Wouldn’t it be laughable if Greats Footwear weren’t, well, great? Thankfully, we don’t have to consider such farcical propositions, as Greats are unadulterated awesomeness in shoe form. I recently jumped on the Greats game and snagged two pair of the Rosen (I went with the Cadet aka navy and the Nimbus aka grey) for a mere $79. That’s right fella, $79 for two pairs of legit minimal sneakers that pass the eye test with ease and are just as comfortable as any other comparable sneaker. I can’t tell you how they’ll pass the Father Time test, but as long as they literally don’t fall apart on me after a couple of months, I think I’m gonna come out on top in the exchange.
I’ll let you peruse their info further on the Greats site but here’s a quick snapshot: Brooklyn based brand that cuts out the middle man and sells direct to customer to offer more than affordable footwear made from quality materials that all include free shipping (including returns & exchanges). To borrow a phrase from another sneaker maker, “just do it.”
This time of year, a man needs a washed pair of jeans. But if you haven’t put in the work of wearing and washing your raw denim from years past, you might still be in the beginning stages of your denim metamorphosis. In that case, getting your legs in light wash denim is a good option on a hot day when rigid and raw jeans should remain in the closet. And while I’m not a huge supporter of utterly destroyed denim,¹ there is nothing wrong with letting a brand age your denim before purchase² to give you a head start on the break in process that you’d have had to suffer through seasons of raw wear to obtain.
Take a look at the Assemblage below of 20 different pairs from some of the best in the denim business in every washed color of the denim spectrum to find a pair you can call your own. Click out on the titles for price and purchase info.
¹ Especially a pair you’ve not spent the time destroying yourself.
² As long as you stay away from the acid wash.
Pardon the interruption from all the outlandish action in the wide world of menswear as I turn my attention back to classic shirting. You still wear button-up shirts sometimes, right? If so, read on. If not, stop reading and go sit in the corner and think about your life choices that have kept you in a perpetual state of adolescence and inhibited you from wearing anything that might enable anyone to mistake you as someone who is gainfully employed.
Anyway, I recently gave Ledbury shirting a try. And while it takes a lot to make a shirt stand out from the pack these days, Ledbury has quite a few things going for them. Certainly they offer up-to-date slimmed down fits and a bevy of Italian woven cotton fabrics but they also boast collars that have a canvased interlining that gives a substantial feel and I particularly like the size specific custom sleeve option that helps to fit my oddly short arms.
Plenty more details worth looking into over at Ledbury.
It’s S/S time so roll that denim up and show those pasty white ankles like dude/man here in these images of OSB’s new SSSSS (spring-summer shoe season shit™). I’m way deep into that the boat shoe upper getting a big ass sole and renamed the “Rowing Oxford.” Better still, it’s apparently waterproof Horween so if you really did want to do any actual rowing in it, I suppose that these shoes would be totally up for it.
Though I’m not sure I have the cojones for the beefroll silhouette sneaker paired with Milwaukee’s Thiele® Espresso® Leather and bottomed with a Margom® sole. That’s a shit ton of ® for one shoe but that’s not my reason. If you must know, it’s mainly because I’m actually pretty damn traditional in my footwear taste because I’m really old and uncool.
Price and purchase info on the collection at Oak St. Bootmakers.
Need Supply’s got that spring sale up and running and you work hard for your loot or not; you might actually just be a big leech on your parents who are just fucking trying to save for retirement but have to keep working to support your layabout lifestyle and want nothing more than for you to just get a job anywhere and move your ass out so they can finally move forward with their lives but feel too responsible to force you to leave so they continue to enable your laggard behavior but secretly lay in bed at night and talk about where they went wrong and are guilt-ridden for regretting your birth. Either way, take a look at some of the best gets below and save 20% with code SELECT20 at Need Supply.
Warby Parker just launched their new Luminary Collection with each pair constructed from Japanese titanium. I don’t know
a good deal anything about Japanese titanium but I’m pretty sure it ranks just below adamantium and mithril on the all-time awesome metal list. Couple that with the five new styles which are both minimal and classic with the new colors (Heritage Bronze, Antique Gold, Brushed Navy in addition to the Jet Silver) along with WP’s affordable/ethical approach to eyewear and I think I just found my new pair of glasses.
More info at Warby Parker.
Spring is here, but fuck it man, you know you still want to wear black. I mean, you’re gonna probably perspire a lot but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a terrible thing unless you sweat like my friend Teddy, who straight up pits out through all his shirts regardless of the weather and reeks like onions and rotten eggs. He swears he never eats onions or eggs and I believe him as I’m pretty sure that kind of odor only comes from some kind of voodoo curse.
Details on the Stealth Collection at Taylor Stitch.