The Friday Read: Danner’s New Boots, the Best Oktoberfest Beers and Taylor Stitch Outerwear

The perfect fall weekend boots from Danner? Very nearly!

My friends, we’ve reached the end of another work week (at least, I hope that’s the case for you). If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your shopping cart full of fall style essentials as we patiently await the finest hour in menswear. And speaking of stepping into a new season, the rugged, versatile Danner Vertigo 917 Boots as showcased above could just be the perfect new addition to your closet. Danner makes all of its footwear in the U.S.A. with prime attention to detail, making the above pair some of the best leather boots (period!) that you can snag for fall. Now that we’ve covered off on the best boots for the weekend, what say we dive into something like … Brooklyn’s best new coffee shop? I’ve had the pleasure recently of checking out Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Brooklyn’s idyllic Park Slope neighborhood (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I’m certainly a new fan! If ever you get to the borough, I can’t recommend you visit this spot enough. It’s a welcome addition to the Brooklyn coffee scene, seeing as the company was founded in my home state of Michigan, and it’ll be a crucial weekend stop for me tomorrow, too. As for the rest of my weekend, I’ll be taking in some college football action by my Michigan State Spartans, and enjoying a cold fall beer at Threes Brewing. How about you? Feel free to check in with me in the comments below!

  • Fall is well and truly here — at least, it’ll officially be here next week on the calendar (and hopefully soon thereafter in terms of the weather). With that in mind, I put the best flannel shirts to the test for GearMoose, and believe you me, there are some stellar options when it comes to fall’s perfect shirt. Layer it up with your favorite henley and tough camp pants, then get out there & get to work.
  • Speaking of essential fall gear, I sure do hope you moved quickly to pre-fund the excellent Taylor Stitch Mechanic Jacket. Crafted from the brand’s famed Boss Duck fabric, it’s a hard-wearing jacket that should arrive just in time for fall — read my full scoop on the best new fall jacket over at GearMoose, naturally.
  • Let’s turn once again toward this here blog, and our ongoing #OOTD series. There’s still time for you to get plenty of wear out of your favorite denim jacket — you just need to layer it up accordingly, and that’s why I recently covered how to wear a denim jacket for fall. There’s no time to waste, my friends.
  • And because it wouldn’t be a fall weekend without a little craft beer action, I rounded up the best Oktoberfest beers to enjoy as we move into this prime, prime season for hops-inclined refreshment. Again, I point you toward GearMoose for that briefing — cheers to Friday!

So, for old’s time sake, let’s close out today’s Friday Read with one last helpful #menswear reminder before the weekend — I’ll point you back to The Style Guide, and my take on the best hooded sweatshirt for fall. It’s just that good … believe me. OK, that’s all I’ve got today, folks. Enjoy the weekend!

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See Now, Buy Now: Hit the Trail this Season with the LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes

Step outside this early fall with the best hiking shoes for men from LEMS Shoes.

Let’s turn away from talking about the best chukka boots and the best denim to look instead off-trail toward the best hiking shoes for men from LEMS Shoes as seen above. Specifically, the rugged and highly functional LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes are the perfect shoes for your next outdoor adventure, blending the durability of hiking boots with a style that’s a bit more befitting of your favorite sneakers. If that sounds too good to be true, well, it’s not. Given that we haven’t hit snowy weather yet, the LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes are the perfect go-between for that early fall camping trip or hiking excursion (or as a pair of casual shoes to wear to a football tailgate). And they certainly wouldn’t look out of place when worn with tough camp pants and a thermal henley to grab a pint at your favorite brewery on your off-duty hours. Fancy wearing them with something like the classic Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts and a crisp white tee? The LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes can do that, too. But the specs on these? All set for outdoor exploration.

An even better part about the LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes? The array of versatile colorways on tap.

SHOP: The LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes 


The LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes are just about as good as it gets when it comes to a hybrid pair of footwear — the tough rubber tread keeps you moving swiftly on your feet on rocky terrain, while a microfiber and air mesh upper provides breathability and a bit of retro style through four unique colorways. You can’t put a price on shoes that call to mind old-school hikers while also featuring modern innovation, right? The LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes are also engineered to provide a more natural gait and greater comfort when on the move — there’s really not much that these rugged hiking shoes can’t do. Pick your favorite color, lace ’em up, then hit the trail (or head out to grab a burger and a beer — it’s up to you).

SHOP: The LEMS Shoes Trailhead Shoes 

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear Black Jeans This Season

Alright, my friends — join us as we tackle another #OOTD, this time covering how to wear black jeans this season. Now that we’re moving through September rather speedily, it’s high time you geared up with transitional fall style essentials — and as with other must-have menswear picks, these selections are meant to be rugged, versatile and adventure-ready. Maybe it’ll be new territory, too — if you’re curious about how to wear black jeans, you’re in luck. In fact, a few choice selections (such as the slim black denim featured below) might seem like picks you can wear the rest of the year aside from early fall — that’s good news indeed, folks. The right way to wear black denim, something we’ve discussed here on the blog in the past, is a bit edgy and a bit classic, accessorized with choices like a stylish indigo T-shirt and a rugged flight jacket in the case of our selections below. The resulting #OOTD, then, is one you can wear to grab an Old Fashioned with your buddies or to snag a weekend coffee — or to head to a Saturday night rock show (seriously, the right black jeans can be worn just about anywhere). You’ll also find the necessary essentials to take this outfit from good to great, including an investment-level watch and stylish leather boots. Taken all together, you’re going to be the best-dressed guy at the bar or the beer festival — I can guarantee it. Let’s get to work.

Slim black denim worn in a weekend-ready way, assuredly.

Alright, then — are you well-acquainted with your new favorite black denim,then? These slim black jeans are sharp, classic & throwback in nature, yet this ensemble gets a modern update thanks to a pairing with the best men’s T-shirt, not to mention a weekend-ready, classic flight jacket. This is an ensemble that’s casual enough to look like you just threw it all together on a weekend night, but it’s got enough of the right details to set you apart from the crowd at that outdoor show or beer hall — ya dig? Among the details that make this #OOTD so rugged and yet laidback, we’ve got stylish leather boots from Taylor Stitch, an ideal pair to lace up as you head out on a fall weekend night. Elsewhere, a rugged leather watch from Lum-Tec is worthy of your hard-earned cash, providing a dash of visual interest and seriously cool style. Your everyday essentials are also spoken for here — take the classic leather belt as you mash up black and brown, to go along with a stylish leather wallet, naturally. And to amp up your grooming accordingly, reach for Duke Cannon’s Proper Cologne, the best new cologne I’ve tried (you’ve probably seen it on my Instagram, as it were). Any questions? Ready for the weekend? Perfect — so am I, and I’ll be wearing these classic black jeans all the way through.

The List: Keep September Rolling with My Favorite Gear Picks of the Week

We’re telling you all about the best new chukka boots — and plenty more — in today’s edition of The List.

Before we go any further: How awesome are those rugged leather chukka boots from Huckberry up top, ehh? They’re the lead-off pick in today’s edition of The List, chronicling the best new menswear for September (and well beyond). Football season is in full swing (wear this gear to your next tailgate), Oktoberfest  beers are flying off shelves (here’s what to wear to your favorite brewery), and I’ve rounded up some of my top gear picks for every occasion imaginable this season.  Yes indeed, we’ve got slim dark denim and more classics just primed for the taking. The first day of fall is almost here — are you ready? Read on & happy shopping.

Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — $198 

Picture-perfect chukka boots from your favorite online retailer, Huckberry.

Here on the blog, we’ve been telling you for some time that Rhodes boots, as sold by Huckberry, are some of the best men’s boots on the planet (witness the Rhodes Dean Boots, in fact). And now, the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are here, and they’re destined to become your new favorite boots — easily.

Mott and Bow Crosby Slim Denim — $108

The slim dark denim you’ll find yourself reaching for time and again.

So, we’ve talked in recent weeks about Mott and Bow denim, and specifically, the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim — they just might be some of the best men’s jeans you can buy, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee in Wild Forever — $45

A classic tee upgraded in a subtly cool way.

If you read this site regularly, you know we love the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, easily one of the best men’s T-shirts you can buy. This stylish tee has been upgraded with an adventure-ready “Wild Forever” design on the chest pocket — perfectly subtle & classic.

Case Knives Smooth Chestnut Trapper Lock Knife — $96.98 

The best knife to add to your everyday carry? You be the judge of that.

Speaking of “Wild Forever,” this rugged knife could be the everyday carry essential you need for your next big project or outdoor excursion. Nicely done, Case Knives.

Beckett Simonon Laval Chukka Boots — $219

Another pair of classic leather chukka boots that’ll prove perfect for fall.

Yes, that’s right — we’re talking about a second stylish pair of leather chukka boots. These dressy leather chukka boots from Beckett Simonon epitomize rugged quality and craftsmanship; wear them to the office with a navy wool suit this fall.

Wellen Organic Denim Shirt — $88

The best denim shirt on the market? You be the judge of that.

So we told you earlier about the best men’s jeans to wear all season … but what if you want an equally stylish denim shirt to complement said jeans? Turn toward Wellen and this rugged denim shirt; the in-house brand at Huckberry gets all the details right.

Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch — $225

The best new leather watch to throw on your wrist? Quite possibly!

What’s the best way to complement a stylish denim shirt and perhaps your new favorite boots? Answer: The  Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch, a classic everyday watch that’s simple and refined, yet just rugged enough. It could be the perfect leather watch, in my book.

Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka — $398

A tough jacket from Flint and Tinder to take you through fall.

Does it seem too early to be thinking about buying a rugged waxed parka? Something like the Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka (as previously seen here on the blog)? Think again, because you’ll need this jacket before you know it.

SYMBOL Audio Aero 76″ LP Storage Cabinet — $4,535

The best way to store your vinyl — and a handsome home furniture addition, too.

If you, like me, suffer from sticker shock and yet find yourself coveting the best record storage system out there, well, join the club. This SYMBOL Audio Aero Storage Cabinet is remarkably handsome & well-constructed, the perfect complement to your massive vinyl collection (jealous!).

Levi’s Made & Crafted 501 Original Fit Jeans in Black Stonewash — $95.98

Another must-have pair of denim in today’s edition of The List.

Can you fault Levi’s for continuing to make something as iconic as the Levi’s 501 Jeans? No, certainly not — so it’s all the better that Levi’s Made & Crafted has made these classic jeans in a deep, inky black. Perfect as you dress for your next rock concert.

OtterBox Venture 45 Cooler — $300

The rugged cooler to load up on your next excursion — or tailgate.

Alright, let’s go from classic jeans to gear for your next camping trip, shall we? OtterBox coolers have a reputation for being tough-as-nails — and the OtterBox Venture 45 is no different.

Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions Steakhouse Stout Beef Jerky — $9.34

Incredibly tasty beef jerky to enjoy as a daily snack or on-trail refreshment.

OK, you’ve got the OtterBox Venture 45 loaded up and ready to go — for the car ride, grab some excellent Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions beef jerky. Seriously, you can taste the rich Wreck Alley Imperial Stout in this remarkable beef jerky — it’s no joke!

Proof City Merino Hoodie — $188

The perfect hoodie for fall, guaranteed.

Looking for a stylish zip hoodie? Perhaps one you can wear on that aforementioned camping trip? The Proof City Merino Hoodie is one of the best men’s hoodies I’ve found this season, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Fatigue Brown — $68

The essential henley to wear all fall.

I’m a huge fan of the sustainable nature and rugged style of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Collection — and this rugged henley is no different.

Art of Sport Deodorant — 2 for $17.90

An incredibly effective deodorant for gym rats and desk jockeys alike.

We’ve talked a ton today about rugged men’s gear, but what about men’s grooming essentials, like this essential and impactful Art of Sport deodorant? I love the sharp scent and effective performance — hopefully, you will, too.

Stetson Chapman Hat — $155

A fitting hat for fall — to say the very least.

OK, let’s go with one last piece of rugged gear for an outdoor adventure, shall we? This classic Stetson hat is tough to top (literally and figuratively) and should wear particularly well with a rugged henley and maybe some classic jeans, ya dig?

So, that was quite the extensive collection of men’s gear, was it not? What was your favorite selection? In my neck of the woods, it’s tough to top a pair of the best men’s jeans or the simply excellent Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter — cheers!

Style Pick of the Week: Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt

A rugged workshirt that you’ll love wearing all fall.

If you’ve swung through the digital pages of The Style Guide recently, you’re probably well-acquainted with the rugged style essentials being sold by Wellen Surf, the new in-house brand at Huckberry. There’s no wrong way to go here when it comes to the brand’s sustainable style picks, and specifically, the Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt — the perfect workshirt to wear all fall. That’s high praise, but Wellen can back it up. Don’t quite believe me? Step into my office and let’s dig into why this might be the best workshirt for your hard-earned cash — seriously. Like the rest of the Wellen collection, the Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt really all comes down to the fabric; in this case, this durable workshirt starts with the use of both organic cotton and hemp. Hemp is a sort of nature “wonder fabric,” as it adds to the health of the soil in which it’s grown — and it results in excellent products like this stylish workshirt, to boot.  This tough workshirt also happens to be lined in organic cotton twill Oxford fabric, adding another degree of tough functionality and style — that means you can wear it over something as simple as an indigo T-shirt or even a thermal henley. Talk about having your fall style essentials on lock, ehh?

The Best Basics. Summer Ready.SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt 

The right details make all the difference when it comes to the Wellen Work Shirt.

In addition to the textured fabric and functional lining, the Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt also provides a degree of handy utility via two front chest pockets to hold small everyday carry essentials. The fit is also a selling point you need to consider when hunting for the best men’s workshirt — this particular take on the style is trim but easy to layer, featuring gathered fabric at the back shoulders to give you full range of movement. Again, this is the right workshirt to layer atop a slim henley and pair up with rugged chore pants for your next day trip or morning outdoor project. And if you’d rather just wear the Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt underneath your favorite denim jacket to grab a weekend coffee? You can (and should!) do that, too. The point is, the Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt checks all the right boxes when it comes to transitional fall style, from rugged layering potential to top-notch functionality. You’ll find yourself reaching for it plenty in the weeks and months to come.

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt 

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The Friday Read: The Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, New Whiskey and the Best New Leather Watch

You’ll be the talk of the town if you pick up this shirt in advance of the weekend.

There’s no question about it, the best flannel shirt for fall — and particularly for an early fall weekend — has got to be the rugged, purely essential Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt. It’s your new favorite shirt, it doubles as a rugged overshirt, and you can style it plenty of different ways. In short, just know that this is the best men’s shirt for a fall weekend … like this one that’s on the horizon right now! I always love my fall weekends in Brooklyn, from the idllyic confines of Prospect Park to enjoying a rich IPA or crisp Oktoberfest at choice Brooklyn haunts like Gold Star Beer Counter. I’m still waiting on the weather to shift to slightly colder temperatures, but when it does, Taylor Stitch is what I’ll be wearing as I enjoy my favorite beers.

And on tap for me this weekend elsewhere? Some Michigan State football, to be sure, plus preparing plenty of fall style content for the blog and of course, my Instagram. It’s always nice to be able to take some time to relax after travel, too. Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you perhaps saw that I was in Denver last weekend to see my favorite band, indie rock heroes The National! The city is an exceptional one, blending a love of the outdoors with stunning beauty and a host of quirky, cool spots, like My Brother’s Bar (the oldest bar in Denver!) and pioneering Denver brewery Great Divide Brewing. Elsewhere, I also enjoyed a highly affordable and seriously tasty breakfast at Sam’s No. 3 on Sunday to close out my trip, and I also visited the minimal and modern menswear shop Steadbrook — and of course, CREMA provided crucial refreshment & energy throughout. Speaking of great gear, it was also a treat to check out the menswear & gear market expo American Field on Sunday! It’s a yearly traveling showcase highlighting American-made brands (like Topo Designs, a personal favorite!), complete with plenty of craft beer and coffee to test out from local markets (Denver, in this case!). AF heads to Brooklyn this November, too. Not bad at all. Have you been to Denver? What’s next on your radar in terms of trips? Oh, and I almost forgot — let’s get to the Friday Read below!

  • As we shift our attention toward fall and style that’s ever-so-slightly rugged, it would behoove you to reach for a rugged leather watch that can stand up to the rich textures and fabrics of your fall style essentials. To wit: I covered the Dango TK-01 Trek Watch, a heck of a tough leather watch to bring you into the best season for menswear. Check it out at GearMoose.
  • Speaking of fall essentials, one could argue that the best new whiskey is a fine fall essential to have on hand — and in that regard, it was a pleasure to dive right in and cover the 1792 Aged Twelve Years Bourbon for GearMoose. It’s a pleasing fall sipper that’ll warm you up on many a chilly fall or winter night.
  • And let’s close things out today with more essential, seasonal gear from Taylor Stitch — namely, the rugged Taylor Stitch Camp Pants are exactly what the doctor ordered if you’ve got to go off-trail, get upstate or simply suit up in rugged fashion for a chilly tailgate. Don’t sleep on these, folks!

OK, my friends — we’ve called out this handy, seasonal #OOTD in the past, but it’s worth calling attention to again. Wondering how to dress for early fall? Of course you are — that #OOTD as mentioned above can help, guaranteed. Alright, that’s a wrap on the start of this early fall weekend — cheers!

The List: Wear My Picks for the Best New Men’s Gear All Fall Long

Stepping into fall the very best way possible — with a pair of the best leather boots out there from Taylor Stitch.

OK, my friends. We’re back at it today on the blog with the best new men’s gear to buy and wear all fall — truly, these are some of the best fall style essentials you can get your hands (and feet) on, and that’s just a fact. As it were, we’re stepping into the season the right way, with some of the best men’s leather boots on the planet — yes, the planet. They’re the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, and they really can’t be topped; of course, the rest of this version of The List is pretty prime, as well. Read on, and let’s get into fall.

Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots in Espresso Eagle — $348

The rugged-yet-sleek boots you should wear all fall.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Stitch, you know the brand has been seriously ramping up its stylish footwear collection, including the exquisite Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, easily some of the best men’s boots you can buy for fall (and beyond). Wear these rugged leather boots as often as you can.

Flint and Tinder Light Wash Slim Jeans — $128 

The best men’s denim you can buy heading into fall, folks.

It’s true, we love a great pair of American-made denim, and the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans are perfect when it comes to the jeans you should be wearing all fall. The mid-wash is casual and ideal as you dress for your next tailgate.

Bear Hybrid Mattress — $1,032

The best new mattress on the market? Likely! Get yours ASAP.

We’re again stepping outside the normal menswear realm here on the blog with one of the best mattresses for athletes, a unique approach that Bear has nailed. The Bear Hybrid Mattress is designed to cool your body and promote active recovery — all the more crucial after all of your fall adventures.

Howler Brothers ATX Work Pants — $99

Dependable work pants that’ll become a new fall go-to, without a doubt.

Fall is nothing if not the time to get out there and tackle yard projects & fall adventures aplenty — these rugged work pants from Howler Brothers should help you tackle whatever comes next. Pair them with the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots for off-duty style, too.

Wellen Hemp Long-Sleeve Henley — $88

You’ll find yourself wearing this stylish henley all season long.

Speaking of gear to pair up with the rugged work pants from Howler Brothers as seen above, well, this classic henley might just be the ticket. This isn’t the last you’ll see from Wellen in today’s post, either.

Yogi Lawson Suede Moccasins — $190

When you don’t feel like wearing leather boots, lace up these suede moccasins.

For perfect fall style, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of moccasins — especially one done up in rich suede, perfect to wear with olive chinos and a classic Oxford shirt for easygoing office (or weekend) style.

Armogan Syracuse Watch — $265

The sleek dress watch to upgrade your office style this fall.

We’ve been talking about lots of rugged gear in today’s post, so it’s only fitting that we’re turning now toward a stylish dress watch from Armogan — hey, a guy’s gotta switch it up from time to time.

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover 43-Liter Bag — $185

Grab this durable backpack and hit the road this fall.

Alright, back to rugged fall gear, OK? The Mystery Ranch Mission Rover is a no-holds-barred, full-on tough travel bag to carry your gear this fall — and that’s all there is to it.

Helm Boots Muller Boots — $345.98

Lace up these tough leather boots whenever you need to this fall.

Make no mistake, we’ve featured the Helm Muller Boots on the blog before, and they’re back again as perhaps the perfect boots for fall, all owing to the rugged construction and standout styling potential. They should pair nicely with the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans, too.

Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Espresso Grizzly — $88

The classic leather belt that’ll perfectly complement many an ensemble.

If ever you need a stylish leather belt to complement your Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, well, let me point you toward the Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt — easy does it. It’ll pair up with your Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans, too.

Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt — $88

A workshirt made from hemp? You bet. Layer accordingly.

The ideal time to start to work a rugged workshirt into your fall rotation? Why, anytime at all — but especially right now. This tough chambray workshirt from Wellen is sustainably made and seriously perfect to wear over your favorite henley with rugged work pants from Howler Brothers.

Scott Reinhard Yosemite Print (Available via Huckberry) — $92.98

Capping off today’s post with stylish new artwork.

As we enter a new season, it’s surely worth evaluating your home decor — and if you prefer something with a  bit more rugged appeal (say, for your den or your cabin), then Scott Reinhard prints are repurposed old-school maps that provide a handsome way to take care of those home decor upgrades.

 

If you happen to have a favorite from today’s edition of The List, let me know on Twitter. In the meantime, I’ll be lusting after the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots — you really can’t go wrong! Happy fall, folks.