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The Appraisal: Mandals

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Many questions can be definitively answered by simply polling the #menswear world. Like, how much camo is too much camo? (See here.) But for other queries, well, it seems that the jury’s still out.

Case in point: men’s sandals.

We’re not talking about your basic 10-buck flip-flops here, though. It was decided long before our time that those are to be relegated to beaches, pools, lakes—basically any venue with some combination of heat, water and increased exposure. No controversy there. Actually, it’s the leathery, designer-y variety that’s at the heart of this mess, pitting dapper blogger against dapper blogger.

A mess that we’re going to try to sort out, once and for all...»

The Worst Accessory to Sandals Since Socks

What happens when you combine hallucinogenic drugs and venture capital money? KUSA Fake Grass Flip-Flops by Yashin™ happens.

From time to time, we come across a bad idea so bad that it verges on being dangerous. And since we’re committed to limiting your style liability at all costs, we felt it our duty to walk you through the matted, slimy and downright ridiculous claims being made by the Australian ravers-turned-footwear-experts at KUSA by Yashin™.

KUSA Claim: It’s the sensation of walking barefoot on grass. Anywhere! Anytime!»

Marco…

Maisa Faverovia YHBTI

Against the Mandal: Kurt Soller offers the espadrille as both a suggestion and a desperate plea that you not wear sandals. [Esquire]

Brunello Speaks: Simon Crompton talks with Brunello Cucinelli about the latter’s abiding love for soft, neutral colors. [Permanent Style]

Looking Good, Ariel: Some great shots from Justin Bridges. [Complex]

Massimo Overdrive: The new MP by Massimo Piombo is looking pretty sharp, guys. Heads up. [A Continuous Lean]

Socks and Scandals

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The newly arrived Woolrich Woolen Mills lookbook is pretty fantastic stuff, including at least three items we’d like to snap up as soon as we can think spring/summer thoughts again—but one particular styling note caught our attention as a little… off.

Direct your attention to this gentleman’s feet, and you’ll see something you haven’t seen in a lookbook in quite some time. Yes, those are socks. And sandals. Together.

For decades, it’s been considered a crunchy faux pas—unacceptable anywhere outside of a health food store—but apparently Daiki Suzuki disagrees. And while it works perfectly with the mountain-climber chic Suzuki’s aiming at, we can’t help but think the gentleman in question would look better if he switched to hiking boots, or just let his toes wiggle free.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Waris Ahluwalia

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Khakis and a button-up are about as attainable as style gets—but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. Case in point: this week’s MOTH pulls off the colonial cotton look about as well as possible. Waris…well played.

For starters, that means a perfect pair of slim-fit chinos in navy, making them just a touch more formal than the average slack. Add in a tucked shirt with just the right amount of billow at the waist and a surprisingly unobjectionable pair of sandals, and you’re in MOTH territory. (Standing next to Devon Aoki doesn’t hurt either.) This is the rare look that you can pull off without anything that isn’t already in your closet. Go forth, gentlemen of style…

The Old School

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We mostly know Acne for their raw denim, but apparently they’re a lot more mod than we gave them credit for.

This Spring/Summer 09 collection is a lot more colorful than we expect from them…in addition to containing some of the shortest men’s shorts we’ve ever seen. On the bright side, there are suits with sandals, a brash commitment to sneakers and a general atmosphere of mod-ish insouciance.

Well played, fellows.

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Black Flag Haircuts

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Hard-Core Cuts: The changing hairstyles of noted dandies Black Flag documented once and for all. [WFMU]

Above the Knee: More timely advice on men's shorts. [NYMag]

Sit, Stay, Good Dog: Taking off on the Japanese waif-boy trend, Korean girls are treating their beaus like pets. As long as we get a tummy rub and a biscuit, we're kinda okay with this. [Geekologie]

Father Knows Best?: The worst TV dads of all time collected just in time for father's day. You can always say to yourself, "Well, at least Pops was no Eric Camden." [Art of Manliness]

Flip Flopper: Blue-eyed, honey-blond men's fashion blogger Amanda Brooks can play with our thongs anytime. [Men's Vogue]

Kurt's Kicks, Men's Strappies and Indie's Hat

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"A Naked Girl Wearing Lots of Gold": For once, Vice Magazine eschews all irony and delivers on their promises. [Vice]

All Apologies: Something still smells wrong about the Kurt Cobain Chucks—even if they are more tasteful than previously advertised. [Trashbag Aesthetics]

Who Says Size Matters?: Agent Provocateur plus the Cooper Mini equals a crowded back seat. [Hypebeast]

Playing Footsie: Amy Odell introduces the men of Union Square to the latest in designer "Mandals" with completely unsurprising results. [NYMag]

Will Indiana Jones Bring Back the Hat?: These guys say, "yes. We say, "hahahahaha". [Too Spoiled Models]