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midweSTYLE: Desert Boots Resoled

July 3, 2012
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So, after a little over two years, I wore a hole straight through the crepe sole of my Clarks desert boots. After a round of violent weeping and gnashing of teeth, I was prepared to hold a burial service, or another memorial of similar gravitas. These felt like the boots I became a man in, or something.
While the term “essential” is egregiously overused, desert boots are one of a handful of items that actually deserve the title. They go with damn near everything, and I found myself wearing them almost every day for a year or so—a default for my feet. Thus, when they were finally unwearable, I was just short of devastated.
Then came the decision. Do I pitch them? Buy a new pair? Do I spring for a resole? WHAT DO I DO NOW?
What it really came down to was whether I should re-support Clarks, who was probably going to just fine if I didn’t, or whether I should put money toward a local cobbler to hook me up with a new sole.
In that light, the answer made itself abundantly clear.
Tucked away in the shadows of the Francis Quadrangle’s infamous columns, on 8th Street in Columbia, Missouri, sits a little shop called Dawson’s Shoe Repair. I had walked by countless times, never giving the unassuming brick storefront a second thought—that is, until I wore a hole in the sole of one of my most beloved possessions.
Inside, I was greeted by a friendly man named Bob who took my Clarks, offered me a slew of resoling options, and promised to do his best with the monster ripple soles I had chosen. Bob, who has worked at Dawson’s since he completed his service in the Air Force in 1971, made quick work of my order and after a few days, I had fallen back in love with my old, worn-out desert boots. When it was all said and done, the price tag came to $75 to have my well-loved boots resurrected with a patina and sole that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else. Compare that to the $100 I might have spent on a pair of new boots, and I’d say I came out with the better end of the deal.
The only task left is to find a fitting nickname. Suggestions welcome.

On Cameron: “The Henley” in California wash by Baldwin Denimstriped shirt by Steven Alan; submariner watch by Military Watch Co.; whiskey tortoise “Preston” eyeglasses by Warby Parker; desert boots by Clarks, resole by Bob Wood at Dawson’s Shoe Repair. 

midweSTYLE: Stripes, chambray, cobalt.

June 19, 2012
I was never one to gravitate toward hoodies growing up, mainly because they were never long, trim or interesting enough.
I liked the idea of having a track jacket but never could commit to it because my ideas of track jackets were attached to the ones everyone wore in high school with logos plastered on them. I’ve been down that road before and had vowed to not retrace my steps.
Photography by John Stoffer

However, A.P.C., the notorious cult label of simple Parisian basics, caught my eye this past winter. 

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TGIF: Video Wrap-Up

June 1, 2012
  • Brad of Well-Spent dishes seven questions with George of Oak Street Bootmakers and newly opened menswear store, Independence. (Well-Spent)
    photo by Nathan Michael
  • If you’re looking for something to do tonight in the Chicago area, a few of us are going to be heading over to Heritage Bicycles for a screening of Wayne’s World tonight (Friday) at 9 p.m.
    If you haven’t seen Wayne’s World or Heritage, get your ass over there this weekend.

illustration by Nathan Michael

  • Our guy, Alex Beh, released a new short film, Coffees. Way to go, guy.

    COFFEES – watch more funny videos

  • The Age of Millenials.
    Word of advice: Don’t let your mother pick out your suit and get off the teat, pal.

  • Ladies, a few of our friends from around town weigh in on what Chicago guys think about what you’re wearing. (Refinery 29)
  • Another for the ladies: We dished our favorite spring style tips for you to forward on to the dude, brother, man, roommate in your life. (Refinery 29)
Don’t forget them deals: Huckberry and The Art of Manliness have teamed up this week to bring you a sale that includes Criquet organic polos (take 25%), Leatherhead sports equipment (take 20%), Field Notes (take 20%) and military watches (take 10%). Ends June 7.

ESSENTIALS: The denim jacket

May 15, 2012
You loved your denim jacket in elementary school.
Perhaps even in that grungy ’90s phase you went through (because you had an older brother who lived in the basement constantly blasting Nirvana and claiming to be misunderstood for wearing a ball-chain necklace and JNCOs.)
Ok, maybe your older brother wasn’t the sartorially suave guy you thought he was in hindsight.
Regardless, he wore a denim jacket. As did all of your other favorite (read: terribly awesome) ’90s stars as well as the badasses from years ago. It’s a classic and worth your wardrobe investment.
Rekindle with your beloved hand-me-down again—or throw down the dough for a classic that lasts. Denim jackets are making the rounds again these days on street style blogs and fall runway presentations. Of course, this is nothing new for you denim jacket veterans who’ve had a tried-and-true jacket to show for it (looking at you, Brad).
BUT: If you’re new to the world of denim jackets, opt for a blue then go for a black or grey next. Don’t start with a nearly-cropped bleached denim jacket like I did.
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CONFESSIONS: Whole Foods

May 2, 2012
Fair warning: this post is all over the place. Each season, I always have a wishlist, rather a checklist, of items that I want to get. Some I’ll thrift, some I’ll casually eBay snipe or order offline and others I’ll have to throw down the money to nab.
For spring, I was inspired by these three looks. 
  • Summer wedding or “Is this even considered business casual,  or is it just slummin’?”
  • Casual cool or “Hey kid, you wanna buy some weed?”
  • Night out or “So you’re going to Capsule this year, right?”

  1. Summer wedding: A very casual summer wedding but really just going to Whole Foods after work. Lately, I’ve been really into the idea of having a pair of trousers with drawstrings. But really, let’s be honest. These are tailored sweatpants with a drawstring. I mean, I believe dressy sweatpants function in the same category of striped tees. 
    Example: The T-shirt’s all like, “I’m just a tee, but I have a little jazz to me that is refined and cool” and the slim sweatpants are like, “I’m a skinny sweatpant that hasn’t been slept in and used as a napkin for Doritos.” I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but I would wear this to Whole Foods for a 2-for-$6 pizza special.
    • (Seth’s editorial thoughts: Sweatpants don’t strike me as being in any way appropriate for summers OR weddings.)
  2. Casual cool: Last night’s outfit that I slept in after three rounds of ‘gritas at Big Star and now need a morning after hangover cure and my friends want Bongo Room but really I’m just going to Whole Foods breakfast instead of waiting in line for some eggs and sexy salad.
    Striped tees are so versatile. Unlike a plain tee, you can’t just sleep in them because the get wrinkled. The stripes hide wrinkles and stains, so you can easily sleep in them and layer them under shirt and jackets. Roll out of bed and go, bro. Striped-tee-and-anything all spring and summer and fall and winter. All year, baby.
  3. Night Out:  It’s the kind of night where a date showed up an hour late, stayed for 30 minutes then left me with the check because she had to go pick up a “friend” from the airport. 
    Some say that women get dressed to impress men. Others say women get dressed to impress other women. I think it goes the same for men. I’ve been hunting for a double-breasted jacket for a while, and you know I’m feeling the camo anything, like every other menswear blogger. So with the hunt continuing, I’m just waiting to find the perfect mid-weight jacket that I can wear just about year ’round. However, if you want to go hunting for cougars, go to the Whole Foods bar in an afternoon in Lincoln Park. And always get the grab-bag drink special. 
Summer casual sweat suits, jean jackets, striped tees, camo pants and double breasted blazers. Those are my jam right now and what I’m looking to incorporate into my wardrobe. 
What about you? What are you on the hunt for this spring?
Oh, and Whole Foods, holla at me if you want to fund my lunch breaks, hangover cures and impulse snacking habits.

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