Category Archives: Men’s Footwear

New Colors for Allen Edmonds’ Made-in-America Shoe Line

When I feel like adding a little extra color to my wardrobe, I typically go with a colorful pair of socks. Allen Edmonds has gone a step further (pardon the pun) and added new colors to some of its classic shoe styles. While these might not be for everyone, they will surely add some flair to whatever you wear.The Strand now comes in 7 colors. Grey Calfskin Leather is shown above.The Cornwallis is shown above in Red Leather.The St. John’s Double Monk Strap in shown in Blue Calfskin Leather.



Meet Wilson and Willy’s: American Made

I’m always excited when I find a new (or new–to-me) company making clothing here in the USA. Wilson and Willy’s is the latest of these companies. In addition to their own brand of men’s pants, shirts, and outerwear, they also carry a well-curated selection of other American items from companies like Oak Street Boot Makers, PF Flyers,Duluth Pack, Faribault Woolen Mills, and more.

Here are some of our favorite items:Waxed Anorak in Tobasco.
The Raglan Trench Coat is made from Faribault Woolen Mills Military blankets in NYCThe Waxed Rambler Coat features a mid-weight, wind- and water-resistant 8 oz Martexin waxed-canvas and is lined with moleskin.

Manufactured by Hackwith Design House with material from Faribault Woolen Mills, the Madeline jacket is 100% wool.The Melbourne Pajama dress is made from 100% cotton and made in L.A. by Maison Du Soir.The flannel boxy tee is beautifully shaped.The Stephen Kenn Foot Soldier Sofa is made in CA. and features material from Faribault Woolen Mills.

For those in the area, Wilson and Willy’s has a brick and mortar store in Minneapolis, MN.



Multiple Men’s Boot Styles, On-Sale Now: Made in USA

Boot sales seem to be popping up everywhere!Multiple boot brands are on sale at Nordstrom.Huckberry has multiple designs of  Thorogood boots on sale. Allen Edmonds has multiple styles at very significant discounts. We can’t create a search showing just boots, so this link will show all sale items. While all the boots are Made in USA, not all the shoes are.Click, then scroll to the bottom to see the Helm boot styles that are now on sale.
woolrichbootusa2These Woolrich Yankee lined boots are currently on sale.
Through January 19 you can get $25 off plus free shipping with code  ENJOY25 on Orvis boots (and anything else).


American Shine Co: A Father-Son Team That Manufactures in the USA

I’ve learned in writing this blog that, by taking proper care of an item, you can extend its life well beyond that of the throw-away products favored by too many consumers today.

Take my shoes and boots. Everything I buy now can be re-crafted, meaning it can be returned to the manufacturer for an overhaul of the sole, heel, stitching, etc. I leave that part to the professionals, but the things I can do myself include polishing, airing and treating them with the recommended products.
Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to the type of polish, wax, brush or rag used to care for their shoes but you definitely need a box to hold everything. For sentimental reasons I still use my dad’s shine box, but it doesn’t quite meet my storage needs like the ones I recently spotted from American Shine Co. Their  Executive model is shown above in Cherry and Chestnut. They measure: 12″ x 9″ x 11″

Not only does the American Shine Co. box hold your stuff, it also features polish rails which make that final buffing step so much easier. If storage space is a concern, check out the Pioneer model, shown in Natural and Ebony above. It is a slightly smaller box measuring: 12″ x 9″ x 7″.

The American Shine Co. is the creation of Matt and Steve Golia, a father-son team who hand-craft their products in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to their products, the site includes a section on proper shoe car that will help to keep your leather shoes looking sharp. You’ll find it here.



PF Flyers: Made in USA

Isn’t it funny how fashion tends to move in large circles? Clothing you wore twenty or more years ago is suddenly back in fashion. Back in the day, I was wearing flannel shirts, straight leg denim jeans and PF Flyers. What am I wearing today? Flannel shirts, denim straight leg jeans, and soon, PF Flyers. The great thing is that all of these products can be found made in America.Do you know what the PF stands for? Posture Foundation, which was the name of the insoles developed by the BF Goodrich Company.

Let’s face it, when we were kids, you either wore Converse, Keds or PF Flyers and no one could convince you that you had made the wrong choice.Here is a question for you: Would it be a fashion faux pas to wear these Gitman Denim Hi-Tops with denim jeans? I don’t think so.
Not sure if you have ever seen the movie The Sandlot, but the sneakers that Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez wore to outrun the beast were the venerable PF Flyers and the Sandlot version (above) is available today.I was talking to Kathy who was also waxing nostalgic for a pair she had as a kid. While there is a wide assortment available for women, hers were lo-tops and those are being made overseas.

The PF Flyers that are Made in USA are manufactured by New Balance in Boston, Massachusetts so if you are ever in the area stop by and take a tour of the plant and see where these fashion staples are made.

Whether you walk or run go forth in style.