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:
THE BEST OF THE TENTS
BEST SWIM / ACTIVE
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.
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.
Another 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.
All visuals courtesy of Crisis
Don’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.
My Converse will forever remain close by my side for 3 simple reasons. The design of the sneaker is as simple as it gets. Nothing too over the top nor too loud. 2nd they are extremely comfortable and lastly they are the one sneaker that in my opinion gets better the more you wear them. There is something unsaid about sneakers that are worn out. Worn out sneakers in my opinion express individuality, creation and most importantly a story from each wear. The longer you wear them the better they get and the better the story unravels its self.
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.
Styling in the summer time can be a bit tricky, the weather is scorching and to be honest clothing is the last thing we all want on our bodies. With that being said it really doesn’t not leave many options for us men if we don’ t want to pass out from heat stroke. But like anything in life there is way around it. These are 3 basic ways your style can win this summer and manage the heat.
Mixing up patterns is not an easy task, you are more likely to run into more errors than actually pulling it off. Just keeping it realistic with you. But that doesn’t mean its not do able or you should just not give it ago all together. The most important thing to pay attention to when playing with patterns is size. Size does matter, it plays a very important role when trying to get this look poppin’ in the right way. One pattern should always be bigger than the other or one must be more or less scarce than the other. Also keep in mind your figure, if you are more on the bigger side of things stay clear of small detailed prints. Keep these things in mind and I’m sure it will keep you from looking like this guy.
I clearly am no stranger to headwear, can almost say that hats are obsession. I really can point out and appreciate a really good piece of headwear in a crowd. In my humble opinion a good hat can bring personality to any outfit better than any other accessory. Every summer the hat of choice is the Panama Hat, why? It’s lightweight, flexible, and breathable for those extra humid days. What more can you ask for in a summer hat?
Trekking around whatever city you’re in sneakers are the only option for your feet, no body is really trying to trek through city streets in wingtips or brogues all day. Get your sneaker game up! If you’re not much of a sneaker person and do not know where to turn to when thinking of brands and styles. Keep it simple, do not try to drop a load of cash on Jordans if you’re really not about that life young blood. Get yourself a pair of basic New Balance sneakers and call it a day. Feeling a bit more frisky? Get yourself a pair of Nike’s preferably from their Series of Free Run trainers. They are the most comfy sneakers I have ever owned to date. Believe me I’ve been through a load of sneakers.