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.

 

it’s oscar night

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i love going to the movies.  it’s one of my favorite past times.  i feel like i’m doing a disservice by not spending more time dissecting the films that i spend countless hours watching.  i should note that i’m not an expert, so there is probably no reason to read what i’ve written except for debate purposes.  I did take a film class in college, so i’ve got that going for me which is nice.

2014 was a great year for movies.  i saw most of the important ones (birdman, the grand budapest hotel, whiplash, american sniper, the theory of everything, the imitation game, boyhood) and missed a few (selma, wild, foxcatcher, still alice, two days, one night).  here are my quick thoughts on tonight’s academy awards:

best picture: birdman deserves it and should win it.  boyhood is a cool concept and beautifully executed, but birdman is unique and like nothing i can remember watching.  whiplash was my favorite movie of the year, but has no chance.

best actor: i’m pulling for michael keaton, but eddie redmayne completely transformed himself to play stephen hawking.  voters love that stuff.  i bet redmaybe beats keaton by a noisehair.

best actress: julian moore has it locked up from what I hear, but at least we’ll get to see marion cotillard sitting in the audience.  she is such a babe.

best supporting actor: jk simmons as the a-hole band teacher was far and away my favorite performance of the year.  if he doesn’t win this award, i might start turning cars over in my street.  sorry ahead of time, neighbors.

best director: i would love to see wes anderson win this award, but birdman’s alejandro gonzalez inniritu will take this one home.  maybe wes will take home best original screenplay this year.  fingers crossed.

you’ve probably stopped reading by now, so i’ll stop there.  how about the picture on this post?  the greatest actor of all time (brando) and the biggest babe of all time (grace kelly).  niiiiice.  enjoy the awards.

the year of the superstar

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last year we had the stan smith.  this year it’s the superstar.  they’re popping up everywhere and i’ll be honest, i like them.  i’ve owned a couple of pairs over the years, but not since 2007 i believe (i think my ex-wife threw them out or at least recommended i do so).

the superstar was the first low-top leather basketball shoe to be made.  it’s easily identifiable by its rubber toe box which people called the “shell shoe.”  after they’re introduction, they were quickly adopted by the hip-hop community and immortalized in the run-dmc song “my adidas.”

it’s nice to see adidas making such a triumphant comeback.  if they could just go back to making the rod laver without the added weight of the new gum sole, i would be a happy man.

and for those wondering how you wear them, this is how you do it:

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(apologies for not giving photo credit.  i grabbed it off of tumblr.  if it’s your photo, let me know and i’ll add it.)

dating again (part 2)

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wow.  where to begin?  it’s been a hell of a year for dating.  i was in a relationship for the last 10 months and that ended in september.  trying to do the grown up thing, we talked through it and realized it was not what we both needed or wanted.  looking back, i can confidently say that she taught me a lot about relationships and life and i am grateful for meeting her.  now back to the drawing board…

i feel like we’re in the worst age for dating.  all i hear from my female friends is that it’s a “hook up culture” and guys are not looking to date.  i’m going to go ahead and tell you that that statement is complete bullshit.  it’s a defeatist mentality and i’m sick of hearing it.

the real problem with dating right now is that it’s a lost art.  we, the young people of this world, have forgotten how to do it.  we’re scared of it.  all the things our parents have taught us have been lost to technology.  rather than picking up the phone and making a phone call, we text.  rather than approaching a woman in a public setting or being introduced, we use apps to break the ice.  i am guilty of both of these things.  i have even been preaching their use for the last couple of years now.  i’m tired of it. Continue reading

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.

the interstellar jacket

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i saw interstellar last night.  i then stayed up for the remainder of the evening trying to decode it.  i still haven’t figured it out which is not to say that it’s not a good movie.  it is a good movie.  it’s just thought provoking and complicated and exhausting.  if you’re not into that, there’s always dumb and dumber to.  

as far as menswear is concerned, there’s really only one item of clothing worth mentioning: mcconaughey’s carhartt jacket.  it’s been a working man’s staple for as long as i can remember.  i had a buddy from college who wore this exact jacket year round.  he was also a peanut farmer.  my guess is that you are not a peanut farmer and that’s ok.  it shouldn’t deter from purchasing your own interstellar jacket (there’s a reason it’s been around so long).  just make sure to throw some dirt on yours or run over it with your car before taking a test run around your city.  and in case you were wondering, his boots were red wing iron rangers (not that i notice those kinds of things).

wes lang x i+w bandana

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wes lang is a badass.  if you’re not familiar with his work, google “wes lang grateful dead” or “wes lang kanye.”  dude has ridiculous amounts of street cred.  it’s no surprise that he’s a) friends with matt and carrie eddmenson from imogene + willie and b) partnered with them to make this limited edition bandana.  there are 500 of them available, so act fast if you want one.  buy yours here and be sure to check out the video on his work.

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