midweSTYLE: Desert Boots Resoled

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. 

Bryan Arri - Super glad you posted on this! I’ve walked by Dawson’s myself a handful of times. Mine are in need of new soles. I love the way yours turned out and I think I might just have to copy them…

Dan Lish - Tatooine Trekkers

Desmond Kinlaw - Dude thats awesome. Never imagined desert boots with that sole. I think I kinda like it. Just out of curiosity, how much would it have been to just get another crepe sole put on there?

Chinos & Cheesecake

Wolfgang - Rommel Stalkers

Jet Syquia - beautiful!

nadinebritt - Now they look like dinosaur teeth.
It is always a good day when you get your favourite shoes resoled. Enjoy!

Johnny - Sand Sharks

Jamie - I was equally sad when my knee high black leather boots had worn out heels. Took me over a year to realize it would cost $30 to get them reheeled over umm the $150 to buy a new pair of boots. Good call supporting local business!

Alex - desert tooths

xts77 - Nice looking boots! I’ve been wondering about a crepe resole as well. Really debating finding someone to put a Dainite sole on them, but that will be much stiffer than the original crepe and I’m not sure how I would like it.

Was this the case with your new ripple sole? Any difference in the feel when walking? Also, those boots have an awesome patina to them! Did you use any leather conditioner or wax on them?

tara polly - ooh, love this resole. how rad!

SUNDAY LINEUP: Dose Market

Just checking in quickly to say: Come hang out with us at Dose Market on Sunday. Seth will be working alongside Max Wastler (All Plaidout) at the booth he’s running for Buckshot Sonny’s limited edition “Kamp Kit.”
Here’s an exclusive first look at the patch design for Buckshot Sonny’s forthcoming dopp kit with Winter Session. It’s based on the model Max took to summer camp as a kid. Says Max: “At mine, they spelled it ‘Kamp.’ We nod to that with our Kamp Kit, debuting at Dose this Sunday, June 24th.”

midweSTYLE: Stripes, chambray, cobalt.

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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Speaking Nonsense. - I’ve been wearing the hell out of some stripes lately…
Not going to lie Target had some great stripe v-necks and t-shirts… I have no shame.

Me visto solo - Wow! I really like this outfit! The jacket is perfect!

‘Me visto solo’ [Man] – mevistosolo.blogspot.com

Des Kinlaw - Im diggin the jacket. I just did a post on sailor striped tees. And those kicks are the bee’s knees…

http://chinosandcheesecake.blogspot.com

Raquel - 1. The track jacket/hoodie is a true success.
2. I SERIOUSLY dig the David Lynch hair. Favorite hairstyle for a guy.
3. Warby Parker.

ArtFlu - Love the shirt! I have the similar one marine inspired and I can assure it makes the look! :)

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IndiaMorgan - love the red shoes with stripes. how come ladies get stuck with JEGGINGS and you lucky dudes get things like chambray trousers?! jealous.

tara polly - this look rules. just perf!

REVIEW: The Proper Suit

From what GQ would have you believe, “suits are to women what lingerie is to men.” Though our female readers might be the most authoritative voices to confirm or deny, we can’t find any evidence to dispel the notion.

That’s one reason we were so excited to connect with Richard Hall and McGregor Madden, the magicians behind Proper Suit, an online custom-suit maker. We met the guys just over a year ago at one of their fittings in Chicago and instantly connected because of our common belief that the modern world has eliminated all excuses for men not to look sharp.

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Seth J. Putnam - Messing with the new commenting system. So far so good!

Speaking Nonsense. - Greating suits and great opening picture.
That ought to be a facebook cover photo. Ha

Azalea - Great suit! The photos are beautiful.

Kate - I absolutely second that.

AnnaRuna - GREAT post. Love it.

dani - Female kryptonite. Done and done.

Des Kinlaw - Great post. Very informative. Awesome pic with the burning newspaper. It takes some balls to hold on to that. Hope you got it on the first try.

http://chinosandcheesecake.blogspot.com/

Seth J. Putnam - @John: Fair point. I updated accordingly, as I believe they’re in other Eastern locations besides just China, but you’re definitely right in clarifying that this is not American-made.

@DT: Sorry, dude. Was working on short notice and they were all that were available.

John - They may be running it out of the midwest, but it is still a Chinese made suit.

David Pennington - Fantastic. By the way – your paper is on fire. (awesome pic)

DT - Great suit, but those shoes man…

TGIF: Video Wrap-Up

  • 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.