Two Closeout Sales

Two stores are having closeout sales at the moment, both with pretty good deals.

The first is at Pockets Menswear in Dallas, Texas. The owner is retiring, so everything in the store must go. Things at this point are discounted about 75% off. Nelson there tells me they have

  • Zegna shirts for about $120 (sizes 15.5 through 17, and medium through extra-large)
  • A few Incotex pants for about $70 (sizes 32 through 34 waist)
  • A couple of Boglioli sport coats for about $500 (sizes 44 and 46 in US sizing) 
  • Lots and lots of ties from brands such as Luciano Barbera, Zegna, Nicky, Seaward & Stern, and Altea. There’s also a couple of E. Marinellas left, but not many. Prices for these are about $45. For ease of ordering, I’ve included ten photos of some of their inventory. When you call, you can tell them something like “I want the brown tie on the left hand side of picture 8” (or something like that). Note, in pictures 1 and 3, those are mostly wool knits, but there are some in silk. 

When you call, ask for Nelson. He’s familiar with Put This On and the photos above, so he’ll be able to sort you out. Their phone number is (214) 368-1167. Nelson said it’s fine to call today and next week, but ideally not over the weekend, as they get super busy then. 

The second sale is at Independence in Chicago. They’re selling off all of their Swims Premium Classic galoshes and pricing them at $60. Colors available include orange and black. Again, you have to call in the order, however (the number is 312.675.2105). Ask for Timothy. 

Make Your Own Rain Boots
With spring showers only a month away, it’s worth thinking about what kind of footwear one might need when the weather gets wet. My rainy day shoes of choice are shell cordovan boots. Shell cordovan, which is a leather taken from a horse’s rump, is so dense that it can effectively perform like rubber. I’ve trudged for miles on wet days without any snow or rain seeping in, and with a quick brushing once I get home, my shell boots look even better than the day they came. The only problem is that shell cordovan boots are quite expensive. Even on sale or on eBay, you’re looking at a neighborhood starting price of $500.
The alternative is to pick up a pair of SWIMS galoshes or LL Bean Boots. The upside to SWIMs is that they can be slipped over your normal dress shoes. The downside is that, frankly, sometimes you don’t want to bother with the hassle. LL Bean Boots are less fussy, but they can’t be worn with dressier garments such as suits and sport coats.
A happy medium is learn how to weatherproof the shoes you already own. For suede shoes, I recommend a waterproofing spray, such as this one from Allen Edmonds. Allen Edmonds’ version doesn’t contain any silicone, which is said by some to potentially damage to shoes. Each canister costs about seven bucks and can weatherproof something like five to seven pairs of shoes. I usually give my suede boots two coats before taking them out into the rain 24 hours later. Just be sure to only use this spray on suede shoes, as you can clog up the pores on calf, which would be bad.
For rugged boots, such as hiking boots or workboots, I recommend Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP or Montana Pitch Blend. I wrote a post last year about how to apply Obenauf’s, which readers might find useful. This thick, greasy cream both nourishes leather and helps keep moisture out. Don’t use it on anything besides rugged boots though. On a pair of dressy calf or shell cordovan shoes, this stuff can ruin your ability to ever get a proper shine.
For regular calf or shell, Steven Taffel at Leffot recommends Alden’s Leather Defender. It performs better than the minimal protection one might be able to give with a wax polish, and it won’t ruin your ability to give your shoes a proper shine. From a quick perusal of the online forums, some even say that it helps prevent the dreaded spotting shell cordovan can develop once it gets wet. That spotting goes away with a quick brushing, but it admittedly can be a bit of a hassle. I’m thinking of picking up some Leather Defender next month and trying it out on my shell boots. You can purchase it by calling Leffot and having them ship a bottle to you, or by going through J Crew’s online shop.
For $7 to $15, these all seem like great options, especially when compared to spending $500+ for shell boots, or even ~$100 for some SWIMs or LL Beans. Just have realistic expectations. Your shoes will be water resistant, but they won’t be waterproof. You can’t jump in any puddles or anything, but with some good preventive care, you can happily take your regular shoes out into the rain.
* Big thanks to Steven for help with this article. His store Leffot, by the way, is my favorite shoe shop in the US. Everyone ought to check out their store in NYC, if not at least their webshop.

Make Your Own Rain Boots

With spring showers only a month away, it’s worth thinking about what kind of footwear one might need when the weather gets wet. My rainy day shoes of choice are shell cordovan boots. Shell cordovan, which is a leather taken from a horse’s rump, is so dense that it can effectively perform like rubber. I’ve trudged for miles on wet days without any snow or rain seeping in, and with a quick brushing once I get home, my shell boots look even better than the day they came. The only problem is that shell cordovan boots are quite expensive. Even on sale or on eBay, you’re looking at a neighborhood starting price of $500.

The alternative is to pick up a pair of SWIMS galoshes or LL Bean Boots. The upside to SWIMs is that they can be slipped over your normal dress shoes. The downside is that, frankly, sometimes you don’t want to bother with the hassle. LL Bean Boots are less fussy, but they can’t be worn with dressier garments such as suits and sport coats.

A happy medium is learn how to weatherproof the shoes you already own. For suede shoes, I recommend a waterproofing spray, such as this one from Allen Edmonds. Allen Edmonds’ version doesn’t contain any silicone, which is said by some to potentially damage to shoes. Each canister costs about seven bucks and can weatherproof something like five to seven pairs of shoes. I usually give my suede boots two coats before taking them out into the rain 24 hours later. Just be sure to only use this spray on suede shoes, as you can clog up the pores on calf, which would be bad.

For rugged boots, such as hiking boots or workboots, I recommend Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP or Montana Pitch Blend. I wrote a post last year about how to apply Obenauf’s, which readers might find useful. This thick, greasy cream both nourishes leather and helps keep moisture out. Don’t use it on anything besides rugged boots though. On a pair of dressy calf or shell cordovan shoes, this stuff can ruin your ability to ever get a proper shine.

For regular calf or shell, Steven Taffel at Leffot recommends Alden’s Leather Defender. It performs better than the minimal protection one might be able to give with a wax polish, and it won’t ruin your ability to give your shoes a proper shine. From a quick perusal of the online forums, some even say that it helps prevent the dreaded spotting shell cordovan can develop once it gets wet. That spotting goes away with a quick brushing, but it admittedly can be a bit of a hassle. I’m thinking of picking up some Leather Defender next month and trying it out on my shell boots. You can purchase it by calling Leffot and having them ship a bottle to you, or by going through J Crew’s online shop.

For $7 to $15, these all seem like great options, especially when compared to spending $500+ for shell boots, or even ~$100 for some SWIMs or LL Beans. Just have realistic expectations. Your shoes will be water resistant, but they won’t be waterproof. You can’t jump in any puddles or anything, but with some good preventive care, you can happily take your regular shoes out into the rain.

* Big thanks to Steven for help with this article. His store Leffot, by the way, is my favorite shoe shop in the US. Everyone ought to check out their store in NYC, if not at least their webshop.

It’s On Sale: SWIMS overshoes
For those of you whose commute involves several minutes of walking during the day while wearing professional business attire, you quickly realize you have two paths when it comes to wearing dress shoes in rain or slushy snow: wearing boots on your commute and changing at the office or using overshoes. 
I’m a fan of SWIMS galoshes as they have a classic and simple look, while also offering you more colors than just black — and right now they’re on sale for $72 (down from $100) at Bonobos. You can find them in brown, orange, navy, green and black. 
-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: SWIMS overshoes

For those of you whose commute involves several minutes of walking during the day while wearing professional business attire, you quickly realize you have two paths when it comes to wearing dress shoes in rain or slushy snow: wearing boots on your commute and changing at the office or using overshoes. 

I’m a fan of SWIMS galoshes as they have a classic and simple look, while also offering you more colors than just black — and right now they’re on sale for $72 (down from $100) at Bonobos. You can find them in brown, orange, navy, green and black

-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Galoshes
Shrine Haberdashers has SWIMS overshoes on sale for $35, plus something around $5 for FedEx shipping (see below). That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen these offered. The sale isn’t available on their website, so you’ll have to call their store (312.675.2105) or email them (info@shrinestyle.com) to order. 
For those unfamiliar, you can slip these over your shoes to protect them from rain, snow, and mud. Once you arrive to your destination, you can slip them off so that you’re not having to wear rainboots in potentially inappropriate places. Choose brown for brown shoes, black for black shoes, and blue if you wear blue raincoats. Shrine also has an orange version not listed on their website. Orange goes with nothing, but if you’re the type to like such things, they can provide a touch of humor. 
(Update: Shrine just told us they sold out. To all those who were able to grab a pair, enjoy your new SWIMS). 

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Galoshes

Shrine Haberdashers has SWIMS overshoes on sale for $35, plus something around $5 for FedEx shipping (see below). That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen these offered. The sale isn’t available on their website, so you’ll have to call their store (312.675.2105) or email them (info@shrinestyle.com) to order. 

For those unfamiliar, you can slip these over your shoes to protect them from rain, snow, and mud. Once you arrive to your destination, you can slip them off so that you’re not having to wear rainboots in potentially inappropriate places. Choose brown for brown shoes, black for black shoes, and blue if you wear blue raincoats. Shrine also has an orange version not listed on their website. Orange goes with nothing, but if you’re the type to like such things, they can provide a touch of humor. 

(Update: Shrine just told us they sold out. To all those who were able to grab a pair, enjoy your new SWIMS). 

For $50 You Can Buy …
By going through this Gilt City sale, you can buy SWIMS galoshes for $50. That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen them. You can also get some handsome hats for about the same price.
The deal is through Shrine Haberdashers, a store in Chicago that Jesse and I have recommended before. The Gilt City coupon is supposed to only be used in-store, but I talked to the owners and they said they would honor the voucher over the phone if a customer didn’t see the fine print. Nobody will be turned away.

For $50 You Can Buy …

By going through this Gilt City sale, you can buy SWIMS galoshes for $50. That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen them. You can also get some handsome hats for about the same price.

The deal is through Shrine Haberdashers, a store in Chicago that Jesse and I have recommended before. The Gilt City coupon is supposed to only be used in-store, but I talked to the owners and they said they would honor the voucher over the phone if a customer didn’t see the fine print. Nobody will be turned away.

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Overshoes
If you’re willing to wait until mid-December for a delivery, Orvis will sell you a pair of SWIMS overshoes for $64 (compared to $100 at most other locations). Mid-December might seem too far away, but most areas get their rainy season in the Spring anyway. Plus, these would make for a great Christmas present, so consider it early shopping. 
To read more about SWIMS overshoes, check out this review by The Silentist. 
Use the coupon code 113377 at check out. It expires on July 30th. 

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Overshoes

If you’re willing to wait until mid-December for a delivery, Orvis will sell you a pair of SWIMS overshoes for $64 (compared to $100 at most other locations). Mid-December might seem too far away, but most areas get their rainy season in the Spring anyway. Plus, these would make for a great Christmas present, so consider it early shopping. 

To read more about SWIMS overshoes, check out this review by The Silentist

Use the coupon code 113377 at check out. It expires on July 30th. 

We Got It For Free: Tingley Executive Overshoes
The folks at BeltOutlet.com asked if there were any of their products we’d like to review, so I asked for a pair of Tingley overshoes. Since I work from home, I rarely have to commute in foul weather while wearing dress shoes, but I know this is a persistent problem for many of our readers.
Overshoes were a popular product back when men uniformly wore real shoes to work. These days, they’re more of a niche product, appealing to a small group of people: those who are professional enough to wear dress shoes, but also work somewhere urban enough that walking outdoors is part of their regular routine.
So: on the the Tingleys. They’re not as ugly as I thought they would be. I mean, they’re ugly, don’t get me wrong, but in the context of a business suit, they’re suprisingly unobtrusive. I also found them pretty easy to get on, even over the clunky Brooks Brothers white bucks I’m wearing today. That said: in a non-black-shoe context, they’d stick out like a sore thumb.
The most attractive option in the category is Swims, which are a bit sleeker, have a flocked lining, and come in a variety of interesting colors. They’re a valiant attempt at making overshoes almost attractive. Swims, though, retail at about a hundred dollars, compared to just $35 for Tingley’s boot model, and $25 for their lower-cut option.
Ultimately, I think the Tingleys are a practical solution to a practical problem. With a business suit and a trench, they’ll look like a man trying to reach his destination dry. Dignified, but not exactly dashing.

We Got It For Free: Tingley Executive Overshoes

The folks at BeltOutlet.com asked if there were any of their products we’d like to review, so I asked for a pair of Tingley overshoes. Since I work from home, I rarely have to commute in foul weather while wearing dress shoes, but I know this is a persistent problem for many of our readers.

Overshoes were a popular product back when men uniformly wore real shoes to work. These days, they’re more of a niche product, appealing to a small group of people: those who are professional enough to wear dress shoes, but also work somewhere urban enough that walking outdoors is part of their regular routine.

So: on the the Tingleys. They’re not as ugly as I thought they would be. I mean, they’re ugly, don’t get me wrong, but in the context of a business suit, they’re suprisingly unobtrusive. I also found them pretty easy to get on, even over the clunky Brooks Brothers white bucks I’m wearing today. That said: in a non-black-shoe context, they’d stick out like a sore thumb.

The most attractive option in the category is Swims, which are a bit sleeker, have a flocked lining, and come in a variety of interesting colors. They’re a valiant attempt at making overshoes almost attractive. Swims, though, retail at about a hundred dollars, compared to just $35 for Tingley’s boot model, and $25 for their lower-cut option.

Ultimately, I think the Tingleys are a practical solution to a practical problem. With a business suit and a trench, they’ll look like a man trying to reach his destination dry. Dignified, but not exactly dashing.

mrsartorial:

It’s such a nice day out, I think I’ll SWIM to work.

Everyone is Swim-ing today.

mrsartorial:

It’s such a nice day out, I think I’ll SWIM to work.

Everyone is Swim-ing today.

(Source: mrsartorial)

mostexerent:

Slippery & wet surface..

Time to SWIM!

I’m telling ya kids: overshoes.  Class.

Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?
Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?
The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.
You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.
On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.
You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 
For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.

Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?

Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?

The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.

You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.

On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.

You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 

For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.