REEBOK Classic / Pastel Pack

I don’t see myself wearing these, but I’m in love with these colors.

(via misamys)

These foldable rubber boots look kinda cool.  Here’s hoping the folding doesn’t make them crack over time.

So 80s that I’m kind of having flashbacks to before I was born

(Source: candycloth, via fuckyeahalternativefashion)


Doc Marten Red Velvet Mary Janes.

(Source: , via littlepancake)


Yohji Yamamoto f/w 2014, Seditionaries boots 1970s

I’m not much for odd boots, but the red ones are too cool.


Regimental laced boots @marcjacobsintl — thanks to @mistermort (at Staff International)

Those laces are phenomenal.


Junya Trickers

These are pretty fantastic.  Probably a real pain to clean, though.


This was the surprise inside the package from @officeofangelascott @mrsangelascott

Not my cup of tea, but damn if those aren’t cool.

Tricker‘s Black Scotch Grain Ilkey Derby Brogue

Goodyear welted double sole with a rubber commando outsole.

I am haunted by the thoughts of scotch grain and commando outsoles on shoes.

I desperately want to grab some bright and in-your-face color of paracord for these to use as laces, like a bright yellow or red or neon turquoise.  My soul yearns for garish laces on these.


Turning Foot 50’s Last. Full Brogue on Commando Rubber Sole.

The only way I could love these more is if they were made with a scotch grain.  These are some serious shitkickers.

I’ve sort of fallen in love with commando and lug soles on dress shoes.  Sure, some of them walk the line between Payless-core (I had a pair of awful awful Nunn Busch shoes that had a sort of commando sole for a while) and go to hell, but I love them.  The incongruity of these kinds of shoes lends them a magical sort of quality, you know?  Even moreso when the rest of the shoe is actually elegant and not rugged like a scotch grain.  I think that’s part of their appeal to me.

Oh, and I guess I also like the sole on these because I’m short (why else would I prefer proper creepers to creeper sneakers?), lol


The Old Bailey

Another adaptation on a classic Saint Crispin’s design, the Old Bailey sees the double monk boot lowered in height, the cap toe made classic with a simple punching design, and a clean welt rather than the Norvegese welt used in the past. 

I have a pair on the way, and they will sit under flannels and a tweed jacket this coming winter. Casual, but refined.

Saint Crispin’s by Ethan Newton

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus damn.  The profile of these is seriously elegant, or at least as elegant as it can be for boots.  Not a fan of the burnishing/mirror polish at the toes, and I like seeing broguing in more than one spot, but these are still very impressive.



I seriously throw up in my mouth a little and die inside just a little bit when I see birkenstocks.


Product Review: John Does Shoes Cap Toe Brogue

Finding quality made shoes on a college budget has always been a challenge for me. Investing in footwear that will last isn’t always the most convenient thing to do at a young and financially depleted age. However, last week I received an email from Anibal Ortiz, founder of John Doe Shoes. He explained that John Doe Shoes shipped goodyear welted leather footwear to your door for $135. 

Now, when someone tells you that, you have to be skeptical, and of course I was. John Doe Shoes offers five variations, including an oxford, a long wing, and a cap toe brogue (which I chose), that all were kind of hard to judge form the site. I wanted to wait until I saw the shoes in person to make any judgements, and when they arrived on my doorstep, I was more than surprised. I pulled a pair of extremely attractive shoes out of that box.

To start, the last on these things is incredible. It’s sleek, but not pointy; round but not bulbous. A good last is always my first order of business when looking at a shoe, and these succeeded expectations. 

The second thing that impressed me was the sole, a leather forefront with rubber heel. I know in a perfect world the whole sole would be leather, but we’re talking about a high quality shoe for $135. Also, I like a little bit of grip when it comes down to it. The sole is goodyear welted, which allows the shoe to be resoled easily, adds a bit of comfort, and is generally a sign of quality in footwear. Also, after wearing these for the last three days, I can say that these cap toes are incredibly comfortable.

The thing that I am the most interested in is the leather. I’m curious as to how it will hold up and age. Of course, this is no Edward Green grade leather, but it is solid leather nonetheless. The stitching is also well done, assembled by a family owned factory in Mexico.

The bottom line here is that if you’re a college guy, or just someone who’s watching the budget, that cares about the quality of your shoes, you probably won’t find a better shoe at this price point. At $135 dollars for all five models, John Doe Shoes is offering a product that younger menswear guys need, quality leather shoes at an attainable price. 

Photos by the brother Matt Mance.

Thrifting and buying used on ebay are my main methods for acquiring shoes, but for new shoes, this definitely can’t hurt.