The Friday Read: Taylor Stitch Discounts, The Best Winter Whiskies & The Best Men’s Turtlenecks

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Welcome, my friends, to a very special holiday weekend edition of The Friday Read, where I do my best to get you geared up for the days ahead in style. And although I’d hope you’ve got your Christmas shopping already wrapped up, allow me to point you in the direction of some additional shopping on your list: The Taylor Stitch End of Year Sale is here, with the chance to take up to 30 percent off some of the best winter menswear at your favorite retailer.

The San Francisco brand is, of course, a longtime top brand of mine here on the blog, with a knack for producing rugged gear by way of the Taylor Stitch Moto Collection and even better everyday essentials for any guy’s wardrobe. That’s what makes the excellent Taylor Stitch End of Year Sale such a treat, but shop carefully: It only runs through January 1st, but there’s a bonus beyond that.

Yes indeed, when you shop the Taylor Stitch End of Year Sale, you also get $20 in site credit on orders of more than $100. How’s that for a two-for-one deal? Hop on over to the Taylor Stitch End of Year Sale while you still can, and peruse the rest of today’s key style tips below. And as you’ve seen on my Instagram: Merry Christmas from Florida!

  • My friends, Mr. McQueen is in the building. That’s because, in my humble opinion, the turtleneck is back in a big way — and just in time for stylish winter dressing, no doubt. And here’s where your humble Brooklyn style writer comes into play: I wrote about the best men’s turtlenecks for winter over at Men’s Journal. Time to really start dressin’ this season, folks.
  • If you follow me on Instagram or keep up with my other freelance writing pursuits, then you’ll know I also write about some of the best whiskey on the market. With that in mind, here’s a fun one – I wrote about the best winter whiskey over at Maxim, with a special focus on whiskey I’ve tried as of late (excluding Pappy Van Winkle, sadly). Cheers to the season, folks!
  • In case you missed it here on the blog earlier this week, allow me to jog your memory with my guide to some of the best new Chelsea boots on the market. In fact, head over here to read about the HELM Finn Chelsea Boots, a super-comfortable, rugged-yet-refined pair of men’s leather boots that I’ve been wearing back in Brooklyn as of late. They’re exceptionally stylish and dependable out of the box, with no break-in period, and I can’t recommend ’em enough. Go to it, my friends.

It’s a particularly special winter Friday heading into what should be a lovely weekend (in Florida and elsewhere!), so here’s hoping you get the chance to kick back, enjoy a cold craft beer or some of the best winter whiskey, and spend time with loved ones. If these style tips help you along the way, that’s all the better. Fret not, though: You’ll still be getting two blog posts this weekend from yours truly, so bookmark ’em until Monday.

On that note: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and as ever, THANK YOU for reading The Style Guide!

See Now, Buy Now: The HELM Boots Finn Boots Are a Rugged, Refined Footwear Upgrade

Best men's Chelsea boots to shop now.

Sometimes, it takes a reminder or two, or a bit of practice, to build a wardrobe from the ground up with a pair of the best boots for men. Take the HELM Finn Chelsea Boots. I talked earlier this month on the blog about how they’re some of the best Chelsea boots for men to shop now, and yet… here we are talking once again about ’em. Take that as a good sign: I’ve been wearing these handsome, refined leather boots around Brooklyn and loving the proper mix of quality, comfort and rugged style.

So, let’s talk once more about the HELM Boots Finn Chelsea Boots, shall we? Specifically, let’s dive into the rugged appeal of the HELM Finn Boots in Sienna. While these sleek, stylish Chelsea boots come in Brown and Black, it’s the water-resistant waxed suede of the Sienna colorway that I specifically appreciate, and I think you’ll feel the same way.

Of course, all of the proper specs are in order on any one of these three colorways, from the dependable, comfortable-right-out-of-the-box Blake stitch construction to the all-year rubber lug sole for maximum traction. Yet, it’s the water-resistant design of this pair that puts them a cut above the rest, especially when worn with, say, a pair of the best blue jeans or a set of the best men’s corduroy pants.

In similar fashion to some of the other best boots for men that HELM makes, these blend craftsmanship with the sort of under-$300 affordability that’s tricky to find in the market, too. The full leather lining on these essential Chelsea boots also makes them extremely comfortable right out of the box, while a durable back pull tab will last through years of wear. Sizes are going quickly when it comes to a pair of the best Chelsea boots for men, so shop while they’re still around for under $270.

See Now, Buy Now: Step Out in Style This Winter With Stylish Men’s Chelsea Boots from HELM

When a great thing comes along — like, say, a pair of stylish men’s Chelsea boots from one of your favorite boot brands — it’s always a wise bet to give them a good, long look, right? That’s my philosophy, and like a moth to a flame, whenever HELM Boots releases a new pair of stylish men’s boots, I’m first in line to check them out.


In fact, that’s particularly the case with the HELM Finn Boots, the brand’s just-launched pair of Chelsea boots, and a design more than five years in the making. I’ve had the chance to check out these seriously cool Chelsea boots around my home neighborhood of Brooklyn since they launched last week, and allow me to step right up and say: These are some of the best men’s boots to buy now, period.

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They’re built very well from the ground up with double-stitched, resoleable Blake stitch construction, and HELM’s signature white midsole is a visually appealing touch on either the black Krumenauer leather or one of two additional, handsome shades: Sienna and a rich Brown leather, another HELM Boots signature. The Sienna pair looks especially appealing, with rich texture to complement plenty of winter outfits.

These boots are sturdy yet supremely comfortable right out of the box, an experience I’ve also had with other HELM men’s boots in the past. Note that the Black leather pair is also fully lined in soft black leather.

And crucially, the custom rubber lug sole adds plenty of traction and grip on slick city streets. I appreciate the sleek, dressy black leather colorway of the HELM Finn Boots, perhaps a wise purchase to make as you shop for winter dress boots this season. The reinforced pull tab also feels sturdy yet supple, while small touches like a soft shoe bag and the brand’s custom sock liner quote within the boot really round things out in a premium way.

In summary: Searching for a pair of the best new boots, or a set of stylish Chelsea boots to round out that winter footwear rotation? You know where you’ve got to go… to HELM Boots now to get your new go-to pair of Chelsea boots. Cheers, my friends!

The Friday Read: A Holiday Winter Weekend & New Boots from HELM

My friends, thanks for joining me on another fine holiday Friday in December. I got out of the city and into the rugged countryside of Wyoming last weekend with Wyoming Whiskey, but this week, I’ve been back in the New York groove, enjoying the holiday season thanks to a jam-packed schedule. To celebrate Repeal Day, I trekked to the historic Clover Club in Brooklyn to raise a dram of Dewar’s, and last night, I sipped on Jefferson’s Aged at Sea Bourbon at a special holiday media event. ‘Tis the season, after all!

I’ve done it all with the help of HELM Boots, one of my favorite boot brands of the moment (and the past several years, no less!). If you look closely above here, you’ll spot some stylish HELM boots, in fact. These boots are dependable, durable and made on custom last designs from the Austin bootmaker, and the brand’s Southeast Austin shop is very much worth a visit if you’re in the city, too.

It’s an exciting time for the brand as well, as they just debuted the HELM Finn Boots, a sleek, rugged-yet-refined pair of stylish Chelsea boots perfect for plenty of stylish holiday dressing. While this isn’t in fact a sponsored post, think of it like an intro to what could become your new favorite pair of Chelsea boots.

For now, I’ll leave you to explore the full rotation of stylish men’s boots at HELM, since time is of the essence given a packed holiday schedule. Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and in the meantime, stay safe, healthy and stylish!

Style Pick of the Week: The HELM Boots Zind Boots Are Some of the Coolest Men’s Boots to Lace Up Now

Best fall boots for men.

My friends, if you read the blog on the regular, then I’d wager you know that there’s nothing quite like lacing up a pair of the best men’s boots for fall, right? Think of it like one of the simple pleasures of building a wardrobe from the ground up with the best boots for men and so much more — but of course, in the chilly climes of fall, the right pair of stylish men’s boots is everything. Luckily, that’s where the remarkably stylish, very fast-selling and remarkably well-made HELM Zind Boots enter the equation.

Best men's boots for fall.

Perhaps you recognize the Austin-based brand for its penchant for crafting the best chukka boots for men, not to mention classic leather sneakers aplenty, and HELM Boots is certainly an all-season brand worthy of your hard-earned time and cash. The HELM Zind Boots are particularly special in terms of how they’re built (note the resoleable Blake stitch construction), not to mention the sleek, surprisingly dressy Krumenauer Brush-Off Leather in Burgundy.

That touch makes the HELM Zind Boots readily wearable with everything from tailored chinos to your favorite pair of blue jeans, to name but a few key style picks. You can even top that combination off with one of the best men’s winter sweaters, too. Seriously, these handsome leather boots can do just about anything.


With a pair of rugged-yet-refined men’s boots like the HELM Zind Boots — note the dashing Burgundy color — the world is your oyster, as it goes, in terms of how you style them. In fact, I’d go so far as to say you could wear the HELM Zind Boots with your best fall and winter suit, too. Antique brass eyelets add a touch of throwback appeal, while the entire profile on the HELM Zind Boots is versatile and incredibly, well, cool. The next time you need to lace up a pair of the best boots for men, the HELM Zind Boots are your best bet.

The Friday Read: The Best Fall Jackets, Rugged New Boots & A Luxury Old Fashioned

Thanks for joining me, my friends, on another fine fall Friday. It’s the perfect time of year to gear up and hit the road with, say, one of the best duffel bags and perhaps, a rugged fall jacket from the good folks at Filson, as I’ve been talking about so frequently as of late. There are certain brands that are just uniquely well-suited to the demands of the season, and I’ve been testing out Filson menswear whenever I get the chance on brisk Brooklyn days. How about yourself? Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have any favorites from the famed retailer.

Now, onto business. In my neck of the woods, I’m actually deviating from the norm in terms of fall style and hitting the road for a family trip to the sunny confines of Turks and Caicos (keep up with all the fun on my Instagram!). From there, I’ll be preparing for Thanksgiving (crazily enough!) and taking some time off — how about yourself? Before we roll into the weekend, be sure to check out a few of my picks for the best fall menswear and some choice fall reads.

Best men's boots for fall.
  • Much like the best Filson menswear, there’s never been a better time to shop and save on some of the best men’s boots for fall. On that note, I’ve been a big fan as of late of Austin-based HELM Boots, which uses handsome, rugged leathers and the right mix of dressy design and durability in crafting some of the coolest boots for men. Give the brand a look the next tine you’re ready to score a pair of your new favorite boots.
  • Ready for fall layering with one of the best men’s sweaters? Not quite? If you still need a quick and easy wardrobe upgrade at a nice price, check out my latest blog post on one of the most affordable, stylish men’s sweaters out there this season (via Bespoke Post). Cheers!
  • If you, like me, enjoy a nice dram or cocktail during happy hour, my latest for Maxim is going to be of particular interest. I wrote about Sunday’s Finest, the Chicago company shaking up the “Ready-To-Enjoy” cocktail market with a luxe Old Fashioned in a bottle. Kick back, pour up a dram and read all about it.

That’ll bring the curtain down on my latest edition of the Friday Read — hopefully, you’re feeling just a bit more ready for the weekend and the rest of the season ahead. As always, cheers and thanks for reading!

The Tuesday Steal: Take Almost 20 Percent Off These Rugged Fall Boots from HELM Boots

If you’ve been falling a bit behind on shopping for some of the best men’s boots for fall — to name but one style essential you should shop now — then there’s no time like the present to catch up. In fact, I’ve got even better news for you: You can get a great pair of rugged leather boots for fall on sale right now at Austin-based HELM Boots. Keep in mind that this deal is so stellar (under $250 on sale) that sizing is moving quickly.

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That being said, it’s not hard to see why: The craftsmanship-focused brand is a favorite of mine, from the best chukka boots to the coolest men’s sneakers, and the HELM Jakob Boots hit similar notes in just the right way.

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For starters, they’re nearly 20 percent off, a nice steal for a pair of well-made men’s leather boots that could quickly become a fall style favorite. They’re inspired by traditional work boots, but the HELM Jakob Boots go a step further with a taller profile, handsome full-grain Krumenauer leather and a super-soft rubber cushioned sole.

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The Krumenauer leather will get better the more you wear the HELM Jakob Boots, and the fact that you can rock these stylish men’s leather boots with everything from tailored chinos and an Oxford shirt to your favorite henley and blue jeans is a major bonus. The next time you need to lace up the best men’s boots for fall, make sure the HELM Jakob Boots are in your closet — and for a discount, at that.

The Sunday Sale: Shop and Save on the Best Men’s Boots Today at HELM Boots

Best rugged leather boots for men.

As we step ever closer towards fall, and as you slowly but surely break out your collection of the best men’s boots, perhaps you’re realizing that your footwear lineup has a few pieces missing. Like, say, some rugged-yet-versatile lace-up boots from a brand like HELM Boots? Sure, the brand also makes some of the most stylish leather sneakers on the market, but it’s the best boots for men where the Austin-based company truly excels.

And that brings us nicely into our Sunday Sale. Simply hop on over to the HELM Boots Sale section to shop at least 20 percent off your new favorite pair of boots, be it the dependable, wedge-soled HELM Jakob Boots (as shown at the top of the page), the ever-versatile HELM Declan Chukka Boots, or a set of stylish sneaker boots.

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Whatever pair your wardrobe needs, from rugged lace-up boots to timeless chukka boots, I’d wager you’re going to find it in the HELM Sale section (and remember, you can also snag 15 percent off your first order at HELM — talk about one heck of a deal for the best on-sale boots of the moment).

Seriously, the good folks at HELM Boots can do it all, and they use methods like Blake stitched construction and handsome leathers for maximum durability and style. These styles are selling mighty quickly, so I’ll let you go early today, all the better to shop the best boots for men. See you out there this fall, my friends.

The Tuesday Steal: Save 30 Percent on the Best Chukka Boots from HELM Boots Right Now

Best leather chukka boots for men.

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog as of late, you know that it’s more crucial than ever to start gearing up for early fall with the best men’s style essentials — like the best boots for men, of course. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you can find those style essentials on sale, that’s all the better, and that brings us to the pair of rugged leather chukka boots available today at a nice discount.

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They hail from Austin’s own HELM Boots, a company you’re hopefully familiar with for its versatility and craftsmanship — they make everything from a pair of the best leather sneakers for men to some of the most rugged lace-up boots, of course.

You can add the HELM Declan Boots to that list, and you can rest even easier knowing they’re 30 percent off right now. Yes, that’s right: That discount takes these stylish leather chukka boots down below $200, a whale of deal — and a good reason to act quickly, since your new favorite chukka boots are selling fast.

Why go all in right now on the HELM Declan Boots? It’s simple, really. They’ve got all the hallmarks of dependable, durable style through and through, from a profile that’s sleek yet rugged — and wearable with slim chinos or more casual blue jeans — to the quality construction. The HELM Declan Boots are made with resoleable Blake construction (less expensive than Goodyear welting, but no less functional), and my favorite pair in particular uses handsome brown Balthazar leather that’ll get better with age.


Of course, you can also find the HELM Declan Boots in the HELM Boots Sale section in sharp Tan suede, a style that fits right in with other seasonal looks (like olive chinos, for instance). Now, sizes of the HELM Declan Boots are moving plenty quickly given that agreeable sale price of $175, so if you want a new pair of the best men’s chukka boots to call your own this fall, act now.

Style Pick of the Week: HELM Boots Xander Sneakers – The Best New Sneakers to Buy Right Now

Best new sneakers for men.

When building your perfect wardrobe — yes, a lofty goal but it is possible! — keep an eye out for brands that do expected things in… unexpected ways. Take Austin-based HELM Boots. Hopefully, you know the brand from this very blog over the years, seeing as they’ve got more than a decade of crafting the best boots for men. But what if I told you that same brand now excelled at something, yes, unexpected? As in, making some of the best men’s sneakers? That’s where the HELM Xander Sneakers come into play, with all the variety, versatility and craftsmanship you might expect from a brand that specializes in, well, all three of those key approaches.

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The HELM Xander Sneakers take the brand’s penchant for high-quality leather and top-notch construction and bring it all together in a pair of the best sneakers for men, a move that’s a nice change of pace for the summer months — and heading into early fall as well, of course. Billed as “sneakers built by a boot company,” the HELM Xander Sneakers start things off the right way: With exceptional Krumenauer leather in shades like the goes-with-anything Bone shown above. Oh, and one quick note: You can get a nice 15 percent off your first purchase, plus free shipping, right now.

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Another neat thing about the covetable HELM Xander Sneakers? They’re named after and inspired by Death & Co. cocktail maestro Alexander Day, creator of famed watering holes across the country and a past winner of the James Beard Award — oh, and he’s the younger brother of the co-founder of HELM Boots. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though, because between the handsome leather and the durable cupsole construction, the HELM Xander Sneakers only get even cooler.

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To make matters even cooler and more stylish, the HELM Xander Sneakers use a treaded rubber outsole for traction and durability, all the while maintaining a sleek profile that wears well with your favorite pair of blue jeans or classic tan chinos in equal measure. Consider them like sneakers you can certainly dress up to wear to the office, yet keep the HELM Xander Sneakers close by to wear for casual weekend lounging — even with tailored joggers for a Saturday coffee run.

And let’s close things out by talking price: The HELM Xander Sneakers clock in at just $195, a relative steal for sneakers that go above and beyond in terms of quality and construction. When you’re looking for the unexpected — and when you’re hunting for the best new sneakers — snag this pair ASAP.