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Zamberlan Tofane GT Boots

The Dolomites are a jagged finger of the Alps that extend down into northern Italy, close to the Austrian border. Many mountaineers, including Walter Bonatti and the über-climber, Reinhold Messner, have cut their teeth on the steep windy crags. A small group of particularly rugged and beautiful peaks in the western Dolomites is called the…

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A Boot for Life

Red Wing Iron Ranger 8111 Boots

Inspired by the “Iron Rangers” from the Mesabi Iron Range in Northern Minnesota, the Iron Ranger boot from Redwing Shoes speaks of the city’s people and way of life: simple, tough, determined. Meticulously handcrafted in the USA for the last 95 years, Redwing makes shoes for the reality of life. The Iron Ranger is not…

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Great Boots Get Better

Watch This | Wolverine 1000 Mile 721LTD Project: Horween Part II

Commemorating Wolverine’s 125+ years of history and the original reference number of the 1000 Mile boot, Wolverine has commissioned a series of films by Sean Sullivan to document the process of boot making in advance of the 721LTD Boot release. The resulting work is a beguiling glance at the meaning of true American craftsmanship and,…

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Meet The Classic Work Boots Slightly More Stylish Cousin

Stussy x Timberland XXXth Anniversary Desert Boot

Timberland boots are well known by working men and rappers alike largely for the same reasons. Their beefy looks, comfort, and durability are simply hard to match, especially for around $100. Feeding off that heritage, Stussy and Timberland have collaborated to create the Stussy x Timberland XXXth Anniversary Desert Boot ($195) which mix elements of…

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Fall Shoes from Leffot

Quoddy Maliseet

Boat shoes are great casual kicks, and perfect for spring, summer, and anytime you are on a boat. As you may have heard, Fall is just around the corner, and boat shoes with jeans and cords isn’t necessarily the best look. Instead, check out Quoddy’s Maliseet Oxford (a brand we’ve profiled before). Leffot in New…

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Subtly Skater

Supra Belay Slip Ons

Fall and winter may be prime boot season, but if you love the feel of sneakers then these new for 2010 Supra Belay Slip Ons ($65) should work for casual occasions. Thanks to their slim low-profile and lace detailing, they’ve got a noticeably different look from the majority of sneakers found on every mannequin you…

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A New Contender

Brand Spotlight | Oak Street Trail Oxford

If you hadn’t noticed, we have a penchant for shoes made in the US here at Gear Patrol. So, when Oak Street Bootmakers hit the web with yesterday announcement it was a perfect storm to win our lustful eye. Based out of Chicago, Oak Street was founded by George Vlagos to carry on the shoe…

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Botox for your Boots

Danner Boot Recrafting

Recently, Chicago was doused with five hours of constant Noah’s Ark-like rain, which resulted in flooding in the downtown area. Through a foot of muck and floodwater, my CIA-issued, thirteen year-old Danner Acadia boots proved flawless. No slips, no falls and not a single drop of water penetration. A quick bit of history: The Agency…

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Diamond Anniversary A La Prep

Sperry 75th Anniversary Seamate

The prep of today is edgy. It’s slimmer, more modern and usually wrapped in a casual—not slouchy—vibe. When looking for that perfect piece of footwear to accompany your Nantucket picnic on the bay, who better than Massachusetts-based Sperry to get your Cape Code on? Started by an avid sailor who created special grooves in his…

K-Swiss Tubes 100 Run Shoe
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Kenny Powers Endorses Them. Need We Say More?

K-Swiss Tubes Run 100

K-Swiss may be known for their classic tennis and street sneakers, but with theTubes Run 100 ($75)they’re hoping to change that. Sold in ten different color ways and looking aggressive as hell, the Tubes Run 100 feature a durable Aoasta II rubber outsole, stay tied laces, k-EVA midsole cushioning, and of course Tubes™ technology. Yeah…

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Add a Little Chrome to Your Wheels

Chrome Midway

Move over Chuck Taylor. Meet the Batman of urban lifestyle footwear, the Chrome Midway ($90). Chrome, a San Francisco based company, has prided itself for 14 years on providing durable messenger bags to survive the wear and tear of the city streets and now, with an alternative, all – purpose cycling shoe that looks just…

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Great Shoes Live on Trees

Allen Edmonds Cedar Shoe Tree

The Allen Edmonds Shoe Company has been making quality shoes since 1922 and our own experience with a pair of Allen Edmonds McAllister Wing Tips has certainly proven that. First becoming popular after outfitting the Army and Navy during World War II, Allen Edmonds has since moved on to style thousands of influential men, including…

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American Reinterpretation of an American Classic

L.L.Bean Signature Boot

Alex Carleton of Rogues Gallery, has a knack for taking classic American staples and putting a modern twist on them. Nowhere is this more evident than his collaboration with L.L.Bean for this August’s launch of L.L.Bean’s Signature Collection. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, Carleton’s take on Bean’s classic Maine hunting boot has us already…

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Going Brogued

Converse Jack Purcell Brogue Leather

Known for its versatility, Jack Purcells by Converse are, in the world of sneakers, a modern-day classic. The shoes go well with a linen suit, chinos, or a pair of jeans. But, matching clean sneakers with a highly structured suit can be a little tricky. Converse, not one for stagnation, has devised the Jack Purcell…

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By Their Hands for Your Feet

Helm Handmade Boots | Ray Ray

The idea of spending $395 dollars on a pair of boots may seem a bit outlandish. But quality comes at a price. Designed in Austin by Joshua Bingaman and handmade by a leather/boot specialist in Istanbul, Turkey, Helm Handmade Boots are nothing short of stunning. The Ray Ray boots are a stylistic blend of work…

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Namesake Aside...

Pointer Footwear Benson Boots

Despite what your closet might be screaming, a man really cannot have too many boots and the Pointer Collection ‘Benson’ Boot ($200) is good enough reason to fit one more pair. The entire collection delivers a little extra flair, ratcheting up the footwear style-dial just a notch. Available in 4 colorways for the season, this…

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Because Aqua Shoes Are So 5th Grade.

Opening Ceremony and Timberland Watershoe

Brand collaborations are taking over the world of men’s fashion and boutique label Opening Ceremony is leading the charge. In this latest tag-team effort, the brand has combined their detailing flair with Timberland to create a versatile shoe that should do good-by your feet on nearly any surface — including those that are submerged. Made…

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Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

New Balance 320

New for fall 2010, New Balance is bringing back the heritage 320 ($65) running shoe as part of their lifestyle collection. The 320, originally released in 1976 for men when the numbering system matched retail prices ($32, 320, get it?) helped vault New Balance to mainstream status as running became popular in the wake of…

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Australian for Boot

Blundstone Original 500 Series Boots

While spending a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka helping clean up after the 2004 tsunami, I met a friendly Australian ex-pat who was a walking cliché of his homeland. He wore a bush hat with one side rakishly buttoned up, a sweat-stained khaki safari shirt and he actually said things like, “crikey” and “mate.”…

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Watch This | Wolverine 1000 Mile 721LTD Project: Horween

Commemorating Wolverine’s 125+ years of history and the original reference number of the 1000 Mile boot, Wolverine has commissioned a series of films by Sean Sullivan to document the process of boot making in advance of the 721LTD Boot release. The resulting work is a beguiling glance at the meaning of true American craftsmanship and,…

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Pure Summer Whites

Seavees 09/63 Pantone Plimsoll

When Seavees created the Pantone Plimsoll ($125) they must have agreed with our sentiment that a clean pair of canvas shoes belongs in every man’s closet, especially come summer. Combining it with Pantone’s original 1963 color palette was simply a stroke of genius.

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A New Style Steeped In Great Tradition

Clarks Originals Pilton Town Shoes

Clarks Original fans know just how comfortable their shoes can become after a few wears. So the real decision that has to be considered when buying a pair is which style suits your look. These new Pilton Town Shoes ($77) are fresh for Spring/Summer 2010 and we love just how well they combine aspects of…

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Pared Down for Pairing

Rider Boot Co. | Made in Maine Driver Mocc

Recently at Leffot, one our New York must stops, we laid eyes on the Driver Moccasin from the “Made in Maine” handsewn collection by Rider Boot Co. The completely handsewn mocc is constructed of Horween unlined #2 Chromoexcel leather. Gorgeous. Mounted on a camp wedge soles with svelte minimal profiling, these moccs define everything I…

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Give Vans, Converse, and Keds a Break.

Nike Air Max Skyline SI Men’s Running Shoe

These Nike Air Max Skyline SI’s ($89) in orange blaze or lucky green are a good counter balance to the more neutral sneakers we’ve suggested for summer before. There are actually 8 other color options available in this style, but considering their darker looks we weren’t too thrilled with the thought of wearing them under…

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Showing Team Spirit One Flop at a Time

Havianas Limited Edition Team Flip-Flops

“Merchandising Merchandising Merchandising!” is the name of the game according to Mel Brooks, and the World Cup is no exception. To get in on the action, trendy flip-flop maker Havianas has released a limited edition collection of flip-flops for excited football fans looking to clomp around with pride. The pairs correspond to 17 international teams:…

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Dockside Hybrid

Rockport Hydroplex Water Shoe

Recently, Gear Patrol tried out a few pairs of Rockport Hydroplex Water Shoes ($90, top). Maintaining the traditional Rockport lace-up look combined with a Hydromotion drainage system that keeps the sole dry, the Hydroplex resides somewhere in between a sneaker and boat shoe. Even the full-grain leather and breathable mesh are waterproof. The sole features…

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Brand Spotlight | FEIT Shoes

Brand Spotlight is a series on Gear Patrol focused on highlighting unique and creative brands we feel should be on men’s radars. Most shoes are made like cars, meaning they are massed produced in an assembly line. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the efficiencies gained from this approach for certain kinds of kicks, but it…

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Hot Foot It

Wenger Boar Boot

Designed for extreme weather situations, Wenger’s new Boar Boot ($250) for Fall 2010 is offically their most technically-advanced cold weather boot. Utilizing an integrated rechargeable heater, the boot provides three user-adjustable levels of heat targeted at the ball of the foot (where your main artery resides). Before you bemoan battery use on the trailhead, know…

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Nothing Like Your Dad's Pair

New Balance M850RGW

Those not tuned in to the sneaker scene might be surprised to see a pair of New Balances “peacocking” with such a bright street inspired color package. Especially with the classic 850 shoe which was originally produced back in 1991. Well we’re here to enlighten you that this runner’s staple brand isn’t always about plain…

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Shoes You Own, Not Just Wear

Allen Edmonds McAllister Wing Tip

Every man should at some point or another purchase himself a pair of well made, welted dress shoes. Doesn’t matter what kind, we each have our preference. Regardless of what you choose, they probably won’t be inexpensive, but they’ll return in spades over the longevity of their life. A good pair of shoes that you…