BALLY CELEBRATES THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVEREST ASCENT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND THE EVEREST COLLECTION AND HOW IT GOT ITS NAME, WHILE WE CELEBRATE OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY.

Bally has kicked-off a yearlong celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the historic first ascent of Mt. Everest in May 1953 with an exclusive event in London during London Fashion Weekon January 7, 2013.

Although Bally’s Everest connection may be unknown to many, this anniversary provides the perfect opportunity to discover the story. When Sherpa Tenzing Norgay took his final steps to the top of the world on May 29, 1953 alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, he made that journey in a pair of Bally Reindeer-Himalaya boots, forever linking the Swiss brand to this momentous achievement.

Sixty years on, Bally continues to embrace that pioneer spirit by pushing design boundaries and creating inspiring possibilities. It is that authentic spirit that provided the inspiration for the special Everest capsule collection recently revealed in London. Items from the original Everest expeditions, including an official replica of the boots worn by Tenzing housed in the Bally archive, provided the inspiration for the collection, aimed at capturing that trailblazing spirit. Bally first designed mountaineering boots in the 1940s for the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research who intended to explore the world’s unknown peaks. Bally footwear was provided to various Swiss expeditions whose exacting feedback allowed further development and improvements.

The boot worn by Tenzing was originally designed for climbing to a height of almost 7000m. With its unique reindeer fur shell, separate inner and sturdy sole, the wearer’s feet were kept warm and protected even when climbers were stranded in extreme conditions. Bally’s newly developed rubber sole was an important factor. For the first time, less metal was used close to the feet, which provided better insulation and less chance of frostbitten toes. A new hook lace-up system located on the boot’s front made it easier for climbers to adjust their boots even under extreme conditions.

Key in the new Everest capsule collection are three men’s boots based on traditional trekking and alpine styles, recreated with an elevated attitude for contemporary adventurers. Each boot is constructed with a lightweight, injection moulded lug sole that combines the best of 2013 comfort and performance with the re-engineered ‘360 Degree Non-Slip Bally Grip’, first patented by Bally in 1919. Double-stitch Norwegian construction is a hallmark of the boots that highlights the skill of Bally’s talented craftsmen. The Vilmos boot is the centrepiece, inspired by Tenzing’s reindeer trekking boot and recreated here in marmot fur lined with warm cashmere. Bally has managed to locate the German manufacturer of the original hook lace-up system used on the original boots and patented by Bally. The traditional hooks have been reproduced for the Vilmos, giving an authentic technical feel to these great looking resort boots.