Style Pick of the Week: Danner x Huckberry Mountain Pass Gold Rush Boots

Outstandingly rugged and versatile leather boots from Huckberry and Danner, yet again.

Call me crazy, but to me, there’s never been a better time to buy some of the best men’s hiking boots. Why’s that? Well, even for a guy like me — with only nearby nature trails around in Brooklyn — summer is still one of the best times to go hiking. What’s more, it’s a great time to  break out all your summer style essentials in a socially distanced-yet-rugged fashion, hence, the best hiking boots you see here today.  Crucially, the Danner x Huckberry Mountain Pass Gold Rush Boots carry on the wildly successful (and fast-selling!) Danner x Huckberry partnership, blending rugged functionality with interminably cool style and long-lasting dependability. What that means is that these Huckberry x Danner boots are going to last you past summer and into fall and winter with ease, quite possibly making them some of the best men’s boots in your rotation … period. With the kind of history and quality that only Danner can bring to the table, these rugged leather hiking boots are yet another gem to add to your list of style essentials from Huckberry (they’re selling fast though, so be sure to check out other hiking boots from Huckberry as needed).

SHOP: The Danner x Huckberry Mountain Pass Gold Rush Boots

Details help separate these boots from the rest of your rotation.

As one would hope with some of the best men’s hiking boots out there, these boots channel historical style inspiration to go along with the sort of modern functionality we all need these days. For starters, these rugged leather boots are so named because of, well, the gold rush that led frontiersmen to settle in Huckberry’s hometown of San Francisco (and the rich leather has a nice golden color to it, as well). It gets better, though — these Danner x Huckberry hiking boots update the Mountain Pass silhouette, a staple of the super-premium Portland Select line crafted by these Northwest footwear artisans. Add to that the Vibram outsole for flexibility and comfort, top it off with full-grain leather to break in nicely over time, then lace it all up with striking burgundy laces for some of the most classic hiking boots you ever did see. Last but certainly not least, these are topped off with a GORE-TEX lining for the utmost in standout construction — they’re a USA-made pair of leather boots, through and through. Do the Danner x Huckberry Mountain Pass Gold Rush Boots check all the right boxes? They assuredly do, and then some. Get yourself a pair while you still can.

SHOP: The Danner x Huckberry Mountain Pass Gold Rush Boots

The Friday Read: A New Messenger Bag, All About My Newsletter & The Best Beard Balms for Men

One of the coolest short-sleeve shirts your money can buy.

Alright, alright, alright — thanks, my friends, for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read. In my humble opinion, it’s the best way to start the weekend, is it not? That is, the best way to start the weekend besides kicking back in that classic men’s shirt from Taylor Stitch shown above (it’s the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt, by the way). Now: If you’re new around these parts, or if you could use a refresher after the Fourth of July holiday, I’m covering new men’s style deals, suggested reads, fun tidbits like the best craft beer (on occasion), the best men’s gear and more each Friday. I’ll also highlight cool picks from this very blog that are worth a second look. How about it? Let’s keep it rolling today.

I’m back in Brooklyn after a relaxing, safe and restful Fourth of July weekend back in Michigan visiting family and hanging out (socially distanced!) with friends. Of course, as you might have seen on my Instagram, I made sure to bring along plenty of summer style essentials, naturally. It was so great to catch up with my brother and four (four!) nieces and nephews, plus my mom, dad and sister — our first time spent together since Christmas! Talk about a much-needed break. I’m back at it here in the borough though, with weekend plans including a much-needed spin of the rocking Japandroids album “Near to The Wild Heart of Life” (on vinyl, of course!) accompanied by some fresh craft beer from a new favorite, Brooklyn’s own Wild East Brewing — stop by and pick up some to-go in their new (semi-built) space, if you so choose. I’ll also be helped along by High Brew Coffee‘s excellent canned cold brew — ya can’t go wrong there, can you? For now though, I hope the below picks will help get (or keep!) your weekend rolling along. Thanks, as ever, for reading.

  • Let’s get things going the right way. Well, that’d be the right way if you consider yourself a super fan of the blog — I’m comin’ at ya with even more content these days, thanks to my twice-weekly newsletter that just debuted this week. Known as The Style Guide In Brief, think of it like a mini-version of, well, the Friday Read. Every Tuesday and Saturday, I’ll cover a couple shopping picks, a must-buy beverage (craft beer or coffee, anyone??) and a cool song to get you ready for the day ahead. How does that sound? And hey, it’s free! Sign up here.
  • We mentioned above we’d be tackling a rugged messenger bag for summer, and that’s what the Carhartt x CORDURA Messenger Bag ($64.99) sets out to provide. It’s remarkably tough and durable, but compact enough to sling across your shoulder without weighing you down. I’ve been testing out my own messenger bag (thanks to my friends at Linda Gaunt Communications for sending!) these past few weeks in the wilds of Marine Park and beyond, and for the blend of affordability and durability, I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Keeping your beard in fine form during quarantine — and every other time of year, for that matter — can be a tall task at times. Whether you’re a longtime member of the bearded brethren or a newbie to the whole game, you should certainly head over to The Manual to check out my guide to the best beard balms for men. They won’t let you down.
  • Hey, you know what your summer weekend needs? One of the best men’s short-sleeve shirts. Not just any short-sleeve shirt, though. Get this limited-edition Todd Snyder camp collar shirt via my latest GearMoose briefing. Happy shopping, folks.

Now then, before we take off for the weekend, I’ll leave you with one last essential pair of summer shoes from one of the best menswear designers on the planet. That’d be Todd Snyder, and you’d do very well indeed to check out my post on the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukkas. They’re some of the best chukka boots (or are they boat shoes??) for summer, make no mistake about it. If you pick up a pair, be sure to let me know on Twitter. OK, now … that’ll wrap up today’s post. We’ll see you over at my newsletter? I sure hope so. Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, too. Cheers, my friends.

 

The List: This is All the Best New Menswear to Buy for Summer — Right Now

A perfect summer T-shirt? Yes, I certainly think so.

Folks, thanks for joining us for another edition of The List, whereby we cover the best new men’s gear and menswear each week. The theme of this week, of course? Why, that’s easy: Summer style essentials to help you power through the dog days ahead of us. That means we’ll talk about the best new T-shirt, the best men’s chinos and some essential summer boots (yes, summer  boots). Are you ready? I sure hope so — here we go. Oh, and to get in touch with me on these picks, you can find me on Twitter.

Forty Five Tee — $32

The ideal T-shirt to wear all day, every day.

OK, perhaps by now you’re sick of hearing about Forty Five Tees from Huckberry. A new in-house brand launched by the lauded retailer earlier this summer, they’re focused on making the best men’s T-shirt your money can buy. It’s a highly affordable T-shirt for summer, so consider picking one up in … every color?

Todd Snyder Terry Button Down Polo — $128

An utterly cool, retro shirt for summer.

Let’s say you want to step things up just a bit from your new favorite T-shirt … in that case, this stylish retro polo from Todd Snyder is the way to go. It’s a terry cloth polo that’s every bit as breezy and laidback as a classic tee, but with a bit more polish. One of the coolest shirts to buy for summer? Yes indeed.

Buck Mason Vintage Canvas 5-Pocket Pants — $125 

Stylish five-pocket pants to wear all summer.

What to wear with your new favorite polo? Why, that’s. Some of the most stylish pants for summer, made from a vintage cotton canvas fabric from Buck Mason, are the right way to go.

Marathon Navigator Watch — $300

The stylish everyday watch you need now.

Another recommendation for this stylish summer watch? Yes, indeed. When you want to go a bit rugged, reach for this tough everyday watch from Marathon. Rest assured, it’s stylish enough to wear with your new favorite pants and that Todd Snyder polo, but rugged enough for all of your summer adventures.

HELM Boots Bradley Tan Suede Oxfords — $285

Another pair of rugged, stylish summer shoes from HELM Boots.

If you haven’t considered some stylish suede dress shoes for your summer footwear rotation, I’d say you should start ASAP. HELM Boots has outdone itself with these rugged suede shoes for summer, which can be worn with slim light wash denim and your new favorite T-shirt or (once again), your Todd Snyder polo and Buck Mason pants. Best believe it, folks.

Grayers Bedford Stripe V-Neck Sweater — $98

An ideal sweater for chilly summer nights.

Yes, folks — we’re recommending a lightweight sweater for summer as we keep things rolling here. If you thought you’d stow away your sweaters for summer, but then were taken aback by an unexpectedly breezy summer night, this Grayers sweater, made from lightweight cotton, is the perfect lightweight summer layer.

Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic British Khaki — $98

The very best men’s chinos for summer — plain and simple.

This isn’t the first time you’ve read about the Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos on the blog, and it assuredly won’t be the last. Some of the best men’s chinos regardless of season, they’re perfect to wear with a slim tee and your favorite sneakers. Speaking of …

CLAE Malone Sneakers — $160

Retro sneakers to rock all summer, my friends.

Who doesn’t love a pair of vintage-style sneakers, right? Leave it to CLAE to come through again with a pair of the best men’s sneakers, one made with nubuck leather in a flattering, court-inspired silhouette. They’re assuredly the ideal everyday sneakers to carry you through summer.

Rhythm Staple Beach Shorts — $56

Beach shorts? Swim shorts? A bit of both? Yes indeed.

Looking for some of the best men’s shorts for summer? Perhaps to supplement your collection currently? The Rhythm Staple Beach Shorts could be just what you need — they’re both swim shorts and casual shorts, for starters. They’re also available in a cool color that works well with your CLAE sneakers.

Sonic Editions Hemingway “Negroni Time” Print — $349

A unique and classic way to upgrade your wall art — Hemingway would approve.

Perhaps all this time at home has made you realize you need to upgrade your wall art. Look no further than the seriously cool, gallery-quality prints from Sonic Editions. I love the Hemingway “Negroni Time” print in a nod to summer sipping.

Mott and Bow Graham Slim Denim Shirt — $79

A classic and cool denim shirt to wear all summer.

As we’ve said in the past, it’s pretty cool that the makers of your favorite denim are also now making one of the best men’s shirts for summer. I think you’ll find this stylish denim shirt can be worn with plenty of your favorite summer style essentials, including vintage canvas pants and stylish suede dress shoes.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Henley — $74

Pick up this rugged henley now, then wear it all summer.

What’s an ideal layer to wear underneath a stylish denim shirt? That’s easy, folks. One of the best henleys — to be more specific, one of the best short-sleeve henleys — fits the bill nicely. Naturally, this stylish merino henley is comfortable and functional for summer’s heat.

Flint and Tinder Chore Coat — $158

Possibly the best jacket for a summer evening.

We’ve talked about what to wear when it gets hot out this summer, so now, let’s talk about a jacket to wear when it gets cold this summer. It’s going to happen when the sun goes down on certain nights, so you might as well grab this rugged chore coat from the good folks at Flint and Tinder.

Fisher + Baker Greenwich Anorak — $498

Your new favorite jacket for summer.

Now, let’s talk about the perfect jacket for summer rain — that would just so happen to be this rugged anorak from Fisher + Baker. Easy to wear thanks to the mobile cut & featuring space for your everyday carry essentials, it’s one of summer’s best jackets.

Chill Boys Performance Bamboo Boxer Briefs — $29.95

Stylish, effective performance boxer briefs.

Hey, it’s hot out there. Stay cool and comfortable in style with these performance boxer briefs from Chill Boys — think of them like compression shorts, but better and easier to wear on the daily. I’ve been testing them out recently (thanks to the brand for sending!) & can’t recommend them enough.
Billykirk No. 237 Briefcase — $450

A durable, rugged everyday bag.

The best men’s bag for your everyday carry can be found right here, folks. I’m not exaggerating, either — Billykirk has a long history of making some off the most rugged bags for men, including this handsome waxed canvas and leather briefcase.
My friends, it seems we’ve once again run the gamut when it comes to the best men’s gear, covering everything from one of the most rugged bags for men to a stylish denim shirt and even a neat & unexpected way to upgrade your wall art. What was your favorite from the above picks? I’m always drawn toward pieces like a rugged chore coat from Flint and Tinder or, say, equally rugged suede shoes.  But maybe, just maybe, you want to go  more casual  with something like the Rhythm Staple Beach Shorts or some vintage-style sneakers? It’s all on the table today, and that’s good news for us menswear fans indeed. Again, let me know on Twitter if you end up shopping any of these summer gear picks. Cheers, my friends!

#OOTD: Shake Up Your Summer Style with the Best Men’s T-shirt

Right off the bat: You’ve probably got a ton of T-shirts in your drawer, right? But do you have the best men’s T-shirt (or at least, arguably the best)? That’s where we’ll begin today’s #OOTD — with a Todd Snyder x Champion T-shirt that’s actually anything but basic. Consider it a rugged T-shirt for summer that you can wear on its own (in the case of today’s look) or layered up underneath, say, a denim shirt or your favorite trucker jacket. But the key with making the seemingly humble T-shirt work for you — be it for back-patio beers or a trail hike — is to pick the right one (again, Todd Snyder x Champion has you covered), and then add the right summer style essentials around it. That means we’ll go with a pair of the best men’s shorts for lightweight functionality and dependability, then we’ll accent ’em with a pair of eco-friendly sneakers for feel-good fashion and functionality. What looks seemingly simple on the surface can actually be stylish as all-get-out, but you’ve just got to know where to start. It’s breezy, it’s cool, it works for a hot summer day or an unexpectedly chilly night — it’s a must-have. For the summer months, the best T-shirt for men can certainly put in a lot of work for you. Here’s how to wear it (oh, and if you like this look, let me know on Twitter).

A simple T-shirt, worn in a stylish and effective way.

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As you can hopefully see from the ensemble above, finding and wearing the right T-shirt for summer doesn’t have to be boring or standard. In fact, with just a few tweaks and some additions via the best men’s gear, the Todd Snyder x Champion T-shirt shown above stands out from the pack even more. It’s a bit of an investment, but ultimately, it’s an affordably priced tee given the long-lasting quality you’re getting — and it looks particularly great for casual weekend style with the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts, which are well-suited for both back-deck weekend hangs and socially distanced hikes. Add some eco-friendly sneakers into the mix via SeaVees, and you’ve got the makings of a very stylish #OOTD for summer. There’s more to this look though, starting with the rugged dependability of a stylish everyday watch from Buck Mason — it’s understated yet stylish, perfectly well-suited to teaming up with the functional Huckberry Canvas Snapback shown above. See, you’re looking great AND keeping the sun off your face. Naturally, you’ll also be staying hydrated with one of the best growlers via the good folks at GrowlerWerks. How can it get better than that? In my mind, well, with the sun at your back and some excellent tunes playing through your Sennheiser headphones, it can’t be topped. Stay stylish and stay safe out there, friends.

See Now, Buy Now: These Florsheim Oxfords Are The Perfect Summer Shoes

Comfortable, stylish shoes to wear whenever you need them this summer.

It’s hard to believe we’re rolling into July right now, and that means you assuredly need to sort out your summer footwear rotation — start with some of the best shoes for summer from revered American footwear maker Florsheim. Although all of our routines are looking quite a bit different these days, there’s still something to be said for picking up some of the best dress shoes for summer, especially a casual and versatile pair like the Florsheim Highland Canvas Oxfords. They strike the right balance between casual and work day-friendly, particularly helpful if you want stylish men’s shoes that can easily switch from your home office (or regular office!) to the back patio with ease. What’s more, these classic Oxford shoes are a fresh and modern take on the style — it starts with the use of a lightweight canvas upper with leather accents, as opposed to a full leather design (nothing wrong with that, though!). Plus, they come in four cool, neutral colors. That makes ’em the perfect lightweight dress shoes for summer, folks.  Heck, they also retail for under $100 — so, yes, let’s call them some of the best dress shoes under $100, too. But that’s far from it, if we’re being honest (keep scrolling!).

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SHOP: The Florsheim Highland Canvas Oxfords

One of four must-have colors when it comes to these Florsheim Oxfords.

To be more specific, these Florsheim dress shoes are a new era in men’s footwear, a perfect update for your seasonal rotation thanks to the lightweight design. That’s especially the case when worn with easygoing summer style essentials like slim tan chinos and a navy slub polo or a classic slub tee. The use of Suedetec lining makes them easy to wear with no-show socks and rolled light wash denim, too. And let’s not count out the comfort factor, either — the Florsheim Highland Canvas Oxfords are designed with a cushioned EVA sole and feature a rubber heel. That makes them some of the best dress shoes for summer, a time when your daily routine might call for being on your feet for hours on end. When you want to switch out your sneakers or leather loafers, go for the Florsheim Highland Canvas Oxfords — it really is that easy.

SHOP: The Florsheim Highland Canvas Oxfords

Style Pick of the Week: Converse Chuck Taylor 70 Sneakers

Classic sneakers that are as good as it gets.

Folks, what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a truly iconic, all-American pair of sneakers — some of the most classic, best men’s sneakers in this country (and on the planet)? So it goes with the instantly recognizable, very easy-to-wear, cool-as-can-be Converse Chuck Taylor 70. An iconic pair of sneakers since day one (and available in unisex sizing), they could just be the best sneakers to buy now  — particularly if you’re feeling very, very patriotic. And heck, if you simply need a new pair of affordable low-top sneakers at a great price? My friends, Converse sneakers are here for you — to say the very least.

I’ve been a fan of Converse since my college days, when I would pick up a pair at my local mall, but since we’re all doing things a little bit differently these days, I’d say you should go right ahead and order your new favorite sneakers from the good folks at Need Supply Co. OK, now that that’s out of the way … let’s talk about ’em. If you follow our See Now, Buy Now series, it might seem surprising that Converse hasn’t come up before. The brand is an American institution after all, founded more than 100 years ago. And that’s actually great news: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 are so well-executed, they’re as timeless as it gets.

SHOP: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 

Simple, straightforward and yet oh-so-stylish.

If you’ve been searching for some of the best sneakers under $100, these are unequivocally it. Made from durable textile with an equally durable rubber outsole, they should provide plenty of all-day comfort, whether you throw them on to run socially distanced errands around town or a take a masked stroll in your local park. The thing about the Converse Chuck Taylor 70 is that they’re so timeless, you can style them with practically anything. Slim light wash jeans and a classic white tee (like the one seen here)? Go for it. A slub polo and olive chino shorts? For sure. A rugged henley and  black denim? Yes, you can rock the Converse Chuck Taylor 70 with that outfit, as well.
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You can even take these classic sneakers for a spin at the office with dark blue denim, a navy cotton blazer and an Oxford shirt (when we can all return to offices, that is). But for right now, I’d suggest you wear your new favorite sneakers with all the casual trappings of summer to enjoy breezy days — a cool craft beer growler, a stylish Bluetooth speaker and your feet kicked up, Converse on. What could be better, right?

SHOP: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 

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The Friday Read: The Best New Summer Shirt, Fourth of July Weekend & Huckberry Essentials

 Editor’s note: If you like what you read here, you might love The Style Guide In Brief, a mini-newsletter I’m launching next week. Expect 2-3 weekly dispatches on what to wear, what to imbibe and what to listen to — coming soon! Click here to learn more and sign up.
Hey hey, whaddya say? “Dad-style” greetings aside, I’m about as upbeat as can be as we head into what should be a laidback (albeit unique) Fourth of July weekend. In fact, I’m about as laidback and relaxed as the Surfside Supply Shirt seen above, available via the good folks at Bombfell — it’s one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, with the kind of style you should look to channel this weekend (cold beer sold separately). I’ll be wearing several of my favorite short-sleeve shirts for summer all weekend long, not least because it’s time for the big one: A safely done trip back to Michigan to see my family after long, long months in quarantine in Brooklyn. I’ll be taking all necessary precautions as I leave the city, masked up and hand sanitizer going strong — and in Michigan, social distancing via my brother’s lovely house will be key. With my family’s approval, we all feel safe, healthy and ready for some quality time together! Above all else, it’ll be a relief to see family and visit (socially distanced!) with friends after some long, tough months in New York City.

You best believe I’ll be packing summer style essentials from brands like Taylor Stitch on the trip, and I’ll also be looking forward to sipping on some fresh craft beer and of course, chowing down on a few hearty burgers right off the grill.  What’s on your agenda for these strange and trying times? I can only hope it involves rest, relaxation, and of course … the Friday Read we’ve got outlined below. In search of new artwork for your home or a new, cool beer glass? Those tidbits can be found below (keep scrolling!). It also seems like as good a time as any to kick back with some relaxing summer jams — I put together this WFH playlist earlier this year, but now would be the right time to enjoy some laidback listening around the bonfire, right? Yes, indeed (think Yo La Tengo, Alvvays & Big Thief, to name a few!). Keep on scrolling for more from the world of menswear and beyond, and I’m wishing everyone a very happy Fourth of July weekend. Stay safe out there, folks!

A limited-edition, signed print via Jack Ludlam and Taylor Stitch.

A seriously cool way to enjoy your favorite beer.

  • Let’s talk for a second about beer to drink this weekend — or rather, a new beer glass to buy as you  imbibe your favorite craft beer for the Fourth of July and beyond. The good folks at Huckberry are now selling the seriously cool Whiskey Peaks Beer Glass, featuring a topographic impression of Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome. Is it one of the coolest beer glasses around — for this weekend and well beyond? Yes, sir — no doubt.
  • We just talked about the best glass for your beer, so … wondering what to sip on this weekend? In my mind, that’s easy — you’re going to want the aptly named Anchor Liberty Ale, an iconic craft beer that’s meant to be enjoyed during a hot day on the boat or a cool evening around a bonfire. Heck, if you’re in the San Francisco area, use the handy Anchor Beer To Go feature for curbside pick-up — those outside the Bay Area should head toward the Anchor Beer Finder to find this legendary beer elsewhere. Brewed 45 years ago to honor the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famed midnight ride, this is a classic craft beer worth enjoying again and again.
  • If you’re not about the most sustainable menswear around, well, you should certainly change that approach. It gets all the easier when you consider Wellen from my good friends at Huckberry. This surf-and-sun brand channels laidback summer style to a “T,”‘ as you might have read about on the blog in the past. With that being said, I rounded up the best style essentials from Wellen for GearMoose — give it a read, then stock up accordingly.

That’s just about going to wrap it up for me today, folks. But wait … I’m going to leave you with one last Fourth of July style suggestion. You need to have some cool boat shoes on your feet this weekend, and better yet, you need to know how to wear boat shoes in the best way possible for the rest of summer. That’s where this #OOTD comes into play — in fact, the Todd Snyder x Sebago boat shoes featured in that piece are some of the most unique ones I’ve seen in recent memory. I hope you feel the same, and I hope you enjoy time with family & friends this weekend. Thanks for reading — next round’s on me!

Cheers,

-Beau

 

 

The List: Power Through July (And Beyond) With the Best New Menswear

All smiles because you just bought one of the best shirts for summer … or you will have, at least.

The time has come to keep gearing up for summer, seeing as the Fourth of July is on the way. As a matter of fact, perhaps you’ll find some Fourth of July style essentials below — and essential men’s gear for beyond this (socially distanced) holiday, as well. We’ll talk about one of summer’s best shirts right off the bat, and we’ll keep things rolling with new menswear from Todd Snyder, some of the best men’s shoes and plenty more. To check out past editions of The List, head here. Thanks for reading!

Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Navy Plaid — $125

The perfect summer shirt in a cool fabric and pattern from Taylor Stitch.

The time has come to snap up one of the best shirts for summer — if you haven’t already, that is. Taylor Stitch excels at making shirting with a just-right fit (thanks to the chest sizing system they use), along with a breezy cotton-linen fabric blend in the case of this rugged-yet-versatile Taylor Stitch California Shirt.

Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos — $118

Slim chinos from one of the best men’s style brands around.

The ideal pairing with your Taylor Stitch California Shirt for perfect summer style? Why, it’s assuredly got to be some of the best men’s chinos for the season from top menswear designer Todd Snyder.

SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons in Pavement Suede — $98

Stylish, laidback summer slip-ons for everyday wear.

It’s summer, it’s hot out and you need some of the best men’s slip-ons to keep cool in style this season. Start with the well-made and affordably priced SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons, folks, then rock them with some of the best men’s chinos.

Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve One-Pocket Shirt — $85

A cool-as-can-be short-sleeve shirt from one of your favorite brands.

For long summer days and nights aplenty — even if you’re just working from home and then catching some rays on your patio — a stylish short-sleeve shirt like this rugged-yet-cool number from Buck Mason goes a long way.

Billykirk No. 404 Memo Holder — $115

A durable way to organize your EDC and take down good notes on the fly.

For jotting down notes and keeping your to-do list top of mind, you need the right everyday carry essentials, like this easy-to-carry and stylish leather memo holder from my good friends at Billykirk. You might be surprised at how often you use it.

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee — $32

A classic tee inspired by classic vinyl.

Forty Five is the latest in-house launch from the good folks at Huckberry, and as you might have read about, they’re focused on one thing — making the best men’s T-shirt. So named for 45RPM vinyl, which revolutionized music by featuring one hit single, this American-made T-shirt is as stylish as it gets. Maybe pick up one in every color?

Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts — $158

The coolest shorts to pick up for summer? Very likely indeed.

Here’s the deal: You’re looking for some of the best men’s shorts for summer. The kind you can wear with your American-made T-shirt and SeaVees slip-ons. The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts are the pair you need ASAP.

Marathon MSAR Watch — $850

Rugged, tough and ready to go — that’s what this watch brings to the table.

If you’ve visited the blog in recent weeks, you know we’re all about a rugged dive watch for summer (and beyond). Marathon specializes in rough-and-tumble watches that go the distance, and the Marathon MSAR Watch is certainly no exception.

GREATS Royale Nero Sneakers — $179

Surprisingly sleek black leather sneakers from Brooklyn’s GREATS.

The alternative to a pair of the best men’s slip-ons? Why, a set of sleek, stylish black leather sneakers to add a bit of attitude to your summer ensemble. We’ve previously talked about how to wear white leather sneakers, so consider these GREATS Royale sneakers a nice change of pace.

Relwen Finespun Stripe Polo — $98

An utterly classic, breezy polo for the summer months.

Make no mistake, this won’t be the last time we talk about Relwen on the blog today, so get used to it. Here, the rugged men’s gear brand has made one of the best men’s polos for summer, a pleasingly functional, lightweight polo shirt to wear with slim light wash denim. On that note …

Mott and Bow Warren Slim Denim — $128

Slim denim in an essential wash from Mott and Bow.

If you read the blog, you know that the best men’s light wash jeans for summer  are a consistent recommendation by yours truly — and these Mott and Bow jeans, done up in a pleasingly faded wash, are no different.

Danner Caprine Boots — $150

Dependable, lightweight hiking boots for a summer adventure.

We’ve talked before on the blog about the Danner Caprine Boots, and how they just so happen to be some of the best hiking boots for summer — that being said, they’re back on the blog in a big way today. They’re perhaps the best lightweight boots for your next hike, and that’s just a fact.

Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Heather Henley — $78

A rugged henley you’ll want to wear all summer.

If you don’t yet have one of the best short-sleeve henleys in your summer style rotation, consider this a chance to fix that. Faherty Brand uses high-quality fabric to deliver one of the best henleys for seasonal layering (try it with one of summer’s best shirts for an added bit of visual interest).

King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash — $12.99 

No better lineup of heritage-quality grooming products on the market right now.

If this brand name looks familiar to you, well, that’s because … it is. But not in the normal way — no sir, King C. Gillette is the recently launched heritage grooming offshot of the historic Gillette line, paying homage to the founder himself. Gillette has focused on innovations in shaving and men’s grooming since, oh, well, about 1904, so why this new launch? Easy. The entire line, which features a whole host of men’s grooming essentials, is meant for the guy who wants to care for his beard and his face with ease, style and heritage quality in mind. They don’t make ’em like they used to … except now, King C. Gillette does.

Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater — $145

Tough, hard-wearing swim trunks for summer excursions.

Leave it to Outerknown and surfing legend Kelly Slater to come up with the best men’s swim trunks for all your summer adventures — talk about a guy who knows a thing or two about crafting the best men’s swimwear, ehh??

Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid — $240

The right bag for rugged summer adventures.

In similar fashion to the functional swim trunks shown above, you assuredly need one of the best men’s shoulder bags to haul your everyday carry this summer and beyond. The Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid (an exclusive to Huckberry) is the right way to go here.

It’s always tough to pick out a favorite when it comes to the best men’s gear picks, right? What’s going to be on your shopping list now? Will Todd Snyder’s slim-fit chinos make the cut? Are you going to step out in style with an EDC essential like a stylish leather memo holder from Billykirk while rocking a pair of the SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons? Heck, maybe you want to go full-on rugged with the Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid? Either way, feel free to let me know on Twitter what you’re digging this season. Cheers and thanks for reading!

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear The Best Men’s Chinos for Summer

If you thought you knew everything about how to wear chinos for summer, I’m here to tell you to think again. Namely, the best men’s chinos are, first and foremost, going to shake up exactly how you pull together the rest of the look — one great piece can’t help but elevate the rest of your game. Of course, when you kick off your #OOTD with Todd Snyder slim-fit chinos, things get a whole lot cooler (and better) from there. We’ve talked plenty on the blog about how to wear chinos, but now that we’re essentially entering July (gasp!), maybe you want to switch things up a bit. Today, I’ll give you a few pointers on how to do just that. While you could easily wear, say, one of the best Oxford shirts and a navy cotton blazer with this look, we’ll be taking it a more casual, rugged direction. For instance: A stylish lightweight short-sleeve shirt does the heavy lifting here, and a more traditional summer jacket is swapped out with a durable chore jacket for unique summer style. Naturally, we’ll dive into some stylish everyday carry essentials and other gear picks that are crucial to giving this look its seriously cool, modern appeal. But lest we forget: You’ve got to get the best chinos for men to make it all work, so let’s start there. Enjoy the full ensemble below, folks.

Classic chinos worn in fresh, modern way.

  • The Chinos: Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos, $118 — Trust me — any summer #OOTD should start with the best men’s chinos, and these Todd Snyder chinos fit that definition perfectly. Dressy-yet-laidback, highly versatile … some of the best pants for men this season, easily.
  • The Stylish Short-Sleeve Shirt: Buck Mason Draped Twill Shirt, $85 — Just as reliably as Buck Mason makes one of the best denim shirts, so to do they come through with one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer.
  • The Summer Jacket: Freemans Sporting Club Chore Jacket, $330 — To shake things up a bit, reach for a rugged chore jacket, one made from lightweight Japanese denim, to layer up on breezy summer days and nights.
  • The Perfect Summer Shoes: Nisolo Chamberlain Penny Loafers, $124 — This #OOTD mixes high and low, like a rugged chore jacket alongside slim chinos, so best keep mixing it up with these stylish leather loafers.
  • The Watch: VAER Watches C5 Heritage Leather Watch, $250 — You know what this ensemble needs? A stylish leather watch, one that’s going to add some rugged polish to this look (which itself is suited for date night at home or to-go cocktails).
  • The Belt: Billykirk No. 117 Mechanic’s Belt, $99 — We’re all about the accessories here on the blog, and the best leather belt is a must-have — especially when it’s made by Billykirk. Go ahead and mix your leather shades here — I won’t tell a soul.
  • The Sunglasses: Roav Lennox Foldable Sunglasses, $175 — Yes, that’s right — you can fold these stylish sunglasses up and take ’em with you on the go. Are they the coolest sunglasses I’ve seen in some time because of that? Yessir.
  • The Summer Sipper: Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, Price Varies — Let’s talk whiskey for one second. While I love a summer beer as much as the next guy, I’ve found Proper No. Twelve to be a surprisingly enjoyable summer sipper when enjoyed on the rocks or with some club soda. Perhaps you’ll feel the same about Connor McGregor’s whiskey brand, no?

Alright, so perhaps this #OOTD is now changing how you think about, well, how to wear chinos this summer, right? Critically, it all starts with some Todd Snyder chinos that balance dressy and casual style quite nicely (if I do say so myself). We’ll take it a step further with something that’s perhaps expected, but no less cool — one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, courtesy of our pals at Buck Mason. How do you shake things up even further beyond that? Go for a rugged chore jacket to give this look some extra edge, then slide right into stylish leather loafers for a nice change of pace (seriously, Nisolo makes some of the most sustainable men’s footwear out there, too). Naturally, this look calls for stylish accessories that stand out in the right way — enter the best leather belt from Billykirk, then accent it with a stylish leather watch from VAER Watches for all-day style and durability. And for functional day-to-night style on the go (socially distanced), I think you’ll certainly find some unique, foldable sunglasses are just the right move here. Pop ’em in the pocket of your denim chore jacket when the sun goes down. Of course, what’s this look missing? Why a fine summer sipper in the form of Proper No. Twelve whiskey — how’s that sound? Can’t get any better. If you’ve got thoughts on this look, head to Twitter to give me your take. Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

See Now, Buy Now: The Todd Snyder x Sebago Chukkas Are Summer’s Best Shoes

Todd Snyder x Sebago is as cool as it gets for stylish summer footwear.

As one might expect, it can be a lot right off the bat to call a pair of stylish summer shoes … well, the best summer shoes. But for my money’s worth (and yours!), I think you just might find that to be the case with the Todd Snyder x Sebago line of stylish, durable summer footwear. The Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots ($175) in particular are everything you could ask for in a pair of classic summer shoes — and then some. Crucially, they’re also here just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and what could be better than that? Heck, is there anything more all-American than two brands like Todd Snyder and Sebago teaming up? Not quite. Snyder’s Iowa-born heritage and his love of classic Sebago shoes make this a natural pairing, to say the least. So, on to these must-have summer shoes. A crucial point, as well: You can get 15 percent off at Todd Snyder when you sign up for Todd Snyder E-mailsWhy would you want to do that, though? Read on, friends.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 

A classic pair of summer chukka boots, to be sure.

Note that the collection also features a pair of seriously cool Todd Snyder x Sebago boat shoes ($145), but for summer adventures that could involve socially distanced jaunts into town or evenings around the bonfire, the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka is my top pick. Consider these a lightweight pair of chukka boots to team up with breezy navy chinos and a white polo for crisp summer style, or else wear ’em alongside light wash denim and a grey slub tee. Feel like going a bit more adventurous? Yes, I’d say you could wear the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots with navy shorts (go for a pair with a 7-inch inseam to hit above the knee), plus a grey henley (I like henleys from Buck Mason!) for standout summer style. Again, these tips apply for Fourth of July weekend style as well as the rest of the summer.  What are you waiting for? The long weekend is calling, and Todd Snyder x Sebago should be what you’re wearing.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 
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