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

 

 

See Now, Buy Now: You Need This Flint and Tinder Shirt is One of the Best Men’s Shirts — Period

One of the best shirts for men as we transition from summer into fall.

Do we talk about the great work being done by Flint and Tinder often enough on this blog? Yes, but perhaps … not enough. This newly iconic menswear brand from the minds of the good folks at Huckberry never seems to miss a beat, and that goes for icons like the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket as well as its light wash jeans, and of course … one of the best men’s shirts on the market. That’s what you’re getting with the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt, one of the more versatile men’s shirts your author has seen in some time. To wit: We’re in early August, looking slowly but surely toward September and the changing seasons. You need a classic shirt to carry you through it all, and Flint and Tinder delivers. It’s really that simple. Except — it’s not. You see, Flint and Tinder doesn’t just throw its label on any old shirt, no sir. You’re going to love what goes into this stylish casual shirt, that much I can say. Heck, did I mention the price? More than agreeable — $98 at Huckberry. OK, onward to the specs of your new favorite shirt.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt 

Flint and Tinder Garment Dyed Poplin Shirt | Huckberry

One of three classic colors in which you can snag this essential men’s shirt.

It should come as no surprise that this classic casual shirt is a hot seller, given the affordable price and the quality construction here. It’s handmade in a family factory in Portual, a country that routinely churns out some of the best shirts for men (this one included). The classic Oxford styling and breezy poplin fabric are ideal to wear right now as we end summer (perhaps with slim chinos and your favorite chukka boots), then layer up this stretch poplin shirt atop a rugged long-sleeve henley when things start to get chilly. Plus, who can resist the multi-season color options like Dusk or Sage? Yes indeed, the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt offers plenty of style in a modern, fresh package. The chest pocket (store your sunglasses!) and the back pleat (for added mobility) are huge bonuses, too. The point is this: The Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt is the rare shirt you can start wearing in August and keep wearing once the leaves turn. Act accordingly.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt 

A note: Flint and Tinder shirts tend to sell quickly — luckily, Huckberry stocks plenty of the best shirts for men for several seasons. Give ’em a look.

See Now, Buy Now: The Best Casual Summer Shoes are the Quoddy Canoe Mocs

Man’s best friend … and summer’s best shoes? Possibly.

Do you ever come across a pair of stylish summer shoes that just seem to check all the right boxes — and then some? For your Brooklyn-based author, those particular shoes at the moment come from Quoddy, a Maine heritage footwear maker with a storied history of making some of the best summer shoes — the very best way possible. In fact, if you feel like you need to round out your rotation as we roll through summer — perhaps as you pack up for yet another upstate getaway — then perhaps, the Quoddy Canoe Mocs are going to come in mighty handy in the clutch. As sold by my pals at Huckberry, they’re some of the best summer slip-ons, blending a sense of throwback style with the rugged construction you’ve come to expect. As it were, the the Quoddy Canoe Mocs blend a straightforward silhouette with premium leather that’ll break in handsomely over time. These are the kind of shoes you’re going to look forward to wearing at the end of a long day, or after you’ve finally arrived at your cabin for a summer weekend — how can it get any better? Well, actually … it can. You see, Quoddy relies on its Maine heritage to handcraft shoes that go above and beyond — in this case, that means the Quoddy Canoe Mocs feature the brand’s breathable REVIVE insole and that classic moccasin construction.

SHOP: The Quoddy Canoe Mocs

Classic, casual and easy to wear with the rest of your summer style essentials.

As to  styling these classic summer shoes, well, that’s where the fun really begins. When you’ve got some of the best casual  shoes for men, you can slide them on with simple picks — like slim light wash denim and your favorite T-shirt — as well as outfits with a bit more going on (think a classic crewneck sweatshirt worn atop a breezy chambray shirt with rolled tan chinos or rugged work pants on a summer night). The Quoddy Canoe Mocs are so easygoing, you can even throw them on with olive chino shorts and a classic summer polo without missing a beat. They’re perfect to wear on laidback summer mornings, coffee in hand — that makes ’em some of the best summer shoes for men, without a doubt. And when your day transitions into happy hour? You can keep on wearing these classic moccasin  shoes to enjoy some fresh craft beer — that sounds pretty ideal to me. How will you wear the Quoddy Canoe Mocs for the rest of summer? Let me know over on Twitter.

SHOP: The Quoddy Canoe Mocs

See Now, Buy Now: Throw On These Vans Authentic Sneakers For Classic Summer Style

The coolest summer sneakers are yours for the taking.

How crucial is it at this juncture of the summer that you’re still wearing some of the best sneakers for men? Put simply, it’s still very, very critical indeed.  The dog days of summer are well and truly upon us, and if you’re not dressed the right way in summer style essentials (say, with lightweight chinos and your favorite slub polo up top, and the best sneakers down below), then you’re going to start feeling it — instantly. Make no mistake, we’ve talked about how to wear chukka boots during the summer months as well, but the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers shown here are assuredly the way to go the rest of the time (or, most of the  time!).These classic sneakers pay homage to the original Vans factory in Anaheim (where they originally went by the No. 44 Deck Shoe), and they celebrate the brand’s longevity, too.

Heck, you’ve probably had a pair of Vans sneakers in your wardrobe since … middle school? High school? Guilty as charged here. You see, you can’t put a premium on the best sneakers for summer — they tend to work with everything, they offer up classic, casual style in spades, and they’re perfect for throwing on at a moment’s notice. Hence, the Vans Authentic Sneakers you see above — talk about a classic pair of sneakers for summer, am I right?

SHOP: The Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers

Low-profile casual sneakers to wear through plenty of summer’s remaining days.

Still with me on this? Good. The best men’s sneakers to buy right now, as you’ve probably gathered, are affordable, durable and made to go just about anywhere. For me, the coolest thing about Vans sneakers is probably the stories you can tell as you wear them more and more each summer — the more beat-up they get (within reason!), the better these classic casual sneakers look.  You know the drill with Vans — you get a laidback, low-profile silhouette, a tough textile upper and the brand’s signature rubber waffle outsole. These are all huge positives in my book. And in terms of style points, these Vans Authentic Sneakers deliver — that’s the case whether you wear them with your favorite chambray shirt and olive chinos, or the best summer shorts and a classic white tee. From there, it’s up to you where you go — the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers are with you every step of the way. If you plan to buy them, reach out to me on Twitter.

SHOP: The Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers

See Now, Buy Now: Try Out This Todd Snyder Shirt for Hot Summer Days

A breezy, cool-as-can-be linen shirt for hot summer days — all from Todd Snyder.

Alright, my friends. We talked earlier this summer about how essential a Todd Snyder shirt can be for the summer months, and we’re back at it again today with the latest and greatest summer style move from the lauded NYC menswear designer as part of our ever-running See Now, Buy Now series. The point being, if you want a classic summer shirt that blends an ever-so-slightly rugged appeal with the type of breezy fabric the season requires, you want this Todd Snyder Italian Linen Utility Shirt. If you recall, we previously featured the rugged and functional Todd Snyder Utility Shirt on the blog in a short-sleeve cut, but what if you want a little more coverage from the sun’s rays? Then this Todd Snyder linen shirt is the right way to go. Linen is perhaps the quintessential summer fabric, featuring a looser and more breathable weave to keep you cool. That means it tends to wrinkle more easily, but hey … who said a bit of character was a bad thing? It’s certainly not going to change the fact that Todd Snyder has come up with one of the best summer shirts for men, no doubt.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Linen Utility Shirt

Easygoing fabric and a great summer colorway help set this summer shirt apart.

What makes the Todd Snyder Italian Linen Utility Shirt so essential? For one, it’s modeled off the classic and pocket-filled safari shirt, a staple that Mr. Todd Snyder has made all his own in recent years. This one gets a more tailored cut — yet you can still layer it atop your favorite T-shirt — and it also features handy front-button chest pockets. The fabric is breezy and breathable Solbiati Italian linen, also done up nicely in a breezy Teal color. That summer-friendly shade makes this an excellent shirt to wear when it’s hot out — and because it’s linen, you can team this Todd Snyder shirt with everything from slim tan chinos and white leather sneakers to easygoing leather loafers and navy chino shorts. Your summer plans might be more socially distanced than usual, but the Todd Snyder Italian Linen Utility Shirt is undoubtedly going to get you through the dog days of summer in style. Try it, find out and then let me know your thoughts on Twitter.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Linen Utility Shirt

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

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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See Now, Buy Now: These Buck Mason Deck Shorts are Summer’s Most Versatile Shorts

With the way things have been going around these parts, maybe shopping for summer style essentials has taken a back seat. And now, well, you realize you’re in need of a pair of the best men’s shorts for summer — and ASAP, at that. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, easily some of the most versatile and best shorts for summer. If you read the blog, you know Buck Mason — this all-American brand makes everything from the best men’s T-shirt to plenty of stylish, easygoing denim shirts,  textured polos and slim blue jeans. Of course, add the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts to that list of essential men’s gear right now, too. What makes these stylish shorts so darn necessary for the season? Let’s start with the aforementioned versatility. They’re made of a quick-drying cotton-nylon fabric blend — that means that yes, these are shorts that also double as swim trunks. What makes them more akin to chino shorts than baggy boardshorts, though? It’s got to be the stylish, tailored cut — the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts channel perfectly retro style that doesn’t look out of place these days at home or (socially distanced) at the lake. The preferred pairing? Naturally, stylish boat shoes and a classic T-shirt, beer in hand.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts

The versatility of the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts keeps getting better, though. You’ve got your pick of four color options, each of which wear well with summer style staples like a crisp white T-shirt or a navy slub polo in equal measure. These are stylish summer shorts you can throw on and forget about — the elasticized back waistband provides comfort and mobility for backyard hangs and summer grilling sessions, too. And let’s not forget about the very agreeable price — classic summer shorts for under $90 (in this case, $85), especially ones that double as swim shorts … that’s one heck of a deal from possibly your new favorite menswear brandMaybe you feel you’re all set when it comes to both shorts for summer and your swim trunks, but aafter seeing the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, I’d certainly think twice. Let me know if you decide to pick them up by paying me a visit on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: This Freemans Sporting Club Shirt is the Coolest Summer Shirt

Potentially the perfect summer shirt — try it and see for yourself.

Think of the summer shirts you enjoy wearing the most — what do they have in common? Breezy fabric, a classic-but-not-baggy fit, the kind of effortless cool that makes you feel like a movie star? If you checked off any of the above boxes (and even if you didn’t!), I’ve got one of the best shirts for summer up for the taking today. Part of the See Now, Buy Now series has been shining the spotlight on summer style essentials that’ll work year after year, long past just this season. The Freemans Sporting Club Rust Stripe Shirt certainly fits the bill in that regard. As sold by Huckberry, you can be well sure it’s worth the investment. Not familiar with Freemans Sporting Club? Keep reading —  that’s why we’re here, after all.

This NYC-based menswear brand has carved out a niche all its own in the city (and at shops in locales like Tokyo), crafting a standout line of (frequently) USA-made style staples. We’re talking cool corduroy suiting, Western shirts and luxurious jackets, to name but a few. They also stock and sell everything to go along with those picks, including rugged Viberg boots. The shop is sharply designed, and it’s right next door to the outstanding Freemans Restaurant, as it were (waiting for when I can return to both!). Yes, Freemans Sporting Club knows what guys want. But back to why this piece is one of summer’s best shirts for men.

SHOP: The Freemans Sporting Club Rust Stripe Shirt

Difference-making details, as always, from Freemans Sporting Club.

It’s a rare USA-made shirt, and it features an excellent 82 percent cotton-18 percent silk fabric blend. That means this stylish summer shirt is going to wear light and breezy alongiside your favorite chinos, slim light wash denim or tailored shorts. The rust stripes are a suitably bright touch of color for summer, but this isn’t a garish shirt by any means. True to the type of work that Freemans Sporting Club does, it’ll wear reliably underneath an unstructured navy cotton blazer or atop a classic white T-shirt for casual summer style. Is there a cooler, breezier, more stylish summer shirt than this one? That’s for you to decide.

SHOP: The Freemans Sporting Club Rust Stripe Shirt

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See Now, Buy Now: This Fisher + Baker Polo is the Best Polo for Summer

A classic, performance-minded men’s polo.

When you start searching for the best style essentials for summer but feel stumped, where do you turn? We’re digging into the menswear rolodex today to tell you all about your new favorite polo, going back to a brand I first tested in 2017 on a road trip to Pittsburgh. And hey, would you look at that — there’s Minneapolis menswear brand Fisher + Baker, back today in fine form with one of the best polos for men in our See Now, Buy Now series. If you’re new here, this series has touched on everything from the best shirt for spring and summer to a rugged indigo overshirt. That being said, we’ve only recently touched on that most critical of summer style essentials, especially in the “business up top” era of Zoom calls we live in. I’m talking, of course, about outfitting you in one of the best men’s polos, and that brings me right back to Fisher + Baker and the Fisher + Baker Kent Polo. Available in a classic range of colors (including Navy as seen above, plus Coral and Black), this is a polo that blends performance and style in equal measure. The fact that it retails for $118 and offers a heck of a lot of bang for your buck? Icing on the cake.

SHOP: The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo

A few of the details that make this polo so essential.

Made from a polyester and merino wool blend for mobility, breathability and anti-microbial properties, this slim navy polo is made with all kinds of considered details in mind (including Fisher and Baker’s Drirelease technology). Take the friction-reducing shoulder panels, providing for a smooth ride no matter whether you’re hauling your golf clubs or your messenger bag. The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo should also feel extremely soft and wear easily on hot summer days or breezy evenings. Plus, curved side seams offer a slimming effect — you can wear this classic men’s polo with everything from tan chinos and white leather sneakers to chino shorts and stylish leather loafers. No matter which color you decide to buy it in, the Fisher + Baker Kent Polo is the best men’s polo for summer to buy now — and if you don’t believe me, you should check it out yourself.

SHOP: The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo