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  • We will admit that it’s not tons of fun writing a back to school blog post in the middle of summer, but hey, it’s got to get done, just like your back to school shopping inevitably has got to get done. You either love it or dread it, but being prepared for heading back to class in September almost always helps relieve some of those sinking feelings associated with summer being almost over.

    At Baggins, we like to make back to school shopping as easy as possible on our customers. That’s part of what we offer with our straightforward, easy to browse and quick to load web store. Use our easy online ordering process to get your back to school goods delivered right to your doorstep before the big day.

    You can shop in the middle of the night after a day at the beach, or if you have a good data plan, you can even do your ordering while you’re out camping. Otherwise, if you can swing it, come see us in person on Johnson Street in Victoria, BC , next time you’re near. Continue reading

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  • This may come as a surprise to some, but it’s now cool again to give a pair of socks as a gift, particularly if the gift receiver happens to be an MLB fan or an NBA follower. Sport team fanatics now have more ways than ever to show off their team spirit. Particularly if their chosen sport is baseball or basketball.

    Stance has tons of varieties to suit the roving “sporties” out there. But even cooler than that, in May 2016, Stance became the official socks of the Major League Baseball organization. With features like elastic arch bands, self-adjusting cuffs, mesh vents to keep you cool, and reinforced toes and heels for durability,  it's no wonder this rising, dependable sock brand is also the official on-court sock of the National Basketball Association.

    Upon its official announcement, Stance stated in a press release that it plans to debut the new Fusion Baseball socks during the 2016 All-Star Game on July 12 at the San Diego Convention Center. Continue reading

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  • Feeling a little bogged down lately? Had one too many hamburgers at the company picnic? Shouldn’t have gone up for seconds at that last wedding reception? We know the feeling, and are thinking maybe that heavy feeling one of the reasons why Vans has come out with the Vans Lite Line.

    With summer upon us, we here at Baggins say it’s now the perfect time to lighten up with the Vans Lite Line.

    The Baggins Vans Lite Line

    You see it everywhere you go: memory foam this, memory foam that. It has become a huge comfort in our lives, and we get that. Memory foam is comfy without being heavy, and it feels pretty good on the bottoms of your feet. But there’s a new foam in town, and it’s the basis of the new Vans Lite Line—Vans' CMEVA-based low-profile foam UltraCush™ Lite sockliners are ultralight and anatomically contoured for quick, responsive cushioning. Continue reading

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  • Power up your shoe collection with a pair of sneakers straight from the Vans Nintendo Collection! Select pairs are now available at Baggins, both in store and online.

    Deep down we knew it was only a matter of time before these two got together to warp shoe-wearing to a whole other level, or shall we say world. The Vans Nintendo Collection, which first started making the Internet rumour rounds back in April, is perfect for gamers of all ages, from toddlers, to teens, to adults.

    Whether you are a Super Mario Brothers nut, Donkey Kong extremist, or cared for them both, you’ll find a pair of Vans to suit your fandom.

    They say it’s not a matter of winning or losing, it’s how you played the game that counts. Well, in this case, it doesn’t matter how well you played back in the day, you can still dress the part of Nintendo rock star. In this exclusive partnership with Nintendo, Vans has become the only shoe brand around that allows North American fans to rock their NES devotion with their footwear. Continue reading

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  • Who doesn’t love a good music festival? They’re as likeable as eating cotton candy at the fair, watching James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke skits, or sunbathing at the beach. One element of music festivals that makes them even more fun and exciting – in addition to the stellar musical lineups, of course – are the fashions that make up the festival, right down to what you’re wearing on your feet.

    The Baggins team wants to see you up your festival fashion game this summer with music festival footwear from Converse. Start by taking a look at some of our top suggestions for hanging out under the sun and stars while you are grooving to your favourite bands and discovering new ones. Continue reading

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  • The days are getting longer, hotter, and awesomer out there—Oh, you already noticed? We guess it’s hard not to. What you may have also noticed is that it’s getting pretty tough to resist not spending hours on-end outdoors, be it at the beach, strolling the bustling streets of downtown Victoria, BBQing out back at a friend’s place, tending to the garden, or just walking the dog a little longer than he got in the long-forgotten days of winter.

    Yet, in order to manage those longer amounts of time outdoors in this near-summer heat, you’re going to need the right footwear. So what’s the right footwear for this transitional time of year? Well, we happen to believe any item from the Vans Surf (SF) line is going to be pretty much close to perfect. In fact, we have yet to meet a shoe style in the Vans Surf line that we haven’t fallen in love with. Continue reading

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  • In the 1970s, the Sex Pistols, a legendary UK-based band, stirred up a lot of commotion for their wild, thrashing ways and controversial lyrics, which led to an onslaught of bands idolizing and imitating their style. A new wave of music—punk—was born.

    Although the Sex Pistols really only released one album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, and four singles, the willingness of band members Johnny Rotten (vocals) / Steve Jones (guitar) / Paul Cook (drums) / Glen Matlock (bass) and Sid Vicious (bass) to go against the grain was enough to get them an induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006, which they refused to accept.

    Fortunately, a collaboration between Sex Pistols and Conserve went ahead full-throttle 10 years later. Baggins is pleased to announce we now have in stock the entire Spring 2016 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sex Pistols Collection. Continue reading

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  • While Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars are highly recognized across the globe, so too is the footwear from the Converse Jack Purcell Signature Collection and the Converse John Varvatos Collection.

    Both of these collections are still clearly Converse, but in a more muted colour spectrum with plenty of premium features that boost the longevity of the shoes. The sleek styles presented in the Jack Purcell and John Varvatos Premium Converse Lines make many of them more appropriate for extended wear and dressier occasions than regular Converse.

    Let’s take a look, shall we? Starting with the newest additions to the Converse Jack Purcell Signature Sneaker collection. The Converse Jack Purcell Signature Low Top Inked/Inked/White just oozes springtime, doesn’t it? The buttery suede exterior is pre-broken-in, so you’ll fall in love from the first wear. Continue reading

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  • When people start to sense spring is coming, they change. Thoughts of longer days, warmer weekends, more time on their bikes, and fresher produce from farmers’ markets gets them all excited. We should know, we are people too!

    Inevitably, all of this excitement leads to the purchasing of new wardrobe staples, which almost always means new shoes. Maybe even a few new pairs. Shoe shopping—it’s yet another reason to get excited about spring!

    Whether your old Chucks are looking a little worn from the winter, or you’re just looking to spruce up your Converse collection for spring 2016, Baggins has got you covered with the New Converse Chuck Taylor IIs. (Please note that we cannot ship the Chuck II to the USA at this time.) Continue reading

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  • On a computer screen, 1966 doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago. Like, don’t people still talk about the sixties as if they were yesterday? Actually, truth be told, 1966 was a full 50 years ago! How do we know this? Well, the year marks a very special year in our world. No, it’s not any of our birthdays, but it is the birth year of a very special friend of ours: the Vans brand! Lordy, Lordy, Vans is 50!

    That’s right! This month marks the 50th anniversary of the “Off the Wall” fun and versatile shoe and clothing company. And boy did they celebrate in style. For starters, Vans didn’t have just one party, but 10 parties to mark its big day. 10! Like 10 fingers, 10! We’re talking a worldwide celebration that took place in 10 major cities like Brooklyn, Austin, and Toronto. Other cities on the list included London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Cape Town. Continue reading

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