Style Pick of the Week: Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Step right into fall with these richly crafted, rugged leather boots.

Are you sick of hearing about Astorflex boots yet? Hopefully not: The brand is a longtime favorite of your humble menswear writer, and they simply make some of the best men’s boots for fall (and beyond, for that matter). With all of that being said, the above criteria makes the Astorflex Bootflex Boots the perfect leather boots for fall — and a natural fit for a late September Style Pick of the Week as we really get into the best season for menswear. What makes Astorflex boots so special? That’s a prime question indeed, my friends. As you’ve read in the past, it all starts with the right approach in terms of design and construction. In the case of the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, that means they’re made with premium European leather aged in oak barrels for 30 days — just the right amount of time to get that perfectly lived-in look and feel, right out of the box. All-natural ingredients soften the leather even further before it’s finished off with top-notch construction via a perfectly casual natural rubber sole. These are, again, some of the best men’s boots you can buy, with a difference that’s noticeable from the second you try them on.

SHOP: The Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Easily wearable with your favorite pair of dark denim — and plenty of other fall style suggestions.

Now, let’s say you feel you’ve already got enough leather boots in your arsenal … well, A) You can never have enough leather boots and B) You surely don’t have a pair akin to the Astorflex Bootflex Boots in terms of style and versatility. The crepe rubber sole means these aren’t cut out for all types of terrain, but for traversing a new city on a fall weekend getaway or heading out to your favorite brewery? Wear the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, accented with slim dark denim and a thermal henley, or try them with olive chinos and a classic chambray shirt. These tough leather boots will also age beautifully the more you wear them, and the unlined leather lining means they’ll provide all-day comfort with seriously minimal break-in time. Weekend tailgate? Early brunch? A day at the office (navy blazer in tow)? The Astorflex Bootflex Boots are here for you. And the price is ultimately what could be the kicker — finding stylish leather boots under $200 is a quest all its own, yet Astorflex delivers on that front handsomely. Happy fall, my friends.

SHOP: The Astorflex Bootflex Boots

 

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See Now, Buy Now: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are the Best Chukka Boots To Buy This Fall

The best men’s chukka boots for your hard-earned cash this season? They very well might be.

So, is it high praise to call a pair of rugged chukka boots the best pair of chukka boots out there? Indeed, it is — but the very good news for you, my friend, is that the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots really are the best men’s chukka boots for your time and money. Again, that’s high praise, but rest assured, these stylish leather chukka boots (as sold by Huckberry, naturally) are up to the task. Now that we’ve nearly reached the end of September, it would behoove you to really gear up for fall — and that starts with your footwear rotation. The right pair of chukka boots can take you to the office, to the beer bar, out on the road and everywhere in between — and believe me, I’ve worn the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots all of those places, and then some (you might have seen ’em on my Instagram, to wit). Available in rich calf leather options like Tan Nubuck and handsome iterations like Oak Suede, these classic leather chukka boots are as good as it gets, from the silhouette (sleek yet not too dressy), to the functionality (grippy and durable, thanks to the studded rubber outsole).

SHOP: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots

Sleek, stylish, versatile chukka boots you won’t be able to get enough of — I guarantee it.

And as with all manner of stylish gear from Huckberry, the hits keep coming — in spades, at that. The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots deliver the goods through resoleable Blake stitching on the sole, which means you’ll have them for years. What’s more, the option to customize them with dressier flat waxed cotton laces means that these are even the kind of chukka boots you can wear with a suit this fall (and beyond, naturally). But lest you think these are only the kind of boots to wear through fall and then stow come winter time, think again. The handy, functional Texon insole delivers insulation when you need it — keep these classic chukka boots on hand to wear with everything from slim dark denim and a thermal henley to a rugged flannel shirt and classic tan chinos when snow starts to hit. Yes indeed, you’ve really never seen a pair of chukka boots like the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — that’s a fact.

SHOP: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots

Style Pick of the Week: Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt

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

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

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

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

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

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Chambray Work Shirt 

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Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover

The best hooded sweatshirt you’ll ever own? Quite possibly.

For as much as we talk about Flint and Tinder here on the blog, just know that there’s a very, very good reason behind it — and if ever you’ve tried out any of the brand’s excellent men’s style essentials, you know that the rugged, classic in-house brand at Huckberry can back up the hype. In fact, the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover is perhaps the best men’s hooded sweatshirt you’re apt to find right now, and that’s great news — early fall is here, and with it, the promise of crisp weather and breezy autumn nights. If the brand’s 10-year guarantee is anything to go by — which it is — then, you’ll have this one for a long time. And if an American-made hooded sweatshirt sounds too casual for you, rest assured that this stylish fall sweater is as versatile as you make it.

Shop Mott & Bow Today!For instance: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover features American cotton, done up in a tailored cut that’s flattering whether you wear it over a Flint and Tinder slub tee — always a great call — or even atop a classic Oxford shirt (it can be done, trust me).  It’s yet another rugged layer from Flint and Tinder that gets all the details right, in similar fashion to, say, the Flint and Tinder Overshirt. And for my money’s worth, you need both in your closet this season.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover

One of many impressive color options in which you can snag the 10-Year Pullover.

Shop Mott & Bow Today!The little details are really what set the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover apart, however. We’re talking warm, cozy 23oz. fleece from Carolina, plus twill-reinforced taped seams. And the finishing touch? The cut-and-sew process takes place in Los Angeles — this stylish hooded sweatshirt really is as American as it gets. The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover also comes in an array of neutral, versatile colors (including Forest as seen above), perfect for when you want to wear a hooded sweatshirt without a large athletic logo. That understated style means this hooded sweatshirt works atop a classic chambray shirt with slim tan chinos and chukka boots on  the weekend with ease. You can — and should — also layer it under a broken-in denim jacket with high-top sneakers for a chilly early fall bonfire. Again, as if the Flint and Tinder pedigree itself wasn’t enough to make you consider buying this thing, perhaps the tough, American-made construction and surprising style potential are selling points? The ball’s in your court. Happy fall, and thanks for reading!

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover

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Style Pick of the Week: Rhodes Dean Boots

Sleek, dependable leather boots to get you in the spirit of fall (slowly but surely, of course).

OK, folks. Bear with me here: Although it’s still August, why are we talking once more on the blog about the Rhodes Dean Boots (as seen here)? There’s still plenty of summer left, to be sure, but there’s never a bad time to grab a pair of the best men’s boots — and besides, the Rhodes Dean Boots are sleek, stylish  & affordable, plus they’re available for a heck of a deal at Huckberry. Again, bear with me here — perhaps, the heat is so bad in your neck of the woods you can’t bear the thought of putting on rugged leather boots. And that’s OK! The earlier you can start prepping for one of the best seasons in menswear (that’d be fall), the better. There’s really no better place to start building out your cadre of fall style essentials than your collection of rugged leather boots — trust me on that.

Every guy needs a great pair of leather boots in his closet for when temperatures take a turn downward, and the great part is, if you can’t stand to wait until September or October to break out the Rhodes Dean Boots, they’re actually lightweight enough to be worn with, say, slim light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley in August. It all starts with the little details. Crucially, you’re getting the sort of quality and style you expect from Huckberry, seeing as they’re made in Portugal from premium materials like rich, premium calf leather designed to resist odors and provide breathability at the same time.

A sleek toe shape that still manages to convey rugged style.

SHOP:The Rhodes Dean Boots

You’re also getting the ability to mix and match as you go along — for instance, the Rhodes Dean Boots come in both cap toe (as seen above) and plain toe options, all the better for going slightly more rugged or slightly more sleek. And given the fact that the Rhodes Dean Boots are available in rich, early fall-ready colors like Rust (my personal favorite) and Honey, they’re a wise investment to make up front. Of course, they wouldn’t be a pair of the best leather boots without design touches like a Texon insole with an anti-shock foam layer (crucial if you happen to be wearing these to a brewery or a rock concert). And small details like speedhook lacing and raw leather laces offer up the rugged styling you crave when it comes to a pair of the best leather boots. Again, while it might seem early to be thinking about picking up a pair of the Rhodes Dean Boots, it’s truly never too soon to plan ahead.

SHOP:The Rhodes Dean Boots

Style Pick of the Week: Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

A tough watch to wear whenever you need one to set the tone for your day.

Your hunt for the best field watch — yes, that’s right, the very best field watch — just ended. I’m bringing that news to you today with this latest Style Pick of the Week, because the watch in question is the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch, and it’s the timepiece you need for all your summer adventures (and then some). In fact, what with its rugged durability, tough functionality and stylish looks, it could just be one of the best men’s watches in general — try it for yourself and you just might agree. As I always say, any piece of gear sold by Huckberry has the right things going for it, baked in from the very start. In the case of the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch, that says quite a lot. From the substantial-but-not-overly-large 40mm diameter to the 316L stainless steel case, this rugged field watch delivers the goods, making it a prime watch to wear on your next day hike or a camping trip … or else, just to grab a six-pack of your new favorite beer to hang around the bonfire. It’s also exceedingly lightweight, the perfect watch to wear on your wrist when you want to keep it simple (think a slub T-shirt and your new favorite light wash jeans, for starters).

SHOP: The Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

One of many distinctive features that sets this watch apart.

But the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch is no ordinary watch, the kind you need to treat delicately — it’s got a strong Seiko automatic movement and again, that tough stainless steel case. It’s also domed with tough crystal that just so happens to be 3mm thick; this is a substantial, tough watch with distinctive time-telling hands and oversized numerals for ease of reading. Add in the fact that the dial features vintage-lumed numbers, and you’re looking at a rough-and-tumble watch you’ll want to wear all the time. The black-and-green combo is your author’s personal favorite, the type that’ll stand out especially nicely when worn with dark indigo denim, classic chukka boots and a classic men’s tee for easygoing, happy hour-ready style. It also retails for a shade under $300, seriously not a bad price if you want a dependable, do-it-all watch — you best not waste any time when it comes to picking up the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch (pun very much intended). Have any experience with this watch? Let me know on Twitter. Cheers!

SHOP: The Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

The List: Gear Up for the Rest of Summer Right Now with these Men’s Style Essentials

Just one of many essentials you’ll need to enjoy summer — right now.

You see those stylish summer slip-ons from Nisolo pictured above? They’re one of just many keys to unlocking a laidback, easygoing summer (for the rest of the season, that is to say). And there are oftentimes some seriously straightforward ways to make it easier on yourself. That’s where today’s post comes in. You can find some of my favorite gear picks from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog (and plenty more places!) outlined below. Once you dive into these men’s style essentials for the rest of July and August, there’s no telling where you’ll want to go next. Have any thoughts on other must-have men’s gear picks? Let me know on Twitter.

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-ons — $178 

The perfect middle ground between dressy and casual when it comes to summer footwear.

Aren’t these just calling out to be worn on vacation? Now, there’s a major difference between the best pair of slip-ons and your standard, flimsy flip-flops. The Nisolo Alejandro Slip-ons are nothing to slouch at, as easy to wear with slim chinos and a stylish summer polo as they are with chino shorts and your favorite T-shirt.

Faherty Brand Beacon Trunks — $98

The eyecatching summer swim trunks you need in your life (and your wardrobe).

You know Faherty Brand for expertly cut flannel shirts and stylish cardigans, but what about must-have swim trunks for summer? Like the Beacon Trunks? Consider these vacation-ready.

Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Short-Sleeve Shirt — $70

Your new go-to summer shirt? It very well could be.

If ever there was a modern, stylish short-sleeve shirt that looked like it should be worn by James Bond, it might be the Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Shirt. A breezy fabric and a classic fit make this a winner from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog.

DuFrane Barton Springs 656 Diver Watch — $656

An astonishingly durable watch for summer adventures.

Aptly named according to the price, the DuFrane Barton Springs Diver is the must-have watch of summer, made so that it doesn’t miss a beat — it can go from the beach to the boardwalk to the bar with ease, so that means it’s one of the best men’s watches out there right now (seen previously in my guide to what to wear to happy hour).

SLVDR Keck Tee — $50

The perfect summer T-shirt? You be the judge of that, my friend.

The search for one of the best men’s T-shirts remains elusive and challenging — yet, if you want a retro-inspired change of pace, reach for the SLVDR Keck Tee, then wear it with stylish high-top sneakers and stylish slim jeans. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Olive — $118

A change of pace from the typical — in the best way possible.

If you’re the type who still loves wearing slim jeans in the summer, then just know that not every pair you wear has to go full-on light wash — these Mott and Bow jeans in a handsome shade of olive are simply perfect for all those other times.

Roark Revival Layover Shorts — $65

Functional zippers and comfortable fabric add another dimension to these stylish shorts.

Functional summer shorts are actually out there — if you know where to look. And the travel-ready Roark Revival Layover Shorts are as functional and dependable as it gets. Easily some of the best shorts for summer I’ve tested this year.

Pantropic Tucson Fedora — $134

A breezy summer hat that’s made the right way.

Don’t start by writing off the fedora just yet — the Pantropic Tuscon Fedora is a stylish summer hat that wouldn’t look out of place with a camp collar shirt and breezy linen pants on your next beach vacation.

Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask — $150

The potentially perfect sipper to bring to your next bonfire.

Is a heritage-quality flask a true must-have part of your everyday carry? Well, that’s debateable. But the Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask could be the perfect companion on a breezy summer evening stroll (beverage of choice not included).

Mott and Bow Classic V-Neck Tee in California Blue — $32

The right V-neck tee to wear on easygoing summer days.

OK, back to menswear. Summer is all about laidback style — and this stylish V-neck T-shirt, again from Mott and Bow, is a lot more well-made than V-neck T-shirts of years gone by (looking at you, American Apparel). Wear it with Mott and Bow jeans, if you feel so inclined.

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt — $125 

A Western shirt unlike any other on the market, and that’s a fact.

Another standout from Taylor Stitch? Assuredly. This classic Western shirt gets a modern upgrade in a lightweight, cotton-hemp blend. Wear it with a pair of the brand’s standout chinos for maximum effect.

Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie — $345

A tough suitcase that can fit absolutely everything you need (and then some).

So, you’ve got all the stylish summer gear you could ever want … but nothing in which to pack it for your next summer adventure. That changes with the Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie, one of the toughest, best rolling suitcases for all your essentials.

Shop contemporary and independent label men's and women's fashion at Need Supply Co. Click Here!That’ll turn the page on another edition of The List — are you feeling ready to take on the rest of summer? And which of the above gear picks will you be buying? I’m a big fan of a classic Western shirt from my friends at Taylor Stitch, but I also can’t get enough of the Roark Revival Layover Shorts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below — and thanks for reading!