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The Dogs of Spring

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We know, there’s a lot going on in the wide world of sports right now. And even though you’re probably balancing your time between keeping an eye on spring training, scouting the combines and predicting early sleepers for your NCAA bracket, we’d be remiss not to alert you of arguably the year’s most intense sporting event: the Iditarod 2011.

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The Fall Boot

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It’s a bit too early to jump into boot territory, but if your usual oxfords are feeling a little thin, there’s a whole class of half-boots designed for the next few months of semi-chill. Up front, this new Alaska Boot looks like the standard plain-toe dress shoe, but the sturdy heel and tight ankle are wintry enough to stay in your footwear rotation well through the winter. They're a good deal lighter than those Red Wings, and the rakish “gentleman traveler” feel should make up for the missing steel toe.

Well-Whiskered

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This weekend saw the World Beard Championship in Anchorage—the unofficial whisker capital of America—and the most spectacular beards in the country are now available for your perusal.

David Traver took home the top spot for his faux-snowshoe chin-hanger, in spite of a somewhat suspicious dye job that, if we were judging, might have gotten him disqualified. The runners-up sported more interesting handlebar-style beards sporting a stately gray and an impressive quantity of wax (along with an eye-popping pink suit), but they were pretty advanced looks across the board.

In other words, don’t try this at home.

See the top three beards in America»