Thrifty Thursday: Camel suede chukka boots

If you’re from Missouri, you’re aware that there’s this quasi-rivalry between St. Louis and Kansas City. It’s natural, after all, seeing as they’re the two biggest cities in the state and they’re both furnished with competing major league sports teams. When you go to Mizzou, though, you’re kind of forced become frenemies friends with residents of the other city. While it’s unfortunate, it is necessary.
At any rate, some of my own St. Louis friends tricked me into actually going there under the guise of watching them run half of the St. Louis Marathon. I eventually took the bait, and in an attempt to make me think more of their hometown, they took me to The Loop. It was here that they fed me the delicacies of Pam’s Chicago-Style Dogs, walked me past one of the Midwest’s best music venues, The Pageant, and finally took me to some of the city’s finest boutiques and vintage resale shops. It was inside of one of these shops—Avalon Exchange, to be exact—that I stumbled upon these mid top boat shoes for $15, in almost new condition.
$15? Sold. Plus, nothing quite says spring/summer like a light-weight, light-colored pair of shoes. Canvas sneakers, white suede bucks, or in this case, tan mid top deck shoes.
St. Louis, you’re alright in my book.
(Seth’s note: The “Loop”? Chicago-style dogs? Sounds like St. Louis is just a Chi-wannabe. The thing is, I bet they like ketchup on their hot dogs, and that right there says it all.)
Also, while the Corter ‘For Japan’ bracelet is no longer available for purchase, you can definitely still support the one-man, Boston based leather goods operation. The single wrap leather bracelet is a favorite. Also, where else can you find a handmade in the USA, natural leather utility belt for under $50? Nowhere. Definitely check it out here.
Camel suede chukka boots (thrifted from Avalon Exchange, $15) by Anchor, size 10; red and blue plaid button-front (thrifted, $3) by L.L. Bean, medium; “The 77″ straight leg dry selvedge denim (Standard Style, $198) by Baldwin Denim, size 31; natural leather “Corter for Japan” bracelet (retail, $20) by Corter.

Photography by Jarred Donalson.

Emilio.M - That shade of brown really looks nice with any pants, I really like it a lot.
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Yale Hollander - I was born in St. Louis (where I once again live) but I grew up in Jefferson City and then attended college at Mizzou, so I’m well versed on the whole St. Louis – K.C. thing. Perhaps it was the circle in which I traveled, but my peers and I chose to focus on the best each burgh had to offer and to discount the rest. Rivaly, schmivarly . . . . except of course for the Royals’ disputed 1985 World Series title.

On the matter of Fathers’ Day. I urge you to read this mighty piece penned by one of my favorite imaginary Internet pals (i.e. Facebook “friends”) Tom Junod. The piece is 15 years old but holds perfect currency.

Something tells me you’ve probably seen this once or twice before, but if not, it’s a must-read.

Ambyr - Good color combo with the deep plaid, dark denim and light boots!


Seth J. Putnam - Thanks, Jen. I’ve started a draft on Father’s Day, so rest assured we’ll do something on it. P.S. your family is unbelievably dapper. Good looking gang!

Mallory, you would. Consider this wisdom: “Those…[Chicago] Dog connoisseurs are often vehemently opposed to eating (or even witnessing) Hot Dogs w/ ketchup.”

Gospel truth.

mallory wiegers - seth, i love ketchup on my hot dogs. also, a father’s day gift post would be excellent. joel is tricky man but does love to look dapper.

Jen - oh the kc/stl rivalry…i married a kansas city-ite and it’s the bane of our relationship…at least he’s a cardinals/chiefs fan, i don’t know if i could live with a royals fan.

LOVE following you guys…

(PS: post suggestion: Father’s Day gifts…I need to find a good watch and you have better taste than me!)

STREET midweSTYLE: Drew on Oak Street

What’s cool these days?
Zubaz, right?
So is street style photography, I guess.
Wait, I thought you only photographed yourselves, you narcissists?
We didn’t get tired of photographing ourselves (or Cameron at least). We just wanted to mix things up. Other guys around town are keeping it fresh and doing their own style, so we’d like to shrine some light on those dudes: friends, classmates, coworkers, neighbors, roommates, drinking buddies, acquaintances and whoever else might be strolling down the road. Don’t worry, we’re not going to become “one of those street-style blogs” all of a sudden; we just thought we’d spice things up to keep it interesting.
Meet Drew. He’s a sound sculptor and jack of all trades. I’ve run into this guy a handful of times since moving to Chicago and he’s a rad guy to know. Good looks and great style.

Badass? Check.
Functional? Check.
Obnoxious color? Check.
Killer watch by Uniform Wares from Need Supply.

Why we like this look? Monochromatic palette with touches of color and print. We like that.

Polka dot short-sleeve shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs; “100 series” yellow watch (from Need Supply) by Uniform Wares; grey suede desert boots by Common Projects; “Detroit” straight-leg grey pant by All Saints.

Photos by Jeff Kieslich.

Ambyr - These suede chukka boots are amazing. Love his rolled pant look with them!


Things Organized Neatly: The Bruiser

“You can’t do that.”
“Do what?”
“Wear black and navy.”

“Says who?”
“You just can’t.”

Gentlemen, who gave us this no-black-and-navy rule?
Hell, who said you can’t wear brown and black together? I’m sure they had every good intention of steering you away from being gawked at or accused of being color-blind (because hey, I know a few guys who are color blind.) But let’s step back and reassess of our views on mixing black and navy.

For us Midwestern boys, we were told not to wear black and navy together because…

  • It’s too dark.
  • It doesn’t match.
  • It doesn’t look “good.”

Disagree. You can do it, and you can do it well.

  • It’s too dark: Try breaking up the navy and black with some white, grey or another neutral—even olive or khaki. (Yes, those are considered neutrals.)
  • It doesn’t match: That’s the point. You don’t have to match your belt to your shoes to your watch strap color. Although you can, you don’t have to. You’ve heard the expression “matchy-matchy?” Yeah, let’s avoid that in this scenario and roll with the bruised-looking palette, that’s often how I look walking out the door. (A little black and blue, with a dash of purple or mustard.)
  • It doesn’t look “good.” Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder. And I’m beholding you and telling you it looks sharp. You were probably told that you can’t wear dress shoes without socks and that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Bullshit.

Feeling ballsy? Add a touch of yellow or an obnoxious pattern.

Grey straight-leg chino by Nonnie Threads, small; black trim fit waxed stretch cotton “Brayden” jacket (Nordstrom) by Comune, small; black-and-white-striped tee by American Apparel, small; navy cotton button-down by J.Crew, extra-small; Weekly-Planner Notebook by Moleskine; thrifted black leather belt with brass detailing; white “Authentics,” courtesy of Vans.

Raquel - Thank you for posting this. I always thought black and navy look awesome together.. if you follow these rules!

Seth J. Putnam - NZ—

Great point. Good to remember there should be a method to the madness.

PV and Jamillah, thanks. Props to you guys!

Speaking Nonsense. - This looks amazing, I think in the end these colors look perfect together!

eupham - Yo Guys…

One important note on rocking mismatched colors such as navy and black: keep the shades far apart. A deep midnight navy will be lost against black. A true navy or even a dark indigo will look sophisticated against black because it looks distinct and purposeful. One of my favorite cardigans is navy with a black placket. And look at the varsity jackets the Woolrich Wooolen Mills did last winter. A perfect use of black and blue.

Basically, its hard to tell the difference between deep blues or browns and blacks. If you can’t tell them apart at first glance, then don’t wear em together. - you guys are awesome, just found your blog recently and love the tone and all your styles. LOVE this post.

Friday Wrap-up: Technical difficulties

Editor’s note: Well, we got jobbed (as I’m sure many did) by Blogger’s downtime this week. Our Thursday post was deleted but is now back up…hopefully your regularly scheduled programming will continue without any hiccups next week. Thanks for being patient. — Seth

To send you into the weekend, here’s some of the best stuff we’ve seen all week:
  • All of Max and Joe’s disgustingly aesthetic iPhoneography during their trip to Nashville. Follow them on Twitter at @AllPlaidOut and @JoeGannon.
  • @caryrandolph wrote three brilliant short stories to celebrate her mother last Sunday. They’re sweet, funny, poignant and full of character all at the same time.
  • Our once-hometown magazine Vox featured us last week. Check it out.
  • Mr. Porter published an insightful feature with J.Crew men’s designer Frank Mutyjens on Tuesday.
  • Speaking of Frank, he and Jenna Lyons (la presidente) stopped by Chicago that very same day for a fête at their store in the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue. We hung out, had an interview, and will be posting said exclusive next week. Stay tuned!

Seth J. Putnam - Yale, that’s incredible. Thanks very much for commenting! We love connecting with other Mizzou alums. And as a magazine journalism grad with an Esquire subscription myself, I’m glad to hear you’re fighting the good fight.


Yale Hollander - If you were at 900 North I hope you had time for a nice hot lather shave at Trueffit & Hill on 6. Decadence par excellence!

Keep up the fine work here, gents. FYI, today I am wearing a mint green Polo RL pinpoint oxford purchased when I was a sophomore at Mizzou… 1987.

midweSTYLE: Safety pins and butterscotch brogues

Yeezy likes safety pins, I like safety pins.
Yeezy is from Chicago, I live in Chicago now.
Yeezy wears Celine tops, I sell Celine tops.
We’re practically the same person.

Eat your heart out, Wooster.
I, too, can rock a safety pin tie clasp.

(Thrift #1.)

Oh hey, green grass on this beautiful day.

New butterscotch brogues, ya say?
(Thrift #2.)
Well, not new. But new to my feet. I picked these up at Nordstrom Rack for $60. Not too bad for a pair of leather Florsheims, too bad I’ve been breaking these in for the past couple days sans sock. After dual bleeding achilles and scratched ankle bones, I’m nearing the home stretch of these being supreme comfort.
Butterscotch brogues (Nordstrom Rack, sale $60, reg $100+) by Florsheim, size 11; wine colored silk tie by rag & bone; “Made in USA” leather belt with brass detailing (Country Club Plaza, sale $4.99) by J.Crew, size 32; “The Henley” Kurabo 14-ounce dry selvedge denim (Standard Style, $198) by Baldwin Denim.

Mike Watson - Keep up this great blog and keep great information coming for new people like me.

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