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The Art of Roughing It

  • Najib Benouar

Your time to commune with nature is dwindling. (You’ve got about a month, tops, before it’s strictly log cabin weather.) Luckily, the leather experts at Makr—who’ve gone from making the blogger-bait of slim wallets to building a small empire of neo-rustic home goods—just teamed up with the outdoorsmen of Seattle’s Scout for a capsule collection of handsome camping gear. There’s a hickory- and brass-pole tent, an insulated field bed wrapped in selvage denim, bone-handle pocketknives and some rugged hiking boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. It’s more of the handsome, unfussy, low-over-high-tech stuff we prefer—that’ll come in handy should you be planning any last-minute autumnal getaways.

And if you’re worried about staying warm, the tent happens to have just enough room for two.

If These Boots Could Talk

  • Najib Benouar

Fall is a special season for many reasons.

For some, it’s football season. To others: sausage season (or motherfucking decorative gourd season).

But here on Kempt: it’s boots season. And that means choices.

With a vast sea of options out there—hiking, Chelsea, desert, cowboy, et cetera—it begs the question: what is your choice in fall footwear saying about you? So we graciously came up with this handy guide:

Understanding what your boots are saying about you, courtesy of Kempt.»

Summer on the Crepe

  • Najib Benouar

The crepe sole penny loafer has been quietly gaining traction since they popped up on Yuketen’s Americana-phile shoe rack a few years ago. They’re a bit quirky on first glance, but for anyone who’s enjoyed a crepe-soled bounce in their step, it’s well worth a few wrinkled noses.

This new pair from Oak Street Bootmakers (one of five new designs that have just hit their webshop) is the best-looking incarnation we’ve seen yet. It’s got the heritage-approved beefroll stitching (that extra leather from the top strap that rolls over the toe stitch) and Horween Chromexcel leather. And it’s all handcrafted in the USA.

Most importantly, you can give your desert boots a rest till fall.

Marinet Matthee Has Something Stuck in Her Teeth

Sole to Sole: A peek into the illustrious history of Oak Street Bootmakers. Very good stuff here. [Well Spent]

The Bumblebee: The Steelers’ black-and-yellow-striped throwback uniforms have gotten a lot of hate—but one blogger thinks they’re not so bad. [Deadspin]

A Man and His Shoes: Would you like to see pictures of Mickey Rourke’s bespoke velvet slippers? Of course you would. [Permanent Style]

The Big Picture: How to hide a portrait of yourself in the Pentagon for eight years without anyone noticing. [Wall Street Journal]

Saying Hi to the Neighbors

Neighborsvia YHBTI

Stitch by Stitch: A gaggle of pics from behind the scenes at Oak Street Bootmakers. [A Headlong Dive]

The Info Fix: Checking Twitter may be more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. We believe it. [The Guardian]

Meet the New Boss: Richard Chai steps up as creative director of Filson. We can’t wait to see what he does with it. [Complex]

And Just Because It’s Friday...: Here’s footage from an NYC Clash show circa 1979. [Dangerous Minds]