Playing stripes and hearts in red and blue colors„, / Combinando rayas y corazones en rojo y azul„,
Anonymous asked: Hey Jake, can you name any military style brands (ie Cockpit USA)
Rothco and Alpha Industries are probably the two biggest in the US. Check out Schott and the Real McCoys as well for something a bit more up market.
Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on Cole Haan which uses technology from sporty footwear to modernize formal shoes. The ZeroGrand is a lightweight and comfortable brogue with a flexible and cushioned outsole. Gimmicky? Keep posting because I need my daily morning fix.
Ever since I picked up a pair of Nikes with lunarlon soles, I’ve been thinking about the intersection of comfortable sneakers and flat bottoms, because they were so damn comfortable. To me it’s clear that one of the primary hindrances to the mass proliferation of welted, quality dress shoes is the initial discomfort felt when breaking in the shoes, coupled with lasting discomfort from cheaply made models and poor sizing/too many lasts. For instance, I have a friend who owns dress shoes from brands ranging from Loake to C&J, and I think he truly understands what makes a nice shoe. However, he consistently complains to me that no matter how much he wears these shoes, he seemingly cannot break them in. And to that end, he just purchased a pair of suede Cole Haans, which I think are unattractive, yet are much much more comfortable out of the box.
So where is the equilibrium? I think it lies in the concealment of the tech and/or the adaptation of the shoes to something of higher quality and better aesthetics. I don’t really understand why you need to pair technology that comes with the perception of being “gimmicky” with ridiculous colors and soles, drawing yet more attention to said ‘controversial’ technology. They could also do without the explicit branding. Perhaps this is what the market is demanding these days, but I personally don’t like it.
In short, I’d love to see more brands experiment with comfort in dress shoes and find ways to discretely incorporate technology like lunarlon. Those Lunargrands look terrible to me, but if they were to reshape and smooth out the tech, they could easily turn those soles into lightweight, flexible alternatives to Vibram and the like. Add full grain leather and better design, and you may have something. Not sure if it can be done, but I’d like to see someone take a run at it.
nycfx asked: My brother is getting married and it looks like we will be wearing morning suits. Any ideas where to buy an affordable morning suit? Also will any black dress show work or is there a style more appropriate?
Congrats to your brother. That’s a pretty natty choice - the Brits seem to favor this style more than anyone, so I would look up this model at Charles Tyrwhitt. You can go up market from there (BB Golden Fleece has a much more expensive model) or down market by visiting any of the cheaper formalwear retailers on the web.
I would go with black oxfords or formal boots, based on tradition.