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Elena Melnik Cannot Wait for Derby Day

  • Najib Benouar

Elena Melnikvia Mode

Bang for Your Bucks: The Silentist rounds up just about every option in every price range for white bucks. [The Silentist]

More Spring Sale-ing: If today’s Rugby tip whet your appetite for more in-season steals, check out Seattle’s Blackbird Ballard. (Best of all: the promotion code.) [Blackbird Ballard]

Play the Exacta: And just in case you’re feeling inclined to play the ponies this weekend, let the Art of Manliness be your guide. [AoM]

Decadent and Depraved: To leave you with some final Derby Day inspiration, here’s how Hunter S. Thompson remembers it. [Grantland]

The Sockless Life


Now that it’s warm enough to make every square inch of exposed skin count, we thought we’d offer a few helpful tips on going sockless. As you can see above, it’s a pretty great look when executed properly—somewhere between an Italian painter and an unusually stylish surf bum—but the key to this particular move is finding the right shoe. That means boat shoes, moccasins, loafers, bucks, bluchers and anything canvas. By the same token, we’d stay away from sneakers, wing-tips and anything more formal. And remember: life’s too short to worry about a little sweat.

Tale of Two Soles


As any dedicated man of style can tell you, it’s the little choices that matter. Spread or point collar? Jeans or slacks? Two or three-button?

For the record, this month’s answer is two.

Today, H(y)r collective faces down a similar question for the ages: leather or red brick soles? It’s a tough call, and an otherwise versatile pair of suede bucks hangs in the balance.

Allow us to suggest…»

Brick is Red


It’s been a pretty good week for shoes: first Florsheim and now this.

Red Brick Soul is the latest project from Mark McNairy, offering clay-colored soles (just like the name promises), resoleable welts and surprisingly colorful leathers. The loafers aren’t bad, but our favorite are these half-buck, half-wingtips. The soles keep things from getting too formal, and the overall line of the shoe is comfortable stocky.

Even better, like the Florsheims, Mr. McNairy manages to keep the whole line under $550…no small feat given they’re being shipped over from England.