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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.

Factors To Consider When Buying High Heels

Fitting of the shoe

As rule of thumb ensure that you buy a shoe that is fitting. When making the purchase, remember that when wearing heels, your feet tend to be pushed forward thus you need to buy a shoe that is a little bit larger than the one that you normally wear. The taller the shoe, the larger it should be. For example, if the high heel is 2-3 ½ inches, it should be a ½ size larger. If it’s 6 ½ inches and above, go for one that is 1- ½ sizes larger.

Type of heel

There are many types of high heels. The most common are:

Kitten: The heels are less than 2 inches tall thus easy to walk in.

Stiletto: Most are 8 inches tall but there are a few that are up to 10 inches. They are ideal when you are attending a dressy occasion. It’s recommended that you avoid these if you haven’t worn heels before.

Wedge: They feature full heels that range from the front to the back of the shoe. The designs range from open-toe to closed. The cool thing about them is that you can wear them with almost any type of cloth and they look great.

Mules: They have a backless slip-on design thus ideal when you are looking to show some skin. Their main flaw is that they have limited ankle support thus you can’t walk in them for long especially if you are a newbie.

Pumps: They are similar to stilettos but often come in either peep-toe or closed shoe styles. They are recommended for those that are used to wearing heels.

Material used in making the shoes

The material used in making the high heels is another factor that you should consider when making the purchase. For durability go with shoes made from leather or suede. While the shoes made from the materials are a little bit expensive, they are breathable and tend to last for a long time. They have also been found to be comfortable to wear even for long periods of time.

Comfort and Style With Calvin Klein Shoes

Calvin Richard Klein wanted to be a fashion designer since his childhood. After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in 1963, he started working on Women Coats. Calvin Klein Ltd was founded by Calvin Klein in 1968 with the money loaned to him by his friend Barry Schwartz. He later became a partner at Calvin Klein Ltd. Their business prospered with an order worth $50,000 from Bonwit Teller.

He received the Coty Awards for three consecutive years. In 1970’s the jeans by Klein became famous. CK sold 200,000 jeans on the very first day they were put out for sale. During 1980’s it launched its very own fragrances. Some of these fragrances were worldwide hit. Obsession and Eternity are two best selling perfumes by them. In December 2002, Calvin Klein Inc was bought by Philips Van Heusen Corp.

Klein has large number of shoes to enhance the magnificence of your outfits and adding class to your wardrobe at the same time. These shoes are regularly worn by trendsetters, celebrities and advocated by stylists to their customers.

Calvin jeckel t-strap pump will add beauty to your outfits. They are designed using faux snakeskin to make them appear more stylish. They deliver comfort and style both at the same time. CK Lucia Pump is designed to add elegance to your dress. They have a tapered pointed shoe with side stitching design.

CK sari shoe are excellent for ballet. It is a flat shoe with patent leather. CK Inc has designed the shoes for the cold weather as well. The CK Soledad boot, CK Ryder boot and the CK helix boots are good choices to maintain style in cold weather.

Men Shoes by CK have a comfortable leather and sole. Calvin Klein ‘Estell’ is a dress shoe. It has a classic oxford look with a bicycle toe design. Malcolm Stretch Vamp Loafer Shoes is another famous pair of shoes. The leather flexes with your movement to give that comfortable feel. One can also try Bravo Slip On, Ellis Lace Up, Nash Slip On etc.

Autumn Fashion Frolics

Angora Sweater

For a bit of class and a touch of timeless chic, you should really invest in a well-fitting angora sweater. Choose a vibrant, rich colour for an on trend look that will keep you warm and looking good in even the most formal of settings. For work and play, one of these jumpers will be an extremely versatile addition to your ever growing wardrobe.

Woollen Dress

Wear a woollen dress with thick tights or leggings and you will be able to move seamlessly between the outdoors and the indoors without getting too cold or too hot and sticky. Wool is a great, breathable material and though it can be a little itchy, with some careful layering you will be comfortable as can be, as content as a sheep in pasture.

Faux Alligator Boots

Boots are big this season and the bolder the better. Why not have a playful side and choose a pair with a crocodile or alligator print. These predators may be alarming, but their patterns are all fun. This could be a good way to make sure your footwear stands out from the crowd and you can keep your feet warm and dry whatever the weather.

Bold Animal Print Bag

If animal print clothing or footwear seems a little too much, you can still add a hint of the animal kingdom with a bold and vibrant animal print bag that looks as though it may have come straight from the savannah and yet will not look out of place on the dance floor or on the high street. Leopard, tiger or cheetah, whichever big cat you choose to be you will be king of your own urban jungle.

Holster Sandals

This comfortable and stylish range can be worn to the beach, out to lunch or for a day of shopping. These stylish holster sandals can also be worn as evening footwear. No matter how beautiful a shoe is, if it’s not comfortable it’s not going to be fun to wear. This shoe is developed to ensure it fits perfectly and comfortably on any foot no matter the size.

Their jelly shoes are fun, fashionable and down to earth. This footwear offers you not only style but comfort too. Extra features were added like the arch support to the soles for enhanced foot support. The jelly shoes are not only fashionable, but also have added features and benefits:

  • It is odour resistant and can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  • It is easy to care for.
  • Holster sandals are made from non-toxic material. You can be assured that by wearing these shoes, you and your children will be safe from the toxins and chemicals used in other non-compliant footwear.
  • Cruelty free and devoid of animal products.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Large selection of colours available.
  • It is soft, flexible high quality PVC injection.
  • All shoe boxes and tissue paper that are used are made of recycled paper.

Holster sandals are available with a flat sole, wedges or high heels for the more daring. Like most leather shoes bought for the first time the sandals have a unique aroma. Generally sandals will not stretch or tear as long as it is handled with utmost care. Remember to undo the buckle before removing the sandal from your foot to avoid stretching the strap. Use warm water, soap and a soft cloth to clean them; harsh chemicals will damage your sandals. Make sure you dry all diamantes on the shoes and check that any jewels are properly dried and cared for. Put your shoes back into their original box when you take them off, to keep them free from dust.

Fashionable Work wear Shoes for Men

Bronx has a range of workwear shoes that are hard wearing while looking good. The Bronx Men’s Basic Thick Sole shoes offer a thick rubber sole that makes it comfortable to walk in all day long. The style of the shoe is semi-formal with laces. This is ideal for men who walk a lot throughout their day but need a stylish shoe to go with their formal shirt and pants. For a man that works in a suit, the Bronx Men’s City Slip On is ideal as it is formal in appearance with black leather yet is comfortable with a rubber sole.

If you find yourself driving a lot as part of your job, the thick soled shoes will not be suitable for you. You will need a comfortable pair that has a thin sole. The Bronx Men’s Dutti Driver shoes have a stitched upper part with a leather look. They are easy to slip on, won’t hook onto the pedals and form comfortably to your feet. So you’ll have no foot distractions while driving.

CAT is well known for its workwear shoes. They combine function and durability which gives you long term use with every shoe. The CAT Men’s Propane Steel Toe shoe has a protective steel shell on the inside to protect the toes. If anything falls directly on your toes, these shoes are able to minimise the blow. This is the ideal workwear shoe for busy factory workers that lift boxes or other products as part of their job. The CAT Men’s Second Shift Moondance shoe is an ankle boot in leather and a rubber sole. This is a comfortable shoe for factory, warehouse and office workers that want to look stylish.

If you are the type of man that doesn’t want to just look like another worker in their safety shoes, then these are the best options for you. These workwear shoes are designed with style in mind as well as safety, function and durability. Be comfortable, safe and trendy at work.

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