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The boots that started it all

L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of their iconic boot line, L.L. Bean recently introduced the Men’s 100th Anniversary Main Hunting Shoe ($140), a special 12-inch edition of the sturdy footwear that first made them famous. Available only in limited quantities, the boot is an almost exact replica of the ones invented and worn by the...

Style Pick: Allen Edmonds Fastball Boat Shoe

Men’s fashion authority Allen Edmonds knows a moneyball when it sees one. The Fastball Boat Shoe ($115) adroitly struts the tightrope between gimmicks and licensed apparel to create a unique set of boaters for fans of America’s favorite pastime. Each pair is made from a white unlined distressed leather upper with red baseball stitchings on...

Style Pick: New Balance MS620BL

It’s safe to say that winter is finally over, which means it’s time to put some color back into your wardrobe. Swathed in a bold blue, the New Balance MS620BL will have you diving into spring, feet first. And with its traditional mesh and suede construction, this classic foot holder is equipped for everything from...

Style Pick: Seize Sur Vingt Perforated Suede Bucks

Seize Sur Vingt’s newest line of shoes come in a rainbow of colors sure to add pop to your wardrobe. Seven choices, ranging from bright navy with a contrasting red rubber sole to a more muted tan (SSV calls it “Milkshake” shown above) matched to a blue bottom, give the discerning dresser many options. The...

All Day I Dream About Sailing

Adidas Outdoor Boat CC Lace

While traditional boat shoes have long been a mainstay of summer wardrobes, few ever see the deck of a 12-meter yacht, nor are they suited for that environment. Leather uppers and laces stay soaked and chafe your feet, and slip-on shoes don’t inspire confidence when you’re headed up high in the bosun’s chair. So leave...

Style Pick: Tod’s Greg Moccasin

Building off an undeniable lineage — Tod’s is still synonymous with the driver — the Greg Moccasin proves the weekend clog can do both back road or boardroom without any fuss. A formal twist on the traditional moc, Tod’s has imbued the Greg with a coat & tie treatment: structured, hand-crafted leather, a lightweight full-rubber...

Lighter than feathers

Design Spotlight: Nike Flyknit Technology

In big news for minimalist footwear fans, Nike unveiled its new Flyknit technology at yesterday’s Nike Innovation Summit. Nike’s Flyknit shoes are precisely engineered to be formfitting, featherweight and void of any excess material. The single-layer upper support and tongue weigh an absurdly light 1.2 ounces, and the whole shoe clocks in at a mere...

Style Pick: Eastland Made in Maine Millinocket Moccasin Boots

Like their namesake city, Millinocket — population 5,200 — these moccasin boots expand on Eastland’s growing Made in Maine series. Horween leather handsewn by Maine shoemakers feature a hand-rubbed finish and a contrasting crepe-colored wedge. $365 | | barneys.com

Style Pick: Swims Helmut Lace Up Boots

Just because you prefer not to ruin your best shoes in foul weather, doesn’t mean you have to settle for clunky footwear. Swims Helmut lace up boot combines the looks and comfort of a modern desert boot, with 3M Scotch Guard high density nylon uppers and a hydro guard lining for water protection. Available in...

Style Pick: Red Wing Heritage 4563 Boot

The Red Wing Heritage 4563 reminds us why the Minnesota staple is one of our perennial favorites. Beginning with the pedigree 8-inch workboot, the 4563 also combines the benefits of a round-toe design (fewer seams, more expanses of leather) from the oxford silhouette. The result is a dressier iron grinder. Exclusively at Nordstrom. $300 (select...

Style Pick: Abbeyhorn Shoehorns for Leffot

Abbeyhorn shoe horns are all hand carved from Oxen horn to create a one of a kind shoe accessory. The stag shoehorn (top) features an integrated stag antler as a handle for a solid grip. While these finely crafted accessories are undoubtedly a luxury, using them regularly with your treasured shoes will definitely extend their...

Style Pick: Dr. Martens x Hypebeast 5-Eye Brogue

Hypebeast has collaborated with British shoe icon Dr. Martens to create a special edition of the 3989 5-eye brogue shoe. The 150 pair run will be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market, as well as select Dr. Marten stores in NYC, London, Japan, Korea and Singapore, and online at Hypebeast.com/drmartens starting December 12th. Get ‘em...

Style Pick: Native Jimmy Boots

Bean Boots will always be a classic, but if you’re itching to let your current pair tap out once in a while, these Jimmy Boots by Native offer similar levels of foul weather protection in a more technical — and colorful form. Features of note include complete water protection, a micro fleece lining, and odor/antimicrobial...

New school waffle stompers

Keen Pyrenees

When you’re hauling a week’s worth of gear on rough terrain, nothing beats a heavy duty pair of thick leather backpacking boots. But let’s face it, most of the time, it’s a day hike to see some fall colors or a romp in a muddy dog park with man’s best friend. Then you don’t want...

Slip On, Slip Off

Keen Timmons Slip-On

Sometimes footwear should just be simple, comfortable, relaxed (still without Velcro) but versatile. KEEN has come up with a solution to this need in their new KEEN Timmons Slip-On ($90), a grown up version of the casual canvas numbers that are ubiquitous when the weather turns warm. Well, the Timmons Slip-Ons we tried recently proved...

Style Pick: Danner Boot Laces

Add versatility to your trusted winter footwear by mixing in new laces from Danner. While we’re sure the brand would prefer you to match them with only their 16-18 eyelet boots, our guess is they’ll look perfect on other brand’s wares too. $5 | Danner.com

Adjustable Toughness

Wolverine Fulcrum ICS Boots

Wolverine boots need no introduction. Founded in Rockford, Michigan in 1883, Wolverine has been manufacturing Gibralatar-like footwear since before your granddaddy was born. But this doesn’t mean they aren’t ahead of the footwear technology game. Their new Wolverine Fulcrum ICS boots are infused with the Individual Comfort System that provides an adjustable gel disc in...

Style Pick: Cole Haan Air Colton Chukka

Layered piece, rubber injected sole, and secondary laces add pops of color. Concealed Nike Air Technology. Leather lined. Leather stacked heel and sole with rubber injected forepart. $228 | colehaan.com More photos after the jump.

Don't Moc Me

L.L. Bean Signature Eastport Handsewn Ranger Boot

At first glance, you might think the Eastport Handsewn Ranger Boot ($99) is another noble endeavor at the handsewn moc. Look a little further though and you’ll see this boot is not only a fine combination of Native American character and American panache, but one with outstanding appointments as well, including: premium handsewn leather, eight...

Style Pick: Sperry Cloud Logo Shipyard Rigger Boot

Sperry’s Cloud Logo brand puts a trendier spin on American originals. The shipyard rigger boot features genuine handsewn construction, a removable, full length molded footbed, and Sperry’s own Wave Comfort System for added cushioning and air circulation. $140 | Sperry Top-Sider

These Boots Were Made For Workin'

Last-Made, Made to Last: A Visit to the Red Wing Shoe Company

A couple of hundred miles south of its source in Northern Minnesota, the Mississippi River, after passing through Minneapolis and St. Paul, flows past an achingly charming town called Red Wing. Nestled below towering limestone bluffs patrolled by bald eagles, Red Wing sits like an oversized model railroad set. Its downtown Main Street is lined...

Style Pick: Wolverine Mayall Boot

The Wolverine Mayall is a new addition to the famed boot maker’s No. 1883 collection. Featuring a soft full-grain leather upper with a textured, plaid woven print lining, the 8” boot can be folded down for extra versatility, providing two distinctive looks. Thanks to a full-foam foot bed, these boots feature the same comfort and...

Das Boot

Tretorn Sub Boot

With an urban hiking boot look and bargain pricing, the Tretorn Sub Boot ($70) is an easy endorsement. Not only has it served us well in light of a recent East Coast hurricane whose name rhymes with unforseen but the Sub is simply one of the best bang-for-your-buck all-rubber rain boots we’ve come across. 100%...

Style Pick: Benjo’s Boot & Shoe Lacing

$6 | Benjosmpls.com Add new life to your favorite boots and shoes with these colored waxed cotton laces. Made in the USA in Minneapolis, MN. Sold in 30-inch lengths in a variety of colors

Style Pick: Yuketen Maine Guide 5-Eye Boot

$630 | yuketen.com Horween Chromexcel Loden Green Leather Uppers, Sewn on Vibram Christy Sole, Hand Stitched Moccasin Toe, Heavyweight Rawhide Leather Laces, Stainless Steel Eyelets, Comes in Woven Yuketen Shoe Bag, Highly Limited Numbers, Hand Crafted in the USA

Style Pick: Tretorn Nylite Canvas Plimsolls

$55 | tretorn.com The Tretorn Nylite men’s tennis shoes, born in 1967, were regarded as the first luxury sports shoe. Natural canvas upper. Classic Gullwing logo. Textile lining and sockliner, Eco OrthoLite insole. Rubber cupsole.

Kick & Span

Jason Markk Premium Sneaker Solution Set

The Jason Markk Premium Sneaker Solution Set ($20) was created to help sneakerheads keep their prized pairs looking just as clean as they day they were bought. The kit includes an 8 oz. bottle of premium sneaker solution, good for cleaning up to 200 pairs of kicks. The solution’s 98% natural formula is void of...

Newport, Welcome to Cali

OBEY x Generic Surplus Plimsoll

There are a million plimsolls (that’s British for rubber soled canvas shoe) out there vying to be your go to kicks for summer. These options from OBEY and Generic Surplus deserve special attention on your part thanks to how well they integrate classic boat shoe elements like work wear laces and metal eyelets. Their mesh...

Saddle Up

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Smokin Saddle

The Mark McNairy Smokin Saddle Shoe ($285) adds a welcomed bit of distinction to a wardrobe area dominated by solid blacks and browns. Made in England from a combination of grey and navy suede, wear them with a set of chinos or jeans and they’ll act as a good classic ballast to your otherwise thoroughly...

First class ease

Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept Shoes

We may not be able to do much about the invasive body searches, but air-travel doesn’t have to be a miserable experience in every aspect. A critical piece of gear you shouldn’t overlook are the shoes — specifically: weight, style and ease. The Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept Shoes ($140) are designed with all three in...

Don't judge a boot by its cover

Feit Hiker X Ray Boot

We can’t get enough of Feit here at GP. The company’s combination of limited run designs and direct-to-consumer prices make each new shoe a painful exercise in wallet-restraint. Their latest release, along with a snappy new website design, is the Hiker X Ray Boot ($320) — stunning in both ox blood and black. The boot...

Nothing mock about this Brit

H by Hudson Kaspian Mocassin

In 2004 London-based footwear brand Hudson Shoes created an offshoot of their brand. Called H by Hudson, the kind of younger-brother lineup takes more creative liberties. The results are shoes like the Kaspian Mocassin ($190) made of black hand-sewn calf leather. Finer details include hiking boot fastening and contrasting leather laces for a unique look....

Revamping a 20 Year Classic

Adidas Red & White ZX8000

The Adidas ZX 8000 isn’t a new shoe. In fact, the style is over 20 years old. This new red and white colorway simply gives the shoe a more modern look appropriate for the streets of 2011. Outside of the bold use of red and white, details like putting the classic 3-stripes underneath a layer...

Cool Beans

L.L. Bean Signature Hand Sewn Wedge Sole Boot

When you mention boots in the same sentence as L.L. Bean, inevitably a conversation about the Bean Boot follows. However, the recent release of this Handsewn Wedge Sole Boot ($325) may change all that. Each pair is hand sewn in the land of lobstah, made from premium leather, and features a sturdy Vibram sole. These...

Yes, 8-Inches

Timberland Boot Company Tackhead 8 Inch Boots

When can a good pair of boots make you look both sophisticated and rugged? Wear them with an ascot and carry a hunting rifle. No. Just throw on a pair of the ruggedly handsome Timberland Boot Company’s Tackhead 8-Inch Boots ($295). These beautifully unique two-tone boots are made from premium brushed Horween leather and treated...

Slip into something more stylish

Del Toro Shoes

For years the velvet slip-on loafer has been a viable alternative for black-tie footwear. Three friends from Miami have set out to bring them into the mainstream. Born from a desire to have a pair of shoes with their school emblem for graduation, Del Toro shoes produces a huge variety of styles, from solid colors...

Biking hipsters rejoice

DZR Urban Cycling Shoes

The problem with owning a nice bike is that it probably requires you to own shoes that can best be described as a cross between soccer cleats and aqua socks. They’re ideal for long trips and training sessions, but taking a quick ride to the park or into the city for a bite to eat...

From Boat Shoes to Boots

Oak Street Bootmakers: Boots Fall/Winter 2010

We shared our initial infatuation with the Chicago-based Oak Street Bootmakers earlier this fall and managed to spend some more hands on time at this year’s Pop Up Flea, put on by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg. Besides walking out with a pair of our own, we couldn’t help but shed our fair share of...

Shoes to Aspire to

Brand Spotlight: John Lobb Bootmakers

Based on Northampton, UK, 150 year old John Lobb Bootmakers is steeped in English heritage with an equally momentous crafting process. Each pair of shoes require no less than 190 painstaking steps which takes place across several “Rooms”. For example, the Clicking Room is the beginning of a shoe’s evolution where artisans hand-cut full-grain leather....

These shoes were made for pubbing

New Balance 576 Pub Pack

In celebration of the New Balance 576’s, NB has created a limited production run called the “Pub Pack” and as you can imagine each shoe features pub-inspired design. Before you think these are shoes you should get sloppy in, keep in mind New Balance has made the collection with full grain leather, metal lace keepers...