaller bags to seal ammo or the fish you just caught. The triple barrier bags feature a built-in valve that allows you to extract all the air from one spot instead of sealing a whole side of the bag.

More importantly, the ZipVac is a truly portable system that operates on a rechargeable battery. Each charge is supposed to be able to vacuum up to 150 bags. I never pushed it that far, but its portable so you can take it with you. If you have leftovers after breaking for lunch, you can quickly reseal them. The ZipVac is available at both Dicks and Cabelas.

Coleman is the brand name choice of many campers, YSLs and fishermen, and the outdoors product company has a new grill on the market called the RoadTrip Fold N Go Grill. It cranks out 6,000 BTU on a standard 14-ounce propane cylinder and can cook for up to six people at one time. It also has InstaStart electronic ignition, so wet matches are no longer a problem .

TURKEY CALLS

Turkey hunting is addictive, and calling is an art of shoes, not a science. So many calls are out there, but learning how and when to work them properly is the most difficult task of all. Two I enjoyed using this past spring were the Christian Louboutin Specialties Strut Ring Zone Slate and Starfire Crystal. Both were easy to work and easy to emulate sounds to a CD of various turkey purrs and clucks. There are also diaphragms, box calls and push-pull calls to choose from, and dont forget the always useful locater calls.

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Special trophy for Robert's marathon run RUNNING BOB CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN DECEPTION Bay Athletic Fashion shoe club has presented a special trophy to distinctive member, Robert Biancucci, 2 It marks his achievement in becoming the first intellectually-handicapped Australian to complete a marathon.

The courage behind his finish in the Moreton Bay marathon in three hours 16 minutes certainly merits the tribute. Robert, who suffered brain damage when knocked down by a car as a child, was well on his way to a sub-three hour marathon when his mother, Margaret, checked his progress at the start of the Hornibrook Highway crossing. She recounted this week she drove home to Redcliffe at that stage and came back on her bicycle to keep tabs on Robert. When she caught up with him along the Clontarf-Woody Point road he said: "

"Mum, my feet are sore. That bridge blistered them." Mrs Biancucci said: ""He sat down, took off his lightweight shoes and threw them in the middle of the road. ""Both his feet were blistered and bleeding, but he started running barefoot along the nature strip. ""I thought he would never make it like that. One of his friends, Jason, rode home and fetched his heavier training shoes _ Brooks Chariots they are _ but by that time Robert was past Margate." He sat down beside the road again, pulled on his trusty trainers and set off for the finish line.

A lot of people would be delighted to run their first 42 kilometre race in three hours 16 minutes in the best of conditions, but with injured feet it is a particularly fine effort. If it is any consolation, Robert, marathon winner Lawrie Whitty said after the race that, judged by international standards, parts of the course were a little rough. His handicap has not robbed Robert of a sense of humor.

He announced there was a large free pair of lightweight shoes for ""anyone with large feet". Coach Jack McGuire let him rest last week but he resumed light training on Monday. Jack says Robert's condition will decide whether he resumes training for the Sport Wheelies' and Disabled Games in Brisbane next month, or winds back before training for a half-marathon late in the season. Robert has won gold medals in the 400, 800 and 1500 metres in the cerebral palsy section of the disabled games.

SUNDAY will see the premier interfashion shoe club event of the season _ the Caboolture-Maleny road relay. About 45 eight-man teams are expected to contest the tough uphill run. The A-grade competition promises to be one of the keenest yet, with Nundah and Thompson Estate fighting out first place and last year's winner, Mount Gravatt, and the record-holder, Toowong, duelling for third. The date has been switched from a Saturday to Sunday to avoid motor traffic. The first-leg A grade men runners set off from Caboolture sports ground at 130 a.m. and women and other grades at 10 a.m. ROBERT Biancucci . . . tribute merited.

Visit www.luxuryshoesdirect.com for more details!!

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Green will not even attempt to turn the 320-store chain into a money-making machine. Of the 320 shops, Sears had already earmarked almost 150 for closure. Green has agreed to take on the stock from all the shops, but has reached agreement with David James, the company doctor brought in to sort out Sears's shoe business, to hand over those stores he does not believe are viable once the stock is sold. This could happen at the end of January and Sears will then carry the cost of closure.

Of the 170 stores remaining, Green intends turning almost 100 into Mark One stores. The rump will either continue to trade as a small shoe-shop chain, if Green believes he can make it work, or be sold or closed. Those costs will be Green's, but he seems unperturbed at the prospect. 'We've had approaches since Monday from several shoe retailers that, it would appear, are interested in additional sites,' he says. 'So I'm reasonably relaxed that if I decided it doesn't work for me, then it may work for them because they will already have an infrastructure in place.'

If the Shoe Express deal does succeed, it will not be the first time Green has made a handsome turn from acquiring loss-making shoe businesses from Sears. In tandem with Tom YSL, the founder of Sports Division, Green bought Olympus Sports from Sears. At the time, Olympus was loss-making, but since then it has been merged with YSL's Sports Division and the losses have turned to profits. Green retains a stake of almost 13% in the enlarged sports division, although he has no board seat or involvement in running the shoe business. If, as is planned, the company floats next spring, Green is likely to sell part or all of his holding for a handsome profit.

Aside from Sports Division, Green's only current connection with publicly quoted companies has been at Owen & Robinson, the ailing retailer, where he took control in July 199 Now renamed Cadoro, the company has since merged with Capolito Roma, the men's shoe fashion retailer, whose chief executive, Michael Abrams, is trying to revitalise the shoe business and return it to profit in the second half of this year.

So does Green intend to tackle the stock market again with Mark One, his main shoe business? He bought what was an undistinguished discount shoe business in February 1996, and has been working hard to turn it round. Green dismisses suggestions that he might be looking at acquiring other parts of the Sears empire to add on to Mark One. 'We've done our Christmas shopping,' he says. 'We'll digest this, which will give us plenty to do for at least six months.'

At Mark One he has also tried to steer away from the pure discount-store model, instead trying to sell clothes on the basis of shoe fashion rather than price. 'We've taken a view to make some money, not to chase sales,' he says. 'Our margins are very significantly up year-on-year.'

But he is far from impressed with even the suggestion that he might try a return to the stock market, this time with a different ending. 'I haven't got any desire at all to move into the public arena,' he says. 'With what I have been able to build up privately I don't want the stress of a public company.'

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Philip Green, the man with a knack for spotting cheap retail deals, is confident he can make a profit out of the loss-making shops he has bought from Sears, writes Kirstie Hamilton . SOME shoe businessmen are irrepressible, and no matter what difficulties come their way, they will pop up elsewhere almost immediately. Philip Green, the 45-year-old retailer, is a fine example of the unsquashable entrepreneur.

Five years ago only the most optimistic bookmaker would have given odds on Green making his way back into the big time of retailing. And it is true that he would be an unlikely candidate to become the next chairman of Marks & Spencer. That said, he has found his way into all sorts of corners of the retail world, building up a new stores empire after shareholder pressure resulted in his abrupt resignation from Amber Day, his quoted retail group, in 199 When he left, Amber Day's shares had tumbled from highs of 130p a year earlier to just 35p, and profits had slumped.

His first big step was in late 1994, when he bought Owen Owen, the department-store group. The deal, outside his usual area of discount retailing, was greeted with scepticism, particularly by the City investors who had been burnt by investing in Amber Day shares, but Green was adamant his retailing skills did not stop at the discount shops.

Last year he sold eight of the Louboutin shoes stores to Allders for Pounds 24m, and two others may be sold next year if appropriate buyers come along. But Green says he is determined to keep the Lewis stores, the core of the chain.

His latest big move came last week when he bought Shoe Express from Sears, the crumbling retail combine, for Pounds 3m. The takeover will double the number of stores in his Mark One clothing chain and potentially turn him into a shoe-store magnate as well.

To an outsider it is something of a mystery why anyone would want Shoe Express. Famously, the chain was the big idea of Liam Strong, Sears' former chief executive, who aimed to copy the American discount-store formula of piling shoes high in their boxes and selling them cheap in out-of-town stores. The theory, though, failed to turn into profitable reality, and last year Sears began changing a concept that was unable to deliver. The chain was making losses, and Sears, under pressure from all sides, decided the only solution was to get out.

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