THE DRIVING GLOVE
This glove might not get you through a winter in Chicago, but in most cities they will get you by in style. Barney's New York carries a great pair for around $150. They also make a fingerless version for those who can't put down their iPhone.
I can forgive and EVEN accept men wearing flip flops at the beach. What I cannot condone is wearing them anywhere else. When you leave the house wearing a shoe called a "flip flop" with your jeans you look like a 19 year old fraternity brother that no adult would ever want to hang out with.
I understand some people LOVE wearing sandals everyday so here's some other choices instead of the dreaded flip flop.
A good friend of mine introduced me to the Adidas Slide a few years ago. I'm not a sandal wearing man, but I can't get enough of these and they have become one of my favorite pieces of footwear. They will only set you back about $30 too.
Slides in general are the best look for men's sandals. You really can't go wrong with any of the leather or suede versions. Even Birkenstock's classic sandal made a huge comeback a few summers ago and has been seen all over high fashion runways.
JOHN AND GEORGE
Let's be honest I could have listed all of the Beatles, but John and George really did it the best.
THE CHELSEA BOOT
One of my favorite shoes of the moment is the Chelsea Boot. I overlooked this look for years until I saw a few pics of Kanye West. Say what you want about the self proclaimed god, but you can't deny his exquisite choice in shoes.
Clearly the Bottega Veneta's are great quality and arguably worth the price but there are many brands making more affordable and attainable versions.
The boots pictured are made by Bottega Venetta and retail for $780 IF you can find them anywhere.
H&M also makes some for under $100 but I personally like the quality and suede on the Russell Park version better.
GILT has a their own shoe line called Russell Park and they make a version for under $100.
If you do choose to go with the more affordable Chelsea Boot make sure you DO NOT go the tennis shoes route and end up looking like USHER.
mark ronson at the boiler room
Mark Ronson released an amazing album this week that you all should have by now. He's a ridiculous DJ as well in case you forgot.
Most times a woman has judged you before speaking a word to you. She has taken one look at your shoes and made a brash decision about your character and sex appeal before you can even start talking about puppy dogs and ice cream. Make no mistake, a woman will not sleep with you because of your shoes, but she will make the choice to NOT fuck you because of them. I know it sucks. We are better than that. But it's true.
SOLE FOR YOUR DRESS SHOE
Alden makes some great pairs for men and did a collaboration with J. Crew that turned out some of the best dress shoes of 2014.
Most of the well made wooden sole'd shoes contour to your feet once you break them in and begin to take on a unique identity with each new scuff.
If you still wear sneakers every night you go out, and you are over the age of 25, you are doing a great disservice to your personal style. It's time to dress like a man (on occasion) and get yourself a pair of fitted jeans that taper at the bottom and find a few pairs of trusted dress shoes that can be formal or casual. I know its difficult to hang up those beloved trainers after work and slide back into dress shoes but most of the modern day variations are just as comfortable.
If Common Projects is still too expensive for your taste ($500+ in most cases), Clarks makes a very similar version for their TOR line and it's moderately priced at around $120 so you don't have to break the bank testing out a new look.
Also look for some of the thicker rubber sole'd shoes by some the cooler designers at price that's much easier to digest. Common Projects released a reincarnation of the a patent leather classic. A very clean look that will make you feel much different when you walk into a room brimming with the opposite sex.
Always stay away from pointy or square toe shoes. They look horrible and will NEVER be stylish. And remember boot cut jeans work with boots. They will NEVER work with dress shoes. Good luck!
I used to own a vintage black leather motorcycle jacket that I picked up about 7 years ago from the Fairfax flea market for 75$. The jacket was perfect. Aged like a pristine wine and cherished like the scar on my chin from get tackled on asphalt during a football game in the 5th grade. If you own one with faded shoulders, rough elbows, and a perfectly cropped fit, it should be worn like a badge of honor.
Around Christmas time of 2013 I walked into a popular clothing store in LA and came across a flawless leather biker jacket from Johan Lindeberg's line BLK DNM. I had picked up some amazing BLK DNM pieces at a sample sale in NY, so I was positive this leather jacket would be no different. The leather was high quality, the fit and cut were faultless, and it smelled delicious. I bought the jacket thinking this one would replace the battered, beaten, and bruised version I had loved for years. I was so confident in this upgrade that I wrapped up the sacred old jacket and passed its glory onto my best friend for Xmas.
Unfortunately in 2014, every single person with any inkling of personal style or desire to look cool purchased a leather biker jacket. And of course the BLK DNM one became an overwhelming favorite for all. Big Sean. Justin Beiber. Mitch, who hangs out at 10oak. We are flooded with rooms full of 20-somethings wearing their first piece of new untouched leather. The smell now reeks like bad dis and fuck boys.
That BLK DNM jacket is the best one out for under 1000$. The YSL one is a beauty too, but it hits for around 5k and no one will know the difference. We are at a point where the black leather biker jacket no longer signifies edge. It no longer makes you the rogue hipster Glen O'Brien was in 1979 hosting TV Party while the downtown 500 reigned in the LES.
Wearing the leather jacket now says, "I'm no dummy. I know what's cool and so does every guy in this place wearing the same fucking jacket." This timeless piece reached its renaissance some years back and the newest renditions of this jacket do not inspire. So for now, unless you own a vintage one with years of wear to show your dedication to this staple of your wardrobe, the best thing to do is take a deep breath and put down your favorite jacket until the sheep drop the trend.