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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)….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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?…

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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…

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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….

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Your New Summer All-Season Sandal


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…

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Where Basketball Meets Geek

Nike x Transformers

(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 as the Zoom Sharkalaid, Zoom FP, and Zoom Flight Club. Chances are though…

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

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 door to greet the day. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with this…

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Rakku Shoe Wheel

Reinventing The Wheel By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Living near Los Angeles (or any major city for that matter) has its many perks. One of which is close proximity of hundreds of stores offering a massive selection of shoes. I must admit it; I have a shoe addiction that no 12 step…

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Winner: Gear Patrol KEEN Footwear Giveaway

We’ve selected a winner for the Gear Patrol KEEN Footwear Giveaway! Congrats Troy Hopper, you should be hearing from us at this very moment about getting your gift card for the Summit County boots you selected. Here’s what Troy had to say: The Summit County boot would be perfect for my family’s yearly boot hockey…

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Gear Patrol Giveaway – KEEN Footwear

Gear Up With A KEEN Giveaway Reading Gear Patrol must be difficult. It must be difficult to sit there reading about all these great products wishing you could just click on that link to order it without having to enter in your payment information. Trust us, we feel the same way. It just happens to…

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Vibram Five Fingers

Primate Approved Footwear No I don’t have a foot fetish. If you’re like me, you probably enjoy being barefoot. Our ancestors went barefoot a lot and arguably it was much better for their feet, posture, and fitness. Why? Because walking naturally (sans shoes) makes your legs and feet work harder. Not to mention the modern…

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GEOX U Snake

These sneakers are a combination of mesh, suede and leather with the patented GEOX Breathes cushioned leather insole. It uses micro-holes in the rubber outsole to expel perspiration from the feet of the shoe leaving you with a dry comfortable feeling while keeping water out. What this means to you: That feeling right when you…

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Steve Madden SALVTORE

Remember that sneakers aren’t you’re only option when it comes to summer footwear. With a pair of khaki’s or shorts their stylish and comfortable. Try these SALVTORE’s from Steve Madden. What this means to you: Stop thinking about it… for the cost of these sandals you’ve got nothing to lose. Cost: $40 @ Steve Madden

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GEOX U Monet

Discover the world of the driving moc. A shoe that will add sports appeal and comfort to your podiatric wardrobe. The rich leather of the GEOX U Monet features multi-colored stripes for an athletic flair and a dual instep goring for a flexible and comfortable fit. The shoe also features the Geox breathes® system which…

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Clarks Flint

One weekend, one shoe. Whether you’re hitting the trails or river kayaking this sporty shoe will fit comfortably into your life. Nubuck and mesh upper with an adjustable webbing system. Cushioned footbed with anti-bacterial sockliner. Pull strap at heel. Synthetic lining. Rugged rubber outsole offers lightweight, long-lasting wear. Cost: $88.95 @