The Friday Read: New HELM Sneakers, A New Watch from UNCRATE & The Best Fall Jacket

HELM Cole Sneakers

Rugged, hiking boot-inspired sneakers that’ll offer plenty of fall wearability.

Thank you, my friends, for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read, where we’re starting things off with the right *step* for the weekend. I’m talking, naturally, about the excellent, brand-new HELM Boots Cole Sneakers as seen above. That’s right — the makers of some of your favorite boots (as covered here on the blog!) are launching the brand’s first pair of sneakers, and it’s fitting that they’re a nice hybrid between sneakers and boots. I love the HELM Cole Sneakers in rich wheat leather, and I dig the hiking-style speed lacing and the versatile high-top construction. The best new sneakers for fall? Very possibly. Remember, you can get $50 off your first order at HELM, plus free shipping. So, that’s my recommended footwear pick for many a weekend ahead. Onward to the rest of the weekend. And yes, another reminder to check out my Tuesday-and-Saturday newsletter if you just can’t get enough of what we’ve got going on here. The Style Guide In Brief won’t let you down. 

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As for me, I’m still enjoying a bit of R&R (call it a working vacation) visiting my parents in Florida — talk about a much-needed break. We’ve been able to hit the beach for some socially distanced sunshine, we’ve made plenty of trips to support local craft brewery Point Ybel Brewing (get the Kitten’s Paw, a light and refreshing hoppy pils!) and I’ve been able to work on features for the likes of Maxim.com (including a piece on the best leather sneakers) and GearMoose, naturally. I’ll be headed back to New York in the coming days, but have really loved being able to rest and relax down here. Hopefully, your weekend is filled with plenty of menswear, plenty of time to kick back, and perhaps some listening to the new album by The Killers. Cheers to the weekend, my friends.

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An iconic, one-of-a-kind watch – without a doubt.

The Gibson Jacket in Charcoal Birdseye Wool | Taylor Stitch…

Pre-order this classic wool jacket in advance of fall right now.

  • I’ve got a bit more of an affordable deal for you now these days — for a limited time only, the outstanding Taylor Stitch Gibson Jacket (a combination travel jacket and blazer and perhaps the best fall jacket) is available for a discount via the Taylor Stitch Workshop, so you best get on it. What’s more, you can read my full Taylor Stitch review over at GearMoose.
Topo Designs Summer Sale

Yes, it’s true — you can, and should, head over to Topo Designs to shop this standout sale. 

  • Ready to look towards the trail and the weekend? You best gear up over at Topo Designs, and more specifically, with the Topo Designs Summer Sale, featuring plenty of top picks for on and off the trail. To make it easy on you, I’d recommend you get the rugged Topo Designs Field Plaid Shirt or the Field Pants, quite possibly some of the best men’s field pants around.
  • Speaking of new gear, what could be a better way to close out summer and welcome fall than with a versatile men’s watch from Shinola? Check out my full rundown on the Shinola Duck Watch for Maxim, and then get ready to get out on the water to end summer.

Folks, that’ll do it for today’s Friday Read. I’ve got one more shopping recommendation for you, though. If you missed last Saturday’s Style Pick of the Week, now’s the chance to redeem yourself. I wrote all about the excellent Taylor Stitch California Chambray Shirt, so you would do very well to read my Taylor Stitch review before you power through the day. Enjoy the weekend, my friends. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: These Stylish Leather Dress Shoes from HELM Are a New Must-Buy

Cool, classic dress shoes in handsome leather.

There are some things that shouldn’t be overlooked as we roll through summer — namely, you’re still going to need some of the best leather dress shoes on your feet, particularly as we all return (very slowly but surely) to dressier environments. That’s why it’s time for our second, easy-to-buy entry this week in our See Now, Buy Now series. Luckily for you and me, HELM Boots is here to amp your style after quarantine with some of the best men’s dress shoes: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes are one-of-a-kind, checking all the right boxes when it comes to dependable, dressy-yet-versatile style. As it were, HELM Boots already makes, well, your favorite rugged leather boots (see this post for more background), yet these stylish leather dress shoes carry that same DNA in a lower-profile offering.

As with any offering from HELM, it starts with quality construction for long-lasting style. In this case, that means Blake rapid-stitch construction (which stitches through the outsole, insole and exterior of the shoe) and handsome Castello leather in a cool Wheat colorway, to go along with a tough mini-lug rubber sole. That means these are some of the best dress shoes — for the guy who has a tough time putting away his leather boots (guilty as charged). Oh, and if you’re new to HELM Boots? Remember that you can get $50 off your first pair, plus free shipping, if you pick these up. 

SHOP: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes

A sharp, rugged-yet-dressy silhouette for summer wearing occasions.

When it really comes down to it, tough-yet-versatile leather dress shoes are tough to come by — so when you find a pair like these, you really should act  quickly. You can wear the HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes with casual classics — think dark indigo denim, rolled at the ankle, alongside your favorite Oxford shirt. You can also rock these durable dress shoes as they were intended to be worn: With sharp-as-can-be picks like tailored chinos (I love Todd Snyder chinos, FYI!) and a timeless polo. When you really want to step up your game, of course, the HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes can be worn alongside a tailored khaki cotton suit (again, Todd Snyder‘s your go-to for one of the best men’s suits, while we’re on the topic). And because that Wheat leather is rich but dependable, you can rest assured that these are dress shoes you can wear in the fall, too — just team them with your favorite denim shirt and a classic cardigan, plus that same pair of dark indigo denim. Now then: Dress shoes that can do it all? That’s what you’re getting here, folks. Happy shopping.

SHOP: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes

 

 

The Friday Read: The Best Weekender Bags, The Best Father’s Day Gifts & Ways to Give Back

Rugged-yet-comfortable suede boots to power through the rest of summer.

Before we get further into it, thank you for stopping by the blog during such a difficult, challenging time for so many of us. I hope the blog can provide you some solace and enjoyment, however brief. Folks, let’s lace up our summer boots and head into the weekend. To be more specific: Might I recommend the pleasingly rugged pair of boots from HELM Boots as shown above? Yes, you can assuredly still rock suede lace-up boots this summer, so go for it. The HELM Boots Hollis Tan Boots, done up in rich suede, are about as cool as it gets for the season. What to wear them with? Well, that’s where our Friday Read is going to fill in the blanks for you today. For starters, maybe your dad would like some stylish summer boots for Father’s Day, ehh?

Moving on: We’ll cover a bit of everything on the blog, Father’s Day gifts included, along with the best gear to wear with your new favorite boots. We’ll also look at ways to give back across the country during these trying times. After all, we could all use a bit of a momentary break from the news, yes? I hope you’re able to find that break, wherever you might be. Hot weather is really roling into Brooklyn in earnest, so in addition to my usual weekend pursuits (the best coffee and vinyl I can get my hands on), I’ll also be scoping out a great summer beer to enjoy. Heck, you might want to check out my list of the best summer beers for GearMoose, on that note. I think delicious beer, great coffee, great music — and yes, great menswear — can provide just a bit of the respite we need these days, so I thank you for reading. Carry on below, my friends.

  • If you weren’t hip to it by now, Father’s Day 2020 is quickly approaching. To make matters easier on you, I rounded up the best Father’s Day gifts right here on the blog via this post (many of them are from the Huckberry Father’s Day Shop).
  • The ongoing protests in this country have pushed many Americans (myself included) to look for ways to give back right now. That being said, Esquire — ever-stylish and on the cutting edge — put together a great guide on how to give back. Read it, consider it & perhaps donate, if able.
  • Back to fashion, if only for a moment — the right summer #OOTD is a tricky proposition. But as we mentioned above, you can still wear your favorite boots this season, and my guide on how to wear chukka boots could be particularly helpful. Be sure to check out and let me know your thoughts.
  • The headline mentioned that we’d run through the best gear for summer, and with that being said, well, here we are — head to a recent edition of my ongoing series The List, celebrating the best men’s style essentials to buy right now, for a full look. You’ll find stylish selvedge denim from Taylor Stitch, a classic short-sleeve shirt from Huckberry and cool-as-heck summer sneakers from GREATS. Cheers, my friends.
  • One last piece of gear before we head into the weekend — OK, more than one. I rounded up the best weekender bags for GearMoose, in the spirit of (eventually) being able to travel again — particularly closer to home. Whenever you can eventually get upstate or to your lake or waterfront getaway, make sure you’ve got one of the best weekender bags for men — my list can assuredly help. And one last note: You might want to check out a rugged duffel bag from Billykirk via this blog post.

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Last but not least, I think it’s time to point you in the right direction when it comes to one of the best layers for summer — to be more specific, the Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket (as seen here on the blog) is the kind of rugged denim jacket you need now. Wear it over your favorite T-shirt with slim chinos, or team it with a classic slub polo and grey chino shorts — you really can’t go wrong. With that, I’ll leave you to the rest of your summer weekend. Stay safe, stay strong — and thanks for reading!

-Beau


See Now, Buy Now: These New Chelsea Boots From HELM Boots Belong On Your Feet

A new take on the Chelsea boot from one of the best men’s bootmakers out there.

Just when you thought it might be time to start putting your leather boots away in favor of more spring-like style essentials, HELM Boots goes and releases some of the best leather Chelsea boots on the market. Surely, you know HELM Boots from the blog, and from my musings on the best boots to buy now. But if not? Let’s dive in. The boots in question in today’s See Now, Buy Now entry would just so happen to be the HELM Boots Holt Boots, a new take on classic Chelsea boots that’ll have you making plenty of excuses to wear them — yes, from the early spring and into (gasp) … the summer. After all, when you find a pair of the best Chelsea boots at an agreeable price for their construction and quality, you make an effort to get as much use out of them as possible — that’s my stance, at least.

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So, to business. The HELM Boots Holt Boots come in two highly versatile, rich leathers: Dark Grey (wear them with stonewashed light grey jeans and a classic white T-shirt) or Dark Natural (ready to be paired with your favorite denim and a waxed trucker jacket). As it goes with HELM Boots, the difference really is in the details, starting with the fact that these stylish Chelsea boots are made with unique, full-grain Balthazar leather using time-tested methods (HELM Boots has been crafting stylish boots in Austin for more than a decade now, so rest assured, they hold up).

SHOP: The HELM Boots Holt Boots

Sleek, yet rugged and dependable all the same — a very solid effort from HELM Boots.

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Most importantly, the HELM Boots Holt Boots really drive home the notion that every guy needs a great pair of Chelsea boots in his wardrobe. They’re more visually interesting than classic chukka boots (although you need a pair of those, too!), they offer tougher style and functionality than high-top sneakers (again, also a necessity!), and in the case of the HELM Boots Holt Boots, they can be worn to the office as readily as they can be worn to, say, the Austin City Limits music festival. How’s that for a classic pair of Chelsea boots? Not bad, I’d say. Experience the HELM Boots Holt Boots for yourself, then let me know what you think of them on Twitter.

SHOP: The HELM Boots Holt Boots

 

The List: Stay Warm in Style Right Now with Winter’s Best New Gear

Step out in style with the best new men’s gear — these rugged leather boots included.

Getting dressed in style through the winter — especially now that we’ve hit February — can often seem like a monumental task. It’s cold, it’s (likely) snowy, it’s not a lot of fun to be outside … so you need a hearty helping of the best winter style essentials to carry you through these doldrums. So it goes with today’s edition of The List, led off with some of the best chukka boots (from HELM Boots) that you’re going to step into this winter. We’re going to complement those classic boots with the sort of picks that’ll upgrade your grooming and your life in general — heck, that’s what these posts are all about, after all. So fear not: Winter will subside, and you’ll get through it with your new favorite menswear. Read on.

HELM Boots Declan Brown Leather Chukka Boots — $295

Rugged leather chukka boots that’ll break in nicely over time.

Every guy — including you — needs a pair of the best leather chukka boots in his wardrobe. It’s helpful that the HELM Boots Declan Boots are made with serious quality in mind, and built to deliver all winter long. What can you pair your rugged leather chukka boots with? Funny you ask …

Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos — $168

Perfectly rugged-yet-versatile selvedge chinos.

Is it hard to find a pair of American-made chinos, and an affordable pair of chinos, at that? The short answer is quite simple: Yes. The Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos are ridiculously well-crafted, endlessly versatile and yes, perfect to pair with your HELM Boots Declan Boots.

Belstaff Ridge Quilted Jacket — $340

A legendary, rugged jacket from Belstaff to wear all winter.

The first thing you need to take care of for the rest of winter? Finding one of the best winter jackets — an investment-level quilted jacket from Belstaff ought to fit the bill nicely, agreed? Plus, this durable coat could be one of the best winter travel jackets thanks to its versatile design.

Bespoke Post Parlor Box — $45

The right way to upgrade your home bar in style.

Stepping away from menswear for a second, there’s no time like the present to upgrade your home bar. Crucially, you can do that for a low, low price with the Bespoke Post Parlor Box — cheers.

Serica W.W.W. WMB Edition Watch — $540

A rugged, classic leather watch to wear all through winter.

Right off the bat, the Serica W.W.W. WMB Edition Watch has a lot going for it — made in collaboration with adventurer and photographer Matt Hranek, it’s as durable and classic as it gets, and it’s perhaps the most versatile leather watch you can wear on your wrist this winter.

Saturdays NYC Stenstrom Fleece Jacket — $245  

A cozy, luxurious fleece made for winter layering.

Don’t sleep on the versatility and style of a cozy fleece jacket — especially a surprisingly luxurious fleece jacket from Saturdays NYC. The NYC-based brand are masters of minimal style, and this premium fleece jacket is just one fine example.

Far Afield Deniz Cable Knit Sweater — $154 

As rugged a winter sweater as it gets.

It’s the right time to layer up with a rugged winter sweater to fight back against the season’s chill — thankfully, the Far Afield Deniz Cable Knit Sweater (as sold by Bespoke Post) is up to the task.

Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike — $2,200 

A seriously cool motorbike made to inspire wanderlust.

As I said, we’re about more than just menswear in these gear roundups — and this investment-level motorbike (available via Huckberry, naturally) fits the mold if you like to get out on the open road. The Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike is one-of-a-kind, that much is true.

Faherty Brand Stretch Corduroy Shirt — $148

A classic corduory shirt, sure to impress at the office or at happy hour.

Winter calls for plenty of rugged men’s style essentials — kind of like the endlessly wearable Faherty Brand Stretch Corduroy Shirt, a simple-yet-classic and easy-to-style corduroy shirt. How easy to style? Simply grab an investment-level quilted jacket from Belstaff and your Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos.

Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt — $228

A durable CPO shirt that calls to mind cold winter mornings.

The focus today has been all about winter layering essentials, but we haven’t come across anything quite like the Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt just yet. It’s one of the best shirt jackets on the market, made with a durable-yet-versatile blend of Japanese wool and polyester, plus a neat color that works with your new favorite chinos.

Duke Cannon American Soap and Hatchet Set — $175

All the best men’s grooming essentials, delivered in collectible packaging with a neat design. Well-done, Duke Cannon.

Let’s get back to more affordable style staples, shall we? In this case, Duke Cannon delivers the goods with the jam-packed, well-designed American Soap and Hatchet Set, featuring all the men’s grooming essentials you need — plus a neat carrying case and yes, an actual hatchet. A great gift for the stylish guy, too.

EVERGOODS CTB 40 — $289

The durable, dependable everyday backpack to take with you everywhere.

Your everyday carry needs to be sleek, streamlined and efficient — and of course, effective. The EVERGOODS CTB 40 checks all the boxes, and it’s destined to become your new everyday bag because of its rugged-yet-minimal construction.

Taylor Stitch Crewneck in Natural Donegal Terry — $98

A classic crewneck sweatshirt made the Taylor Stitch way.

Who said a crewneck sweatshirt can’t be stylish? As one would expect, the good folks at Taylor Stitch are making one of the best men’s crewneck sweatshirts, and they’re doing it in a color that’s cool, unique and ready to wear with your favorite chambray shirt this winter.
Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos — $125

Classic chinos from your favorite denim brand.

We talked earlier about the Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos, but allow me to introduce to you perhaps another pair of your new favorite chinos — they’re made by Mott and Bow (makers of some of the best men’s jeans), and rest assured, the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos get the job done in winter (and every other time of year!).
Astorflex Rolflex Boots — $185

Durable boots that are part-sneaker, part Chelsea boot.

So, what exactly are you going to wear with your new favorite chinos, for example? The hybrid sneakerboots shown here — the Astorflex Rolflex Boots carry on that lineage of quality and style you expect from the brand, to say the least.
Flint and Tinder Wool Camp Socks — $15.98

The best socks for your boots? Sure thing.

OK, last but not least — if you read the blog regularly, you know that the best men’s accessories make all the difference when it comes to comfort and style — the Flint and Tinder Wool Camp Socks are certainly a prime example of this. They’re the best men’s socks to wear with your Astorflex Rolflex Boots, among other picks.
OK, so … do you have a favorite pick from the above, rather extensive list? It’s always tough to decide between essential picks that are modern and stylish (take the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos) and must-have layers (a la the Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt). Of course, if you really want to splurge, then the Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike is a prime adventure-focused purchase. And we’d be remiss not to mention the very pick highlighted at the top of the page, the HELM Boots Declan Boots — these stylish leather chukka boots can be worn with each and every single one of these menswear essentials. Let me know how you’re putting them all together on Twitter.

See Now, Buy Now: The Helm Hollis Boots Are The Perfect Boots for Everyday Wear

Richly crafted leather boots that’ll stand up to plenty of winter wear.

The search for the perfect winter boots is over — your search, that is. You’ve previously seen Helm Boots on the blog (and I’ve long been a fan of this Austin-based brand), but they’ve outdone themselves here. To wit: The Helm Hollis Boots are perhaps the best leather boots to step into at this very moment — read on to find out why, naturally. Now, let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. These aren’t a pair of full-on snow boots (which often sacrifice function for form), nor are they ultra-sleek boots that are almost … too dressy. No sir, these rugged leather boots toe the line between practical and stylish, so while they might not be 100 percent polar vortex-ready, that’s not the point — a well-stocked boot collection features a bit of everything, and the Helm Hollis Boots are simply a darn-fine pair of stylish leather boots. It starts from the ground up with these boots, and that’s a very good thing for December and beyond. We’re talking, in this case, about the use of a mini-lug rubber sole for added traction on slippery streets, topped off with Helm’s white midsole for a bit of signature style and comfort.

SHOP: The Helm Hollis Boots 

Not one, not two, but three terrific color options from Helm Boots.

In short, these are tough leather boots that will age exceptionally well over time, especially in the rich shade of Teak — although they’re also available in two additional colors as shown above. In fact, you might recognize the Hollis Teak Boots from my Instagram — it’s been a  pleasure to wear them these past few weeks through fall and into winter, and I think you’ll feel the same way. The key here is the beautiful Balthazar leather that should age gracefully, while the option to add round or waxed cotton laces gives these a more polished or dressy feel. And in that regard, I’ve found that the Helm Hollis Boots are wearable with everything from slim tan chinos and a chambray shirt at the office to rugged camp pants and my favorite henley on the weekend — without missing a beat, in fact. To make a long story short, I love the Helm Hollis Boots, and I think you will, too.

SHOP: The Helm Hollis Boots 

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See Now, Buy Now: The HELM Muller Boots Are Some of the Best Boots for Fall

A beautiful pair of fall boots — nothing less.

I’ll keep it straightforward to start today’s See Now, Buy Now post: As the headline implies, the HELM Muller Boots are some of the best men’s boots to start the season off right. If  you’re not familiar with HELM Boots , it’s high time to get yourself acquainted. Based in Austin — a town that knows a thing or two about rugged, versatile gear and men’s style essentials — in that regard, HELM Boots  has outlasted trends to just continue making top-quality boots. That’s an approach I appreciate, and when it comes to a nice blend of dependability and style, I think you’ll appreciate the Muller Boots, too. The care that goes into just one pair of boots is seriously next-level — we’re talking more than 150 steps and the work of 14 master bootmakers to craft the beautiful Muller Boots seen at the top of the page. How’s that for a new, timeless classic? Not bad at all.

SHOP: HELM Boots Muller Boots via HELM Boots  

It also helps that in addition to that top-quality craftsmanship, the rugged and tough HELM Muller Boots just so happen to blend workwear-ready style with a sleek, city-friendly silhouette. To your humble Style Guide editor, that means you can wear the Muller Boots with everything from slim black jeans, a classic white T-shirt (like this one) and a rugged denim jacket to a charcoal herringbone suit (as seen in this post!) and a blue chambray dress shirt for just the right blend of sharp fall style.  Boots with a suit, boots with slim denim … either option works here. They’re at once sleek and yet also rugged, a relatively rare combo when it comes to your  boot rotation. Small touches — like full-grain Horween leather and antique brass eyelets — also make the Muller Boots a surefire style move for September, October and well beyond. Invest now, then continue to reap the benefits for months to come.

OK, folks. What’s your take on these boots? Searching for something to wear them with? Get your new favorite jeans and a rugged henley ASAP.

SHOP: HELM Boots Muller Boots via HELM Boots