FarWest names winter boots after Nakusp

Andrew Minchin was shopping online for new footwear when he came across a familiar name.

  • Feb. 3, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

Andrew Minchin was shopping online for new footwear when he came across a familiar name. There on the screen at marks.com was a rugged pair of boots aptly called FarWest Nakusp Packboots which retail for $139.99.

“My husband Andrew thought that it was cool so he texted a photo of them. I thought it pretty was cool too and I wanted to share with the people of Nakusp. I even wanted a pair but they don’t come in my size. Men’s size eight is the smallest,” said Joleen Minchin.

“It was a bit of matchmaking really,” shared Dave Stephens, buyer for Mark’s, in a phone conference with the Arrow Lakes News. “We build a product with an end user in mind. In this case, the boot is for wet weather and some snow pack.” It’s among the first of a line of names inspired by various British Columbia locations — Tofino, Vernon and Coldstream are others.

Britney Wilson, Communications Advisor for Mark’s said, “The FarWest brand originated in Vernon, B.C.,and in keeping with tradition and the brand’s heritage, all boots are named after a British Columbia locale. We’re excited to be carrying this great Canadian brand in our stores.”

Mark’s is a retailer of clothing and footwear, formerly known as Mark’s Work Wearhouse. It has recently acquired the licensing to Canadian-made FarWest products.

If you’d like to own your own pair of FarWest Nakusp Packboots, you’re in luck! One pair will be given away to a lucky winner. Watch out for next week’s issue of the Arrow Lakes News for details on how to enter.