Monthly Archives: April 2012

On Driving Shoes

Everyone owns some sort of boat shoes.  They are everywhere – especially inland.  My experience with boat shoes is that they look clunky in short order.  While this is part of their charm – as described in the OPHB, driving shoes are a more streamlined, professional look.  If boat shoes are station wagons, driving shoes […]

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Evan Morrison - April 30, 2012 - 8:53 AM

You’re definitely missing the elusive H.S. Trask buffalo mocs. Company was bought out and went dark the past few periods, but is planning a reemergence, hence keep a look out for the new lone buffalo models.

Let’s also never forget good ol’ Cole Haan Country edition driving mocs, way better than the gunnisons of today.

Ryan Lee Waldron - April 30, 2012 - 9:40 AM

I had a nice long conversation with a shoes salesman (I believe it may have been at Perlis, but I may be mistaken on that one), where I learned that driving shoes are for driving and nothing else. Apparently, the upper wraps around to the bottom and it is not designed to come into frequent contact with materials like concrete or rocks. Essentially walking damages them. Furthermore, since the bottom is typically the same piece of leather as the upper, repairing these shoes is rarely possible. The short of it:

Driving shoes are meant to be kept in the car. Put them on when you get in, take them off when you get out. Because of this, I opted instead for a simple pair of loafers with a sleek look (

Jeffzx9 - April 30, 2012 - 9:46 AM

Driving shoes tell me their owner doesn’t change his own oil.

Jeff - April 30, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Off topic but I half expected to see a post on Jason Dufner this morning- Auburn alum, first time PGA Tour winner, and soon to be married!

Dave H. - April 30, 2012 - 10:12 AM

I agree that most aren’t practical for daily wear; I have these ( and wear them to the office on many casual Fridays.

Within a few weeks of walking to and from the parking lot, the leather just below the front toe on both shoes started to scrape, and is now on the verge of wearing through.

I’ll be buying another pair strictly for driving, and something else for “the look,” but with a little more ruggedly engineered sole. Those J&Ms look like a pretty sweet option…

I V...since 1906 - April 30, 2012 - 11:07 AM

I love my Ferragamo’s. They are a dark brown pebbled leather. My only complaint is once I park the car, they offer almost no support for my feet while walking. Yeah, the look is hawt, but the functionality…meh. Consequently, I have some Ferragamo suede tassel loafers riding shotgun when I wear them. Nothing looks worse than a brutha complaining about “how these shoes are killing my feet!” OK, almost nothing. Perfect for wearing while profiling next to my vintage BMW at car shows…just don’t ask me to walk over and see YOUR car.

Mike Wingert - April 30, 2012 - 12:28 PM

Driving shoes are of course just a silly fashion thing to be worn from car into bar and must be treated thus. Plain ones from Tods are terribly smart with be-ribboned types clearly trying too hard to be noticed to be taken seriously. Remember, less is more.

Amatourist - April 30, 2012 - 7:45 PM

I likes me a good pair of sockless mocs. We some driving fools down here in Texas so they come in real handy. Mine are Church’s… got ’em on L St., D.C. Was a grad student. Didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Old man in the shop sold ’em to me half-off. I woulda paid double. They’re beat to hell but suede and English-made and they’ll wear alright ’til my toes touch the pedals.

Kyle - April 30, 2012 - 8:18 PM

I just replaced my J&M Hembry Penny drivers with the McKinnon Buckle. Only thing is, sometimes I look down and feel the toe is a little square (something I didn’t really notice in the store) but they’re growing on me as I’ve only had them a week.

Angela Duke - April 30, 2012 - 8:39 PM

LOVE THIS POST!! I hate boat shoes. These are great.

Topsider - April 30, 2012 - 8:51 PM

Driving shoes aren’t really for driving, folks. They’re basically house slippers that can be worn out of the house. Think Belgian loafers, but with more testosterone. Those who complain about premature wear are missing the point.

EJI - May 1, 2012 - 9:12 AM

Tod’s soft leather is awesome. Also, I like them because they aren’t as “thick” looking as other driving mocs. I have couple pair that I got when I was in Italy some years ago. I love them but they need some TLC. I wish I could send them off to get repaired.

Ryan Lee Waldron - May 1, 2012 - 4:56 PM

Topsider, I’m not missing the point.As your name suggests, you probably realize the durability of a pair of boat shoes. Thus, if you accept that boat shoes are durable, you will realize that driving shoes are not an adequate replacement.

Mark Simonovich - May 7, 2012 - 9:00 AM

You are missing these… a more durable sole option!

David Stu - May 31, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Great posts here…. Tod’s are good, I agree. But the best overall pair of driving shoes were “the original driving shoe”
They have lasted the longest. I think the brand is owned by Prada these days, so it should be a lot easier to get them herein US.

David Stu - May 31, 2012 - 12:07 AM

Correction: “the original car shoe” is the name…

Dan - June 6, 2012 - 7:24 PM

Those RL ones (#4) are great, have a pair and they look great with pretty much everything I own, nice article.

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こんにちは!私は仕事で私周りにサーフィンを私の新しい iphone4からあなたのブログを!あなたのブログとすべてのあなたの記事を楽しみにしています|ちょうど私が愛していると言うしたかったを通じて読書を読ん! 上のキャリー素晴らしい働く!



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alex - April 30, 2012 - 1:23 AM

ever notice how light colored labs have a nose that turns pink at times….Wonder why???? Great pic by the way…

T - April 30, 2012 - 9:24 PM

Do you recall where you got your dog? It is beautiful and I am in the market for one myself.

Please shoot me an email if you would…

Thanks man

Top of the Heap: Cooper from To Take The Train

Ladies and Gentlemen – I give you To Take The Train‘s Cooper, a Damn Good Dawg and one of Nashville’s finest: Cooper of To Take The Train: “my favorite piece in my whole closet is this t-shirt from my high school.  it was given to me on the first day of my freshman year.  it […]

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Paul - April 27, 2012 - 8:57 AM

Boo MBA! Says the FRHS grad… #rivals

tim - April 27, 2012 - 9:30 AM

Champion used to make a killer grey athletic shirt. I’ve got an old one from my college that I can’t wear anymore because I’m afraid it will fall apart. I would love to be able to buy another one without going back in time to 1994.

Champion. If you’re reading this, bring back your old grey athletic shirt. Preferably made in the USA.

UVM if you’re reading this, put some pressure on Champion to start making their great t’s again.

Bert M. Campbell III - April 27, 2012 - 9:53 AM

I always liked the MBA class ring you could wear it for life unlike other class rings that you would hide after high school. I would love to see a picture of one.

Titus - April 27, 2012 - 10:57 AM

The real question isn’t whether freshmen wear the gym uniform t-shirt outside of PE, it’s whether anyone other than a freshman would wear the gym uniform t-shirt outside of PE.

cooper - April 27, 2012 - 11:54 AM

Thanks again for including me, Jay.

@Titus Everyone that went to MBA and got this particular t-shirt wore theirs outside of PE. When they switched from Soffe brand (different grey / different material), people quit wearing them. If you see someone wearing one now, you know it’s been coveted for a long time.

@Paul Haha. It’s a friendly rivalry now.

@Bert I’ve still got my class ring. It might be worth a post on to take the train. Good call.

David - April 27, 2012 - 12:59 PM

A FRHS and MBA rivalry will never be on the same level as the Ensworth MBA rivalry. Go Tigers!

Stephen B - April 30, 2012 - 1:42 PM

Go McCallie!

Wade - September 17, 2012 - 1:44 AM

I still have my MUS gym shirt like this one. My MBA fraternity brothers gave me grief for it though, ha.

If I Had Five Hundred Dollars – CCPrep $500 Giveaway

Folks – have you seen this?  Our friends at Country Club Prep are giving away $500 in their ‘Prepped to the Max’ photo contest.  It’s easy, too – all it requires is a photo.  The rules: 1) ‘Like’ our Facebook fan page (if you haven’t already) 2) Find the tab titled ‘Giveaway’ and enter […]

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Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering – Spring ’12

  Available in May ’12.  Sharp as a tack…

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(Team) Form Function Form – Brandy Shell Cordovan Watch Strap

Here we go again…remember the Dockers post(s)?  Well, we’re at it again.  This time – we’re focusing on Form Function Form‘s new offerings.  My job?  The Button Stud Brandy Shell Cordovan watch strap.  (Full Disclosure): Matt was nice enough to send one to me to review as a part of Sartorial et al.  It’s easy […]

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Rhon - April 23, 2012 - 8:44 PM

Simplistic, refined, and “manly”. Very nice.

Will - April 30, 2012 - 12:19 PM

Just out of curiosity, what type of watch are you wearing? I like the minimalist face.

yogi - May 1, 2012 - 12:15 PM

After zooming in on photo- I see it’s a vintage omega Seamaster!
Great vintage watch

Jesse - May 2, 2012 - 8:22 PM

I love this watch strap. bought one for my antique Waltham.

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Wm Lamb & Son Phone Cases – Want One?

The Lambs are some of my favorite people.  Great folks – the nicest you’d ever meet.  William is an amazing artist – you’ve all seen Social Primer’s Brooks Brothers Tailgate Blazer – the lining is William’s design.  Well, they partnered with Case Mate to produce his designs on SmartPhone covers – brilliant idea.  They were […]

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Mark Pritchett - April 21, 2012 - 8:40 AM

How could you not want one of the Oyster cases?!

CP - April 21, 2012 - 8:53 AM

Sign me up! I’m digging the pointers.

Hamilton G - April 21, 2012 - 9:01 AM

these look awesome

patrick - April 21, 2012 - 9:03 AM

these look nice!

Tim Lahey - April 21, 2012 - 9:04 AM

Like that GSP phone case!

Jordan - April 21, 2012 - 9:05 AM


Scott Kamenitsa - April 21, 2012 - 9:23 AM

The Tarpon on the Map tough case for a Blackberry Bold 9900 would look great.

W. K. Ihrig - April 21, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Love all of them….so much so that it’s hard to make a choice.

Gared Conner - April 21, 2012 - 9:34 AM

I am loving the trout and fly combo! Love to take that out on the river with me! Even if I don’t win, how do I order one of these?

Chris Hanno - April 21, 2012 - 9:37 AM

The blue oysters!

Josh Kilby - April 21, 2012 - 9:40 AM

These are great! Love the camo waterfowl!

Andrew - April 21, 2012 - 10:12 AM

how could you not want one?

Mark Gianfalla - April 21, 2012 - 10:17 AM

these cases are awesome! way better than Vineyard Vines’s!!

Gray Hauser - April 21, 2012 - 10:17 AM

these look awesome!!

Jonathan Guidry - April 21, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Great family and story! Love the blue oyster and point dog!

Joseph Guercio - April 21, 2012 - 10:33 AM

This is great! My favorite is the pointers!

Ryan White - April 21, 2012 - 10:34 AM

Green oyster case? Why not! Looks stunning! Deffinetly needs to be a tough case!

Greg - April 21, 2012 - 10:41 AM

I want all of them.

M. T. Samples - April 21, 2012 - 10:58 AM

The pointer is awesome! It’d look great on my new iPhone!

Nathan Propst - April 21, 2012 - 11:28 AM

Great company, great people, great products!

Markus Price - April 21, 2012 - 11:47 AM

I’m obsessed with all of the cases I have an iPhone 4s and would love a Tough Case in either Williams’s linen design and/or the hounds. I love these cases and I love the overall aesthic of both conpanies. Please pick me!

Drew Nelson - April 21, 2012 - 12:06 PM

Any of these would look great on my phone!

Greg - April 21, 2012 - 12:07 PM

In need of a replacement for my destroyed case!

Adam Martin - April 21, 2012 - 3:20 PM

Never liked cases on a phone, but i’d make an exception for these!

Blake Christianson - April 21, 2012 - 4:28 PM

These are awesome!

Paul Alan - April 21, 2012 - 5:08 PM

Great cases!

Daniel M - April 21, 2012 - 5:45 PM

awesome cases!

TJF - April 21, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Fox hunting scene!

Adam Godfrey - April 22, 2012 - 9:39 AM

These are the shiz!

Pedro Bueno - April 22, 2012 - 10:16 AM

Love the pheasants!

Dennis Dorsey - April 22, 2012 - 10:25 AM

those look awesome! I would love one!

Matt - April 22, 2012 - 11:03 AM

I need a new case, perfect timing.

Greg - April 22, 2012 - 1:21 PM

Would love to win one of these!

Carter Lotts - April 22, 2012 - 2:11 PM

These are great!

Brett Burnett - April 22, 2012 - 2:27 PM

“Hunting Scene Tough Case” is the greatest iPhone case I’ve seen. Very nice.

Katie Kronenwetter - April 22, 2012 - 3:25 PM

I love these cases!!

Gregory Friedman - April 22, 2012 - 3:47 PM

These cases are great

James M. - April 22, 2012 - 5:10 PM

There are pretty cool!

Brian Cromeens - April 22, 2012 - 6:52 PM

To be honest, I am yet to actually buy a smart phone… But, a with a hunting science cover option, who could resist the temptation…

Mark McCoy - April 23, 2012 - 8:57 AM

I cannot decide between the On Point, Hunt Scene and Flying Gobblers. They all would look great on my iPhone 4.

Seth - April 23, 2012 - 9:06 AM

Hunt scene of course to go with my blazer

Charles B - April 23, 2012 - 9:08 AM

Tough Oysters!

J. Thompson - April 23, 2012 - 9:45 AM

The bird dog and trout cases are looking pretty good.

Jeff - April 23, 2012 - 9:59 AM

Definitely diggin the top left. I’ll take one for my iphone 4

Blair Williams - April 23, 2012 - 10:10 AM

Awesome cases

Hunter - April 23, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Awesome cases. Keep up the good work.

mckenzie Carter - April 23, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Really cool! Would love to proudly display it!

Natalie - April 23, 2012 - 12:40 PM

I love these sportsman phones cases. They look very refined.

Brett - April 23, 2012 - 12:47 PM

The “Hunting Scene” case design is awesome.

Brett - April 23, 2012 - 12:50 PM

The “Hunting Scene” phone case looks awesome.

Tyler - April 23, 2012 - 1:56 PM

The fish and fly combo on an IPhone 3GS would look great!

Grant Williamson - April 23, 2012 - 2:31 PM

they look great

Brion R. Judge - April 23, 2012 - 3:49 PM

I would absolutely love to have the “Hunt Scene” for the iPhone 4 in the barely there version.

Sophia - April 23, 2012 - 7:47 PM

I loooove them all. Camo may not be my style just yet, but for these I could possibly make an exception

Philip Fibiger - April 24, 2012 - 8:06 AM

I have to say that I am really digging the tarpon/map case.

Stuart - April 24, 2012 - 11:25 AM

I really like them all!

Gardner - April 24, 2012 - 11:29 AM

Sweet cases!

Connor Gillan - April 24, 2012 - 12:57 PM

likes and follows for both.

J. M. Mosley - April 24, 2012 - 1:38 PM

love the brook trout tough case. would class up my iphone 4 considerably.

S. Kidd - April 24, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Would love to win one of these

Lee Harris - April 24, 2012 - 2:15 PM

Awesome cases! The Turkey in Flight and the GSP are my faves!

Daniel - April 25, 2012 - 10:25 AM

Thee are just too cool!

Patrick McCoy - April 25, 2012 - 1:03 PM

I love ’em! Fratty as hell

Hendrick Booz - April 25, 2012 - 10:50 PM

My naked iPhone almost cries for clothes like these…

John Hardy Willson - April 26, 2012 - 9:09 PM

All of the above but have to go with the Hunt Scene! Great folks, great products!

Valli Todd Catchpole - April 26, 2012 - 9:26 PM

Don’t think it is reasonable to select just one!

Andrew Carter - April 26, 2012 - 9:31 PM

Awesome cases, will be purchasing soon.

Nick Valinsky - April 26, 2012 - 9:45 PM

Unbelievable designs from a company that deserves nothing but success. The hunt scene case in particular is by far the best phone case i have ever seen period!

Matt - April 26, 2012 - 10:07 PM

Very classy cases!

Claire - April 26, 2012 - 11:14 PM

The oysters on the green background are making me long for summers on Dauphin Island!

DXK32 - April 26, 2012 - 11:32 PM

Finally. An iphone case that doesn’t suck.

emma - April 29, 2012 - 11:38 PM

Flying Gobblers
I met a man at a 60th birthday wearing a duck tie the very same deep green as flying gobblers, I commented on it and we had a long and wonderful enriching conversation.
I met a man in San Francisco wearing another duck tie, with only one small mallard, a pink carnation and three piece grey suit, I commented on that tie too and we stepped out all night swing dancing.
I hope if I comment you can post gobblers to Australia and I can continue the bird story.

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