September 10, 2010

sister|brother BOOT CAMP


We've been seeing it literally everywhere. Men's shows are popping up around the world from Paris to Milan from designers like Agnes B and DSquared pairing their high end looks with footwear that you might remember from that creepy construction worker that whoops it up every time you strut by on your way to work. The Workman Boot is an American staple, but one that has traditionally been reserved for the blue collar variety and more recently in hip hop style.  Expect to see the fashion conscious man this summer opting to wear these comfortable lugs in favor of those pointy Elf looking dress shoes that thankfully are finally falling out of vogue. You can wear them a variety of ways, but my advice is to wear them in brown or black and if you must go for color, a burgundy. They should always be lace up and you should feel totally free not actually tying them. Yep. The work boot is so sturdy that honestly you don't need to, and in the end they look just the right amount of disheveled when their loosened up a bit. One note - no matter how dark the leather, these cannot be worn with slacks. These are boots made for jeans or khakis. Deviate from this rule and I will sic Joan Rivers on you faster than you can say sorry. Below are some of my favorite options, all available in Sacramento retail locations or online. Ladies, if your man is one of the sinners who wears cross trainers out to dinner, this might be the perfect compromise. Give him a nudge. 

- brother

FRYE Dakota Lace Up $178.00. Available Online or at Nordstrom. 

Timberland Earthkeepers $110.00 available at Nordstrom & Macy's in store or online

My personal Favorite - Redwing 875 6". $199.99 Online or at the Red Wing Store. Limited and special edition boots available at all JCrew locations as well. 

The Taller, Better looking twin the Red Wing 877 8".

For those that need to transition into the look slowly, try a Chukka like this one by John Varvatos. $275.00 at Bloomingdales

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