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Last week we gave you our Guide to Buying Shoes where we taught you how to distinguish quality when you step into a store. This week we want to teach you how to build the base of your footwear collection. With so many choices in every possible color, shape, and material it’s pretty hard for a guy to start from scratch. That’s why we’ve cut it down to the 5 shoes that every guy should have in their closet…
The Brown Wingtip
- Crockett and Jones Clifford Wingtip, $695
This is the first shoe you should buy. The brown dress shoe is the shoe you will wear with your grey and navy trousers, and thus a shoe you will wear very often. This is also the shoe that you should not skimp on. Invest in a quality wingtip and you will not regret it. It will be the centerpiece of your footwear collection for years to come. You want something slim, but not too slim, and with gorgeous, preferably antiqued, leather. There are a few options you should check out when looking into a quality wingtip, and they will all cost you. Of course, you could go with Church’s–their reputation for quality footwear speaks for itself. There is also Barker Black, which we promote all the time–their Archdale wingtip is one of our absolute favorite shoes. But we want to point you in a different direction this time.
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“You know those guys that make the perfect sneakers?”
“Yeah, those Common Project folk!”
“I’d sure like to get my hands on some of those sneakers, it’s a shame they don’t come any cheaper than $300”
Well, today you are in luck, my friend. Common Projects will be dropping in at Gilt at 12pm, sharp. Expect his to be an absurdly popular sale so come in with a game plan. Know how much you’re willing to spend and what exactly you’re looking for. We have no idea what they’ll be offering, but if you can snag these bad boys for around $100, we expect you to. If you’re at all hesitant we urge you not to bother so that you can leave more room for us. On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t be telling you guys…Snag your invite here.
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Often times High School is a period of serious sartorial awkwardness. Kids are coming into their own, trying to figure out what it’s all about, and it shows. Sure, there are always a few kids ahead of the curve, but for the most part guys seriously struggle in putting themselves together in the morning. If we could put together the perfect High School wardrobe, it would look something like this…
Michael Bastian Varsity Jacket
J. Crew Large Gingham Shirt
Alexander Olch Wool Tie
J. Crew Anchor Belt
Levis Capital E Light Blue Jeans
Common Projects Slip-On
When most guys are wearing baggy jeans and t-shirts, this is the look that will set you apart without being labeled “The Artsy Kid”. The Michael Bastian Varsity Jacket is totally awesome as it has all of the classical notes of those 60’s prepsters while still staying modern. The J. Crew large gingham shirt is another great choice as the pattern really pops off the shirt without being too loud. We also love the Alexander Olch worsted wool tie as it’s smart and relaxed, so it won’t make you look like you’re playing dress-up. The J. Crew anchor belt is really cool and is awesome for just about any outfit, but we especially like it for this one because it’s different than what all your other classmates are wearing. Levis is a perfect choice for jeans as they’re so classic that no one will think you’re parading around fancy jeans, but these guys are trim and have the perfect fade to them. Finally, Spicoli may have helped popularize the slip-on, but try to be a little more refined and go with these guys from Common Projects.
Michael Bastian Varsity Jacket, $740 at Confederacy
J. Crew Large Gingham Shirt, $60 at J. Crew
Alexander Olch Worsted Wool Tie, $133 at Lark
J. Crew Anchor Belt, $40 at J. Crew
Levis Capital E 501 in Faded Blue, $168 at Glory
Common Projects Slip-On, $210 at Revolve
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Known for making the best sneakers in the business, Common Projects has quietly kept to shoes until ’09. Earlier this year they started by releasing a few leather accessories and now with the Moscot sunglasses collaboration, we can officially declare Common Projects on the move. They stick to their guns with the glasses, keeping the frames understated, but damn are these some fine specs. They incorporated the famous Persol 0649 nosepiece into a wayfarer-like frame and the results are awesome, in our opinion. Designer Peter Poopat really knows what looks good and we have to commend him for his choice of partners in Moscot. If you’re ready to throw down $285 for a pair of sunglasses, watch for these matte black guys to hit Moscot stores in June. More images here.
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