Style Pick of the Week: Converse Chuck Taylor 70 Sneakers

Classic sneakers that are as good as it gets.

Folks, what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a truly iconic, all-American pair of sneakers — some of the most classic, best men’s sneakers in this country (and on the planet)? So it goes with the instantly recognizable, very easy-to-wear, cool-as-can-be Converse Chuck Taylor 70. An iconic pair of sneakers since day one (and available in unisex sizing), they could just be the best sneakers to buy now  — particularly if you’re feeling very, very patriotic. And heck, if you simply need a new pair of affordable low-top sneakers at a great price? My friends, Converse sneakers are here for you — to say the very least.

I’ve been a fan of Converse since my college days, when I would pick up a pair at my local mall, but since we’re all doing things a little bit differently these days, I’d say you should go right ahead and order your new favorite sneakers from the good folks at Need Supply Co. OK, now that that’s out of the way … let’s talk about ’em. If you follow our See Now, Buy Now series, it might seem surprising that Converse hasn’t come up before. The brand is an American institution after all, founded more than 100 years ago. And that’s actually great news: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 are so well-executed, they’re as timeless as it gets.

SHOP: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 

Simple, straightforward and yet oh-so-stylish.

If you’ve been searching for some of the best sneakers under $100, these are unequivocally it. Made from durable textile with an equally durable rubber outsole, they should provide plenty of all-day comfort, whether you throw them on to run socially distanced errands around town or a take a masked stroll in your local park. The thing about the Converse Chuck Taylor 70 is that they’re so timeless, you can style them with practically anything. Slim light wash jeans and a classic white tee (like the one seen here)? Go for it. A slub polo and olive chino shorts? For sure. A rugged henley and  black denim? Yes, you can rock the Converse Chuck Taylor 70 with that outfit, as well.
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You can even take these classic sneakers for a spin at the office with dark blue denim, a navy cotton blazer and an Oxford shirt (when we can all return to offices, that is). But for right now, I’d suggest you wear your new favorite sneakers with all the casual trappings of summer to enjoy breezy days — a cool craft beer growler, a stylish Bluetooth speaker and your feet kicked up, Converse on. What could be better, right?

SHOP: The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 

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Style Pick of the Week: SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons

Step into summer with the best slip-ons for men.

Right about now, with the Fourth of July on the horizon, perhaps you’re realizing you still haven’t found the best pair of summer footwear. If that’s the case, and if this just jolted you into hurriedly examining your seasonal footwear rotation, fear not: Relief is in sight via the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons, easily some of the best slip-ons for right now — and some of the most affordable, at that. If you’re not acquainted with SeaVees yet, now is the perfect time to take the plunge. This California-based brand has been making sneakers for decades, with old-school roots that are closely tied into coastal surf and skate culture — that’s what makes the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons so cool.

They’re retro and yet current, boardwalk-ready and yet able to be worn with slim tan chinos and your new favorite polo in your home office. Even better? They’re sold right now at a discount by the good folks at Bespoke Post, who reliably stock their digital shelves with the best gear for men — period. Heck, when it comes to seasonal style releases, Bespoke Post just does it right (seriously — check out this affordable overshirt, for starters). So, you know the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons check all the proper boxes. But …what if you feel like your rotation is all set? Not so fast, folks.

SHOP: The SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons

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A summer-ready color that pairs with just about anything you can dream up this season.

These stylish summer slip-ons are nearly everything you could ask for in a pair of footwear for warm weather, starting with the fact that, well, they’re easy as can be to wear. Slide them on for (socially distanced) errands or a brewery pick-up visit, rock ’em while hanging outside & then kick them off when you’re done for the day. That’s it, easy as that. You’re getting a lot of versatility from these classic summer slip-ons, too. These are the kind of shoes to wear with slim grey chinos and a classic polo for slightly dressier occasions (summer date night at home, anyone?), and yet, you’re going to find yourself wearing the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons with chino shorts and a crisp white tee, too. The washed linen upper is ideal for casual style in the summer, while the memory foam footbed offers plenty of comfort — think of these as summer house shoes for day-to-night style. The molded herringbone outsole is also a timeless SeaVees touch that finishes these sneakers off quite nicely. Before you finalize your summer shopping, make sure these essential slip-ons are in the mix.

SHOP: The SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons


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Style Pick of the Week: Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

The best tote bag to haul your summer gear? Quite possibly.

The days, in these strange and trying times, keep on rolling by, and *checks notes* it’s Saturday, so it’s time for yet another Style Pick of the Week covering the very best men’s gear. Well, one of the best men’s gear picks — in this case, it’s an everyday carry essential from the fine folks at New Jersey-based Billykirk. For a bit more than 20 years now, Billykirk‘s Chris and Kirk Bray have been making some of the most rugged goods on the planet, and doing it all in America — that’s where the new Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag enters the equation. The No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is a staple of the brand, but it gets a seriously cool and summer-centric update via the bright, fun River Yellow color as seen above (and it also now comes in Teal). Your summer travel plans might look a heck of a lot different — schlepping your gear a few yards to your firepit versus driving cross-coutry, for instance, but one of the best men’s tote bags can still add some excellent utility to your arsenal of everyday carry essentials.

Picture this: You’re gearing up for a summer weekend bonfire at home. You’re wearing your favorite summer sneakers and maybe some light wash jeans. You’ve got your cooler but you need to haul the rest of your gear out to said firepit. And you’re using this rugged tote bag. That’s but one use case, though — this tough and stylish tote bag is going to come in plenty handy elsewhere, too.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

A dependable tote bag could become a new summer style essentials.

A great tote bag like this one from Billykirk is assuredly worth adding to your list of summer gear, especially when it’s made from 10 oz. waxed cotton canvas — perfect for breezy, dewy summer mornings and chilly nights. And you needn’t worry about the durability of this thing, given that the Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag also features mil-spec nylon webbing and a full-grain leather bottom. It’s a seriously well-designed tote bag and includes an open main compartment and three interior organization compartments, too (to go along with two exterior pockets). Those are all critical when it comes to storing your everyday carry essentials or hauling around your favorite growler.  Heck, the No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is even sized to fit up to a 15″ laptop, so you can get some work done at your local cafe (when it reopens, that is). So, it’s clear that this new, rugged tote bag belongs on your list of summer style essentials — right? That’s a surefire “Yes” from me. Check it out at Billykirk, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter for more of my thoughts on the brand.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

Style Pick of the Week: Astorflex Patnoflex Leather Loafers

The perfect leather loafers for summer are here.

If you swing by the blog regularly, you’ve heard the Astorflex name — this Italian-made footwear brand (as sold by Huckberry) makes everything from rugged leather boots to stylish camp shoes without missing a beat. You can — and should — add your new favorite pair of leather loafers to that running list, and the even better news is that they’re here just in time for summer. The Astoflex Patnoflex takes the traditional loafer silhouette and brings it forward into the modern age, and if you’ve been looking for a stylish pair of shoes to wear at home (aside from canvas sneakers) during these quarantine times, you’re absolutely in luck.

Now, here’s the thing: If ever you’ve tried out a pair of sustainably made Astorflex chukka boots, you know that this family-owned brand is, as Huckberry says, one of the best-kept secrets arond when it comes to stylish men’s footwear. The beauty of the Astoflex Patnoflex starts with, as one would expect, the use of soft European leather that’s only going to get better with time. The Nubuck option is shown at the top of the page, and seems to be a great bet to wear with everything from your favorite chinos to stylish five-pocket pants.

SHOP: The Astoflex Patnoflex 

Also available in rich Tan Leather, tnese are the best slip-ons to buy for summer.

What makes these sleek leather loafers so wearable with everything from tan chinos shorts to tailored navy chinos and a white polo? Well, the answer lies in silhouette itself — the design is sharp and ever-so-slightly dressy, and not as thick as traditional leather penny loafer (although you should ideally have a pair of those, as well!). The Astoflex Patnoflex also features a leather sole for the ultimate in quiet luxury — and yet, you might be surprised to find out that some of the best men’s loafers retail for just $175 at HuckberryThat’s simply an excellent deal on a stylish pair of slip-on shoes you can wear all summer, whether you’re grilling out or kicking back. It’s also nice to have these leather loafers on hand when you want to slide into something more comfortable — for instance, step out of your rugged Astorflex chukka boots into these. The comfort and styling potential is also nearly limitless when you’ve got some of the best men’s loafers in your rotation. Try these out with olive chinos and a grey polo, keep them handy alongside navy chino shorts and a crisp white pocket tee … just add a cold beer or a cup of tasty cold brew coffee, then set out on your summer day.

SHOP: The Astoflex Patnoflex 

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

Stepping out in cool-as-can-be summer style with Taylor Stitch.

Before we dive into today’s post, thank you for stopping by the blog during these challenging times. If you’ve ever cruised through the digital pages of this site, then you well and truly know how much your Brooklyn-based author loves what the great team across the way at San Francisco’s Taylor Stitch is doing. They’ve been a consistent, longtime favorite of this blog when it comes to producing men’s style essentials — the right way — for any season, including summer style gear. And here’s the kicker: Right now during these difficult and unquestionably times — when small businesses can use our help more than ever — you can get 20 percent off your first order of all Taylor Stitch gear. Which brings me to my main point: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans, as seen at the top of the page, are some of the best men’s jeans to buy now, then wear all summer (and fall, and winter). Rest assured, we’ll get into the indigo dye later on, but you should know that when Taylor Stitch sets out to produce something, they do so with the mindset that it should be a piece you can have in your wardrobe for years to come. This leads us to the excellently curated Taylor Stitch Staff Essentials Collection, naturally. You could readily put together a cool outfit for summer using only picks from that collection (including a classic T-shirt and rugged leather boots), but let’s focus on the Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans for just one second, shall we? It might seem pretty odd to be talking about indigo denim while we’re in the throes of summer, but rest assured, the TS gang does things differently.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

The customary San Fran map pocket detailing and durable copper hardware from Taylor Stitch.

These slim blue jeans are exquisitely crafted, made with a fit that rivals that of the excellent Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos (and if you’ve tried a pair, you know they really are exceptional). The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans are crucially made with a blend of hemp and organic cotton for sustainability and a lighter weight than jeans made from, say, pure Japanese selvedge. A button fly and rivets made from tough YKK copper shanks only add to the durability of these surprisingly rugged blue jeans — yet, it’s that critical  fabric  blend that makes these a pair of blue jeans you can wear during summer.

Let’s talk about the indigo dye, too. It’s done twice, making these a richly crafted pair of jeans that are dressier than light wash denim (although you need a pair of each in your wardrobe!). When it comes to styling the Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans, well, that’s up to you. Be careful about excess dye rubbing off, but go forth and wear them with everything from a charcoal Oxford shirt and suede chukka boots to your favorite T-shirt and high-top canvas sneakers. Available at a great price for the moment, you’re going to get outstanding quality and versatility out of these stylish men’s jeans, no questions asked.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

 

Style Pick of the Week: Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket

An unstoppable trucker jacket that’s going to come to the rescue when you need it.

There comes a time on many a summer evening (weeknight, weekend, you name it) when the sun goes down and the temperature, well, plummets. Don’t get caught out in an unexpectedly chilly night — instead, wear one of the best men’s jean jackets on the planet, the iconic Levi’s Trucker Jacket. To be more specific: The Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket, a seriously rugged and cool summer style essential we’ve grown to love here over the years at The Style Guide. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I can’t get enough of rugged denim jackets like this one — they’re a lightweight layering piece with room for your everyday carry essentials, and they’ve got a cool-as-heck lineage, just like Levi’s itself. It’s only fitting that Levi’s continues to produce one of the best jean jackets, period, well over a hundred years after the company patented blue jeans for miners out West — it’s ingenuity like this that’s made Levi’s a favorite brand of mine. This brand is worn by rock stars and creatives the world over  (and I love wearing my Levi’s jeans to a concert or my favorite bar), and with the Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket, you can bring a bit of that casually cool style to your summer wardrobe starting today. Heck, you can even wear a classic jean jacket like the Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket from day to night — if you please.

SHOP: The Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket

A new staple piece in your summer wardrobe, guaranteed.

But I know what you’re thinking: Won’t I overheat during the day? Well, not necessarily. Sure, if the subway platform is over 100 degrees, then maybe (trust me, I’ve been there). But the rest of the time? Consider the Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket one of the best jackets for summer you can buy right now. The denim jacket (this one is made from 100 percent cotton), crucially, isn’t as hot or stuffy as a leather jacket — it’s the perfect way to add some visual interest and just a bit of weather-minded protection to your classic summer T-shirt, for starters. And while a deep indigo blue jean jacket (also a favorite of mine) might be too much to break in during the summer months, a piece like the Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket is absolutely good to go right out of the box. This iconic Levi’s jacket just gets better and better, does it not? Pair it with a breezy Oxford shirt and slim stone chinos for WFH style (just add leather loafers), or throw it on atop a slim tee with chino shorts and classic canvas sneakers for truly kicked back weekend style. And yes, you can use this as a blazer replacement atop a crisp white Oxford shirt if necessary. The point is this: When you  find one of the best jean jackets, you snap it up immediately. Now, you’re ready for chilly summer nights and classic summer days.

SHOP: The Levi’s Light Wash Trucker Jacket

Style Pick of the Week: Billykirk No. 478 Khaki Carryall

The classic weekender bag to (hopefully) take on your next trip.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Memorial Day weekend (traditionally a very travel-heavy weekend!) or maybe it’s the fact that we’re all getting a bit stir-crazy these past few weeks, but it just feels like the right time to shop for one of the best weekender bags, does it not? And the rugged weekender bag in question is going to more than get the job done when it comes time to hit the road again: We’re talking today about the Billykirk No. 478 Khaki Carryall, a classic weekender bag that just so happens to fit right in with the rest of Billykirk’s American-made leather goods. You’ve heard about the brand on the blog before, to be sure, and it’s high time you got acquainted with them if you’ve never picked up some made-in-America gear from the New Jersey-based brand. The Billykirk No. 479 Khaki Carryall is a recent addition to the Billykirk line, one that goes above and beyond what you’d expect from your traditional weekender bag. To wit: If you’ve been packing for weekend trips or overnight jaunts using a logo duffel or an athletic-minded gym bag, those days are over. This stylish weekender bag is well-made, durably designed and made to be packed up, tossed in the back of your ride, and then not fretted over. The rugged 20oz. waxed canvas and full-grain vegetable-tanned leather can certainly take a beating, no matter how overstuffed your car is.

SHOP: The Billykirk No. 479 Khaki Carryall

The rugged carrying potential and functionality you need from Billykirk.

Now, this all might seem like pure fantasy at this point given, well, *gestures broadly at everything* … but believe me, it’ll still pay off to invest in advance in one of the best weekender bags for men right now. If anything, it’ll be a great reminder to plan out the first trip properly (and then pack accordingly). And assuredly, one of the best weekender bags is going to provide plenty of long-term travel potential and style — just look at how well-made this travel bag happens to be, for starters. It’s finished off with nickel-plated brass hardware, and critically, it’s also water-resistant. Yes indeed, this rugged weekender bag isn’t like anything you’ve owned previously (is it?). Where will this bag take you? Upstate? To the coast? On an inland adventure? The possibilities really are endless when you pick up an investment-worthy travel bag, that much I know to be true. To let me know what you think of this stylish travel bag, hit me up on Twitter.

SHOP: The Billykirk No. 479 Khaki Carryall

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

A seriously cool, modern men’s polo from Taylor Stitch.

What if I told you that, in addition to its full lineup of some of the best menswear around, the good folks at Taylor Stitch were now busy cornering the market when it comes to crafting the best men’s polo for spring and summer? That’d be pretty remarkable, right? Remarkable and almost too good to be true? Well, that’s not the case anymore: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is everything you need in a stylish polo for spring and summer, and it’s arrived not a moment too soon. The best men’s polo can be worn to work (in your home office, that is) just as readily as it can be worn to have a back patio beer (again, at home for now). And when you finally do get the chance to gather with friends again, you’re going to want to be wearing something as stylish, cool and laidback as the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo. Plus, you can get your new favorite polo for up to 30 percent off right now (no code needed!), and you’re also getting $20 in Common Club credit for orders over $200. Not bad at all. True to what one expects from Taylor Stitch,  this classic men’s polo is almost more like a T-shirt than a stuffy, preppy polo of years gone by. It starts with the use of upcycled cotton and polyester for a breezy, breathable fit — you should check out the full line of Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag knitwear while you’re at it, too. But back to what makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo so great.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

Also available in a neat, classic navy colorway.

First off: Classic color options like Navy and Natural place this classic polo as a must-have in your spring and summer wardrobe — heck, buy both those colorways of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo, and you’ve got versatile outfit options aplenty. Try the navy polo with slim tan chinos and white canvas sneakers, and pair the Natural Heavy Bag Polo with some of the best men’s shorts and stylish leather slip-ons — talk about easygoing spring style at its finest, right? The three-button placket on this classic men’s polo gives it some dressy polish, enough that you could rock it with a unstructured navy blazer for that Zoom call if need be. The tailored fit also makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo one of the best men’s polos on the  market — believe it. And one last kicker here: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is available for $68 right now — that’s a heck of a deal. At that rate, you’re going to get more than one polo … correct? Correct. Head over to Twitter to let me know if you pick it up.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

It might be May, and the temperatures might be climbing by the day … so now is as good a time as any to pick up some of the best men’s light wash jeans for summer. Agreed? I know I’m certainly onboard with shopping for some of the best men’s denim, and there’s one pair in particular I’ve had my style-minded eye on — that’d be the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans, as sold via Huckberry. I’ll keep it simple to start: These are some of the best men’s jeans on the market at the  moment, and they’re a more-than-worthy pick to add to your casual style rotation (or your work-from-home style rotation), no questions asked.


With Memorial Day on the way and some modified summer hangs surely in your future (a back porch with your family versus a raucous group rooftop outing), you’re still going to need some stylish light wash jeans to take the place of your shorts from time to time. Now, if you read the blog, you’re familiar with Flint and Tinder — the in-house brand at Huckberry specializes in all manner of rugged, well-made and investment-worthy menswear essentials, most of which are made in the U.S.A. — these slim light wash jeans included, to be sure (A side note: They also come in Tapered and Straight cuts).

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

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The beauty in finding a great pair of light wash jeans, especially during these more casual and WFH-focused times, is that you can wear ’em with darn near anything. You can also feel good about doing it, seeing as these Flint and Tinder jeans are made from durable-yet-stretchy 12.6oz. denim right in Los Angeles. And again, the style pairings are nearly endless. Your favorite Oxford shirt and stylish leather slip-ons work particularly well for a laidback-yet-polished day in your home office, while you can also rock the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans with a classic T-shirt and your favorite high-top sneakers the rest of the time. In short: There are still plenty of opportunities to rock these stylish jeans all through the rest of spring and summer, even if your schedule this season looks a little bit different. Heck, the right pair of light wash jeans can still offer comfort and style, and maybe even the chance to  make some new memories while rocking ’em. And when the time comes to get back to living the life you know and love? The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans are going to be right there with you.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

 

Style Pick of the Week: Olivers Apparel Passage Pants

Slim, stylish, comfortable and yet polished pants for home.

First of all: Thank you for being here, and thank you for swinging by this Brooklyn style blog for another entry in our weekly Style Pick of the Week series — if you’re new here, this series covers one standout menswear essential for the season & for your consideration. In this case, during these trying and strange times, today’s spring menswear essential comes at us courtesy of Olivers Apparel. To be more specific, as we all continue to spend plenty of time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic (last time I’ll mention it by name), you’re going to need some of the best casual pants to wear at home. You’re going to need the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants in fact, which wear like your favorite jeans but have the standout style of classic slim chinos. You might be wondering, though — “If I’m at home, why bother with dressing up?” … well, not so fast. It’s a question we’ll continue to tackle on the blog going forward, but whether taking care of your family or taking care of business remotely, you still need some of the best men’s pants for spring — comfort and style are paramount, and of course, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants get the job done handsomely. Let’s dive into what makes these slim pants so darn essential for the season (and yes, hanging at home).

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Passage Pants

Available in a wide array of colors and made with crucial stretch.

Yes indeed, these slim five-pocket pants check all the right boxes, from the tailored and business-friendly fit (for when you can return to the office?) to the use of durable CORDURA fabric and built-in four-way stretch. They’re some of the most versatile pants your author has seen in some time, wearable with everything from an Olivers Apparel tee to your favorite henley to a slim Oxford shirt. They’re equally perfect for a solitary hike or a grocery store run in equal measure, and as you would hope, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants come in a variety of suitable, neutral and classic colors. The tailored fit is also agreeable and yet not too slim, while the fact that these pants are plenty stretchy is a must-have when you’re posted up in your home office. Italian hardware gives these slim five-pocket pants an extra degree of durability, and again, the gusseted crotch allows even further freedom of movement. Put simply, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants are some of the best new pants to buy for spring — don’t wait another second.

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Passage Pants