It’s been great having you along for the ride during Road Trip Week here on Kempt. (And what a helluva ride it’s been.)
So now that you’ve chosen the most suitable convertible, packed the correct weekender bag, found a sexy copilot or three and slipped into a pair of driving shoes, there’s only one thing left: hitting the road. And as a gentleman traveler, there are a few things you should be sure to know before setting out on this adventure of a lifetime.
It wouldn’t be Road Trip Week if we didn’t talk about the most important part of your road-worthy wardrobe: the driving shoe.
They come in many forms—some are more loafer-like, some are more moccasin-y—but they’re all united by two things: a buttery-soft leather construction and gummy rubber bottom (marked by a telltale matrix of nubs embedded in a double-thick leather sole).
They’re especially handy on a breezy weekend jaunt, because they’re handsome enough to wear to cocktail hour yet soft enough to loaf around indoors, once you’ve woken up the next morning at your destination. Meaning they’re the only pair of shoes you’ll need to pack if you’re not planning on anything too formal or a round of golf.
With our Road Trip Week kicking into high gear, there’s one essential above all else that you’ll need: a weekender bag that can take a little punishment.
And since a car trunk doesn’t have any carry-on restrictions, it can be whatever dimensions you like—as long as it’s rugged enough to handsomely endure a misadventure or two and has enough room for a couple changes of clothes and a beach towel. And since the options out there are as varied as your potential destination, we’ve gone ahead and picked out the right bag for your next getaway.
And to welcome in the most glorious of travel seasons, we’re proclaiming it Road Trip Week here on Kempt.
So, to kick off the festivities, let’s begin with your getaway vehicle of choice. Of course, the sin qua non is the convertible—there’s nothing like throwing caution to the wind while it’s blowing through your hair. But the question still remains: which mode of topless transport best suits your sensibilities?