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the lounger boot

a few years ago, my buddy jay at red clay soul started a campaign for l.l. bean to bring back the lounger boot.  they listened and are now offering two versions: 1) the shearling lounger with no buckle (not pictured) and 2) the l.l. bean signature maine hunting lounger that you see above.  the shearling lounger is a 7 inch pull on boot that retails for $169.  the maine hunting lounger (again above) is a 9 inch pull on boot with no shearling lining and an added buckle.  it retails for $199.  i love the look of the maine hunting lounger, but i do not understand the price point.  $199 seems a bit excessive for a bean boot.  am i wrong about this?  what am i missing?  would you pay $199 for this boot?  i love you l.l. bean, but i think i’ll stick with my 8 inch bean boots and rubber mocs that together cost $20 less than this boot.

red wing pecos boots 8866

good news for red wing fans!  for a limited time (or until they run out of their 48 pairs), the red wing pecos 8866 boots in oro russet are now available at unionmade in san fran.  up until now, they’ve only been available in japan, so if you want some you better move fast.  i believe the last the pecos boots are made on fits true to size, but i will confirm and update accordingly.

red wing moc-toe in navy portage

winter is coming (shout out to all my game of thrones watchers and/or readers) which means it’s time to get your boot game in order.  if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know my obsession with red wing boots.  i probably buy 2 or 3 pairs a year and then sell them on ebay when i decide i want a different model.  i’m fickle like that – no apologies.  the downside to my fickleness is that i don’t spend the requisite time to break them in, but who cares they still look cool.  if you’re thinking about making a red wing boot purchase, let me recommend these moc-toe boots in navy portage.  they’re basically the classic 875 model, but in navy.  you can purchase them here.  don’t forget to size down .5.

red wing heritage collection 2012

this is what i like to call lazy blogging i.e. posting a video of something i’m interested in with little to no description or analysis.  the only thing i will tell you is that red wing boots are essential to my fall/winter “uniform.”  i rarely wear anything else – not even pants or a shirt; just boots (kidding of course).  the last thing i need is another pair of red wing boots i will never break in, but those 2922 chelsea rancher boots are steadily climbing to the top of my wish list.

vasque sundowner hiking boots

when i was in 7th & 8th grade, my go to footwear was a beat to hell pair of vasque sundowners.  back then i spent a lot of time outdoors.  nowadays i spend more time thinking about doing stuff outdoors.  with the weather starting to warmup, i’ve decided i’m going to give hiking another shot this spring (i need an outdoor hobby that doesn’t consist of beer).  there are a lot of good looking hiking boots on the market right now, but i’m going back to vasque sundowners.  they’re about $100 cheaper than most other waterproof hiking boots (danner, merrell, etc) and they don’t look as intense if you only plan on using them for street hiking.  plus you can buy them on zappos which means they’ll be on your doorstep tomorrow.  one last thing: vasque, if you happen to read this post, please bring back the skywalk like the ones in the pictures below.  you’ll thank me later.

steve mcqueen style: world war II service boots

like many #menswear bloggers, steve mcqueen was a major influence on my current obsession with personal style.  my first introduction to him came from his film the great escape.  a friend of mine told me he wore desert boots in the film, so i went to clarks and bought some desert boots.  it wasn’t until watching the film a second time that i realized his boots looked nothing like my clarks.  i went to the internet for answers and discovered that mcqueen’s boots in the great escape were world war ii service boots and not desert boots.  i spent the next several hours back on the internet looking for anything that resembled wwii service boots.  i found nothing…until now.  l.l. bean signature has recently released their very own version of the classic boot made with roughed out leather and a rubber soul.  they look pretty damn close to the boots in the picture above if you ask me.  time to put on your persols, fire up your triumph tr6 650, and make your own great escape (sorry i couldn’t resist).

if you’re looking for more information on some of mqueen’s other footwear choices, see my previous post on his playboy boots here.

new beckham boots from imogene + willie

damn you imogene + willie for making so much good stuff like these newly released “jump” boots.  since i live and work down the street from their nashville store, it’s just too easy to go in there and spend money.  i saw these on their blog last night and had to mention them.  they are vintage paratrooper boots cut down slightly above the ankle with brand new white cushion soles.  david beckham is already fan (pictured below) which is why they’ve been dubbed “the beckham.”  just to clarify: becks was not in nashville – that photo was taken in la.  i’m going to go by there this afternoon and try not to buy them.

new kicks: red wing 8881 olive mohave

i realize i have a red wing problem.  they keep releasing new boots and i keep buying them.  i end up returning most of them, but i think i’ve found a pair i’m going to hang on to for a while.  these 8881s come in their signature roughout leather with a cushion crepe wedge sole and both leather and gold/tan laces .  they’re built on the 23 last which means you need to size down if you plan on buying a pair.  i’m going to treat them with a nubuck/suede waterproofer and then take them for a spin this weekend.  nothing like breaking in another pair of red wing boots.

brogue boot round up

one thing on my wish list for the fall is a pair brogue boots.  they’ll look great with a suit or your favorite denim.  a lot of brands are making them this fall, but here are my four favorites:

alden for j. crew

allen edmonds

grenson

trickers

red wing 8188

i’m going to try to keep the fall/winter posts lite on red wing boots this year, but before i do allow me to mention these 9″ pecos hawthorne muleskinner boots.  red wing’s “hawthorne muleskinner” is what they call their rough-out leather – which is known for it’s aging process i.e. they’ll look better with age.  the outsole is nitrile cork.  the only problem with the boots is that i can’t find them in the states.  these pictures are courtesy of red wing’s fine amsterdam store.  worst case scenario, i’ll have to order them from their amsterdam shop and wait a little longer to get them.  i guess it beats ordering them from the shoe mart and then never getting them.