2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth. Unknown to most, is that when Sherpa Tenzing Norgay took his final steps to the summit in 1953, alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, he did so in a pair of Reindeer-Himalaya boots made by Swiss shoe manufacturer Bally.
At their base camp on the first day of LC: M, visitors were provided with the perfect setting to discover the company’s involvement in this historic expedition. As anticipated, there was a desirable range of suitably sturdy footwear on offer, with some designs taking inspiration from Bally’s original mountaineering boots of the 40s. Opulent fur mittens strapped to generously proportioned bags in leather and suede harked back to original expedition-wear, when the uncharted peak of the mountain still cried out to be discovered. With their footwear so historically linked, would-be explorers would do well to invest.