Public Opinion Chelsea Boots Review

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Weekly Theme: A Trip To New York

If New York can do anything it’s destroy shoes. So if you are headed up to the city, grabbing a throw away pair of classy boots that look great but cost cheap enough to where you can also knock them around is a great method to navigate the madness. Chelsea boots are in the middle of their trend curve meaning you won’t regret snagging a pair now, because you’ll be able to wear them for at least another two years and still be classified as “cool”.

Available on NordstromRack.com for $60

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Brooks Brothers Velvet Loafers Review

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Weekly Theme: Work Holiday Party

While you could definitely wear your normal black dress shoes with what we’ve picked so far, a holiday party is a great excuse to pull out all of the stops. And if you’re willing to make a big impact, one of those stops could be velvet loafers. Are they flashy? Sure. Are they freaking dope? Absolutely. So channel your inner billionaire and invest in fancy event shoes like these, just make sure to avoid the really drunk folks as velvet and alcohol are great bed-fellows.

Available on BrooksBrothers.com for $298

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Nike Free x Metcon Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

The coming of Fall doesn’t just affect what you wear out or to work, it also affects what you wear to the gym. If you attend any type of metcon class or belong to a crossfit-style gym, you know it can get cold in the gym quick, not to mention the outdoor runs. Thats why our theme this week is Fall workout gear. It’s time to revamp the workout wear to set yourself up for success for the cooler months. We are building from the ground up this week starting with Nike’s revamp of the Metcons. They crossbred the nike free’s and the Metcons to come up with a shoe that has the soul of a cross trainer with a look you could wear out. While the Free-inspired mesh toes can get loose after heavy wear, the platform and grip pattern are perfect for those looking to lift and run in the same workout. The added lace braces give these a more interesting look than the classic metcon while also providing extra protection for rope climbs.

Available on nike.com for $120

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Converse X Comme Des Garcon High Top Play Review

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While the tag technically says "white" they are really just white canvas, meaning they're just a bit warmer than true white. This Comme Des Garçon play on the classic converse high top is fun, playful, trendy, and different than what you'll find everywhere on the street. They will dirty a little fast, but that's totally fine, and expected. Don't baby these, just go out, have a good time, and see who notices. 

Available on Converse.com for $130

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Hunter Boots Men's Short Rain Boots

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Hunter Boots are a classic piece of British hunting apparel. In fact, these are so British that they are the official hunting apparel of the Queen herself (along with the Duke of Edinburgh). These are for those who care about the classics, about quality, and about keeping their feet dry. These short rain boots, are the more practical version of the full-length (tall) galoshes, and while these aren't what you'll see during the last season of The Crown, they still have the iconic red, white, and black Hunter Logo, and carry the same amount of impact.

Available on HunterBoots.com for $145

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Allen Edmonds Cornwallis Dress Oxford

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Shoes are one of the most important elements of any outfit, and when it comes to a formal event like a wedding, picking the ones is crucial. These formal oxfords from Allen Edmonds are perfect for any semi-formal to formal occasion. Their premium leather and high quality construction lends to these shoes looking like new for 5 or more years (based on how well you take care of them). These specific dress oxfords have just the right amount of detailing on the toe to draw attention without yelling it, and the sole is rubber rather than leather meaning you won't slip into a deeper split than planned on the wedding dance floor. The classic styling will surely turn these into your formal wear staple for years.

Available on AllenEdmonds.com for $425

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Allen Edmonds Corsico Italian Dress Shoe

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If you are looking to replace your standard, go-to brown dress shoe, then look no further than the Corsico from Allen Edmonds. These shoes are hand crafted from Italian leather. Designed to be simple, with just enough detail to look as good as they feel, these daily office foot cushions are a must-have. Formal enough for weddings, the office, and the occasional garden party, should you be in a circle friends or family that is so inclined to throw a few, these leather foot protectors are up for a wide range of challenges. They go perfectly with all your navy suits and trousers, and can be pairs with medium and light gray, giving you plenty of wear options.

Available on AllenEdmonds.com for $325 

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Toms Navy Blanket Stitch Riviera Stripe Canvas Shoes

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In need of some beach strollers that aren't flip flops? These Toms are great summer daily wears wether you are trolling the boardwalk, or the sidewalk. They are light weight, cool, and have a island look that put your feet in the island mood. So if you are in the laid back, beach bar kind of mood for the summer, show it off, and trek around without a care with these canvas cruisers.

Available on Toms.com for $65 

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Nisolo Alejandro Woven Leather Slip-ons

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Find a good warm weather shoe made with leather is almost impossible. Sure you have your drivers and boat shoes, but they all get really hot, and not wearing socks is a sure way to get your feet stuck in them, your toes sweaty and your shoes stanky. Enter these woven leather Alejandro slip-ons from Nisolo. They are woven leather shoes that allow your feet to breath as you walk, while keeping a semi-formal beach aesthetic. These are the new beach town standard, and perfect for any light travel day when the external temps are hitting the 80s. 

Available on Nisolo.com for $178 

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Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Boots

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Spring is usually a time of unpredictable weather and a decent dose of mud. Make sure you have the shoes that can handle what ever mother nature decides to throw at you. The Higgins Mill boots from Allen Edmonds provide great foot and ankle coverage while also being super stylish. Able to be dressed up with some chinos, or down with some denim, these boots are up to the challenge of your day to day, or your weekend warrior battles holding back a case of the Mondays. These have a small heal, adding some inches, which we could all use sometimes, a stitched sole, meaning you can have them resoled after a few years to bring them back to "like new", and they are crafter right here in the US of A. 

Available on AllenEdmonds.com for $295

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TOM's Navy Classic Canvas Shoe

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Tom's, actually short for Tomorrow's Shoes, makes some amazing spring slip-ons that are responsibly sourced and ethically made. They have set the standard for the buy-one-give-one model and continue to provide footwear to those in need, while still producing a fantastic, simple shoe. These are the classics, the original design. They are the perfect, "just in case" shoe to pack during weekend trips. The shoe to throw in your weekender bag you can wear for an early morning trek to the coffee shop or breakfast place before getting ready to conquer what ever adventure you have planned.  

Available on Toms.com for $50

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Nike Metcon 4s

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The Metcon 4s, named after their intended use during Metabolic Conditioning, or prolonged high-intensity workouts, are a Crossfit staple. If you go to any box or cross training gym, chances are you'll see a close to 50-50 split between the members sporting these or the Reebok Nanos. This is because they are made to do pretty much everything. They have a condensed heel to provide some impact reduction while running, while also preventing side to side shifting or tilting in the heel during weighted lifts. And while Nike has introduced a flyknit version, many have experienced sizing and performance issues making the traditional Metcons the pick that won't steer you wrong from 800m run to low bar back squat.

Available on Nike.com for $130 

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Nike Dri-Fit Training Hoodie

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Since we are still in workout mode, lets talk about dynamics of running in the spring. What can start out as a freezing and wet warm up jog, can end in a sweaty run in sunshine with a temperature that is 12 degrees warmer. This is why having a top layer that can adjust to your current conditions is curcial. This Dri-fit hoodie from Nike has a form fitting hood that stays on while you run in the rain, or snow for that matter. It has a little-bit-more-than-quarter-zip front zipper for heat control, thump holes to keep the sleeves down, and back vents to keep you cool when the sun comes out, making it the perfect top layer for indoor/outdoor training aka rounds that start with 800m runs (woof), or a long run in unpredictable weather.

Available on Nike.com for $80 

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Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave

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In honnor of the Crossfit Open starting, we will be giving you our top workout picks over the next 4 weeks. To kick things off, we chose a new standard in cross-training footwear: the Nano 8s. The Nano line has long been a staple of the reebok Crossfit collection, with the most popular being the Nano 2.0s. However, these new 8s have the brand new flex weave that provides a level of breathability and durability not seen in many other Crossfit shoe. So say "see ya later" to the ripped toe creases and wobbly heals, and say hello to fresh feet even after your coaches make you do "Kelly" and "Karen" within 4 days of each other.

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Timberland Brook Park Chukka Boot

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This is one of those cases where a Tim looks more like a Cole. These Chukkas from Timberland are more office appropriate boots compared to their iconic brethren, and don't scream its namesake with a large tree stamp on the outer heal, making them our top pick for this price point. While Timberland does offer another chukka with nicer leather, they tend to fall apart sooner than one would expect. These however, offer longevity, at lower risk (cost) and keep mother earth in mind as the inner lining is made from 50% recycled plastic. Note on wear: make sure you wear high socks with these as the tops can feel mildly sharp against your ankle bone if you go with no shows.

Available on timberland.com for $130 

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Woodlore Cedar Shoe Trees

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If you got yourself some nice leather dress shoes as a holiday gift, now is the time to start protecting them to make sure they last. The first step in this process is getting some cedar shoe trees like these from Woodlore. The cedar is aromatic, meaning it will soak up your foot stink, and the adjustable toe ensures a prefect fit into your new dress shoes. These tree will help reduce toe creases, and avoid any crumbling when packed in an over-stuffed suitcase. This $25 investment is low cost-high reward in that it will keep your shoes in prime shape for years, allowing you to spend the future shoe-replacement money on something else, like a suit jacket or chinos to wear with those new shoes.

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Cole Haan GrandExplore Waterproof Moc Toe Boots

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There's something about sporting a flannel that puts one in the mood for a hike or a campfire, perhaps even both. So in support of the new-found outdoorsy interest thanks to the changing of the leaves and the presence of bearable hiking temperatures, we wanted to give you the boots to support such activities. These GrandExplore boots from Cole Haan are super lightweight and waterproof and have the millennial lumberjack aesthetic that we yearn for this time of year. So go on and explore the near by state park, street-side woods, or backyard plot in these bad boys, they can take it.

Available on colehaan.com for $250

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Johnston & Murphy Cartwright Cap Toe Dress Shoes

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"Oxfords not Brogues" a man once said. That man was Colin Firth playing the ever-daring Harry Hart in Kingsman Secret Service (this generation's take on the Bond epics that is quite good). These J&Ms are indeed oxfords. While they do have some added stitching on the toe to for the "cap" there is no brogueing, making them more formal and more suitable for work and dinner attire. One note on these bad boys, you'll note they are cheaper than Allen Edmonds, this is because 1. they are made outside of the states, and 2. they are cemented together where AE's are sewn. Cementing doesn't last as long but they can be re-soled more easily, so the choice is yours. These specific shoes are what J&M calls Bourdeaux, or what we call cordovan, or what normal people call maroon. They go with brighter blue and navy suits, as well as dark to light gray ones. We find you can wear these with the largest variety of suit colors, so if you are thinking about another pair of shoes and you already have a black and a medium brown, go for the Bordeaux/cordovan/maroon.

Available on sale at JohnstonMurphy.com for $200 (on sale from $275)

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Taft Jack Boot in Brown

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Taft boots have become an instagram icon and for good reason. If you haven't seen their sponsored ads or one of their hundreds of post, go take a look, you'll be glad you did. Taft is a fairly new company founded in 2013 by Kory and Mallory Stevens, in their 2-bedroom apartment, that offers insanely nice shoes and boots at an incredibly low price point. Taft only does direct-to-consumer sales so you won't find them in a Nordstrom or J.crew. This means there is no middle man price hike and you can give feedback to the actual makers of the shoes about your experience. Speaking of customer experience, these Jack Boots have a 5-star rating after 181 reviews, which is wildly impressive and we think, deserving of your shoe rack. Just look at how beautiful they are! They have a wool outer layer with calfskin accents at the toe and heel, a full calfskin inner lining, a leather sole with rubber pad for grip and a tad bit of cushion, and finger tab in the back for a touch of practicality. These boots truly are worth their weight, and we can't wait to see what they come out with next. We suggest you wear them with tailored jeans and a nice button-down for any casual, semi-casual, smart-casual, semi-formal, or garden party attire selected event.

Available on Taftclothing.com for $235

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Nike Air Presto Essentials

Summertime is the best time of year to explore your local city, touring around different bars and restaurants, adventuring to the parks with open air pop-ups, etc., all of which involve a lot of walking and standing. This makes it important to wear comfortable shoes that support your movement without making you look like a dad from Wisconsin, sporting some New Balance 506s. The Nike Air Presto Essential is a great sneaker that works well with any grayscaled (Black-Gray-White) chinos or standard khaki shorts, it has a really clean look that eludes to a more formal-inspired curb appeal while remaining breathable and comfy. We would suggest rocking these with any black, gray or white chinos or jeans, or khaki shorts like we mentioned earlier and any top that isn't brown.

Available on Nike.com for $120

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