The 1-year Department Store Belt Versus My Father

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My father is a self-made man through-and-through. Despite not attending college he has been a photographer, race-car driver, stable-hand at Belmont, moving truck driver, and now a small business owner. He can fix anything: be it a car, something on their house — which he built mind you — and even some electronics. But my … Read more

4 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Boots

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In a recent interview Virgil Abloh, the man who founded Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, said “streetwear is dead.” Now, what did he mean by this? Most people would agree that Virgil did not literally foresee the end to streetwear, but rather he realized that shopping habits will evolve as consumers realize … Read more

Why I’m In Love With the Leather Belts From Pigeon Tree Crafting

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After collecting my fair share of boots over the years, I began comparing and contrasting these quality wardrobe staples against other elements of my day to day wear. It’s the constant struggle of leveling up in one area, and then seeing room for improvement in other areas that have been neglected. The struggle of finding … Read more

Why Do All the Good Boots Have Dainite Soles?

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Some things — electronics, jewelry, cars, penthouse apartments, whatever — are expensive for obvious reasons. Rubber soles for shoes, the reasons aren’t always so clear. But there’s one name that constantly pops up when shopping for high end boots: Dainite. We’ve touched on these soles before with the 6 kinds of boot soles you should … Read more

Op-Ed: You Use Too Much Leather Conditioner

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What do salt, perfume, and shoe polish have in common? Too much salt ruins an otherwise good batch of cookies, overdoing it on the perfume or cologne is repugnant, and too much leather conditioner, designed to help protect and waterproof your favorite pair of boots can actually oversaturate the leather. However, a dash of salt, … Read more

Why I Fell Head Over Heels in Love With Men’s Boots

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Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Stridewise, LLC. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. When it comes to my boot collecting habit, I can’t help but get philosophical about it. … Read more

Op-Ed: Why “Made In China” Boots and Denim Shouldn’t Bother You

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If there’s one thing that scares fashion bloggers more than spilling craft beer on their jeans, that thing would be finding a “MADE IN CHINA” label on a shirt that they have been eyeing all week. For many, something being MADE IN CHINA is an automatic dealbreaker. “Made in China,” they feel, implies cheapness, the … Read more

6 Reasons You Can (And Should) Wear Leather Boots All Year Long

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Are you a boot aficionado who gets bummed when it feels seasonally inappropriate to break out your leather beauties? Well then, this article is for you, because I’m going to talk about why it’s totally okay — nay, necessary — to wear your boots all year long. And yes, I’m talking with shorts during summer, … Read more

I Can Only Fit 10 Pairs of Boots in My Apartment; Here’s How I Chose Them

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Unless you are exceedingly wealthy or ridiculously lucky, a person living in Manhattan — indeed in most of New York City — must confront the reality that there is never enough space. I ran out of places to put more books sometime in the late 1990s, and ran out of space to store clothes and … Read more

Op-Ed: Why Alden Is By Far My Favorite Boot Company

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Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Stridewise, LLC. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. In order to understand my obsession, I mean love affair, with Alden shoes, it’s necessary to … Read more