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Monday
Nov022015

palladium backway.

check out palladium's web exclusive line of boots: the backway clp h.  

I know, it's not the most creative name they could've come up with.

I love the workboot feel that these have. That slanted wedge sole and an almost nike free-esque segmentation for additional comfort, felexibility and range of motion are killer. Plus, as with all palladium boots, they're going to be extremely durable, and super lightweight for a boot.

stop by palladium's website for more info and grab a pair.

 

- James

Wednesday
May132015

clarks x herschel supply.

Clark's teammed up with Herschel Supply Co. in order to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the desert boot. After originally being adopted by British soldiers in WWII, the desert boot has come a long way.

'Renowned for their iconic designs, Clarks Originals represents a style that has stood the test of time, respected by generations past and present. Re-imagining the popular Desert Boot silhouette, the Herschel Supply and Clarks Originals partnership gives rise to a unique boot, tailor made to take the great outdoors or city in stride.'

 

- James

Friday
Dec122014

converse jack purcell x hancock wetland sneaker.


water-repellent galosh-inspired upper, the Converse Jack Purcell x Hancock Wetland sneaker provides a sleek and stylish way to help protect your feet from wet weather. The collection also features two updated colorways of the Jack Purcell x Hancock mid silhouette in seasonally relevant darker hues for the winter months.

Built with weather protection in mind, the Converse Jack Purcell x Hancock Wetland sneaker’s upper is partially covered with a rubber in Hancock’s signature Mastic Grey color to ensure for water-repellence. With the added benefit of a dual layer vulcanized textile for further weather protection, the upper is designed to help brave the elements. Inspired by Thomas Hancock’s original patent, it also features a subtle zipper closure that allows for customizable wear.

 

- james


Saturday
Mar152014

wodehouse.

Timberland has come a long long way. From their beginnings in the workboot culture to that embarrassing time when rappers were their main promoters, showcasing the baggiest jeans hanging past the bottom of the butt cheek, wife beater tank top and smiley face joe boxer shorts hanging out. Those were some dark days. 

But no longer must we associate timberland with such fashion catastrophes. Timberland has really stepped up their game, dividing their products into multiple different categories, each with several lines of footwear. My favorite right now. Hand made with extremely soft and comfortable leather, these things smell like Shakespeare, if Shakespeare were a dang cowboy. Check out the Wodehouse collection from Timberland Boot Company

I'll warn you ahead of time, before you embarrass yourself in an actual store. These guys are not coming cheap. Expect to drop around $300 for a pair. But also expect to own them forever.

 

- james

 

 

 

Thursday
Mar062014

and the rains cometh.

As Winter slowly fades and Spring takes its place, things tend to get a little rainy. And if you're in certain areas, things get downright drenched. I'm moving to San Francisco in a few months and I thought to myself, oh dang, it's gonna get real wet in the rainy season. So I decided to invest in some protection. No, not a weapon. I meant protection for my feet. No, not a knife that pops out of the toe of my shoe. I mean rain boots.

Now, in England, wellington boots are the only way to go. And while they look great on adorably cute women, I just wasn't feeling that style for men. Feels like something you'd see in a 19th century painting. Not my cup o' tea.

Believe it or not, the name of this painting is actually a portrait of the Duke of Wellington by George Dawe from 1829. That's right ladies and gentlemen, the wellington boot was actually named after a Wellington. See, you learn something new everyday.

Needless to say, I wasn't planning on rocking these ever. For me, it came down to two options:

Hunter - bakerson sneakers

dr. marten's - drench

For me, the dr. martens were the ony way to go. 

  • Vulcanized natural rubber upper construction provides outstanding durability.
  • 100% waterproof.
  • Traditional Airwair heel loop.
  • Black fleece lining for added comfort.
  • EVA-molded footbed provides all-day comfortable support.
  • Smoke rubber outsole is air-cushioned for superior comfort and traction.

Swoop here to pick some up for yourself. Remember: nobody likes a soggy foot.

 

- james

Friday
Apr122013

soletopia shoe basics.

In surfing the interwebz the other day, I cam across this guide to shoes by soletopia. I know that you're perfectly capable of picking out shoes that look good on your feets, but I also thought you might find it helpful in learning more about specific styles, names, and origins of men's shoes. Obviously this guide doesn't cover every single type of shoe out there, but it's a good place to start.

Shoe Basics Every Guy Should Know

There is an unwritten rule in fashion that states: ‘You can tell if a man is well dressed just by looking at his feet’. The Italians have a similar rule that goes: ‘You can judge a person by the bathroom in their home and their shoes on the street’. As troubling as it may seem to some, we strongly agree with these statements.

Example:

You can have two men,
one: dressed in a beautiful tailored designer suit and clogs
two: dressed in levi’s jeans, plain t-shirt and black Oxfords

Who is the better dressed of the two? If you answered man two, give yourself a pat on the back. Tell that to the guy wearing a custom designer suit thinking ‘nobody will look at my feet’.

You can tell if a man is well dressed just by looking at his feet.

Today we’ll discuss the different men’s dress shoes types, and what places to wear them. This is a basic intro but by the end of this article, you will have an idea on how to adjust your wardrobe accordingly.

Men’s Dress Shoe Types and Dress Shoe Cuts

Oxford and Derby

An Oxford is a style of laced shoe characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the vamp, a construction method that is also sometimes referred to as “closed lacing”. A Derby, although very similar, has an open-laced construction method.

The Oxford shoe is the king of all shoes. You, simply, CAN NOT go wrong wearing these shoes. As a matter of fact, every man should own a pair of black Oxfords. Oxfords are formal, they are beautiful, they come in variety of colors and designs and they can be worn with anything, anywhere.

Whole Cut

A whole-cut shoe is made from a single piece of leather with no stitching. Obviously this makes them expensive – as the leather has to be of the highest quality – as well as more challenging to make.

The Whole Cut Oxford is a shoe that has style, beauty and elegance, due to its simplicity. The Whole Cut can have no perforations and no additive design, other than its shape, and it will still look stunning no matter where you go. This is a show-off shoe, without the showing off.

This is a formal shoe that can be worn anywhere. It is like an Oxford 2.0.

Wingtip (Brogue)

 

Not all wingtips are bulky.

The Brogue is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterized by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (or “brogueing”) and serration along the pieces’ visible edges.

Brogue wingtip shoes are bulkier; however, not all wingtips are bulky. Because the wingtip is simply the double-arching design that is found on a toe of the shoe, a wingtip can be sleek if it’s on a Whole Cut Oxford.

The Brogue wingtip is a very formal shoe that is most often seen at funerals, sometimes weddings but rarely anywhere else. Old school gangsters used to wear Aviator Brogue Wingtips. These were two-toned, usually black and white.

Nowadays, they’re everywhere. Wingtips are being made slimmer and sleeker for a more modern look. Some of the colors used now are flashy and anything but formal.

Single and Double Monk Strap

 

 

A Monk shoe is a style of shoe with no lacing, closed by a buckle and strap. The Double Monk Strap is where the shoe offers two straps rather than one. This is more of a fashion statement.

Avoid wearing single or double monk straps at funerals.

The Monk is a formal type of shoe that can be worn pretty much anywhere: weddings, interviews, parties etc. Avoid wearing them at funerals.

Penny & Tassel Loafer

Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style most commonly seen has a moccasin construction.

The Tasseled Loafer, offer tassels on the front for decoration. They are also lower than the regular Penny Loafers, offering more foot to show.

This is a businessman shoe, first and foremost. Modern designs have altered that idea nowadays; this is a great summer shoe. The Loafer can be worn anywhere but funerals.

Jodhpur Boot

 

The Jodhpur boot is an ankle boot designed as a riding boot with a rounded toe and a low heel. They originally fastened with a strap and buckle.

A slick black Jodhpur boot can easily be worn with a suit.

This is a very sleek boot, the Oxford of boots. As a matter of fact, some Jodhpur boots look like dress shoes with pants. A slick black Jodhpur boot can easily be worn with a suit.

Depending on the boot, it can be worn anywhere with anything.

Chelsea Boot

A variation of the Jodhpur, except the Chelsea only comes with an elastic strap; and just like the Jodhpur: depending on the boot, it can be worn anywhere with anything.

Chukka Boot

Chukka boots or turf boots are ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. Often made of calfskin or suede, these are very casual boots that can be worn with denim or chino pants.

Sand colored chukkas go wonderfully with white chinos, during the summer. This is not a formal boot by any means, but you can look very stylish in any casual setting.

- James