In 1965, Vasque founder William Sweasy was traveling in Italy when he noticed that outdoor recreation and mountaineering were sweeping the continent. He knew it was just a matter of time before the craze found its way stateside. He gathered inspiration from Italian bootmakers and the likes of Yvon Chouinard, Dick Kelty, and Sir Edmund Hillary. Sweasy’s boots were purpose-built, using high quality leather and lasts crafted independently for men and women. Developed in Red Wing, MN and built in Italy, the company operated under the name Voyageur until the 1970s. At that time, Voyageur became Vasque without missing a beat. As functional as they are stylish (you’ll see them on any college campus!), Vasque boots have long set the standard in the industry.
The Vasque line includes trail running shoes, where PORON Materials appears in the Pendulum. The newest and lightest shoe in the line-up, the Pendulum combines the best of everything from overbuilt clunkers to barefoot runners: it keeps the foot close to the ground and optimally positioned for natural forefoot strike, all the while PORON Materials assists in protecting the runner from the occasional heel strike or wayward stone, and a bonded upper minimizes hotspots. The swift and stable Pendulum is just the beginning.