looking for our new camo shirt

brilliant ad.  i wish i was cool enough to rock one of these.

red wing engineer boots

since this is somewhere around my 5th post about engineer boots in the past month, i’m going to go ahead and call them my next purchase.  i was holding out to order fryes until i saw those moto boots on monday.  the rub being that i have no connections to tokyo or moto.  as luck would have it i noticed some boots on red wing 1905 this morning that looked an awful lot like the moto boots.  i know most engineering boots look the same with the buckle at the bottom but there is a certain look and finish i’m looking for – mainly pronounced stitching at the sole (which the fryes don’t have) and a tobacco like finish.  the new engineer boots from red wing fit that criteria.  they don’t look as crispy (hope i’m using that word correctly) as the moto boots i want so badly, but i bet they’ll look close enough after several months of wear.

etch a sketch ipad case

incredible.  buy it here.

almost red wing time

i wish the shoes above were mine.  i wish i had braved the break in period long enough to own a pair that needed to be resoled.  for the past two years i’ve attempted to find the perfect pair of red wings.  i’ve tried the 875, 1905, 877, and a couple of other models.  none seem to fit just right and it’s totally my fault.

the first pair i purchased were my running shoe size 10.5.  they felt like clown shoes.  i went down a half size and they were still too big.  i then settled on the 9.5 for a couple of months until i realized my heel was still slipping.  i refused to to admit that i had made the same mistake 3 different times so i waited until the end of the winter to order a 9 in the irish setter model (877).  unfortunately they felt too tight.  i took to styleforum.net to see if others were having the same issue.  they were.  in fact there’s a whole thread devoted to red wing sizing there.

now here i am a year later reading the same blogs and seeing the same cool cats post pictures of their precious red wings all cleaned up for the winter time.  i’m jealous.  i want to post pictures of my red wings, but i don’t have any.  it’s time to man up and not be such a wuss this season.  i’m ordering a new pair.  i might even do it today.  and i’m going to break the f**kers in so next september i can show you how bada** my red wings look.  you’ll see.

and if you want to know the consensus on sizing i’ll tell you what i learned.  most people size down a 1/2 from their original shoe size e.g. if you’re a 10 in most shoes then order a 9.5.  most red wings don’t come with insoles so they’re thin at the bottom.  if you want to put an insole in yours then you might be happy ordering true-to-size.  if you have any questions or need any help send me an email totakethetrain@gmail.com.

style icon: jason schwartzman

i realize it’s a little premature to call jason swartzman a style icon, but the dude knows how to dress.  from skinny ties to perfectly tailored suits to his own rod lavers.  his style seems to be a true reflection of his personality and that’s how it should be.  whenever i think about how i want to dress for the fall, i can’t help but think about last year’s band of outsiders lookbook starring schwartzman.  it’s a nice collection of sweaters, tweed sportscoats, khakis, and boat shoes.  more pics of the actor on the next page. 

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crescent down works for j.crew

speaking of vests…the j.crew collaboration with crescent down works (which i mentioned here a couple of weeks ago) is now available in their online store.  the vests is the same one i posted – the north by northwest vest – but in a fern color.  they also carry a burnished moss color (tan to you and me).  i’ll take one of each please.

for the ladies

great fall look for the ladies.  the vest is a nice touch.  i don’t see a lot of down vests on girls.  might need to buy one for the wife.

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