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another ledbury plug

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“they’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds.  “it makes me sad because i’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”

-f. scott fitzgerald, the great gatsby

the other day my brother-in-law asked me for recommendations on a dress shirt.  the only one that came to mind was ledbury.  since i discovered ledbury, i haven’t bought anything but.  i had a lady come to my office and try to fit me in one of those made-to-fit brands and i told her it would take an act of congress for me to change brands.

i believe as you get older, you find brands you like and you stick with them.  my dad doesn’t buy anything but polo and brooks brothers.  it works for him.  in my limited time on this earth, i’ve found that ledbury dress shirts fit me the best.  one way i can tell they’re working for me is from the amount of compliments i get when i’m wearing one.  the blue shirt with the navy dots in the top right of this post averages 3 compliments per wear – true story – and that makes me feel good.

i’m not saying you should only buy ledbury shirts from here on out (you can if you want to).  what i’m saying is that when it comes to something as classic as a dress shirt, find a brand or two that you like and stick with them.  and be sure to buy quality, because they’ll last a lot longer.

if you’ve been sleeping under a rock and would like a little more info on ledbury, click here.  or if you want the cliffs notes, here you go: great story.  great brand.  great price.  great quality.

editor’s note: my father informed me last night that he now only buys ledbury shirts.  my apologies to brooks brothers and polo for the misinformation.

weekend kicks: nike air max 1

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for the last year or so, my go-to weekend kicks have been nike air max 1s.  they are one of my all-time favorite sneakers and the best part is that you can find them pretty much anywhere.  you don’t have to spend months looking for a pair to match your style (i’m looking at you air jordan 3).  there are plenty of colorways available like the grey / red air max 1 premiums you see above (and below).  i’m not sure when they drop, but i will be copping a pair.  for more info, click here.

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new kicks on the cheap

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as mentioned a couple of times on to take the train, new balance is one of my favorite shoe brands.  you know you’re getting comfort and quality when you purchase a pair of new balance shoes.  lately they’ve been putting out a lot of collaborations and special versions of their popular models to please the sneaker heads and the casual fan.  (ps ball and buck if you read this blog, please hook me up with camo 574s.  i will be your best friend forever.)  not necessarily lost in all of the hype is the classic 574 which you can find pretty much anywhere for under $60.  i was close to pulling the trigger on a new pair of 1400s from j. crew as well as some of the new 998s from kith, but since it’s the holiday season and i shouldn’t be spending money on myself, i went with a cheap pair of 574s from zappos for $51.  i know you’ve seen nb 574s thousands of times, but these look too good not to mention.

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classic christmas album covers

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i don’t know about you, but i’m trying to get in the christmas spirit around here. usually i wait until the week of to start listening to christmas music and hanging lights and buying presents, but not this year. this year i’m starting early. (i’m actually listening to dean martin’s winter romance as i type this post.) rather than post a link to a mix you’ll never listen to on spotify, i thought it’d be fun to check out the cover art of some of my all time favorite christmas albums. kids these days ain’t doing it right. click read more for the rest of the list.

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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.

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.

holiday gift idea: minnetonka moccasins

my parents gave me a pair of minnetonka moccasins two years ago for christmas, so believe me when i say they make an excellent gift.  they’ll run you about $55 and will be at your house in less than 24 hours courtesy of zappos.  it doesn’t get any easier (or better) than that.