We're pretty pumped to announce the new women's boots we've made in collaboration with Xtratuf for all our Salmon Sisters. We designed ocean-inspired patterns to live on the inside of your favorite classic fishing boots, so when you roll them down you find something special and stylish. Our boots come in two styles, sea-foam green with fish and anchors, and cream with a Giant Pacific Octopus pattern. The Salmon Sisters and Xtratuf logos adorn the outside front of the boots.
We wanted to give women who work on the water something of their own, with a special connection to Alaska. Xtratufs are the boots we grew up in, the ones we wear on and off the boat. After the summer fishing season ends we like seeing how long the fish scales will last, stuck to the sides of our boots as we start wearing them around town, as weather gets colder, snow starts falling, and we layer wools socks on to keep our toes warm in winter. Xtratufs are iconic Alaskan style, an example of what our practical and hardworking community wears to look good and feel good and be prepared for anything that comes at them. Since Xtratufs are something we pull on every day, we figured it would be nice to have some options. So here you are, boots you can put to the test, for fishing fashion.
Though the boots will be launching in February, we wanted to give our customers a chance to own the first few pairs now! All orders placed over the weekend, through Monday evening, will be entered into a random drawing for a pair of Salmon Sisters Xtratuf boots. 5 winners will be chosen Tuesday morning and will be contacted for their desired boot size and style. We can't wait to have all our Salmon Sisters walking around in these! Boots will be available for sale in February in locations that carry Xtratuf boots, and at www.xtratufboots.com. The boots will not be available for sale through the Salmon Sisters webshop.
Images: Scott Dickerson Photography
Our inspiration for these boots, like many of our designs, comes from living on the ocean and commercial fishing with our family. Photos taken in the Aleutian Islands by Emma & Claire.
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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.