Author Archives: JRS

50% off Sitewide at Onward Reserve

  Folks – Onward Reserve is doing their annual 50% off site wide sale…seriously…get over there quick.  I’ve already put a dent in my bank account, let’s see what sort of damage you can do.    

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Steven Bremer - January 29, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Didn’t need anything, but splurged and bought one of their cashmere v-necks for $87.

A Deeper Shade of Tweed

My guess is that the majority of us don’t wear a bullet proof vest everyday.  While the necessity to stop stray bullets may not be a daily requirement, the ability to stay warm and look good is always at the top of the list.  This is where tweed jackets enter the picture.  Probably one of […]

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KRB - January 29, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Just picked one up from Haberdash in Chicago online in the Haberdash 607 Bespoke. Fits perfect and right now an additional 40% sale items. Worth taking a look.

Alright, Alright, Alright…

It’s award season, so we are constantly inundated with the red carpet and after party photos of Hollywood’s finest.  After a while, it all starts to blend together.  Black tuxes with little variation.  Of course, 90% of them look just fine, with the only variation being a shawl vs. peak lapel.  You’ll see some velvet […]

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Advice: Winter Boots?

Team, I’m in the market for a pair of winter boots.  I’m looking for something that is relatively casual, but can be dressed up.  Rubber sole, relatively inexpensive, but built to last.  Caveat: I’m not looking for something as utilitarian as Bean boots, or as dressy as lace up John Lobbs.  Something in the middle. […]

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Nolan - January 25, 2015 - 10:18 AM

I have a co-worker who swears by these for casual Friday’s even down here in Tampa.

They’re a lot cheaper in Australia but the shipping will kill you.

The Ecco Track II is a also an amazing pair of boots. Goretex!

Owen - January 25, 2015 - 10:36 AM

I’d buy a captoe red wing. Classic and made in USA.

Glenn Kimmell - January 25, 2015 - 12:27 PM

I own a pair of Blundstone boots and they are weather resistant! I like them, but can’t speak for the suede ones. I also own RM Williams Chelsea boots also which are well worth the money! They also have utility version also worth looking at also Dubarry have a gortex version. I’d check EBay for the best prices on all.

Ben Hankins - January 25, 2015 - 1:26 PM

These look nice, but LL Bean boots all the way for me– Gumshoe or 6″ with Thinsulate. Made in America, iconic and– let’s be honest– they go with practically everything.

However, I love the dress Chelsea boots you’ve posted about in the past.

Nic - January 25, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Big fan of Blundstones. I’m originally from the southeast and bought a pair before heading up to school in Boston. They have seen a lot of snowstorms and winter slush. I was thinking about getting a new pair but they are looking better and better with wear.

Reed - January 25, 2015 - 11:55 PM

I own this boot, the 585 nubuck leather and use them to work on the farm or to wear to a causal dinner. The Blundstones are the most comfortable boot I have ever owned. What really sets them apart for me is how lightweight they are. They really are great boots.

Jarrett W. - January 26, 2015 - 1:08 AM

Take a look at these. It’s Cole Haan’s take on the Bean boots and are better looking than any waterproof boot I’ve seen –

http://www.colehaan.com/trenton-waterproof-weather-boot-cognac/C13012.html?dwvar_C13012_color=Cognac

Roger C. Russell II - January 26, 2015 - 3:54 AM

The Blundstone boot is meant to be much more casual than it is sold to us Yanks.
The Blundstone is used in the cattle industry to walk through cow dung. The soles are very resistant to the methane in manure. So,in Australia you wear blundstones to not screw up your good boots. If the exchange rate were not so presently out of our favor you could really get them cheap. They are presented to us as something more than I just described. Also, you need to wear an even size because half sizes are not available. Also, the ones like the style you have pictured are very wide. They are realistically made in about EEE. The styles with a square toe are a narrower fit. I had a pair that actually flaked apart. Literally one day I noticed some black stuff on me kitchen floor that looked like pieces of broken charcoal, it was my sole. Soon afterward the steele shank came through the boot and scratched up my floor really bad before I realized what had happened. The Blundstone is a knock off of the R.M. Williams boot. Go to Bootsonline.com and you can purchase the R.M Williams Yard Boot or Gardener for as descent a price as you can presently purchase anything Austrailian. It is 100 times the product of a Blundstone.

Roger C. Russell II - January 26, 2015 - 3:56 AM

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DP - January 26, 2015 - 11:23 AM

A friend of mine just got a pair of Wolverine Chelsea boots very similar to that but with Goodyear welt and made in the USA.

Rusty Moody - January 26, 2015 - 11:53 AM

I own and swear by the Dubarry Wicklow, same rubber sole, casual nubuck uppers, Gore-Tex. worth every penny!!

Cory - January 26, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Why not go for the Wolverine chelsea boot recommended in your previous post?

Blake - January 26, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Love my Blundstone 519’s. Pretty roomy, good for thicker socks, but fine with normal as well. Super comfortable.

Jason Gray - January 26, 2015 - 3:54 PM

Clark’s crepe soul desert boots…end of discussion.

RM - January 27, 2015 - 5:31 AM

Second the Dubarry Wicklow, alternate between two pairs almost every day, the mahogany (smooth leather) and the walnut (nubuck) couldn’t recommend them more, good for the field and the city.

BMOC - January 27, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Get Rossis. Cheaper and just as good as Blundstones. And not such a niche brand. I bet you can find them for $99.

Winterized, with East Dane

Ahh…wintertime.  It’s not the most comfortable season.  Most of us Southerners hate cold weather, and these two or three months of frigid temperatures present a bit of a challenge when dressing the part.  As it is, layering is key, while still staying comfortable and stylish.  For style, East Dane is one of my go-to’s for […]

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Cameron - January 24, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Love those boots, but hard to justify price-wise for Made in China.

Before & After: Meltonian Boot Work

I’ve preached over and over about buying quality pieces that will last for a long time.  By ‘last a long time’, I mean it’s OK to spend good money on pieces that won’t go out of style, and can be taken care of.  I bought a pair of Billy Reid Terrance boots a couple years […]

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BMOC - January 22, 2015 - 10:11 AM

They look great! Can I send you my 20-year old pair of Red Wing Pecos for the same TLC??

Ben - January 22, 2015 - 10:51 AM

They look great. Now if Billy Reid would just bring back a pair of roper boots.

Perspectives: A Chat With Ben Johnson, Orvis’ Menswear Guy

We all know about Orvis.  They have been a part of the outdoors conversation for as long as you and I can remember.  One part about Orvis that seems to play second fiddle to their outdoor gear is their menswear selection.  I don’t know why…they carry a TON of great stuff that fits squarely in […]

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Roger C. Russell II - January 20, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Gokey, no doubt strives to put quality items out to the Orvis customer? However, are they just going to become a luggage supplier? Gokey makes boots that scream of quality. These products are very under represented by Orvis the past few years. I will say Orvis or Gokey should experiment with fitting the modern foot. If you do not have a narrow or medium shoe size you can run into difficulty with the Gokey products. In general Orvis and Gokey are both great companies.

Roger C. Russell II