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common projects chelsea boots in charcoal

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i need these boots.  they’re sold out on mr. porter.  this brings a tear to at least one of my eyes.  i bought a pair of brown ones last summer.  they are my go-to kicks.  if you see a pair of these somewhere on the internet, please holler at ya boi.  i need them asap.

need: blundstone boots

blundstonesi’ve been traveling a ton lately – not that i’m complaining because i love to travel.  when we’re in a new city, we tend to walk somewhere around 8-10 miles per day which means you gotta have the right footwear on to make that happen.  most trips you can find me in my red wing iron rangers, but lately they’ve become a bit heavy and uncomfortable.  oh, and you have to take them off in airport security even if you’re pre-check because of the metal.  it’s annoying.

i’ve been doing a little research for some new travel boots.  my main criteria are as follows: light, comfortable, and an easy transition from day to night.  enter the blundstone 500 series.  these are the classic australian work boots that can take a beating during the day and not get you kicked out of a nice restaurant at night (well, maybe not super nice but they’re not nikes ok).

i’ll confess, i bought a pair several years ago, but returned them do to sizing issues.  i ended up never buying the bigger size.  it might be time to try again.  i’ve heard only good things about them.  anybody have any experience with these?  if you’re debating between the 500 and 550, this dude made a really great video regarding the subtle differences.  really great job, youtube reviewer.

reminder: use mink oil

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it’s the holiday season.  who’s excited?  i’m excited.  you know who else is excited…my growing collection of red wings because they get a nice new coat of mink oil.  mink oil preserves, protects and waterproofs the leather.  you want these on your boots.  i bought the can you see above on amazon for $6.  that’s a small price to pay for protecting your favorite wintertime footwear.  happy start of the holidays and the shite weather.  cheers!

red wing weekender chukka boots

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are you sick of your clarks desert boots yet?  i was, so i searched for an alternative and low and behold i found these red wing weekender chukka boots.  since i don’t blog as much as i used to and/or keep up as much as i used to, i didn’t know these were a thing, but they are.  they’re solid shoes for the summer when you have to wear pants.  the only thing is that they’re wide as hell, so if you have a narrow foot, go for a size down.  if you have a wide foot go a half size down.  break in time is less than a full day in them.  nice job red wing.  get yours at todd snyder.

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common projects chelsea boots

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chelsea boots are suddenly en vogue.  well, maybe suddenly is the wrong word choice.  they never really go out of style.  they’re classics.

i’ve had my eye on these common projects chelsea boots since 2012.  i regret not following through with the purchase because kanye started wearing them and if ye’s wearing them then that means they’re going to be harder and harder to get (duh).  i’ve been hesitant to mention them on here because i wasn’t sure how i felt about the color choices – tan and grey.  i’m on board now.  you can pre-order a pair on barneys website, but they won’t ship until february.  we’ll call that they ye effect.

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quoddy ring boots

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if you’re a menswear enthusiast, you’re probably checking the date on this post and making sure you’re on the right one.  yes, i realize these were much hyped 4 years ago and i should have jumped on them then, but no better time than the present, right?

i’m feeling these right now and i couldn’t tell you why.  maybe it’s because they’re different.  maybe it’s because they’re good looking.  maybe it’s that damn ring.  i dunno.  they’re just plain awesome.  if you need a better description, you can check them out here or on my feet when they arrive this week.

 

the best boots i ever bought

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if you’ve been a reader of this blog since the beginning, then you know my obsession with red wing boots.  i’ve been searching for the right pair and fit for at least 5 years now.  i realize there is a lot happening in the world and i should probably find something else to do, but i really really like red wing boots.

last year around this time, i tried my luck on some black (gasp) iron rangers, and what do you know they’ve been the best boots i ever bought.  they took no time at all to break in and are now more comfortable than most of my athletic shoes.  they were also the only kicks i took with me when i went to paris and london this past summer.  i probably logged 5-10 miles a day in these s**t-kickers.

if you’re looking for a good winter boot or just a really awesome year round boot, then give these a try.  i would recommend buying two pairs – 1 a half size smaller than your regular shoe size and 1 a whole size smaller.  as with all red wings, sizing on these is tricky.  good luck.