Footwear

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Hey Readers!

Just wanted to share a new website I’ve started. I cover movies, TV, comics, and games in a pretty casual, (hopefully) entertaining way. If you have any interest in pop culture and nerd/geek related things, I really encourage you to check it out. It’s mostly in video form so subscribe to the YouTube channel to stay in the loop. Maybe as style/fashion oriented folks, you can nitpick or draw inspiration from the weird stuff I wear. Enjoy!

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Statement Socks

Hey Gents,

Everyone loves the guy who can successfully pull off a pair of statement socks. Says GQ about the often overlooked accessory: “Statement socks are like a stylish man’s best kept secret; they represent a level of personal care and sartorial interest that deserves nothing but respect. And the other dudes in the know? They’ll notice, and be jealous of your game,” which is absolutely true.

A few choice combos. Mind the break of your pants and don’t be afraid to show off!

This privilege is easy to abuse, so don’t be that oblivious tryhard that contrives ugly, loud patterns and tries to pass it off as being “dapper.” There’s a certain level of tact required when going down this path so just be mindful of where you stand on a scale from Bobo the Clown to Dwayne Wade. If you find yourself thinking twice about any of your choices, go ahead and stop — the choices should come naturally. If you want to go conservatively, stick with Navy — it’s the universally neutral sock color. Avoid black.

An example of a trainwreck. Jesus Christ. I would need a full leap year to sit this guy down and explain everything that's wrong with this sock pairing.

An example of a trainwreck. Jesus Christ. I could dedicate a full leap year to sit this guy down and explain everything that’s wrong with this pairing and still not have enough time.

In case you’re in the market for some sprezza socks but don’t know where to start, keep in mind these few rules-of-thumb for sock buying and care:

-First and foremost: Don’t buy cotton. Either buy wool or a synthetic blend. Cotton is moisture-absorbant, which dampens the socks and increases the rate of wear (Not to mention the inevitable foot odor).

-Wool has the advantage of being moisture-wicking. Also, throw the notion of wool being a “winter-only” material out the window, it’s dated thinking. Modern advances in the textile industry provides us with high-quality, fine/ultrafine wool that won’t choke your feet. Itchy wool is just cheap wool.

-Despite popular belief, socks aren’t actually one size fits all. They are typically 1 or 2 sizes larger than your shoe size. Poor fit will wreck your socks so mind the fit. Additionally, poor shoe fit can actually ruin your socks quicker as well.

-Always hang dry your nicer socks. The heat from the dryer will wreck the elastic and will unravel the knit. For ultimate longevity, hand wash them as well.

Some additional inspiration for awesome pairings. Says Josh Bearman of Rolling Stone, “Socks are like lingerie for men.” #swoon

Recommendations:

Tourist: If you just want to experiment with some patterns and pairings but aren’t sure if statement socks are your speed, try a few pairs from Richer Poorer. Think of these as the H&M of socks– they look neat and are inexpensive, but are of poor construction and may last you very few wears. But they’re a good introductory brand if you’re just a tourist. Try it out, get some feedback from your family and friends and then reevaluate your needs. Alternatively, you can just match your pants or go a shade darker to make you seem taller. Again, Navy rules supreme.

Step Up: Happy Socks are a decent value for the selection and mixed-bag quality. You can also always check out J.Crew Camping socks & Uniqlo, but always mind the materials in the product details. Compliment your pants color and develop an understanding of how colors and patterns work together.

Top-Tier: My pick for the top brand goes to Pantherella. Check out their “trendy” section and you’ll see great patterns that aren’t overdone. Consisting of pure quality, the artisan-level craftsmanship for this brand that’s been around since 1937 is just unbeatable. Splurge on these and you won’t regret it. Match with other pieces of your ‘fit like pocket square, tie, or shirt. At this point, you don’t need me telling you what to do.

Your Style Consultant,

Jack

 

Footwear Friday: The Chukka Boot

Hey Gents,

On this new weekly segment, “Footwear Friday,” I’m going to clue you in about different types of footwear as well as recommend some products that fall under that category. Step up your kicks game!

Chukka 2

This week, I’m zoning in on the Chukka boot. One of the grail pieces of footwear, the chukka is incredibly versatile and should be a staple in any basic men’s wardrobe. They are typically made of leather or suede and are more comfortable than walking through a field of marshmallows. Historically, they were used by British military to traverse the desert with efficiency; however, modern day chukkas aren’t typically built for that utilitarian of a purpose. We wear them because of their versatility and looks.

The versatility lies in their flexibility. You can dress down a pair of slacks for less formal settings, yet they’re a step above most sneakers. Pair them with cuffed jeans to become the king of casual. You’re not going to run a marathon in these, but they’re very comfortable for most regular settings. Chukkas usually come with a crepe, if not, rubber sole. Traction isn’t usually an issue and as long as you don’t drag your feet, they wear at a normal pace.

As far as looks go, chukkas are primarily sold in neutral, earthy tones so they don’t clash with many colors. You can rock jeans, chinos, and any other type of long pants and distinguish yourself compared to your typical sneaker-wearing mouth breather. They’re both sleek and rugged at the same time– consider beating them up to give them “character.” A quick caveat though: be wary of wearing chukkas with shorts. I’d say they normally don’t work because they rise up too high on the ankle, but some low rise variations do exist and some people can actually pull it off.

CDBMy recommendation would be the quintessential chukka, the Clark’s Desert Boot (CDB). Personally, I don’t wear many things besides the Clarks during every season besides summer. Whether you leave the house to run errands, hang with friends, or to flee the country and it’s time to choose a shoe, CDBs should always be a contender for the green light. From personal experience, the sand suede coloration goes well with almost any color of jeans and pants.

Now, I would normally give you an alternative suggestion for a different price range but I recommend you don’t budge on the Clark’s. There are so many clones out there, but consider this: You can spend maybe $25-50 less on a clone of inferior quality, but they might last you a year or two of good wear at most. If taken care of properly, I’ve had accounts of Clark’s lasting 5-7 years. Mine are personally on their third year and they are still going strong. #gogetyousome!

Your Style Consultant,

Jack