Everyone likes a good boot and with Spring on the horizon, now might be the right time to pick up a new pair with end of season sales. I think that it’s safe to suggest that boots occupy a special place in the hearts of those with a deep shoe obsession. Among the most dedicated shoe aficionados, developing a profound fondness for boots – or maybe addiction is a better word – is perfectly natural. As one becomes enlightened and learns to invest in attractive quality shoes, building a top notch boot collection will eventually become the foundation of your fall/winter wardrobe.
Winter can be cruel. Take for example, those days when your plans for shoe game supremacy are thwarted when you wake up to a blanket of snow. But as we know, a well-prepared gent always has a plan B, which in this case means investing in the right pair of boots as a backup. When it comes to surviving the frosty months, and I mean survival of your shoes, salt is enemy number one. Everyone enjoys a well-brined holiday turkey but the stuff really does wreak havoc on leather – combined with water and it’s even worse. Choosing the right pair of boots will not only spare your finer shoes from the corrosive destructive power of salt, but can keep you looking stylish in the snow. So here is some advice on what to look for in picking the right boots to survive the winter, some boot care tips to get rid of salt, and my recommendations for buying options.
The swift resurgence of the outdoor vest in the last few years is a nice reminder of the many ways it can upgrade to your winter style arsenal. Bundling up the torso with lightweight warmth while still allowing for uninhibited arms is an easy sell – who needs sleeves after all? The vest has become one of my favorite cold weather staples not only because of its versatility, but they happen to pair surprisingly well with sport coats and suits making them a great layering option. Among its advantages is how the vest eliminates the fit issues in the upper arm/shoulder area when squeezing a coat over a suit.
Like many fellow sufferers of the chronic “wanderlust”, one of my favorite things to do is to travel and I am always thinking about the next big trip somewhere exotic or at least far enough away to feel the escape. Although, the problem when you're constantly dreaming and planning of the next dream vacation to somewhere on the bucket list, you tend to forget about the mini excursions that lay at the foot of your own backyard. As in my case, I live in the Toronto area in Canada and often take for granted the easy access to the vast wilderness and nature just minutes outside of the city. So this past weekend, we decided to ditch the city for a little hiking while the autumn leaves were still in full viewing bloom.
I don’t know what I would do without autumn because it’s the one time of year when it’s actually hard to choose what coat to wear. There’s an endless array of stylish options to chose from that are also light enough that won't get you mistaken for the Michelin man: trench coats, leather moto jackets, quilted jackets, the husky jacket, wool field jackets, bombers, suede blousons, etc. You get the idea. Read my article on trench coats for styling ideas.
It's that time of year when the morning air is crisp and the leaves are changing colour. The best part about autumn is busting out the flannel jackets. Autumn flannel sportcoats occupy a special place in my closet and have been the foundation of my wardrobe and personal style for years – I couldn’t do without them.