Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Standard – Black Cap Toe

(Clockwise from top left): 1. Santoni Howell 2. Allen Edmonds Park Avenue 3. John Lobb Phillip II 4. Alden 9071 Black Shell Cordovan 5. Salvatore Ferragamo Newland 6. Barker Black Clifton Every man should own a good pair of black cap toe oxfords. They are the standard in terms of dress shoes – they can […]

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Bow Tie Guy - February 27, 2010 - 2:12 PM

I could not agree more. Mine have been in service for a few years; they have been resoled and rebuilt, but keep on going. Taking care of your shoes will help them last. In addition to shoe trees, a regular cleaning and shine is essential to both the longevity of the shoe as well as looking like a gentleman.

Nicholas - February 27, 2010 - 8:13 PM

Park ave x Woodlore epic = perfection. I don't know about anyone else but the steel shank in Alden bothers my feet. I think Allen Edmonds are more comfortable.

Disaffected Prep - February 28, 2010 - 2:29 AM

Don't forget Peal & Co! (my favorites…) Love Barker Black too. The showroom in NYC is tiny but beautiful – worth looking up online.

vir beātum - February 28, 2010 - 2:36 AM

I sense a kindred soul. Serendipity has been working in my favour lately.
beingmanly: what's afoot?

DAM - March 1, 2010 - 2:35 PM

1. I couldn't agree more about the shoe trees and start a ritual – pick one time of year when you give them all a light sanding to re-release the oils.

2. With jeans? I have tried this many a time and can't get it to look right. What's your suggestion.

longwing - March 3, 2010 - 4:37 PM

I agree that these are good to have but they are for suits. Possibly charcol trou and blazer. Wearing with anything else makes one look like a guy with not enough shoes.

JRS - March 3, 2010 - 10:40 PM

BTG – You are exactly right. I usually take a Sunday a quarter and give all my shoes a good polish.

DisPrep – Peal makes a great product.

DAM – The key is to wear them with a slimmer cut (preferrably darker) pair of jeans, not a stonewashed version of Hammer Pants. I got a pair of these, and like the look:

Longwing – I think the cap toes give a 'casual' look (jeans + sport coat) a polished look.

Main Line Sportsman - April 13, 2010 - 9:53 PM

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Mr. Cash’s Day

Seventy-eight years ago today, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. He is a true American archetype. He is greatly missed since his death six years ago. If you have the chance this weekend, put on one of his albums. If you need a suggestion – try ‘At Folsom Prison’. Image: Google Image Search

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RCS Likes: The Texas Cadillac*

1985 Chevrolet Suburban *In honor of my upcoming trip to Austin, TX. Image:

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J.P. - February 19, 2010 - 6:32 PM

Sweet ride. Probably a cheaper alternative to the Wagoneer.

Anonymous - February 19, 2010 - 10:07 PM

Ha! I drive a 1985 Suburban and have had a few Texans ask if I wanted to sell it. Said it reminded them of their childhoods. Now I understand.

RVS - February 20, 2010 - 1:59 PM

My Dad drove one of these (in Arizona) for years . . . it was very loud.

The Enthusiast - February 21, 2010 - 10:09 PM

My father currently owns a '95 Suburban. I'm not letting him get rid of it as in a decade it will be a dinosaur of the SUV era. I can't wait until I can take care of it.

Forbes - February 24, 2010 - 7:43 AM

Terrific stuff.

Spring Shoes

Classic, clean staples. 1. Gilman Weejuns in brown from Bass – A classic that will never go out of style. With shorts / jeans / khakis sans socks. 2. Fish Hemp sandals from Rainbow – because everyone has the regulars. 3. Suede Bucs by Bass – Trust me. 4. Sperry A/O Originals in Sahara – […]

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Skip - February 18, 2010 - 3:39 PM

Great picks! Can you wear with a suit?

Skip - February 18, 2010 - 3:40 PM

Great picks! Can you wear Weejuns with a suit?

DAM - February 18, 2010 - 4:16 PM

Spot on JRS

Skip: I'd recommend only wearing weejuns wiht a suit if it's a casual fabric: seersucker (but bucks would be better), poplin (but tassel would be better) and cordoroy (but longwings would be better).

Skip - February 18, 2010 - 7:18 PM


David - February 19, 2010 - 1:28 AM

Amen. I've got versions of all of them. They definitely all look better the more you beat on them, except the penny's of course. That being said, I wear my sperry's like sneakers.

Anonymous - May 15, 2010 - 7:18 PM

Please, please, please push back against the mission creep that has surrounded the flip flop. Flip flops are for the pool, beach, or the showers. Not work. Not the commute. Not anytime one feels like it. They are the most casual of footwear and to bring them into non-water related arenas is not only distracting ("fwap fwap fwap" down the hallway), but disrespectful.

Georgia Day

Yesterday was ‘Georgia Day‘. It is the anniversary of the colonial founding as the Province of Georgia. On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe landed the first settlers in the Anne, at what was to become Georgia’s first city (and later the state capital), Savannah. (wikipedia) General James Oglethorpe Forsyth Park in Savannah The interesting part […]

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James - February 13, 2010 - 4:28 PM

Savannah, one of my favorite places on earth. Thanks for memory jogger.

Death Bredon - February 14, 2010 - 8:42 PM

In my heart, Savannah is among the first cities of the Cosmos! (How's that for hyperbole?)

buy Cialis - February 1, 2011 - 7:48 PM

Excellent post, I've been reading a lot of blogs and this one was the best one, but I don't understand about the biblical proportions… what do you mean with that last expression? I really wanna know the answer.

RCS Likes: Southern Proper

1. ‘Sweet Tee’ – Vintage t-shirt 2. SP Golf Visor – A buddy of mine saw them a the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The good – ‘tall’ visor style…top shelf. 3. Proper ‘Old School’ Polo – RCS has three Southern Proper polos and can attest to their fit and quality. Slimmer cut, but […]

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J.P. - February 12, 2010 - 12:20 AM

Oh crap– I seriously had no idea you were doing a post about this at the same time!!

How do you do that cool thing with the photos?

Mark - February 12, 2010 - 1:14 AM

I LOVE it! There's no Proper like Southern Proper. "SP" is like water off a duck's back: natural.

manifolddestiny - February 12, 2010 - 3:23 AM

Mike Adams and I showed up at a cocktail party in Nashville once wearing the same red Southern Proper bulldog bow tie. We complimented each others' excellent taste in neckwear and he went back to shaking down donors while I went back to the bar.

Also, is George Gibson's still open in Athens? I spent a lot of time there in college and I was really sad to hear of Andy's passing. He was a great guy.

Paul91 - February 12, 2010 - 2:43 PM

Southern Proper is great! But careful with those polos… a couple times in the dryer and they shrink quite a bit. Found that out the hard way.

Big fan of the new Bourbon & Cigar bow ties.

RHW - February 12, 2010 - 3:16 PM

I think either George Gibson's or George Dean's is still in Athens. I know Dick Ferguson's has been gone for ages.

I'll have to test this SP polo…I love RL polo shirts.

Ashlyn Stallings - February 12, 2010 - 3:44 PM

I'm such a fan of this great company… Give me a boy in that cotton boll tie, and I'll swoon.

I have a crush on every perfect headband they offer…

Anonymous - February 28, 2010 - 6:28 PM

Too bad Southern Proper doesn't make the Cotton' Pickin' pattern in yellow. Although they continue to feature it on their Web site, they haven't offered this color in years.

I’ll Tell You What Time It Is

The Seiko SKX009: On a Navy blue NATO strap:

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trip - February 5, 2010 - 1:28 AM

Solid watch. I've got the SKX007 on a jubliee bracelet (wearing it right now, in fact). I need to get a 22mm NATO for it though.

manifolddestiny - February 5, 2010 - 1:48 AM

Great choice, I'm wearing my SKX031 (modified by Yobokies) on the authentic Bond RAF strap. So great.

J.P. - February 5, 2010 - 2:22 AM

I have the exact same watch I wear on a couple different NATOs. Love it.

TRVS - February 5, 2010 - 2:52 AM

It matches my boat shoes, do they make one for the ladies?

Tucker - February 5, 2010 - 3:26 PM

Very nice. I've never had one, but the Pepsi Seikos have always had a big following on the watch fora.

Main Line Sportsman - February 5, 2010 - 8:01 PM

A wanna be Rolex GMT II….