Bean Boots with a Buckle
Last weekend while heading out to meet friends for what would later prove to be an ill-considered attempt to capitalize on National Margarita Day specials, I stood waiting for the bus and noticed another gentleman in a suit, overcoat and a pair of unique Bean Boots. 
Being a bit of a nerd and also wearing my Bean Boots, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “Nice boots!” 
What struck me about his boots though was the lack of laces and a buckled strap across the front. I remarked that I’d never seen such a boot before and he said, “Oh, that’s a shame. I bought these a long time ago. I couldn’t stand the laces like yours have.” 
I understood his frustration. The laces work great when you want the boots tight and will be wearing them for a long while, but they do take a little bit more time to put on and take off. A slip-on model would be ideal for office commuting, allowing you to quickly remove them at your desk. 
The model of the boot is called the “Lounger” and L.L.Bean had discontinued the boot for a while until back in 2010 when Red Clay Soul started a campaign to bring them back and they returned in the form of a shearling-lined boot — but sans the buckle. 
But while searching their site today, I noticed L.L.Bean has brought back the 1970s Bean Boot Lounger model — complete with buckle — to their Signature line.
For those of you trudging to work in snow and slush and who hate laces, it’s worth giving the Lounger a look.
-Kiyoshi

Bean Boots with a Buckle

Last weekend while heading out to meet friends for what would later prove to be an ill-considered attempt to capitalize on National Margarita Day specials, I stood waiting for the bus and noticed another gentleman in a suit, overcoat and a pair of unique Bean Boots. 

Being a bit of a nerd and also wearing my Bean Boots, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “Nice boots!” 

What struck me about his boots though was the lack of laces and a buckled strap across the front. I remarked that I’d never seen such a boot before and he said, “Oh, that’s a shame. I bought these a long time ago. I couldn’t stand the laces like yours have.” 

I understood his frustration. The laces work great when you want the boots tight and will be wearing them for a long while, but they do take a little bit more time to put on and take off. A slip-on model would be ideal for office commuting, allowing you to quickly remove them at your desk. 

The model of the boot is called the “Lounger” and L.L.Bean had discontinued the boot for a while until back in 2010 when Red Clay Soul started a campaign to bring them back and they returned in the form of a shearling-lined boot — but sans the buckle

But while searching their site today, I noticed L.L.Bean has brought back the 1970s Bean Boot Lounger model — complete with buckle — to their Signature line.

For those of you trudging to work in snow and slush and who hate laces, it’s worth giving the Lounger a look.

-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: Suede Bucks

If you’re looking for a casual shoe to wear with jeans or chinos and have a budget that’s under $100, suede bucks are an option worth pursuing. While white bucks are perhaps best left for summer, bucks in other colors tend to look great year-round. As a knock-around shoe, my tan pair has lasted for several years and is still going. The upper part has been stained blue from the indigo off my jeans and the suede’s developed some uneven wear patterns and even some spots from spilled drinks. I don’t mind any of this because it was a cheap shoe and I don’t have to obsess over maintenance on it like I would a calf-leather pair of shoes. 

Two places have bucks on sale that’s worth checking out. The “Brockton” model from G.H.Bass is on sale for $63.20 with free shipping. 

Additionally, L.L.Bean is having a 15% off sale right now — use code JAN15 — which brings their tan and chocolate brown pairs down to $68, also including free shipping. 

-Kiyoshi

It’s on Sale: Brooks Brothers, Rugby, L.L.Bean, Allen Edmonds

There’s a few sales going on today that you’ll want to check out, so here’s a mini roundup:

Brooks Brothers: All tailored clothing is 30% off, including suits, sport coats and trousers

Rugby Ralph Lauren: The Friends & Family sale starts today and you can get 30% off everything with code 4FAMILY. Don’t forget to check out their sale section to see where you can stack the discount code. Sale ends December 11.

L.L.Bean: Not a huge discount, but you can get 10% off their mainline and Signature line with code JOY10. Plus, there’s free shipping. Sale ends December 12.

Allen Edmonds: Several styles of shoes are on sale at around 30% to 50% off. The best looking pair of the selection is the Westchester penny loafer, in my opinion, on sale for $197. 

-Kiyoshi