Free Shoes? Maybe. Read On.

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Mickey

The sidewalk outside Patagonia's San Francisco store

I’ve had a few celebrity encounters in my day, including an indie-rock god (Frank Black), a race car driver (Jeff Gordon), and the man who cheated on America’s sweetheart (Jesse James). I played it totally cool with all of them, except one: I was stricken dumb when I saw Yvon Chouinard in a movie theatre in Jackson, Wyoming. We were both coming out from the film Up, and when I saw him I just froze, unable to speak or move.

Who is Yvon Chouinard? Ahh, where to begin?! Climbing pioneer, blacksmith, surfer, fisherman, businessman. It was that first one that stopped me in my tracks back in Jackson, but it’s that last one that interests us here today. Chouinard founded Patagonia, Inc., makers of outdoor apparel and one of the most innovative and environmentally responsible companies around. How responsible? Chouinard co-founded 1% for the Planet, making Patagonia a charter member while pioneering the use of recycled materials in clothing, committing to 100% organic cotton and even encouraging the resale of used Patagonia products on eBay.

And now our friends at tell us Patagonia is pledging to donate $10 for every pair of Patagonia shoes sold by PlanetShoes between November 7 and 21 to the Appalachian Mountain Club as part of Advocate Weeks. How cool is that? Well I’ll let the AMC tell you themselves:

The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.

I encourage you to check out their website to learn more about what they do and how they do it, but it looks to me like a worthy organization (and one that has been advocating for the outdoors since 1876!) So if you were looking for some shoes anyway, you might as well grab some Patagonias from between the 7th and 21st!

Aaaaaaaaaaand…. There’s a GIVEAWAY! Yup, PlanetShoes and Patagonia want to give a pair of Patagonia shoes to one lucky reader of The Greenists. That means you. Or possibly you. Just leave a comment between now and next Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and then be sure to come back and see if you won. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday!


  1. I had never looked at shoes on Patagonia because I always get distracted by their clothes.

    November 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 am
    Comment by Julie
  2. My chilly toes are super excited at the prospect of cozy and comfy Patagonia shoes!

    November 3rd, 2011 at 10:08 am
    Comment by sara
  3. I love Patagonia.

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    Comment by Erin
  4. My feet have been begging me for a pair of these!

    November 3rd, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Comment by ChristopherC
  5. Free shoes!! And adorable shoes at that.

    November 3rd, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    Comment by Toe
  6. I’ve heard good things about the company in the past. Guess it’s time to check out their shoes.

    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    Comment by anne
  7. I’d love to try Patagonia shoes!

    November 3rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    Comment by Ruth
  8. Who doesn’t love shoes, especially Patagonia shoes! Not me that’s who.

    November 4th, 2011 at 12:03 am
    Comment by mudnessa
  9. I would lovelovelove to win these!

    November 4th, 2011 at 9:55 am
    Comment by lindsay
  10. Wow! I’d love some Patagonia shoes :)

    November 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am
    Comment by Sarah
  11. Who doesn’t want free shoes? And from such a great company like Patagonia!

    Alyssa H

    November 4th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Comment by Alyssa H
  12. Free shoes, you say? From Patagonia? Yes, please!

    November 4th, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Comment by Elizabeth
  13. …these shoes are made for walkin…and that’s just what they’ll do…if I should be the lucky one to get them from YOU!!

    November 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Comment by Alaina
  14. I would love a pair of shoes. I’m a little worried I would buy a coat while there, but oh well, life has its challenges.

    November 4th, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Comment by Mary S
  15. I didn’t realize that they had vegan shoes, too. Cool!

    November 4th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Comment by Brenda Pike
  16. Hoping to win a pair for my husband. Good luck with your fund raising for the Appalachian Montain Club! Love the mountains!

    November 4th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Comment by rose
  17. Y’all are so good to us! Thumbs up to Patagonia for being genuine.

    November 5th, 2011 at 5:28 pm
    Comment by Rachel
  18. This is so awesome!!!!

    November 5th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    Comment by Mary
  19. Someone I know would love some new Patagonias for Christmas! I’ll get back to you on the size (I hope!).

    November 6th, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Comment by Lynn
  20. So I was walking through the Natatorium of our school and I see the man who I rent tents from for the Archaeology Club. I say “Hey, how’s it going?” to be polite (this guys is really nice and has helped me out a few times in the past, so why not be polite!). So instead of responding in the normal “Good, how are you?” he tilts his head, stops, hunches down a bit, and sticks out his hand with a balled fist and says “Give- give me some man, give me some.” So of course I give this man a fist bump, smiled, and I go on my merry way. Much better than a “Good, how are you”

    The End.

    November 7th, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Comment by Joel
  21. ooo, pick me! Thanks, Patagonia, for the giveaway.

    November 7th, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    Comment by roc_phd
  22. Patagonia rocks

    November 7th, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    Comment by aaron
  23. My Christmas budget and my wife’s desire for some fresh Patagonias are would love to be chosen for this awesome promotion. Mad props.

    November 7th, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    Comment by Marshall
  24. Free shoes from a responsible source? Yes please. This is pretty awesome.

    November 7th, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    Comment by Ben
  25. Patagonia makes some good stuff. Props to them and the AMC for sure.

    November 7th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    Comment by Joel
  26. Love your site, and I love patagonia!

    November 7th, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    Comment by Seth
  27. Donating to a great cause! Looks like a might be getting some Patagonia shoes either way. Now, if only they could be for free…

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    Comment by Sara Kanigget
  28. One of my favourite things about so many of the best outdoor brands is their commitment to environmental causes. I suppose it makes sense, but I still love to hear about it. I love their clothes…can’t imagine how wonderful their shoes must be!

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    Comment by Katie M
  29. How cool!

    November 7th, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    Comment by Dennis L.
  30. Yes, please.

    November 7th, 2011 at 10:17 pm
    Comment by James Reisen
  31. Love the shoes!!!!!

    November 7th, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    Comment by Kristen
  32. l would love some new shoes, now the winters here my little tootsies are getting a little chilly in my summer flip flops !

    November 8th, 2011 at 10:47 am
    Comment by julie roberts
  33. I would love to give these a try! Budget is tight around here, so it would be a great Christmas gift!!

    November 8th, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    Comment by Lynn
  34. thanks for the giveaway love to win

    November 8th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Comment by Julie L
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  37. you carry size 11…please that’s for me

    November 10th, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    Comment by Karinsue Caraway
  38. I would give a leg for a really good pair of shoes.

    November 20th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    Comment by Kanelstrand

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