Style Pick of the Week: FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

Tough, durable boots that come through in matters of performance and style.

Given that we’ve hit mid-November and blustery fall weather is rolling through in force these days (well, for most of us, that is!), finding a pair of the best men’s boots has never been more critical. And now, you’ve got one way to go thanks to today’s Style Pick of the Week, and that’s with the perfectly rugged, expertly crafted FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots, some of the best boots for men to get on your feet ASAP. If you’ve read the blog on the regular, you know that FRYE men’s boots take the cake when it comes to quality and craftsmanship, to say the very least (check out my write-up on the best sales on men’s boots at FRYE for more, as but one example). Heck, the FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots stand apart from even the rest of the FRYE arsenal when it comes to durability, rugged appeal and great looks. For the holiday season, when dressing occasions run the gamut from navigating slippery driveways or slippery brewery parking lots, the best boots will assuredly come in handy — these have a leather storm welt and tough construction, to boot (pun intended).

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

High-quality leather and stitching for an excellent look and feel from FRYE.

The full sponge EVA outsole offers comfort and a springy feel, a rarity among some leather boots, and yet another great reason to give the FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots a serious shot this season. The difference really is in the details when it comes to the best men’s boots, and these certainly check all the right boxes. While the moc toe construction is definitely rugged, these are still the type of boots to wear with everything from tan chinos and a white Oxford shirt for a holiday gathering, to dark denim and a classic henley on a winter weekend. The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots will also age handsomely over time, and that’s an investment that’ll certainly pay off, seeing as they retail for $358 at FRYE. The best boots for guys certainly don’t come cheap, but with FRYE, you can rest assured that they’re worth it.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

The Friday Read: USA-Made Boots from FRYE, Faherty Gives Back & A New Bespoke Post Jacket

The coolest denim jacket for a fall weekend — or a winter weekend.

Folks, I’m here to tell you as we kick off today’s Friday Read that I think I’ve found it. What exactly is it? Well, it’s nothing less than the best denim jacket for fall and winter, the Line of Trade Montana Winterized Denim Trucker Jacket, a standout new addition to the Bespoke Post Web site that you should shop ASAP. As it were, I’m going to be reviewing this Line of Trade denim jacket very soon, and in fact, I had the chance to check it out virtually via Zoom as part of the Bespoke Post Holiday Preview last week (the days of menswear events are far off in the future, sadly!). The great news is, this jacket is available right now in advance of colder weather. And let me tell you this: Right now won’t be the last you hear of this stellar denim jacket, and you can even spot it in an upcoming #OOTD post on this very site in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned, folks.

In the meantime, today’s Friday Read is packed with a heck of a lot of the best gear for fall, so I know you’ll find picks aplenty in the meantime. As for me, I’m going to stay busy this weekend working on my newsletter — The Style Guide In Brief — and you should be sure to subscribe if you want a twice-weekly (Tuesday and Saturday!) dose of menswear, gear, craft beer & naturally, indie rock. It’s all in a day’s work, folks. If you want more seasonal style content, be sure to check out my bylines at Maxim and GearMoose, too. For now, I’m off to take a fall stroll in search of a classic fall beer — and lest we forget, my beloved Michigan State Spartans return (safely, I hope!) to the college football gridiron this weekend. Go Green! It’s the theme of the weekend, after all. Here’s the rest of the Friday Read below.

Perfectly rugged boots that also go towards a good cause.

  • Here’s some great news for you if you like your purchases to give back AND look great at the same time. FRYE, the brand you know and love from this blog (and elsewhere!), is donating $10 to Feeding America for every pair of Made in USA shoes sold in October. My favorite styles include picks like the rugged-yet-ever-so-slightly-dressy Logan Cap Toe Boots and the tough-as-nails FRYE Prison Boots for all-day style this fall and winter. They’re both investment-level boots, but assuredly worth it — for both style and a good cause.
Faherty Legend Sweater Shirt

More stylish menswear that gives back, thanks to Faherty.

  • But wait, there’s more when it comes to giving back and looking great while doing so.  Faherty Brand, a personal favorite of mine for classic pieces like the Faherty Legend Sweater Shirt as seen above, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from indigenous-inspired print menswear to Doug Good Feather’s Lakota Way Healing Center — how’s that for a deal you can get behind this season, ehh?
  • Let’s ease into a fall weekend with a perfectly crafted seasonal sipper, shall we? I’ve recently been testing out Spiribam’s Clement Barrel Rhum, a longstanding Caribbean rum favorite you can enjoy in simple rum cocktails or better yet, as an after-dinner sipper. Of course, there’s good news: You can get some of fall’s best rum delivered to you via alcohol delivery service Drizly.
  • We’ve talked spirits, we’ve talked menswear, we’ve talked boots … let’s talk about men’s grooming essentials. I’ve also had the chance to test out the highly effective Disco Face Moisturizer, and it’s with dry fall weather on the way that I’m recommending you check out this brand now. They’re making unique grooming picks with innovative ingredients like eucalyptus, all the better to nourish your skin and reduce inflammation. Pick up some now and look sharp, even as cold weather rolls in.

Before I let you head off into the weekend, dreaming of a rum cocktail or a new winterized denim jacket, allow me to offer up one more fall buying guide. Perhaps a fall road trip is in your future, yes? In that case, check out my guide on how to dress for a fall road trip, featuring stylish sneakerboots, a tough denim jacket and so much more. And here’s one more reminder to hit Subscribe on my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, in time to get my Saturday dispatch (and next Tuesday’s of course). To connect with me further for weekend style tips aplenty, feel free to give me a follow on Twitter. OK, folks. Have a great one!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

The Thursday Buy: FRYE’s Tyler Boots are Some of Fall’s Best Boots

FRYE Tyler Boots

Lace up some of the coolest, most rugged boots for men this fall.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. We’re back once again today with another pair of the best boots for men (a huge focus on the blog as of late) and with another pair of FRYE leather boots for your consideration and enjoyment. If you read any FRYE boots review, a few things are going to stand out. Namely, this heritage bootmaker doesn’t cut any corners, and that’s why you need a pair of these investment-level boots in your wardrobe. They also produce easily wearable, rugged-yet-dressy boots like the FRYE Tyler Boots with ease — quite a fair bit of ease, at that. What’s that mean for you? It means that it’s high time you invested in some of the best boots for men this season — it’s nearly October, after all.

The FRYE Tyler Boots, although pricey at $328 via FRYE, are going to deliver on multiple fronts when it comes to style, durability and quality, to say the least. Handcrafted, oiled suede gives these lace-up leather boots a bit of a rugged, rock n’roll edge — feel free to wear ’em with slim black jeans and, say, a black leather jacket atop your favorite T-shirt (even if you can’t exactly go to a rock show right now). The FRYE Tyler Boots are made with Goodyear welt construction, which means you can wear and wear them for years … then have ’em resoled with ease. And these rugged leather boots should also provide surprising comfort, whether worn with slim dark denim and a chambray shirt or a thermal henley and tan chinos — they feature a PORON foam footbed for a smooth ride. The  bottom line is this: It’s still the right time to pick up some of your new favorite boots, and you should certainly head over to FRYE to pick up the pair that’s right for you.

SHOP: The The FRYE Tyler Boots

 

Style Pick of the Week: FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots

Some of the best men’s leather boots, made the right way by FRYE.

Another week, another pair of the best leather boots for men as we head ever closer toward fall. I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to and appreciate the crisp, cold fall air, the changing seasons and some fall-centric activities (Oktoberfest beer or hot apple cider, anyone?). And I frequently find myself reaching for some rugged leather boots, a la the FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots shown above. They’ve got all the trappings of a pair of classic leather boots, right on down to the sleek-yet-tough plain toe construction, with a bit of an added edge — these stylish boots feature a side zip, giving them a bit more dressy appeal.

What that means for you is, you can team these FRYE leather boots with everything from wool trousers and a chambray shirt to rugged camp pants and a thermal henley without missing a beat. That’s the FRYE way, after all. They’re a heritage bootmaker for men and women with tons of history. Founded in Marlboro, Ma. in 1863 (yes, 1863!), they’ve never really wavered from the kind of quality leather boots that last and last … and last. It’s seriously impressive, and that’s what makes these some of the best boots for men you’ll be snapping up this season.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Leather Lace-Up Boots 

A versatile pair of leather boots with both dressy and rugged appeal.

Keep in mind, these FRYE leather boots are indeed on the pricier side ($358), but consider them in the same league as, say, rugged Red Wing Heritage leather boots … but with dressier styling potential. In my mind, that makes ’em worth every penny. The leather and rubber outsole adds durability and traction through slick fall weather, while waxed cotton laces tie everything together (literally) with more versatility than regular work boot laces. Again, these are a pair of sleek leather boots to wear with everything from your favorite blue jeans and a shawl cardigan to slim tan chinos and a classic Oxford shirt. Add a denim jacket or a chore coat, then call it good for fall adventures. No doubt about it, the FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots are going to be in your rotation for a good while, all thanks to the Goodyear welt construction and tough finishing details like antique brass hardware. Need to snag a pair of your new favorite boots for fall? Well, you’ve found ’em here.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Leather Lace-Up Boots 

 

Style Pick of the Week: Frye Prison Boot

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

A rich color and Goodyear welt construction create a super-tough (and prison-ready) overall package from Frye.

A rich color and Goodyear welt construction create a super-tough (and prison-ready) overall package from Frye. Photo courtesy of Frye.

As the calendar moves into January and winter (finally) gets started in earnest, I find myself turning time and again to style staples that I can wear over and over again — things like great sweaters, a nice jacket and solid winter accessories. Sometimes when it gets cold or the weather turns on you, you just need something sturdy to carry you from point A to point B. Of course, form and function should go hand-in-hand — and it’s definitely achievable when you browse through the stunning E-commerce pages of a site like Huckberry. Their selection of gear is really second-to-none if you appreciate quality, craftsmanship and timeless style (believe me, I’ve spent hours looking). And one piece in particular really caught my eye  this week– those boots you see at the top of the page: the Frye Prison Boot. The name sounds intimidating, to be sure, but the styling potential and quality are actually quite relatable — even if they are the same style of boots made for … wait for it … the Arkansas prison system.

Leather laces and a stone-tumbled finish also add unique character to these boots.

Leather laces and a stone-tumbled finish also add unique character to these boots.

The Frye Prison Boot comes in a rich Cognac colorway, and the boots themselves are, quite incredulously, tumbled with stones for a beat-up, broken-in look. Crucial details like a Goodyear welt construction ensure supremely sturdy quality, and the thick leather laces are also a nice touch. Make no mistake, these are not a pair of boots to be trifled with. The price certainly reflects that — it outstrips nearly every entry on this site’s recent list of best men’s winter boots. On that note, there are definitely brands (like Thursday Boots) who can offer cheaper winter boots and in more sizes (these guys only run up to size 12 via Huckberry). Even with that hefty price tag, the Frye Prison Boot is the type of boot you can take out and use again and again with a ton of outfits — season after season. Think slim corduroys plus a navy crewneck and a chambray shirt (as in this week’s #OOTD entry), for starters. And as long as you reach for something like a chambray dress shirt, they could even add character to something as refined as a slim charcoal suit. The point is this: the color is rich and versatile, the quality is self-evident, and the design touches (like the prison number stamped on the heel) add a little something extra — enough to the point where you just might wish you had a pair the next time you step out in the snow.

Tell me — would you consider buying these boots? How would you style them?