Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cold Weather...Bring It ON!

Dear Gentlemen,

Yes the template for this blog is very basic and I am working on that trust me. I didn't even plan on writing the first post but I wanted to get this thing started and was just eager to write some content for you guys to enjoy (hopefully).

So, it's quite obvious that the weather is starting to get pretty chilly (at least in Northern New Jersey) and it's time to start purchasing gear to battle the cold weather. Fall/Winter is great because there are so many things to wear from your feet to your head that'll keep you warm and make you look great at the same time. There are so many brands that offer amazing boots, scarves, gloves, and jackets out there but I'm going to focus on items that are simply the best bang for the buck. For Fall/Winter 09' people have turned to more rugged and heavy duty pieces that will help you survive even the coldest days to come. Today's post will focus mainly on footwear for the upcoming seasons.

Footwear - Invest in a nice pair of Boots!

Time to say bye to your Vans Authentics and Chuck Taylor's. You might be able to wear those for another few weeks but they'll be stashed in your closet until next year once the snow starts falling. Having cold feet really really sucks, so it's time to keep them warm and in style. Here's some brands that offer great quality and construction, very stylish looks, and decently priced to help you survive this winter.

Red Wing Boots

No surprise here. Red Wing has been a classic work boot for over a century and is known for their tough construction and great quality. For the past couple of years, they've certainly gained more popularity and more people have begun to start wearing them for more stylish purposes. These shoes generally price at around $200 (more or less) but I've seen them on Ebay and forum marketplaces for much less. (Around $150ish) . Here's a pic of them being worn by fellow Hypebeast.com member 20Hundred (Check out his awesome blog)

L.L. Bean Duck Boots

A cheaper boot that will surely be able to withstand wet weathers is the L.L. Bean duck boot. These boots have also been around for quite some time and have been worn simply because they are able to combat any rainy/snowy weather but these like the Red Wings have slowly began to gain popularity amongst fashionable individuals over the past few years. These great boots retail at $94 and are worth every dollar. Super comfortable and the nice leather and rubber toe cap will keep your feet dry no matter how much it is raining/snowing. Here's a fit picture from a New Yorker and also a clearer picture of the actual boot:

Clarks Desert Boots

Now, not every single day of this remaining year is going to be full of rain or snow; there are certainly going to be dry days as well. For days like these, I love wearing my Clarks Desert Boots. The Desert Boot is a boot model that has risen to mainstream fashion for quite some time now but that doesn't mean they still aren't a great pair of shoes! Either dark leather or the suede ones (I prefer my suede pair) will look great with any jeans/jacket combo. You should still be able to find a pair of these for around $75, but because of their popularity, some retailers have boosted the price over a $100. There are also cheaper alternatives that you can find a pair of Desert Boots at, J. Crew and Banana Republic offer their own versions of the desert boot that look just as great as the original Clarks model. Here's a picture from Esquire that shows both the leather and suede versions in different colors:

Closing words: While these boots may be old news to some of you out there, there are certainly many that have never even attempted to add a fall/winter boot to their shoe collection. I know for a fact that there are many people who are wondering if they could even pull of any of these. My advice: Just go for it! You won't regret it. Once you start to break these in more not only will they look better with some signs of aging but the more comfortable they get on your feet, the more comfortable you'll look in them, guaranteed.

Any questions/comments feel free to post them!


  1. I've been looking for a boot and never actually considered LL Bean until now, but they actually look great. Don't forget staples like Timberland's 6 inch construction boots. A bit less on the "gentlemen" side, but I think they can possibly be pulled off well. Also their Abington collection had great boots as well. Great post and keep it up!

  2. Hey man, loving your blog already haha, very informative.

    Just a question:
    How should I size for LL Bean duck boots?

    How about desert boots? I bought Wallabees one time and sized down quite a bit cause they stretch out a lot but I have yet to try on a Desert boot.

    Thanks a lot man! I am gonna follow you btw.

  3. Hey Robin, thanks for the support man!

    Here's sizing information directly from LL Bean:
    The fit of the L.L.Bean Boot is generous to allow for insulation in cold weather.
    To wear with light or midweight socks: If you wear a whole size, order one size down from your normal size. If you wear a half size, order one and a half sizes down.
    Example: If you wear either a 9 or a 9½, order a size 8.
    To wear with heavyweight socks: If you wear a whole size, order your normal size. If you wear a half size, order the next whole size down.
    Example: If you wear either a 9 or a 9½, order a size 9.

    As for the Clarks Desert Boots, I went down 1 full size (Example: I'm a true US 9.5, so I bought an 8.5) and they fit perfectly.

    I'm going to updating with another post within the next day or two so keep tuned and spread the word about my blog. Thanks for the support mate!

  4. redwings need a whole size down too...mine are too big :*(

  5. Yea I was told to size down .5 - 1 whole size on red wing boots, thanks for the input Vincent.

  6. Yo man what button up is that you're wearing?

    BTW nice blog

  7. Thanks for the comment.

    That's not a picture of me, it's actually a picture of 20Hundred. You can ask him personally and visit his blog, the link is in the post right above his picture. Cheers

  8. For me, a personal favourite are panama jacks!

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