Kentucky Derby!: To avoid looking like Colonel Sanders, I ditched the full seersucker suit and I’m sticking with just the jacket. The jacket is lined in cotton/linen rather than polyester so it’s much more breathable for the hotter months. I also mixed in blue khakis to help with the overall contrast and btw Dockers Alpha make the BEST fitting khakis out there. Finally, I finished off the summer look with a linen/silk tie and tan captoes. Panama hat not included. Seersucker Blazer from @Jcrew | Khakis from @dockerskhakis | Club Collar Shirt from @mrsuitsupply | Shoes from @AllenEdmonds
Something For The Misses: I saw these camo heels by #Guess in a magazine and thought they would make a great gift for Mrs Outfitter. If partying is your thing, try pairing them with a pair of slim jeans and fun accessories from #CharmingCharlie .The rest will fall into place. Cheers!
The Red Dress: I convinced Mrs. Outfitter to let me try my hand at women’s styling. For those winter cocktail or company parties a red dress can be bold yet classy way to standout in a room filled with muted colors. I bought this dress for my wife from #BananaRepublic and I absolutely loved the way it fit her from the fabric to the shape. The gold shoes from #Aldo , watch by #Skagen , and accessories from #CharmingCharlie complete the look. Red is becoming my new favorite color! Cheers.
Carmina Balmoral Boots in Suede and Leather - Robert Last
Made To Order
Paul Evans (The Brando) Shoe Feature: Tired of brown shoes or the always conservative black shoe? Take a look at these cap-toes in Oxblood color from @paulevansny . As a stylish alternative to brown shoes, oxblood has a deep burgundy tone like cordovan that is classy and will surely receive several compliments. The shoes are Blake stitched and made in Italy with high quality calf leather with an overall shape that is sleeker (read: more Italian) than the likes of Allen Edmonds. No other shoe on the market currently offers the shape, quality, and color at Paul Evan’s price point. The days of those black leather square-toed shoes with the clunky rubber bottoms are over. “Step up your shoe game.”
Coming to America - A Visit to the Meermin Trunk Show
One of my most anticipated stops during the recent trip to NYC was the Meermin trunk show last week. The brand has been getting lots of press in the past year or two and I have been increasingly curious about their wares. The problem, though, is that their shoes are only physically present at their storefronts in Spain and Japan. Their web store is well set up for international orders, but since the shoes cannot be tried on it makes determining the correct size a difficult and somewhat risky undertaking.
Fortunately, Luisa and Pepe are working to change that. During their first official visit to the United States, the Meermin duo was able to help hundreds of men and women find the size and style that fit them best. Many shoes were available for purchase, but they encouraged anyone and everyone to come in and get sized. I tried on at least a dozen pairs, and Luisa and Pepe were happy to accommodate my incessant questions and requests. They had a good representation of their products available to try on, and even had some new items that have not made their way to their website yet.
All told, their shoes are attractive, well-made, and competitively priced. I think that any menswear enthusiast would be hard pressed to find a shoe at Meermin’s pricepoint of equal or greater value. I should state that I do not (yet) own any pairs so I can not comment on how they wear, but from what I was able to learn from my visit there is no reason to be pessimistic. Meermin is a young company and only time will tell how their shoes will age, but they seem to have the right ingredients in play – good materials, solid construction, and classic designs.
PSA: WEAR YOUR DANG SHOES! Shoes are meant to be worn plain and simple. More importantly, quality shoes will last for years with proper maintenance. My favorite pair of monks from #Suitsupply (which weren’t cheap) have endured the pouring rains of London, the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, and the slushy snow of Chicago. Best part is I can still polish them up and wear them with my best of suits. So take care of your shoes, wear them, and stop crying over a little water and mud. After all…they’re just shoes.