Have you ever wanted to be king of the #menswear blog-o-sphere?
Imagine waking up to a text message from Nick Wooster asking if you want to get brunch. “Nah braj,” you think to yourself. You and Michael Bastian already have plans to hit up Clinton St. Bakery because the pancakes are bomb and having a third risks you having to wait an additional 30 minutes to get seated. Maybe you can schedule him later to get some pork buns at Ippudo.
You get out of bed and throw on your favorite pair of McNairy camo trousers and your worn out Brooks Brothers ESF OCBD to start the day.
All you need now is the perfect pair of shoes.
A few tips for waterproofing (Bean) boots
I highly recommend you scope out this thread. It’s got lots of useful information. Now, I didn’t have to break in my Bean Boots like the OP did, but I ran into difficulties of my own.
Now, not everything is readily obvious to everyone, so I’m going to start by saying it took a LOT to lift up the bit of leather sitting on top of the rubber to get the Welt-Seal in there properly. Maybe the soak in water was what enabled the OP to get in there with a pencil, but it took me a horribly messy application of Welt-Seal, a removal of said sealant after a few days, and running a cartridge-free pen through the gap to get my boots set up properly. I probably did something wrong. It’s all good now, though.
A few words about applying Sno-Seal: the stuff’s safe for your hands… relatively speaking, anyway. It just doesn’t apply that well with a cloth. It’s also really fun to apply a few coats. You’re gonna want to get the very top of your Bean boots, too, if you go that route. Wax is going to accumulate along ridges and stuff, and you really shouldn’t do anything about that until your boots have fully soaked in the Sno-Seal. I gave my boots a little over a day before I checked them for excess wax. I think if you don’t have SOME excess wax, your boots probably need more. I wiped them down with a wet cloth and my heart nearly broke at how easily the wax smeared. I’ve no idea if this is normal, but the Sno-Seal seemed to reset after a few minutes. I ran a little water over my Bean Boots and the water beaded instead of pooling and spreading out, which meant they were waterproofed.
Oh, and wash your hands. God damn.