Menswear Essentials | The Desert Boot

With the ability to dress this one up or down, coupled with its ease of wear and comfort, its a no brainer to why the Desert Boot will be stamped as an essential piece of footwear. From the mind of British soldier Nathan Clark and brought to life by Clarks Originals.

As classic/ essential the desert boot may feel to us today it did not receive the praises from Clarks Original when it was first presented to them. Nathan Clark was actually looked down upon for his design and had been sent overseas to manage production and doing so hopefully taking his mind off the design. It wasn’t until a year later where Nathan Clark debuted the desert boot at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1950. From that moment the design blew up and had everyone in the world of footwear in love with the design.

The same reasons why the Desert Boot were first loved in the 1950s: can be dressed either up or down, rarely had to be cared for, and art affordable. Are the same reason why we still love them today. In my honest opinion if you plan on getting yourself a pair of Desert Boots. I would advise you to stick to the classic pair of Clarks. These days the desert comes in an array of colours and patterns for you to choose from, which is all well and good, but, you’re very limited on what you can wear these with. So, it’s best just to stick to the classics when buying a pair, just say you can get the wear out of your investment.

PROJECT LAS VEGAS Blogger Awards

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In my previous post I mentioned that the Blogger Project this year put together a blogger awards segment of the event. In which we were given categories and the 3-4 nominees to chose from. We would go around visiting the booths of the nominees and give each collection a good run through. Getting the story behind each collection also played a major factor in our decisions. Here are the winners:

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Univ

Jason Schmitt

Public School

 

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BEST DENIM

Raleigh

Norman Russel

BLK DNM

Comune

 

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THE BEST OF THE TENTS

Michael Bastian

Todd Snyder

Mattison

Theory

 

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BEST FOOTWEAR

New Balance

Billy Reid

Swims

Seavees

 

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BEST SWIM / ACTIVE

Paste

Mc2saint Barths

Ocean Pacific

Katin Usa

 

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BEST COLLECTION

J. Lindberg

 

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FAN FAVOURITE 

Happy Socks

Roshe’s & Kimono’s

 

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I’m a big fan of wearing articles of clothing that play on a role of cultural influences. Trends come, go, and get passed down through out the pyramid. But clothing from cultural purposes holds much more than just looking great but they can carry a story and purpose.

 

The Kimono is a tradition Japanese garment worn by both men and women. It I said that the word Kimono means “thing to wear” (Ki “wear” and mono “thing”). Today women most likely wear Kimonos for special occasions. Men tend to save them solely for marriages and tea ceremonies.

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Nike is still holding down the fort for offering the most comfortable sneakers on the market. With their series if variations of the free run and Roshe Runs. My first go at the free runs I got my hands on these. Which in turn changed the level of comfort you can experience from any sneaker. Believe me I have been through every style of sneaker you can think of.

There are many advantages to have a sample size in footwear (Size 9).  One being sneakers always look better between the sizes of 8 – 10.

WovenAnother advantage is that you may get your hands on sneakers that may be extremely exclusive. But nonetheless I picked up these Woven Roshe Runs during my stay in Brooklyn. What is really sweet about owning these joints and fitting in sizes between 9 – 10. These sneakers didn’t come out for men they were designed exclusively for women. I spotted them a few months back via crazy ways of the internet. Drooled over them for a week or so, tried to get a pair but came to find out they were only for women so I just scratched them off my list. This time around I figured why not try on the largest size they may have just for the hell of it and what do yah know. They fit like a glove and just as comfortable as any other Roshe sole sneaker.

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All visuals courtesy of Crisis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worn Out Converse

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converse2Don’t get me wrong loafers, wingtips, and bucks are nice to pull out from time to time but nothing beats the comfort and casual feel of a sneaker during the summer months. Of course with any form of footwear there is a great amount of variety and styles to choose from. Growing up I’ve always been a fond collector of sneakers. You can say I was a borderline “sneaker head”, just on a budget. But between the Jordan 1’s to the Dinosaur Jr. Dunks one sneaker always remained a go to shoe.

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Now I’m not condoning rock your sneakers even if your foot is completely hanging out of your shoe ( I’ve witness such acts ). But when wearing your converse live it bit more freely and let them tell their own story.

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