Browse Month: March 2019

Clarks Desert Boots

Clark first introduced the Desert Boot for sale in 1949, basing them on the form of chukka boot worn by British forces in the deserts of North Africa in World War II. This particular form of the chukka boot usually has a crepe sole with a suede upper (though they come in dozens of different leather and suede uppers now), themselves based on South African shoes called Veldskoen. Since then, the humble desert boot has become a staple of men’s style; jeans and desert boots make an iconic pair.

The desert boot has a very simple and utilitarian look, which makes them versatile and enduring. I’ve owned several pairs of desert boots over the years, from the classic beeswax leather to brown suede. They’re comfortable and cool and stylish all at once. They make an excellent shoe to be thrown on with any outfit, especially for a guy who prefers a more casual but still neat appearance. Essentially an all-purpose shoe, they can be worn with jeans, chinos and even suits. I’ve seen them worn with everything from white linen to dark navy suits (the latter pairing of which is more fashion-forward). I personally avoid wearing anything but dress shoes with suits, but it can definitely be done.

I find that the beeswax leather looks better as an everyday shoe, and prefer to save the softer, more delicate suede for dressier occasions. That is my personal preference, and they look great in just about any style or configuration you wish.

For this reason, they are essentially an all-season shoe; keep in mind, they are not weatherproof. Water will go right through them, so I suggest weatherproofing them with some kind of spray or if you plan to wear them in winter.

One thing to note about the Clarks is that they run large, usually by about one whole size. I wear a size 13, and when I bought my first pair of Clarks that size, they were quite large and loose. That didn’t stop me from wearing them almost every day for 2 years straight, but I’ve since downsized to a size 12. Those fit much better, but are still a bit loose around the ankles. That, however, has more to do with the construction and shape of the boots than anything else. Wearing thick, wool socks definitely helps. I’ve even tried 11’s and 11.5’s, but they were too tight for my feet. I do know that the leather, especially the suede, will stretch and break in over time, so if the choice comes down to slightly too large and slightly too tight, I’d suggest going with the smaller pair.

Another nice benefit of the desert boot is they are made with Goodyear welt soles; once the original crepe sole is worn out, they can be resoled by any traditional cobbler. Some people like to put Vibram soles on there, for extra grip. I’m a fan of the look of leather boot soles, which instantly turns the shoe into an even classier and dressier piece. You’ll lose the ruggedness and grip of the shoe, but with some good polishing and waxing, the shoe will look great with any outfit. My first pair of desert boots lasted 2 years of almost every day wear, before the crepe soles finally wore out.

That is one thing about the desert boot; the crepe sole is very light in color, and because of the grip and texture of the rubber, it becomes very dirty very quickly. Within the first few wears, you will notice that the sole looks considerably darker, and eventually blacken over time.

Another option you may want to consider, especially if you like to go rough on your apparel, are the Clarks Bushacre 2’s. Almost identical to the regular Clarks Desert Boot, the Bushacre’s come with a hard rubber sole. It’s both grippier than the original crepe sole, and tougher and longer lasting, made for more outdoor use. However, it looks just as good as the original, the only visible difference being the color of the sole. This rubber sole also remains a lot cleaner than the crepe sole, as it doesn’t pick up nearly as much dirt.

Shoe Wearing Tips For Men

  • Always make sure that your shoes are darker than the pants you wear. This is one of the most important tips you can find for men’s shoes. Instead of attracting attention in the right way like it is the case for women, shoes brighter than your pants can actually leave you looking ridiculous.
  • Never wear sandals with socks. No matter how cold it could be, this is the last thing you should ever do, especially when you plan to step out of your house. The inclusion of socks spoils an otherwise good looking pair of sandals and the image in general.
  • Be cautious when choosing to wear your khakis with sneakers. This is because such a combination can end up making you look much older that you really are. Unless this is the kind of look you wish to achieve then try a different shoe for the khakis.
  • Match the socks you wear with the shoes. If this sounds a little funny to you, then at least let the socks you choose strike some balance between the pants and the shoes.
  • When wearing your dress shoes, make sure they are shined and looking good at all times. You can shine your shoes or get a professional shoe shiner to get the job done for you. If you can, then you should consider having a shoe shining cloth or brush stashed in your drawer in the office to keep the shoe looking amazing.
  • Try and buy flip flops every summer, but never wear them to work. They are some of the most comfortable shoes you can have for that time you just want to relax at home.
  • Get yourself a good pair of loafers or a few of them if possible. The great thing about loafers is that they go with just about any outfit and will work for any look.

Tricks To Wear Neon

With neon, less is usually more. You do not want to end up looking all high-vis like a lolly pop lady! Instead of going the whole hog and wearing a neon dress from shoulder to ankle, begin your neon wearing journey by choosing a few smaller items of clothing or flashes of neon colour on clothing or on your accessories.

Consider wearing sportswear with neon flashes – this is an easy way to ease yourself into this glaringly bright palette. Sportwear is super fashionable at the moment and it is not just being worn to the gym, thanks to the huge athleisure trend. Try a stripe down the side or a flash on a trainer echoed in a shoulder bar or in a logo or emblem on your top. You could also go a little more daring but still sporty in theme by donning a neon sports bra underneath a paper thin T-shirt, or by layering a neon bralette over another sports top.

But neon is now not just for sports clothing. Now, neon is also being worn for a range of different day and evening wear options. You could find a neon mini and temper it down with a neutral bomber or denim jacket and some high tops. Alternatively, you could go the whole raver route with a range of neon clothes and accessories for the club. Psychedelic clubbing clothes can make you stand out when you are out on the town, so why not let go of your inhibitions and just give it a go.

Neon is bold, modern and brave but when you can wear at least a little bit you will know that you have the confidence not only to wear it, but to wear it with aplomb. You could choose a neon bag, for example, or some really vibrant hair accessories. Do not be afraid to brighten up your wardrobe on these cold autumn and winter days and nights.

About the Flared Bottoms

This style was firmly rooted in the military up until the 60s after which people started visiting army and military surplus stores in search of cheap and decadent fashion and the boot cut jeans caught up. They became a symbolization of cowboys, who started wearing them given how comfortable and mobile they were.

It wasn’t long before flared jeans made their way to the runways and stores. People who couldn’t find the exact army boot cut jeans began finding alternatives and started experimenting with fabrics and designs.

By the time 70’s arrived, they were no longer branded as unconventional clothing worn by radicals. Designers finally started accepting them as full blown fashion trends and the stigma surrounding the flared bottoms was gone.

They were now being manufactured in all shapes sizes and fabrics. Men and Women alike were enjoying wearing them. Celebrities too were wearing them, boot cut jeans, platform shoes and funky hats were a trademark hippie outfit. From then on time and again this trend has resurfaced.

Talking about the 70’s they were epitomized by flared bottoms and now again we have them back in the market though only the fairer gender seems interested in them this time around. Does this mean that the skinny jeans are out?

We can’t say that for sure but celebrities from Vanessa Hudgens to Gisele Bundchen have this denim item on their favourite list. There are certain things that can just not be done right with the skinny or straight fit jeans, the bohemian look for example! You can go all out and style an off shoulder top with your favourite flared jeans and a pair of pointy heels, finish off the look with a wide tan belt and you are all set to rock the town!

Designers have included modern modified versions of the bell bottoms in their collections. We now have co-ord’s and jumpsuits which are flared from the bottom and have become a rage amongst women all around the world.

For those of you still questioning this trend here are some points which may alter your outlook –

  • They give out the impression of a more slender and slimmer physique.
  • The fitted hips and high waisted flared bottoms make you look curvier and Bayonne like (tiny waist, broad hips).
  • Flares give you options. The distressed jeans, the straight fit and the skinny are the three options that we have literally exhausted and it’s now time to do the same with these.

How to wear them –

  • The flared denims or any flared bottoms look great with short tops or crop tops.
  • The length of the flared bottoms are the trickiest part, the must show the front of your shoes but not be above that. Wearing the wrong length can destroy your entire outfit.
  • We are in a fashion phase where you can literally experiment with anything and everything which is why you don’t always have to go by the book, you can pair the jeans with casual shoes and a short top to give it a more casual look.

About Down Jackets

For you to buy a high-quality jacket you need to consider a number of tips. These tips include:

The quality of the feathers: As mentioned, the feathers (down) are the ones that keep the jacket warm. For your jacket to be of the high quality you need to have high-quality feathers. The quality of the feathers is measured in “fill power.” Fill power depends on a number of factors such as the type of down used and how it was installed in the jacket. As you must have guessed, the higher the fill power, the better the quality of the jacket. When making the purchase, go for a jacket with a fill power of at least 550. If you want excellent insulation, go for one with a fill power of 750 and above.

Fabric used: The fabric is the one that holds everything in place. It also protects the feathers from exposure to moisture while at the same time shielding the tiny warm air pockets from being blown away by the weather. To ensure that your jacket is of high quality you should ensure that the fabric used is of high quality.

Style: Just like any other piece of clothing, down jackets come in different designs. Different styles look good on different people. Just because you are keeping warm it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to look fashionable. For a great look, go with a jacket that looks great on you.

For your jacket to retain its look for long and continue providing you with warmth, you need to take good care of it. Some of the ways of taking good care of your jacket include:

Keep the jacket clean: In addition to keeping the jacket looking great, regular cleaning also removes grime thus enabling it to fluff up more. This ensures that the jacket traps more air thus providing you with more warmth. For ideal results, follow the cleaning instructions given by your manufacturer.

Patch it up: When the jacket gets torn by ski edge, tree branch or wayward knife toss, you shouldn’t leave the jacket like that. You also shouldn’t waste money buying a new jacket. The best way of going about it is to patch the jacket using nylon repair tape or fabric glue. When patching the hole ensure that it’s done professionally.