The Thursday Buy: These Classic Leather Chukka Boots from Veldskoen Are a Spring Must-Have

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Some of the coolest chukka boots for men you can step into right now.

You don’t need me to tell you that having the best shoes for spring on your feet is a necessity, right? Long gone are the days of lacing up your winter snow boots or clunky work boots — opt for some of the best chukka boots instead, as you welcome the slow-but-sure return of sunshine, breezy days, outdoor patio beers and more. Are we on the same page today? Good, great, grand. And in today’s Thursday Buy, do I have just the pick for you: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots are well-made, affordably priced, expertly crafted and ideal for spring days and nights.¬†Just as you need a pair of casual retro sneakers for spring and summer days aplenty, the right pair of classic leather chukka boots for men can indeed go a very long way.

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Think of the Veldskoen Chukka Boots as an alternative boot option to Clarks, a nice change of pace if you want something new (yet made with heritage quality in mind). And if you’re not familiar with South Africa’s Veldskoen, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.¬† Veldskoen makes its boots using old-school methods and ethical materials, to go along with sustainable sourcing and a close means of production with workers who are paid a fair wage. They’re hand-cut and handsewn, and the end result (especially when it comes to the understated, practical and stylish Veldskoen Chukka Boots) is nothing less than your new favorite pair of spring boots.

SHOP: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots

Veldskoen chukka boots review

Durable, classic, cool and sustainable — that’s Veldskoen for you.

You could make the case that every guy needs a pair of the best leather chukka boots, especially a pair that’s more comfortable to wear than your standard leather lace-up boots and somewhat dressier than your go-to canvas sneakers. The Veldskoen Chukka Boots toe that line quite nicely, literally, and the fact that they’re durable and won’t give out on you after a few wears is a major bonus (to say the least!).

The recyclable rubber compound sole gives you both cushioning and all-day comfort, and the memory foam insole is designed to mold to your foot over time (my own pair is certainly doing this after wearing ’em this season). They’re timeless and understated, ready to be worn with your favorite pair of tan chinos and a rugged henley — you can find both at the Shop By The Style Guide — or else with easygoing light wash jeans and a classic pocket T-shirt. With Veldskoen Chukka Boots, the styling potential is endless, and the timeless looks are nearly guaranteed. Happy spring, my friends.

SHOP: The Veldskoen Chukka Boots

The Thursday Buy: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is the Toughest Spring Jacket on the Market

Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

An unstoppable spring workwear jacket, no matter where the season takes you.

What if I told you there was a simple way to ensure you always had one of the best men’s jackets for spring at your disposal? A way to keep that jacket close at hand in your rotation constantly? It all starts with buying one of the best men’s jackets for spring, and to do that, you need to heed my advice first: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is the answer to the above queries, and one of the toughest men’s jackets for spring, at that. You’ll find it in the Filson New Arrivals section, always a harbinger of quality seasonal gear offerings.

It was designed with the open road and with spring adventure in mind (it’s the best jacket to wear while riding a motorcycle, if that’s your thing), but it also functions handily day-to-day. That’s because it’s got all the same remarkable qualities in a Filson work jacket from the brand’s main line, with the¬† added flair of the fact that it comes from the new Filson Alcan workwear line. Why fix what’s not broken? Well, think of it as Filson taking what was already next-level and making it even better. The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket will run you $450 at Filson, but as with any gear picks from the lauded Pacific Northwest heritage retailer, it’s worth the investment.

SHOP: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

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A seemingly simple silhouette blended with tough materials and top-notch construction.

The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket, although subtly designed and not too flashy on the surface, makes up for that with tough-as-nails materials and design. It starts with a waxed cotton exterior build using waxed cotton from British Millerain, the sort of material found in jackets by the likes of Taylor Stitch and more.  The reinforced exterior is further bolstered with a quilted design and Cordura ballistic nylon reinforcements at key stress points (in this case, the shoulders and arms). The rib knit collar and cuffs also provide some added protection from the elements in a classic bomber-style cut. And the drop-tail hem, with a longer back cut, is also ideal for the open road. How does that sound for your new favorite jacket for spring, ehh?

These design touches come together seamlessly to make one of the most rugged men’s jackets you’re apt to find these days, and the PrimaLoft insulation provides warmth on chilly, blustery spring hikes or early morning strolls alike. And if you just want a cool, rugged men’s jacket to wear as you grab an outdoor beer? The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket is your go-to menswear move, folks.

SHOP: The Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

The Thursday Buy: This Flint and Tinder Selvage Shirt is Your Go-To Spring Shirt

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The kind of essential everyday shirt you can wear for just about anything.

If you recently started another day standing in front of your closet, wondering in vain about what shirt to wear for the day’s activities — be it (masked) grocery shopping, (masked) brewery to-go beers or another Zoom call, have I got the shirt for you. Meet the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt, one of the best men’s shirts for spring, and the sort of shirt you can wear no matter how much or how little design work you do. It comes to you courtesy of Huckberry and the famed, much-loved line of Flint and Tinder style essentials, which includes everything from a waxed shirt jacket to the best everyday gear (across several categories). But back to the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt, which is the kind of grab-and-go shirt your spring wardrobe could use.

When you feel like you’ve exhausted all your Zoom call-worthy shirts, this one is here to save the day. Huckberry says it’s built more like a workwear piece than a classic Oxford shirt, which is good news for more than just Zoom calls. Throw on this selvage buttondown shirt at a moment’s notice to shape up for your next meeting, and assuredly keep it handy for weekend yard work (yes, it can pull double-duty).

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt

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Selvage detailing showcases how well this shirt is made by the Huckberry team. Cheers to that.

Now, it wouldn’t be one of the best shirts for men if it didn’t provide a hearty dose of versatility, right? It’s the Japanese slub selvage denim fabric in a cool shade of Marled Charcoal that gives this shirt its neutral, crisp edge (literally and figuratively). It’s as easily wearable with dark denim as it is with tan chinos or olive canvas workwear pants. The rest is really up to you, because you can layer the Flint and Tinder Selvage Architect Shirt atop a white T-shirt for easygoing spring style, and you can throw it on over a thermal shirt for an unexpectedly chilly morning. Oh, and you can also wear it all on its own, fresh coffee in hand as you kick back this season.

Footwear options aplenty are going to shine through with this rugged workwear shirt, from classic chukka boots to canvas high-top sneakers. It’s truly a mix-and-match shirt that provides you with bountiful styling options, all the better to switch up your spring wardrobe when you feel like it needs some switching up. And because this is Huckberry we’re talking about here, this shirt is priced reasonably ($128 from Flint and Tinder) — if you ask me, it’s yours for the taking. Happy (early) spring, folks.

The Thursday Buy: These Rugged Leather Boots from TAFT Are the Best Men’s Boots for Spring

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A pair of rugged and durable, yet lightweight, boots to carry you through spring from Taft.

Now that we’ve hit March, perhaps you’re under the impression that your rugged leather boots can be stowed away. To that, I say, well, not so fast. The best men’s boots on the market can be worn in at least three seasons, spring very much included, and that’s why we’re here to talk about the TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0, some of the coolest boots for men that I’ve seen (and wear-tested!) in some time. Now, these aren’t the TAFT Dragon Boots we talked about earlier this season on the blog in the Sunday Sale — these are an upgraded (and pricier) version. Not familiar with TAFT? It’s your lucky day, because they’ve got just about everything you need in a footwear brand, with a focus on dress boots at agreeable prices (given the fact that you can wear these boots pretty much anywhere, that is). Oh, and the fact that this particular pair is waterproof and ready for spring rain? That’s all the better.

TAFT men’s boots are designed in the States and crafted with care in Spain and Portugal. Both countries are a footwear hotbed these days, and that attention to detail pays off, at least in my experience with the TAFT Dragon Boots. They’re made from rugged suede leather that doesn’t scuff or break down too easily at all — and if your boots do get a bit scuffed up, isn’t that all the better? Keep in mind that TAFT also makes handsome wingtip dress boots & other silhouettes that wear more easily with, say, a tailored suit, but the TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0 are the perfect blend of rugged and refined.

SHOP: The TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0

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Details really make the difference when it comes to rugged TAFT men’s boots, ehh?

As I always say, it’s the little things that separate the best boots for men from, well, cheaper pairs, and as you might expect, TAFT has a lot going for ’em. When it comes to the TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0, they’re made from waxed Commander Suede that, once again, is waterproof and ideal for seasonal storms. The Dragon sole, featuring a fairly slim profile and yet crucial studded treads for added grip, is also ideal when it comes to all-day comfort (trust me, I’ve worn mine for hours all around Brooklyn).

Plus, the TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0, especially in a cool and classic Rust shade of tough leather, are perfect for pairing with your favorite spring style essentials. Those style essentials should include, say, light wash denim and a rugged short-sleeve henley (for starters). But you can also wear them with a khaki cotton suit and a denim dress shirt for a nice mix of dressy, high-low spring style, and that’s what makes them some of the best spring boots for men right now. Step into them and see for yourself.

SHOP: The TAFT Dragon Boots 3.0

The Thursday Buy: These Bruno Magli Sneakers are the Best Men’s Sneakers to Buy This Spring

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A sleek, versatile pair of finely crafted suede sneakers for spring, my friends.

You see those Bruno Magli sneakers at the top of the page? Yes, those ones? My friends, those could be your new favorite sneakers for spring. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that once you try them out, you might come to the conclusion that they’re some of the best sneakers for men, made with all the quality of a pair of refined Bruno Magli dress shoes. You might recognize Bruno Magli from Shop By The Style Guide page or my guide to the best loafers to wear at home, but if not, let’s dive into how exactly this premium Italian footwear brand can make some of the best men’s sneakers for a new season without missing a beat.

The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers check all the right boxes as far as spring sneakers are concerned, from the low profile to the premium materials — and suede is a nice shot in the arm as far as seasonal texture and color is concerned, too. And hey, who out there doesn’t appreciate a great deal? Although these stylish suede sneakers retail for $298 at Bruno Magli, you can get a free pair of socks (made from premium materials in neat patterns)¬†with any purchase of more than $100.¬†So, that’s your new favorite sneakers for spring, plus your new favorite socks.

SHOP: The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers 

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You can also get these sporty suede sneakers in a cool colorway like this handsome light blue option.

But it begs the question, why invest nearly $300 in a pair of men’s sneakers? Again, it all comes down to how Bruno Magli makes them. They’re using Italian full-grain leather and suede for the upper, plus sport-inspired contrast stitching for a bit of retro throwback style. That sleek, dressy-yet-casual look means these are sneakers you can with everything from light grey chinos to light wash jeans to olive lounge pants without missing a beat. The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers are also built with flexibility in mind for ease of wearing all day long.

You’re getting an ideal blend of comfort and style via the Italian-made construction, and the end result is a pair of men’s sneakers you can wear to the office or to hang out a patio bar this spring. Heck, if you wanted to wear these premium men’s sneakers with, say, a light grey cotton suit and a white Oxford shirt for breezy, dressy spring style, you could certainly do that. When you want the best men’s sneakers for spring, this is the pair to buy.

SHOP: The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers 

The Thursday Buy: This Todd Snyder Fisherman’s Sweater is the Winter Sweater You Need Now

Todd Snyder Fisherman's Sweater

A seriously unique and seriously cool winter sweater, to say the very least.

If I know one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you really can’t go wrong with Todd Snyder menswear, from the NYC designer’s take on a classic bomber jacket to one of the most affordable crewneck sweatshirts on the market and of course, a winter-ready flannel shirt. That’s just the tip of the menswear iceberg, as it were, because today’s Thursday Buy takes you inside yet another Todd Snyder winter style pick: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, one of the best men’s sweaters for winter, easily. This classic winter sweater is a rugged and yet ever-so-slightly “fashion forward” take on the traditional fisherman sweater, and your seasonal wardrobe will be all the better for it (note that you can also get this rugged winter sweater in a seasonally friendly Kelly Green, sans colorblocking).

It breaks up the silhouette into a colorblocked take on the classic style, and it’s going to shake up your cold-weather layering game in the best way possible. That’s because it’s just different enough from the everyday — and right now, you can¬†purchase it for nearly 20 percent off¬†(at the time of this writing, that is!). When you want¬† a unique way to layer up and fight the cold, you want this Todd Snyder fisherman’s sweater, because it won’t let you down when as far as winter warmth is concerned. It’s an investment at more than $230, but again, it won’t let you down.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater

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Another iteration of the Todd Snyder Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, and in a vibrant color for cold winter days.

So, I know what you’re thinking: Why invest more than $200 in a winter sweater? Well, as you might know with Todd Snyder, you’re getting plenty of quality and bang for your buck. In the case of the Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, it’s made from 100 percent lambswool, the sort of warming and winter-ready fabric of choice for blustery winter days and chilly coastal mornings. As the brand so sagely notes, the cable knit design is even inspired by fisherman’s ropes, hence the name (and the rugged appeal, of course). The diamond knit design also represents the small fields of Ireland’s Aran Islands. How cool is that?

A classic winter sweater with history and heritage, to boot? Sign me up. Your new favorite winter sweater is one you can wear as simply or as stylishly as you please, whether you prefer to throw it on over an indigo thermal shirt with canvas work pants or layer it atop a favorite flannel shirt. When you invest in the Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, you’re assuredly investing in the best.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater

The Thursday Buy: This Buck Mason Chore Coat is Your New At-Home Winter Style Layer

Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

Ideal for layering or at-home style, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat delivers everything you need.

If there’s one thing that’s become clear to me through a cold, blustery (and yet sometimes temperate!) winter, it’s that you’ve got to know the brands you can trust to make the most versatile, best winter gear: Case in point, Buck Mason continues to come through with the best winter style essentials for men, and that’s what brings us to today’s Thursday Buy. As a matter of fact, just when you thought the classic American style purveyors at Buck Mason couldn’t get any better, they come through with the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat, a rugged and versatile layer for at-home winter style (or outdoor winter exploration, for that matter). You already know about pieces like the Buck Mason Melton Peacoat, but allow me to introduce you to a hybrid sweater-blazer-chore coat¬† that can do just about anything you want it to do (seriously). It’s one of Buck Mason’s best sellers for a reason, availlable in six classic colors — including the eye-catching Camel color as shown above — and it’s made from warming, boiled merino wool (more on that in just a second). Could it be your new favorite winter jacket? Yes, very possibly — keep scrolling to find out why.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

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A durable blazer and sweater hybrid featuring details that make the difference.

Namely, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is made from a midweight boiled wool, the kind that resists odor and should actually regulate your temperature rather than causing you to overheat. That means you can wear it atop everything from a Buck Mason denim shirt to a classic Buck Mason henley without going overboard. That versatility in layering is crucial, because it functions as both a casual weekend sweater (coffee sold separately) and a reliable blazer substitute for Zoom calls or in-person meetings.

Let’s not forget, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is built more like a blazer than anything else, featuring three buttons, casual patch pockets and a collar that flips up for protection against winter winds. You can certainly wear this as your outermost layer just as readily as you can style it beneath a waxed cotton field jacket¬†on especially cold winter days. Of course, the fit is tailored but not overly tight, driving home that ideal blend of refined-yet-casual style. No matter which versatile colorway you choose (Camel is my personal favorite), the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is your new go-to winter layer, at home or on the road.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

The Thursday Buy: These Mott and Bow Jeans are the Classic Blue Jeans You Need Right Now

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Slim, classic men’s blue jeans made with quality fabric amd available for a solid price.

Finding the perfect pair of men’s jeans can be … tough. What’s a guy to do these days, when in-person shopping is less than ideal and when you want to nail that ideal fit when it comes to classic men’s jeans? The answer, if you read this blog, is an easy one. Head to Mott and Bow for a virtual denim-buying experience that’ll result in you finding some of the best jeans for men, and with relative ease, at that. Better still? You can use the code “beau10” to get 10 percent off your first order. Let’s get right down to it: The Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans hit the sweet spot as far as classic looks, a great fit (they come in Slim, Skinny and Straight cuts) and the ideal “medium-dark” shade of denim for maximum versatility. Now, Mott and Bow has been a longtime favorite of this Brooklyn style writer, with agreeable prices and quality fabric the name of the game.

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Of course, it’s all the better that the brand offers a home try-on program, giving you the option of selecting from two sizes to find your perfect fit. How’s that for some of the best men’s jeans, right? A word to the wise: I personally find the Slim fit works best for my frame, but it’s all up to you.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans

Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans

Contrasting details help set these Mott and Bow men’s jeans apart from the pack.

Hunting down the best jeans for men surely doesn’t have to be that difficult, and it helps that the Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans have plenty going for ’em. They’re a heavier fabric weight than other Mott and Bow jeans, clocking in at 14 oz. of cotton denim, plus small amounts of polyester and elastane for stretch. The medium wash (the brand says it’s meant to mimic four months of consistent wear) makes these sharp enough for the office — especially with a classic Oxford shirt, a cashmere cardigan and rugged leather boots — but you can also rock the Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans on the weekend with your favorite henley and high-top sneakers.

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The best jeans for men don’t break the bank, they fit great and they offer up plenty of styling potential — in short, that’s what the Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans¬†do for your wardrobe. Remember, act accordingly and use the code “beau10” to get 10 percent off your first order.¬†It really is that simple. Cheers, my friends!

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hubert Jeans

The Thursday Buy: These Bonobos Pants are the Best Men’s Pants to Wear All Winter

Bonobos Off Duty Pant

A classic-yet-modern update of your favorite chinos, made for plenty of days at home this winter and beyond.

Folks, welcome back to another edition of The Thursday Buy, where, similar to last week’s feature, I’m going to tell you all about the best pants to wear at home this winter. This post isn’t a repeat, although the same standout brand is in fact featured. That would be Bonobos, makers of the Bonobos Off Duty Pants and the perfect company to put it all in perspective when it comes to hanging out at home in style. Don’t believe me? Well, you’re in for a mighty fine treat, seeing as these tailored men’s pants toe the line between sweatpants and chinos with ease and plenty of style.

Because all of us are still spending so much time at home, the right mix of versatility and comfort is key when you want to switch up your rotation of the best pants for men, ya dig? And that’s where the Bonobos Off Duty Pants enter the equation. It’s always a great idea to shake things up from time to time, and with a comfortable elastic waistband and yet styling similar to classic Bonobos chinos (think a tailored, flat front and a zipper fly), you’ve found the perfect pants to get the job done. Seriously, these are the pants to wear to work from home, starting right now.

SHOP: The Bonobos Off Duty Pants

Comfort plus tailored style for the win from Bonobos.

The Bonobos Off Duty Pants check all the right boxes when you want to be comfortable and laidback, yet not sloppy. That’s especially the case as you work from home, hop from Zoom call to Zoom call or enjoy a socially distanced happy hour. Go on, set up the computer so everyone can see your finely tailored yet utterly comfortable pants. These hybrid chinos¬†give you everything you’d expect from a pair of Bonobos men’s pants, including a tapered-but-not-too-tight cut, plus a cotton and elastane fabric blend for maximum wearability.

The fact that they more closely resemble chinos than sweatpants also means you can wear ’em with everything from a classic Bonobos henley to a tailored Oxford shirt and your favorite cardigan without needing to go too wild with new wardrobe additions. Color options ranging from Sapling (think classic khaki) to the dark olive Gnarled Pine shade (my personal favorite) provide so much versatility, I’d wager you’re going to want to buy multiple pairs, perhaps one for every work day. Yes, it’s true: The Bonobos Off Duty Pants are easily some of the best pants for men to buy now.

SHOP: The Bonobos Off-Duty Pants

The Thursday Buy: The Bonobos WFHQ Pants are the Best Pants to Wear at Home Right Now

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Casual, comfortable, seriously cool pants to wear to work from home or hit the town (safely!).

Folks, perhaps you’ve noticed something through the start of 2021 so far: You’re still spending plenty of time at home, and youre still in need of the best casual menswear to wear, well, at home. After all, a guy can only wear sweatpants for so long, no matter how stylish they are. Enter today’s edition of The Thursday Buy, featuring the best pants to wear to work from home.

Yes, that’s right: I went there. In fact, the Bonobos WFHQ Pants are not only a great pair of pants to wear to work from home, but they’re also a stylish pair of everyday pants the rest of the time, too. Would you expect anything less from Bonobos, after all? The brand has been a longtime favorite of the blog (dating back to 2015!) and it’s pretty ideal that they’ve come through in the clutch with some of the best casual pants for men. The Bonobos WFHQ Pants check all the right boxes in terms of comfort and style, from the elastic waist to the tapered-but-not-tight fit. It gets better, though (keep scrolling!).

SHOP: The Bonobos WFHQ Pants

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Just the right amount of stretch and style from Bonobos.

The list of positive attributes of the Bonobos WFHQ Pants goes on and on, starting with the versatile color options in which you can get these hybrid chinos (seriously, that elastic waistband is as clutch as it gets). Pick these pants up in colors like Olive or Charcoal, then pair them up with everything from a Bonobos henley to a classic Bonobos Oxford shirt — they’re just that wearable.

The tapered cut is also highly agreeable, meaning that they’ve got more room through the thigh and leg without being overly baggy. Heck, the four-way stretch fabric makes them more like sweatpants than stuffy dress pants, and the price ($118 at Bonobos) really isn’t bad at all when you consider that they could become your new favorite pair of everyday pants in these times. What are you waiting for? Upgrade your WFH style with ease in a¬† pair of the Bonobos WFHQ Pants.

SHOP: The Bonobos WFHQ Pants