Tanner Goods’ Koru Is My Favorite Backpack for Long Trips

I literally just returned from two weeks at the beach (in exotic Delaware) and I brought one bag with me: Tanner Goods’ Koru Rucksack. Every time I’ve fled New York this year — and I’ve understandably had the urge a lot — I’ve brought this bag, and it’s fast become my favorite for longer trips.   … Read more

Grant Stone’s Chelseas: Alden Quality for Under $300?

If anyone ever tells you that something’s bad quality because it’s made in China, you should direct them to Grant Stone. This truly unique company was founded by an American motocross athlete in 2016, and while their boots come to your door from their distribution center in Michigan (where the CEO, Wyatt Gilmore, now lives) … Read more

Converse vs Nothing New, the Most Eco-Friendly Sneaker on Earth

Today, I’m comparing perhaps the most iconic sneaker of all time to what is definitely the most eco-friendly sneaker of all time and if you think that sounds like comparing apples to oranges… look at them. Look at these shoes. Like most guys, as soon as I saw Nothing New, I wondered how they’d stack … Read more

From Office Job to Boot Maker – Interview With Parkhurst’s Andrew Svisco

Handsome boots, made in the USA, for under three hundred bucks. That’s the incomprehensible deal that Parkhurst’s founder Andrew Svisco has on offer, and while some of the boots (like the ones made with pricy kudu leather) are a little over three hundred, the value and versatility of Parkhurst boots are jaw dropping.  Why is … Read more

Jeans Review: Tanuki Brings Streetwear to Selvedge

Launched in 2016 in Okayama, where most of Japan’s legendary denim is crafted, Tanuki has catapulted to popularity on the denim scene, achieving serious notoriety in a seriously short span of time. Some will say Tanuki translates as ‘raccoon,’ but it actually means ‘raccoon dog,’ a real animal that looks like its name and has … Read more

A Luxury Sneaker That Won’t Crease? Meet the Idrese Nuno

OK, it’s not an uncreasable shoe. But after a few weeks of wearing the Nuno from Idrese, I finally realized what was so different about this particular premium white calfskin sneaker: the leather hadn’t creased. Between then and writing this review, I’ve worn them for about a month and it’s creased a little, but relative to … Read more

Taylor Stitch’s Ranch Boot Review: Sleek But Solid

I actually quite like Taylor Stitch. I’m not sure if that’s a controversial opinion or not but while I haven’t written about them before, I can’t think of any other digital brand that does such a good job of making and marketing apparel that is both heritage and modern. Not a lot of brands pull … Read more

A Week In Carmina, the Ultimate Dress Chelsea Boot (Review)

Carmina is one of those boot companies with a cult-like following, but not among the average Goodyear welt, Red Wingy, casual-beater-boot crowd. Carmina is, for many people, the dress boot brand. Ever since I started this site, I’ve wanted to try their world famous Chelsea boots, even trying my luck at their New York store … Read more

Jack Ryan’s Backpack: Why I Love the Filson Journeyman (Review)

If you’ve watched any of my videos, then you already know that I am a very basic white dude. As such, I watched the Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan and pretty quickly, right in the first few minutes of the first episode, I was wondering who made that very nice, casual-but-CIA-office-friendly backpack he was wearing. … Read more

Reviewing Thursday’s Chelsea Boots (Duke vs Cavalier)

This is everything you could possibly want to know about the Chelsea boots from Thursday boots: the Cavalier and the Duke. Why would a company have two Chelsea boots? If you’re an impatient man, the answer is that the Cavalier is dressier and suitable for business casual outfits, the Duke is more rugged and casual, … Read more