I guess I’m bad at packing, or it was just a subliminal way to make myself okay with buying another pair of boots, but the one thing I had my mind set on before embarking was packing my Red Wings, and I somehow forgot them back home. Walking around in Atlanta the first night was such a chore, they just had a heavy snow storm, and there was still slush, ice, and puddles of water everywhere. I got stuck dodging all of these disasters trying to save the suede on a brand new pair of Quoddys. Well the following morning I was wandering around Little Five Points and stumbled into a neat little store named Abbadabba’s that had an amazing selection of nice footwear: Redwing, Sebago, Birkenstocks, Clarks, and last but not least, Wolverine. I hadn’t been able to find a Wolverine dealer that carried 1,000 Miles in Florida, and I wanted to see these in the flesh before making the investment.
It didn’t take much convincing, after I initially set my hands on them I had already made up my mind. It was an investment worth investing in. I went with my normal size, a 10.5D and the fit was perfect. They are roomy throughout, but snug enough to make walking around in them all day not uncomfortable. The toe-box has plenty of room, and I’ve been wearing them with J.Crew camp socks. The classic leather sole gives the boot a more “dressy” silhouette which is something I was missing in my footwear arsenal. They are Goodyear Welted which allows for them to be resoled whenever necessary, making these shoes a friend that you’ll know for a lifetime. Made from the one and only Horween Chromexcel leather:
“Chromexcel is the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago. Chromexcel is still produced in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then genuine hot stuffed with our secret blend of natural oils and grease.” -Horween Leather
I’ve been a really big fan of Chromexcel since wearing my Oak Street Trail Oxfords. It’s tough and can be worn without worry, which is such a great thing. I like buying a boot/shoe that I can wear and not worry if it gets a little scuffed up, muddy, or even wet. It’s no fun to have to watch every step you take, worrying about scuffing your expensive footwear. Well, I should probably get off the internet, and start walking… only about 992 miles left to go, and I’m sure that’s just the beginning.
Thanks Wolverine, for putting together such a timeless boot.
I really wanted to get everyone really rad gifts this year, quality stuff that would last them awhile and be utilized often. My girlfriend had been wanting a nice bag, so I did some research and wanted to find something that was feminine, but also spacious & sturdy. I stumbled upon Layerxlayer sometime ago in one of my “I’m up way too late browsing the internet for awesome stuff” kind of dazes, and even in that state of mind – managed to bookmark their site. Once I realized a nice day pack would be a really awesome gift for her, I went back and ordered one of their bags with hopes that it’d be crafted & delivered on time, and it was. Score!
Anyways, onto the bag:
The bag is a really, really sturdy denim twill that will definitely stand the test of time, think Filson canvas – it’s ALMOST that heavy. The design of the bag itself is really nice subtle, but not so subtle that it’s boring. The cardinal zipper lining, plus the natural canvas web make this bag super easy on the eyes. The YKK zipper is a minor detail that I always look for in bags or jackets. Sturdy was one of the things I was looking for, and these two have outdone themselves again by using hand-set rivets to secure the shoulder straps, which is definitely a better way to keep those crucial straps in place. The envelope sized front pocket can be removed, but I have no idea why you would – it’s the thing on this bag that differentiates it from anything else I’ve seen. Pattrick & Leah threw in one of their signature “twigs” – which my girlfriend tied onto the bag. At a really decent price point ($139.99) if you are looking for a bag for someone special, this is definitely an awesome choice, and a good investment.
Man, being without my laptop sure is a pain! I’ve got a grip of photos to share but no way to share them! New battery is en route, so I should be back at it shortly. In the interim, I figured I’d share some product that I’ve been lusting after lately. So here’s a head-to-toe run down of some items I’m wishing I had this Christmas.
Inverallan Knit Cap for Inventory Magazine – $85
The Hill-Side Cross Print Scarf – $80
Gitman Vintage for Penfield USA – $140
3sixteen x Woodlands Supply Co. Pendelton Wool Overshirt – $175
Makr Carry Goods Farm Ruck Sack in Natural – $160.00
Tanner Goods Heritage Belt – $90
Engineered Garments Workaday Cords in Olive – $160
Two-Feet Ahead Crew Socks in Moss – $8.00
Quoddy Mocassin Road Chukka w/ Brick Vibram Sole – $280
My good friends over at Makr Carry Goods just redesigned their web site and made a lot of new product available for purchase. It was so hard to keep my mouth closed about Makr’s expansion into canvas carry goods, so I’m glad they’re finally public. I must say, the craftsmanship and durability of these bags is unreal, and it’s definitely the most manly tote I’ve seen. I witnessed Jason designing the exact measurements of this bag, and I must tell you that he went for nothing short of absolute perfection. Who knows how many samples later, they’re finally available! The price points are amazing for the quality and time Jason has put into crafting these bags.
Take a look at the new Makr site and swoon over how rad the new product is, and take a gander at that Baxter Straight-Edge Razor is. If I shaved, I’d be all over that one.
Well, I think it’s time for some pictures of these beauties. These have rarely left my feet since the day I got them, and there’s a reason for that. I don’t think there is much else to say, besides the fact they’re still going strong and only look better the more worn in they get. I think it’s the way I walk, but I’ve been absolutely destroying this Vibram soles – other than that, they look brand new minus a few scuffs & scratches. I plan to take them to the cobbler next week and have the scuffs dyed with navy dye, but I wanted to take some shots of them beforehand.
After taking the day off work, I embarked on my two hour drive over to the quaint town of Winter Park, FL. Winter Park is right outside of Orlando, and is definitely the neatest area I’ve seen in this state. It just has a very different vibe, and that’s probably due to it housing a lot of cool independently owned shops and restaurants. I wandered around for a few minutes looking for Suite 102. I got lucky that Mike Wilkie spotted me due to the Oak Street Bootmaker Trail Oxfords on my feet, or else I would of continued wondering in the complete wrong direction. He called me over and then invited me into the Makr Carry Goods studio. I walked in the door to hear the general hustle & bustle of a workshop. Three gentleman were sitting at work-benches working on wallets, card holders, and even some leather risers the Makr skate decks.
The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming (in a good way) smell of the Horween leather from the shop, and the fact that they were listening to Explosions in the Sky. I felt at home right away. I walked around the studio and shot a few photos of some of the bags that Jason has designed, some of this stuff is not out yet, and some of it is is already available at the Makr shop. The attention to detail in these bags surpasses anything I’ve seen before, and after sitting with Jason and viewing the design process – I have a whole new level respect for the products he’s creating. These bags are fine tuned, sample after sample, to be absolutely perfect. In the end product, it definitely shows.
I started chatting with Jason while he was working on designing something from his new line of products, and all I can tell you right now is that you should save your money. It’s really, really good stuff that is super efficient, and super simple. We were chatting about the time that goes in to running something like Makr, and as expected it’s a whole lot of late nights, and even more weekends spent in the studio. Which in this case, is not that bad of a place to be.
Thanks again to Jason and everyone else for having me out and taking the time out of their busy schedules to let me take photos, and chat with them. I’ll definitely be back soon.
I know some of you have already been blessed with the cooler weather, but I haven’t yet. So in leu of that, here are some things with a hint of grey in them that are inspiring me for the up and coming fall.
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It’s finally nice out. After work I wandered around just enjoying the beautiful weather and shooting a few photos. This is the best time of the year to be a photographer.
Today was spent browsing around a very rad antique store and I managed to snap a few photos of some of the items that stuck out to me. I’m absolutely in love with the vintage water bag, the logo on it is spot-on. I love visiting antique stores, I usually don’t end up buying anything, but it always inspires me in one way or another. Anyways, onto the photos.