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Gentlemen, It’s Time to Wax Your Boots

While we’re still perched on the edge of winter, now’s an excellent time to give your winter boots and shoes of choice a little preemptive wax. It’ll only take 45 minutes, and you’ll be a lot happier once the first layer of snow comes down.

Simple Threads gave a quick how-to over the weekend, but there’s not all that much to it. Just take off the laces, rub it down, let it sit for half an hour and then wipe everything off with a clean cloth. Our favorite wax is from Angelus (a tip from George Esquivel), but as long as you match the color of your shoes, you’ll be fine.

In a few weeks’ time, when you find yourself stomping through a few inches of snow, you’ll be fully protected.

The Reentry: October 31

Public swimming pool in Suining, China

Halloween is hardly the scariest thing going on today.

At some point in the next couple of hours, the world’s population will top 7 billion people. The United Nations has gone out on a limb and predicted that the milestone baby will be born somewhere in India, where an average of 51 women give birth every minute.

Nearly four times as many people now inhabit the earth than did in 1930. As New England shovels its way out of the most severe October snow storm since the Civil War and the western world continues to weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it’s worth asking the question: How much does overpopulation have to do with all of the very worst things affecting us today? And what does 7 billion people look like?»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Winter Socks


Gentlemen, it’s time to start thinking about your socks. (Please, contain yourselves.)

In a scant few weeks, your toes are going to be facing some decidedly brisk conditions, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. To that end, we suggest picking up the sock equivalent of a work boot, something that can protect your toes through just about whatever Mother Nature throws your way. And as luck would have it, we’ve got three candidates in mind…

Behold, the three socks that will get you through the winter»

Refined Tastes


This time of year, it pays to have a pair of snow-ready shoes handy. They probably won’t be the best-looking thing in your closet, but they’ll spare you the trouble of galoshes and get you through the slushy time of year with all your finer footwear intact.

At the capsule show, Gourmet showed us some of the best examples we’ve seen so far, along with a respectable showing of straight sneakers. Their zippered shoes—which we keep wanting to describe as “spaceman shoes”—are definitely a good idea, but the crown jewel is to the right. Look at the matching rubber bottoms and you’ll start to get the idea. This is the first time we’ve seen a shoe that could genuinely call L. L. Bean an influence.

Score another one for Maine.

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