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Sole Provider: 7 Best Golf Shoes

Stability starts from the ground up, taking away slippage in the shoes and keeping your body balanced, from the pinkie toe up. The differences between golfing shoes are plenty, the perks distinct -- so when purchasing your next pair for the Member-Guest, consider your options wisely. These seven shoes are a good start.

When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

Proving Big-Brand Isn't Bad

Tested: Under Armour Speedform Apollo

Under Armour takes its first shot at a race-weight running shoe with the Speedform Apollo. We took a pair for a spin to see how they stack up.

Mark McNairy Suede Chelsea Boots

Bright colored accents have become a trademark for Mark McNairy, and this time it's in the form of yellow inserts on a pair of classic navy suede Chelsea boots. Enjoy living the lace-free life in contemporary style with these on your feet, and unless you've got Elvis levels of cash, make sure to keep 'em out of the rain.

Rarefied air

Nike Air Max+ 2013

When Nike released the first Air Max in 1987, its Tinker Hatfield design became an instant icon. The first set of sneaks to visibly feature Nike’s synonymous air bubble had kids of all ages clamoring to walk on clouds (and others poking them with pins for proof). The Nike Air Max+ 2013 (available in January)...

Know Sense, Big Gain

Salomon S-Lab Sense

If you’re more inspired than awed (it’s ok to be both — we are) by our Jeremy Berger’s recent Ironman quest, we’ve got your shoe: the Salomon S-Lab Sense ($200). Developed through collaboration between designers and world-class trail runners, the Sense is laden with top performance features specifically designed to enable forefoot running: lightweight construction...

Ride with the (ice) pack

45NRTH Wolvhammer Cycling Boots

The idealism of commuting by bike meets reality in the upper latitudes, where induced wind chill can quickly turn digits into frostbitten pink popsicles. 45Nrth, denizens of the great white north (Minnesota), enshroud your feet in veritable toasters with their Wolvhammer Cycling Boots ($325), allowing you to hammer winter rides like a Minneapolis metal band....

Style Pick: Allen Edmonds Special Edition Kasmuk Wingtips

Wingtips have always been on the casual side of the dress shoe spectrum, but footwear legend Allen Edmonds has nudged the style into more aggressive territory with their Special Edition Kasmuk ($300). The striking blue denim uppers are definitely a step outside of the company’s typical brogue comfort zone. Their risk, however, is your fashionable...

Style Pick: Nike Rosche Run

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for some new casual kicks for the summer, the Nike Rosche Run has you covered. They’re lightweight and breathable for logging those warm weather miles, but cushioned and protective to keep you straight and sturdy — equally important for pounding the pavement or kicking back a few...

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...

Amble on

Keen Ambler

KEEN is the master of versatile footwear (though they have yet to make a killer pair of wingtips), shoes that effortlessly go from trailhead to casual Friday to happy hour. And just when we thought they couldn’t possibly make another cool day hiker, they come out with a new one – the Ambler. Rather than...

Red Wing Handsewn Collection

Red Wing is a classic American brand, and we’ve always been fans of their footwear. Today, the company has launched a new collection, hand sewn in Lewiston, Maine. Other fans of the brand are bound to enjoy the video above released to explain the collection, but even if fashion isn’t your thing, it’s still interesting...

Foot for your sole

Breakthroughs: Vulcanized Rubber Soles

At the start of the last century, mountain climbers wore what essentially amounted to wooden clogs on their feet. Soon, the first “tricounis” climbing shoe was developed, which featured a leather sole outfitted with steel cleats that improved traction on ice, but did little for rock climbers. To learn about how Vibram changed the footwear...

Jack of all grades

Marquette Backcountry Ski

Admittedly, it’s been a pretty wimpy winter everywhere from Colorado to the Alps, causing renewed grumblings about global warming from skiers, both Alpine and Nordic. Getting out on the boards anywhere but in the high country has required either the nimbleness to dodge the bald patches of dirt and grass or a pair of rock...

When these fibers combine...

Dahlgren Socks

While we prefer the warmer, sockless months, the colder ones are just a fact of life. And as such, the right socks are critical. You want to look good, maybe show some ankle flair, and most importantly keep your feet dry. Wicking moisture away from your feet actually keeps them warm in the winter, or...

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: 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

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...

Faaster Than Ever

Puma Faas 500 Lightweight Neutral Trainer

The new Puma Faas 500’s ($100) are designed to be the go to shoe for everyday runners. Tipping the scales at 9.7 oz, the sneaks are inspired from the brand’s old school RS1 runner and include notable features like a rocker shape that enhances stride efficiency while an EverRide and EverTrack outsole provides the cushioning...

Foot Loose

Somnio Nada

So-called minimalist running has quickly developed a following among endorphin-addicts around the world for several reasons. Practically speaking, training with less padding has been shown to increase foot strength and muscle tone. The feeling of running nearly barefoot is also a major draw. To capitalize on this movement, Somnio has created the Nada to serve...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Classic Desert Boot With An African Twist

Oliberté Adibo-S Black Sheep Desert Boot

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 nothing really helps a struggling country like developing a strong economy and successful...

The Man Behind Horween Leather's Resurgence

30 Minutes With: Nick Horween of Horween Leather

Horween Leather has been around since 1905 and is located in Chicago, IL. They produce leathers for a myriad of uses and companies. Their offerings run the gamut from all the NFL and NBA game balls, to those Shell Cordovan Allen Edmonds you wish you had (Shell leather accounts for only 10% of Horween’s production)....

Beijing Style You Can Now Call Your Own

Warrior Footwear Classics

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 too have the chance to call a pair their own. That’s because two American exchange...

Where Sneaker Meets Skipper

Jack Purcell Boat Shoe by Converse

For 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 you), these latest sailorized editions of Converse’s renowned Jack Purcell might help you keep...

It's All in The Details

Gucci Retro Leather Trainers

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 lace-up leather trainers are a surprise find from a brand normally saddled in jet...

Walk 500 Miles, Then Walk 500 More

Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

Wolverine’s new 1000 Mile Boot Collection is a sight to behold. Drawing on 125 years of history, the collection features Horween leathers, stacked leather outsoles, Vibram soles, Goodyear welt construction, and Made in the USA goodness. That’s a roster robust enough to turn even the most dedicated Sneaker Head. The cornerstone of Wolverine’s collection is...

For the Casual Skater in All of Us

Vans Chukka Low 2009

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 highly recommend them as a comfortable sneaker for walking about town without giving off...

Pure Running Science

ASICS Gel-Kinsei 3

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 Kayano’s at the end of the season on closeout. So, when the opportunity came...

Funky Name, Funky Shoe (A Good Thing)

Onitsuka Tiger | Tsunahiki Lo Black

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 one part sneaker, one part chukka boot, and one part moccasin to produce one of...

Your New Winter Footwear Standby

GP Roundup: Chukka Boots

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 full maneuverability, which is particularly useful during winter months where soggy weather can make...

High-End Street Meets Luxury

Jump Vanquish

<p 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 tops with a little more sustenance. We found just that in the JUMP Vanquish.

Style Q&A: Finding The Right Dress Shoes

I’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 to be able to be worn with all dress attire and look pretty stylish?...

Designation: CWS (Crappy Weather Shoe)

L.L. Bean Boots | Gum Shoes

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 cut it. During last few rain storms here, we’ve been demoing L.L. Bean’s Gum...

Traditional English Craftsmanship Meets 3-D Laser Scanned Precision

Lodger Shoes

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 this quest is owning a pair of great shoes, preferably of the formal type....

Your New Summer All-Season Sandal

Chacos

Summer is here (well hopefully by you, in Maine it’s still Monsoon season..grrr). Either way, good sandals are irreplaceable and essential when it comes to the helter-swelter. After spending the last two years in the South, I became acquainted with the best sandals this side of Rainbows, and they’re Chaco’s. They have yet to make...