Friday, July 31, 2009

Shoes that your Grandpa Wore

Having a good pair of shoes to complete your outfit is crucial, and summer is the perfect season to showcase your stylish kicks. Since 1935, Sperry has made some of the best summer footwear: the classic Top Sider.


These 'Siders are great, whether you're cruising the lake in a Chris Craft, or getting horizontal in the backyard hammock. They can be dressed up or dressed down–-versatility is always a bonus (especially during prime wedding season).

Grab a pair, and be creative. Classic never goes out of style.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Travel Stylista: Ellington Leather

There's nothing more fashionable than traveling with great bags. Whether it's your signature messenger, a carry-on duffle, or a simple field bag, Ellington's got you covered. Their beautiful creations are durable, utterly masculine, and not outrageously expensive to boot.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vintage Links

Thanks to Paris over at our sister site Fashion Me Fabulous for dropping it in one with with this brilliant redesign of the only accessory a man truly ever needs; a vintage leather caddy bag courtesy of Etsy.

Golf has always had it's own ideas about style over the years, with little regard for how they look to the uninitiated or the colour coordinated. Until a few years ago, saying "golf" and "style" anywhere in the same breath/sentance/paragraph/multi-volume series would have led to at most a chorus of laughter, at least a chuckle or two.

Except for this guy. He's my new hero

Tiger's distinct red & black outfits saved the sport from itself, bringing a boardroom casual atmosphere to the one place many go to escape work. The downside of course being that looking sharp at the links can hold all the excitement of baking pies in a snow bank (that is, not even considerable).

Don't forget to check out the other brilliant luggage and bag designs in the collection.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a tee off in 5.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

But does it smell like moth balls?

I have to admit, I've been privy to the images of some pretty terrible things in my life, terrible films and haircuts that will never be washed from the darkest and most nightmarish recesses of my mind... but few have been as revolting, as this jacket.

70% off?
I can't imagine why

The Tommy Hilfiger Madras Two Button Trim Fit is perfect for anyone interested in traveling back in time to the 60's and 70's to hunt upholsterers... I say upholsterers, because the last time I saw that jacket, it was a couch in my grandmother's basement.

As a fan of both chic and geek, I've allowed myself a benchmark for what constitutes "too damn silly"; if you put on a jacket, and look more ridiculous than Doctor Who, then take it off and hang it back on the racks.

Granted, this is going to start getting difficult the closer Matt Smith comes to looking like any other hipster at the bar on a Saturday night.

Suspenders and elbow patches never go out of style

Monday, July 13, 2009

The shirt off my back

Back after a week of sun, fun, and a summer flu that saw me log more hours dead in bed than during all of college, so we'll be looking to take it slow on the road to recovery... which just means two for one Tuesdays are in effect.

First, big shout out to the good folks over at T-Shirt Alert, who despite being slower at updating their articles than I am, have hours of archive material and links for days, to interest any t-shirt aficionado.

Secondly, more democratic designs, though sadly many of them rubbish, can be found at T Shirt Countdown, who turn to the vox popular to determine what's in and what's out of their catalog. Nothing mind-blowingly fantastic, but sites like this bubble with far too much potential to avoid (and are great places for habitual rack-divers to get their fix far from the hustle and bustle of Winners).
I'm not saying it's a good design
I'm just saying they sell it

Monday, July 6, 2009

More taste than tofu

As we draw closer to the end of Feet Week (a week has ten days, right?) we trod through weirder and weirder country in the search for something soft underfoot.

Vegetarian Shoes requires no description at all, but since I have an article to write, a little redundancy can be forgiven. This British company, based in a single shop in Brighton, proudly offers quality footwear in a wide variety of styles for both men and women, with a professional guarantee that at no point did anything sold, from laces and velcro to tongue and sole, have a pulse.

From owner, creator and designer Robin Webb:
I had started to teach myself to make shoes four years earlier after leaving Art College. I was inspired to hear that in parts of Africa, car tyres were recycled into soles. This got me thinking and soon I was making shoes out of anything I could lay my hands on, but being veggie I didn't want to use leather.

Then I made an exciting discovery, -a synthetic Microfibre material used for yachting upholstery. It looked and felt like supple leather, but was 'breathable', unlike other plastics. After some experimenting, I realised that this was what I had been looking for, and Vegetarian Shoes was born.
I'll admit, there's really nothing too strange about anything they offer... even their vegan leather is pretty main stream these days in terms of alternatives to traditional fabrics... it just makes me wonder what past lives my Chuck Taylors had, as I can't find a "vegetarian friendly product" sticker anywhere on them.

You won't believe it's not leather.
Or you may, I don't know.

A definite must-see for anyone looking for handmade products of an excellent quality, especially for outdoor and nature wear.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Today we jump over to the good folks at Style Crave for a look at ten of the most expensive mens' shoes from around the world. With absolutely nothing coming under the $500 mark (or "pocket change" as wearers of these may be heard remarking) we here at Bloke can guarantee lots of lookie, but no touchie under any circumstances.

Just three pairs of these and I could pay off my first degree.