Category Archives: Men’s Footwear

What’s New and American-Made From Allen Edmonds?

Even though it’s the middle of summer, we just came off a nice cool weekend and that got me thinking about boots. Good quality, rugged, stylish, American-made boots.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Over the weekend we got an email from Allen Edmonds that introduced two new boots. The first is called the Stirling. Based on a classic Scottish style, it is named for the famous battle fought by William Wallace. The Stirling features a wingtip oxford design with updated perforation, a goodyear welt and a clear rubber sole.The second boot is the Sullivan Street, a very stylish cap-toe boot that features a mix of smooth calf leather with full grain or suede and a Dainite all-weather sole. The thing that I like about the Allen Edmonds boots is that they are re-craftable, because when you drop some serious money on a pair of shoes you want to make sure you can get them repaired so they can last for years. I also like that both of these boots feature durable rubber bottoms because an everyday life can be tough one one’s sole. (Couldn’t resist.)

Regards,

Paul

The Good Acre Collection by Taylor Stitch: Made in USA

Quite a few companies are grouping their menswear into “lifestyle collections” and one of my favorites is Taylor Stitch. I love the fact that you can buy a complete outfit that has a story behind it; even better if that story fits your own narrative. Take the Good Acre Collection, which is currently in the funding phase. The collection is geared more toward those that work with their hands rather than those sitting behind a desk but, truth be told, it works for both.The Chore Pant is better looking than the worn jeans I tend to wear to work everyday. It features a double knee and is made from 100% cotton Duck Canvas.The Utility Shirt is a slightly heavy fabric, so I see it as a Fall garment or as a light summer jacket worn over a colorful tee. The Cone Mills fabric alternates between twill and plain weave to achieve the “corded” affect.
The collection features two different jackets: The Project jacket, above, is constructed from a 10-oz Beeswaxed Army Duck Canvas, so it is water repellent.The second design is the Chore Jacket, which is on my short list to replace a foreign-made coat I’ve worn for years. The combination of a cotton, dry-wax canvas shell and a 100% cotton blanket stripe lining will be perfect for chores during the New England Fall when the leaves start to change.The shirt that Taylor Stitch chose for ths collection is made in Portugal, so I took the liberty of selecting my own, American-made replacement, the Moss Mechanic Shirt.Finally, there is the all-important footwear. There is only one choice here and that is the Mark Boot, made for Taylor Stitch by Rancourt of Maine.

Taylor Stitch is a crowd-funded site, so you need to act when items are offered. However,  there are plenty of items in their Essentials Collection that are kept in stock. It’s a very well-curated collection.

Regards,

Paul

Lucchese’s Roper Boots on Sale: Made in USA

For a limited time you can purchase a pair of men’s Lucchese Cannon Roper Boots on sale at Huckberry. The company has been around for 130 years and their old-world boot-making is legendary (as are their prices).

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the link above. Please do!The Cannon is a classic Western boot  but with a more standard height heel. The boots are constructed with a premium suede goat leather and a leather sole. The boots are handcrafted in Texas using classic construction methods such as putting lemonwood pegs in the heel instead of nails, because they naturally expand and contract with the leather.I like the round toe – the boot has that Western flair, but it isn’t over the top for a casual New Jersey office, where a high heel and pointed toe can look a little over the top. And they  just look great with a pair of jeans.

The boots come in two colors: black and brown and have a great understated style.

Regards,

Paul

Leather Flip-Flops For Men and Women: Made in the USA

The past few weeks have brought some very strange weather to the Northeast. The month of May has felt more like April with buckets of  rain and cool temperatures. Finally, though, it looks like the warm weather is ready to settle in and we can put the heavy boots away for the season and break out some summer footwear.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through some of the links in this post. Please do!The basic leather sandal, like these by Ocean Rider (above and below) feature a hand-made leather strap, a non-skid rubber sole and a leather footbed.
If you crave a little flash of color, choose embroidered webbing with nautical or patriotic designs -or a skull and crossbones design with a fish in its mouth!

For women, SAS has cute leather flip-flops and sandals in multiple colors and styles.Luna Sandals, for men and women, are made in Seattle.

Finally, we found these men’s leather flip-flops at Brooks Brothers.

 

Regards,

Paul and Kathy

A Stone’s Throw From Edison’s Lab, Made-in-USA Menswear Dominates at City Workshop

Two years ago, Roger Stevens had a great job at Morgan Stanley. Only problem? He didn’t feel so great about the direction his life had taken. Long work days combined with three hours of round-trip commuting took their toll until the day in early 2015 when he sat at his desk and and said to himself, ” I don’t want to do this for the rest of my career.”Within a year, he and his wife Josefina had City Workshop Men’s Supply Company up and running in West Orange, NJ. That was in November of 2015 and he has no regrets about their choice. “This can be hard,” he said of the retail trade, “but I’m happy.
A large percentage of the products at City Workshop are Made in America, including familiar and not-so-familiar names. Above: a nice selection of watches from Shinola.Soaps from Duke Cannon (we picked up a bar), socks from American Trench, gloves from Upstate Stock and solid deodorant from Alfred Lane are just a few of the items displayed above.We  couldn’t resist picking up a long-burning soy candle from Fury Brothers.
Roger showed us clothing from Railcar Fine Goods, which we had not heard of before,  including the Chore Coat above.There’s a nice range of jeans available from brands like The Surplus, Left Field and Kato, which offers a very popular four way stretch fabric, We also spotted Red Wing boots and clothing from Taylor Stitch.

We thought Roger had a great sense of style, and Paul could easily see himself wearing most of the items in the store. Roger also mentioned that he’s always looking to add interesting merchandise, which would certainly draw us back.

So if you have a chance, take a trip to West Orange and check out City Workshop.  Then, wander down to the Edison National Historic Site for a little education and history lesson about one of the great inventors of our time.

Regards,

Paul and Kathy