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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

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

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.

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

Smart Kicks

GoLite Lime Lites

The GoLite Lime Lites ($110) are hard shoes to describe. Light hikers? Approach shoes? Urban knock-arounds? Yes, yes and yes. You could put these shoes on for casual Friday at the office and wear them straight through Sunday, with a day hike,

Royal Name, Vassal Price

Clae Ellington

Looking for a comfortable but stylish alternative to Converse or Vans sneakers? Take a gander at the Clae Ellington ($95). Made from either canvas or leather, both materials enhance the shoe's silhouette in different ways (styles and

Branding Aside, There's Nothing Generic About These

Generic Surplus Army Green Perforated Leather Chukka

The leather chukka is something we endorse as a men's footwear staple. Problem is, once the thermometer starts to peak, having your foot encased in solid leather can lead uncomfortable sweating and we all know where that leads to. That's why these

The Classic Desert Boot With An African Twist

Oliberté Adibo-S Black Sheep Desert Boot

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Charities, non profits, and governmental aid are some ways countries around the world and their citizens can be helped back on their feet. We don't want to undermine the noble work and impact of these forces of good, but the reality is

Built for Summer and The Planet

Simple Flippee Recycled PET Flip-Flop

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Europeans may never fully understand it but when the heat of summer arrives state sid, we American's instinctively reach for our flip-flops. Despite really being nothing more than a sole and thong strap though, it's been our experience that many guys hold

If You Have to Ask About the Price...

Julian Boots

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What we know about Julian Boots is limited to the very brief description on their incredibly sparse website. That, and of course hearsay from those lucky enough to own them. Julian Boots construct their benchmade to-measure boots completely by

Classic Basketball Style from 69' to Now

Adidas Originals Superstar 2 NBA 2010

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Adidas Original Superstars first graced the feet of basketball players back in 1969. They were the first low-top basketball sneaker to feature an all-leather upper and a rubber shell toe. Staying true to their heritage, this year's Original Superstar 2 designed

Beijing Style You Can Now Call Your Own

Warrior Footwear Classics

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Since 1935, Warrior Footwear has been a household name in China. Known as one of the original sporting shoe brands for Chinese athletes, not much has changed with these shoes despite the years that have passed, except that American's now

A Step Up in Healthy Living

MBT Kimondo Chime

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Quick-fix fitness solutions are nothing new for men. We've all seen "miracle" diet pills and ab belts that "do the work for you". If you've ever invested in those types of solutions, then you have undoubtedly learned the hard

Where Sneaker Meets Skipper

Jack Purcell Boat Shoe by Converse

jack_purcell_boat_shoe_smalFor some reason or another, the yachting life-look is back with a vengeance in men's fashion. If you aren't really inclined, though, to throw on a pink polo shirt over a navy polo and pop both collars (and we don't blame

The Anti-Shoe

MBT Shuguli GTX

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We know you've seen the commercials for toning sneakers on TV. Seriously, what guy isn't a fan of the Reebok ads? Perhaps you've considered buying a pair for your girlfriend. Perhaps you've considered buying yourself a pair. No matter what

It's All in The Details

Gucci Retro Leather Trainers

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It's time to throw pragmatism out the window, or at least put it on hold for the next paragraph or so. Clean and basic, with perfect amount of color flash for standing out in sea of Converse and Vans, these white

Like Two Shoes in One, Hand Made in Maine

Quoddy for 3Sixteen Deck Chukka

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Combining two classic men's shoe styles into one beautiful silhouette, these Deck Chukka's are as stylish as they are well crafted. Created for fashion outfit 3Sixteen by shoe maker Quoddy, each pair is hand sewn in Maine with locked-stitched tips and

Will Hunting's Around-The-House Shoe

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers

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Made entirely of real sheepskin shearling, the ankle high L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers are the indoor shoe for chilly winter days and long winter nights. The shearling conforms uniquely to your foot like memory foam and provides a super

Go Play In The Rain (Or Snow)

Keen Obsidian WP Hiking Shoes

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“There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only inappropriate clothing.” I don’t know who said that, but odds are, he was wearing waterproof shoes. As anyone who has spent much time outdoors knows, there are few things more uncomfortable, more demoralizing,

For the Casual Skater in All of Us

Vans Chukka Low 2009

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Before the year officially comes to a close, it might be a good idea to take a second glance at the 2009 lineup of Vans Chukka Low styles. Above, we've gathered some of the more conservative colors of the batch and

Footwear with Heirloom Potential

Frye Dakota Mid Lace Boot

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Known for their durable, classic boots, the Dakota Mid Lace is a classic style anyone should consider owning. Taller than a chukka and secure around the ankle, whether you by them for fashion or day hikes with friends, these boots

Life Beyond Galoshes

Tretorn Strala Rain Boots

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Not up for trudging those expensive leather shoes or boots you purchased through salt infused slush and rain this winter? There is life beyond galloshes and lucky for you it's not pricey. Inspired by a Chelsea boot style (this author's

All-terrain Slippers

Keen Ormond Slides

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For the past decade, Keen shoes have made a name for themselves as worthy companions to both watery and terrestrial adventures. The company has leveraged its distinctive toe bumper design (originally to avoid stubbing toes on sailboat deck cleats) to

Pure Running Science

ASICS Gel-Kinsei 3

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When it comes to running shoes, many runners latch onto a particular brand. While Dusty happens to be a Brooks man, I, on the other hand, live by ASICS. As a cost-conscious individual, I usually get my new pair of Gel

Boots Of The French Foreign Legion

Palladium Baggy Leather Boots

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Palladium boots, originally designed and manufactured for the French Foreign Legion, circa 1947 (nod to Sinatra), are like many vintage military products these days. That is to say, in fashion. The Palladium Baggy boots are a not-too-pricey boot option for casual

Funky Name, Funky Shoe (A Good Thing)

Onitsuka Tiger | Tsunahiki Lo Black

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Originally established in 1949, Onitsuka Tiger has been experiencing a modern day resurrection and is riding a tsunami of momentum with fresh updates to their classic designs. Born from old school 1900-1920 Olympic Tug of War shoes, Onitsuka Tiger combines

A Conservative Classic with A Contemporary Spin

Billy Reid Natchez Bubble-Toe Wingtip Loafer

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Casual enough to wear out with friends, yet still capable of holding their own under a crisp pair of slacks, these Natchez Bubble-Toe Loafers are more than just your typical loafers. Made from dark brown aged nubuck with "burnished" detailing

Rugged, Since 1863

Frye Rogan Hiker

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Boots are one of my preferred choices of footwear when the weather starts to turn cold. Whether its trekking across icy salt-laden streets or snow-strewn hills, having a solid pair is certainly a necessity when traversing across adverse terrain. If our

Your New Winter Footwear Standby

GP Roundup: Chukka Boots

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Chukka Boots were made popular in the 1940s & 50's and, recently, they've made a resurgence back into the limelight of men's fashion, and for good reason. Thanks to their ankle-length height, the style provides great support while still allowing for

Spot On. On Sale.

Gilt Man | Free Invites For Gear Patrol Readers

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Fashion conscious, deal seeking, gear hounds. Not often a winning combination for your wallet. The people responsible for the insanely popular Gilt.com (circa 2007), have heard your plea and finally launched a site that rounds up all the on-sale

High-End Street Meets Luxury

Jump Vanquish

<p jump-sneakers-1-gear-patrol Women have heels, we have sneakers. Like our better halves, sometimes you just can't have too many pairs, especially when it comes to high-tops. Here at Gear Patrol, we've always been fans of Converse, but sometimes you want some

Style Q&A: Finding The Right Dress Shoes

qanda-with-torrey-mcmurray1I’m in the market for some new dress shoes. I don’t mind spending more for them knowing that I will wear them 5 days a week or so. Can you point me to a brand for a well-made shoe that’s going

Designation: CWS (Crappy Weather Shoe)

L.L. Bean Boots | Gum Shoes

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The weather is turning quickly here in the Northeast. It's starting to rain more; it's colder. It's only a matter of time before winter arrives. As this happens, the boat shoes and sandals we've been rocking all summer will no longer

Then I Wore Some Boots... Like A Boss

West Coast Shoe Company Boss Boot

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1939, a tumultuous and eventful year. John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath was first published. Millions of Americans were unemployed despite the New Deal, followed by the first televised president, FDR himself. Also, the year West Coast Shoe Company's conceived the Boss

The Sloanne of Clogs (nod to Entourage)

Dansko Sloanne

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If you happen to work in a profession where you spend most of the day on your feet, you're probably quite familiar with the Dansko name. Dansko, literally translated as 'Danish shoe,' was founded in 1990 by wife and husband

Traditional English Craftsmanship Meets 3-D Laser Scanned Precision

Lodger Shoes

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There are certain things a man aspires to own in his life: a home, maybe a vacation pied-à-terre (if you're lucky), a nice timepiece, a bespoke suit, or a dream car or truck. But one thing you must not overlook on

Where Basketball Meets Geek

Nike x Transformers

megaton_zoom_fight_club(Images courtesy of Nick DePaula) Capitalizing on the recent release of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, shoes fanatics and Transformers fans alike will appreciate this awesome, fully-licensed collaboration series. The line features Transformers-styled shoe models already in production by Nike such

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 20: Upgrade Your Work Style

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By Gear Patrol reader Mitch Granger For most of us, dressing for work involves little thought. We wake up, put on the obligatory pieces of clothing that insure we're appropriately dressed based on our position and office environment, and walk out the

If They Were Good Enough For Goodyear, They're Good Enough For Us

Russell Moccasin Oneida Mocs

oneida-mocassins-lead-image Custom shoes are a rare beast in this day and age. Even when you can find them, they're liable to cost as much as a mortgage payment. Footwear from Russell Moccasin is the exception to the rule. They've been

Sandle + Shoe = Sanuk

Sanuk Sidewalk Surfer

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A couple months back, I was at a local surf shop looking for a new pair of sunglasses when I came across a pair of Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers. Intrigued by their design and mantra, “It’s not a shoe, It’s a sandal,”