With many things pertaining to smarter modes in menswear, I’m often late to the party. I didn’t fully understand the pleasure (or importance) of a well-tailored suit or what went into a well-made shoe until my late 30s. When I “discovered” things like Warby Parker, J.Crew’s Ludlow suits, Indochino, Kamakura or The Tie Bar, I learned that other smartasses in the menswear ether had known about them for years. I don’t claim to be inventing any wheels here, and I will never pretend to be an expert. We get there when we get there.
Another party to which I arrived late is Alden. To be clear, I’ve certainly been aware of Alden and their gold standard in American shoe and boot making for a long time. In fact, I’ve been coveting a pair of Alden’s cordovan chukka boots for several years. My new arrival to the Alden party comes in the form of actually owning a pair. Continue reading “My Cordovan Chukka Boots from Alden”
Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we make assessments when we look one another over. Other than the obvious signals to financial status and, of course, taste, the choices a man makes about what he puts on himself offer clues to his character.
One of those clues – something that impresses me about a man – is his shoes. It’s not about an expensive pair of shoes. I’m actually rather unimpressed with obvious displays of prestige or the perception thereof. What does impress me is when a man selects tastefully and takes care of those selections. A brilliant shine and a well-tended heel say something. Dull shoes with worn heels say something else. Continue reading “Saving My Soles With Taps”
Danté’s Inferno starts on “Maundy Thursday” in the year 1300. In the modern age, I believe his tenth circle of Hell would ensue on Black Friday – a day invented by retailers that makes employees want to kill themselves from … Continue reading My Shopping Plans for Black Friday 2013
Sunday is my day to catch up, recharge and prepare for the week ahead. Part of the ritual entails what I think of as “prepping my arsenal,” which includes cleaning, laundry, ironing and shining my shoes, which I demonstrate in … Continue reading Prepping the Arsenal: Shining Shoes
After a witchy winter, spring has sprung, including a little flirtation with 80º F earlier in the week. With the warmer weather come shorts and flip-flops, about which I have some definite feelings I express in this episode. And though … Continue reading Podcast Episode 10: Shorts, Flip-Flops, Aereo, Cars and Shaving
It’s no news that stars in Hollywood command a bigger paycheck than their Broadway counterparts. Yet with all the access and resources that come with the money (stylists, designers, etc.), many celebrities still manage to screw it up on the … Continue reading How To Kill It on the Red Carpet at the Tony Awards