The John Doe Shoe Review

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The Mexicans are coming!  Well, their shoes are at least.  In the past 6 months or so, a few brands have come on the scene out of Mexico.  Just A Men Shoe being one and John Doe Shoes, being the other (yes, I know, the names could use some work).  Today we shall discuss the latter brand, in particular their Dover Chukka Boot. John Doe Shoes specializes in Good Year welted shoes, which are made at their factory in Mexico.  Which, if you care to hear my opinion, we are going to be seeing a few brands come out of … Continue reading

Oh, The Horror (2014 Oscars Men’s Style)


The red carpet was awash in sartorial disaster at the 2014 Oscars, as per usual.  It pains me so much to see anyone, especially celebrities, do black tie with such recklessness.  I do understand that many celebrities use the red carpet to try new looks (this year the white dinner jacket was huge), differentiate themselves and cash in on endorsement deals to wear a given designers clothing.  I feel bad for many of the designers, as many of their muses looked like, well, shit.  Indeed, any PR is not good PR.  True, there were some who did dress well, but … Continue reading

The Arden Reed Suit Review

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This review is a long time coming, arguably overdue.  For that I owe Arden Reed an apology for taking so long.  Anyway, I first came in contact with Arden Reed about a year and a half ago when they reached out to me.  However, we decided the time was not quite right to do a review of their suits; so we held off. Fast forward a year and the construction of a truck designed to measure guys for suits and Carlos (Arden Reed’s co-founder, the other being Mike Abadi) and I decided it was time to do a review of … Continue reading

Things To Come…

Readers, First, I must apologize for the unannounced week long absence (and I have been MIA on email for about a week and a half so I owe some of you emails, you will hear from me soon).  I was on vacation with family and to be honest once I got down to Florida I didn’t feel much like spending a lot of time in front of a computer.  So I traded the screen for the beach, the golf course and Disney World. I was going to do a post on the style of people at Disney World but felt … Continue reading

The Beckett Simonon Review

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I remember when I first heard about Beckett Simonon in late 2012.  So I went to their website, browsed the selection and almost bought a pair of shoes.  The only problem was that they were all sold out and I did not feel like waiting for them to restock.  Nonetheless, I still thought to myself that it was only a matter of time until someone started a direct to consumer shoe company, mind you, this was a year before Jack Erwin launched. Since then I have been keeping tabs on Beckett Simonon so when I received an email from their … Continue reading

How To Dress For a Funeral

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What should a man wear to a funeral?  Easy, keep it simple stupid.  Is a phrase that works for so many things, including how to dress for a funeral or memorial.  Fortunately, I think that attending funerals is something that many of us do not have to do often.  But nonetheless it is unfortunate when it does have to happen, when it does happen a man should dress appropriately. I realize may vary between religions and cultures, so for the purposes of this article I feel only comfortable opining on what is appropriate for funerals of the Christian faith.  Although … Continue reading

The Best Custom Shirts In NYC?

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The best custom shirts in NYC?  That’s an aggressive question to answer as well as a bold implication.  I cannot say that the shirts that The Sock Hop makes out of its small Nolita store (I don’t think anyone truly knows the borders of the neighborhoods down there) are the best in NYC they are certainly some of the best.  I can say, however, that the shirt they made for me is certainly one of the nicest shirts I own and the nicest shirt that I have had made by a brand in NYC.  In fact, it may perhaps be … Continue reading

Obsession: Ski Socks

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I have numerous obsessions and addictions in my life.  Men’s style being an obvious one to all of you.  And as you can imagine, within mens style there are many items that would quality as their own obsessions; if you’ve been reading my ranting for a while you can probably guess what some of them are.  But one that I have not expounded upon in the past is my obsession with ski socks. I’m not really sure when I started wearing ski socks with casual clothing, I think sometime soon after I started skiing and snowboarding which I started when … Continue reading

The Velasca Shoe Review

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I was approached a few months back by the good people at Velasca because they were interested in a Velasca shoe review appearing on this here blog.  At the time, I had only recently heard of the brand, and I had never seen the shoes in person before.  Which I now know is because they do not have a physical presence here in the US.  Furthermore, they are also a young brand and do not have much presence on social media and other blogs.  So as we all know by now, I love reviewing and talking about new brands; so … Continue reading