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Go Beyond the White Canvas Sneaker This Spring

  • Najib Benouar


Now that you’ve made the all-important seasonal footwear shift, it’s time to start thinking about your canvas sneakers.

You may have noticed over the past weekend: you weren’t the only person wearing a pair of white canvas sneakers—or “plimsolls” to the Anglophiles—not by a long shot. Hence, it might be time to start considering a pair cut from a different, more colorful cloth.

Herewith, the seven not-white cotton sneakers to consider for spring...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Galoshes: Swedish label Tretorn is taking 30% off footwear through the weekend. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For the Basics: J.Crew Factory is slashing 50% off everything in stock, even new arrivals. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

For the Preppy Warmth: Take 30% off blazers and outerwear at Tommy Hilfiger with the code THFALL30. Discount: B Sizes Available: B Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Todd Snyder, Gant and others after the jump.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Laid-Back Trad: Steven Alan’s hotly anticipated online sample sale has hit the web. Up to 70% off his single-needle shirting and plenty more good stuff. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B Selection: A+

For the Fashion-Forward: Blackbird has just launched their semiannual sale, with everything from furniture to aprons marked down. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: C+ Selection: B-

For the Swedish Fishing: Tretorn is having a midsummer celebration by marking 30% off all regular-price items for this weekend only (through Monday). Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: A

More of the good stuff on sale, after the jump.»

Alejandra Alonso Has Controversial Views About Layering

Alejandra Alonsovia WBE

Jesse Thorn Returns: The much-loved Web series unveils its second season, including segments on packing, Jazz style and Polo’s cult following. [Put This On]

Raise the Canvas: Every summer sneaker you need, nicely compiled by the folks at Valet. [Valet]

A Rope of Your Own: A low-tech guide to making your own rope bracelets. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done. [The Midwestyle]

Going Green: And just because you can, here’s how to make a Shamrock Shake at home. Use your new powers wisely. [Re]

The Essential Vacation Kit

Libero Ferrero

Your work style: impeccable. Your weekend wardrobe: masterful in the extreme. But once you’re away from your closet—say, on a late-winter escape to warmer climes—it’s easy to lapse into a few days of flip-flops and ratty tees...

It happens to the best of us (even a Style Guy or two), but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Herewith, a few easily packed items that will keep you in fine sartorial form while you’re away in the tropics...

Three essentials for a well-dressed island getaway»

Good Morning to You

Turning Red: Travis has fun with some wine-red dye and a pair of white Tretorn Nylites. Nicely done. [Street Etiquette]

Take Shelter: A tour of Shelter Half, LA’s newest menswear pop-up. Anyone in the market for a bivouac should take note. [A Continuous Lean]

Also, Feed: A rural Vermont feed shop has more #menswear goods than you might expect—including a surprising selection of felt crushers. [10Engines]

Be More Resolved: And in case you’re still undecided, here are 10 more menswear resolutions. [Archival Clothing]

Sid Mashburn’s Day-Glo Nylites

Sid Mashburn Nylites

Consider this the most summery shoe that’s ever gone on sale in December.

The shoe started life as a Tretorn Nylite (we’ve gushed about them before), then got a fluorescent dye job from Atlanta trad guru Sid Mashburn to become the glorious creature you see before you. The technical name is Optical Bright Fluorescent Yellow GN—but that’s a fancy way of saying they’re going to be the brightest shoes you own, ideal for the next time you need to out-blare some madras pants.

Or the next time you’re jogging at night.

The Monkstrap Boat Shoe


This Tretorn item won’t be in stores until March, but we couldn’t resist a quick preview. As you can tell from the cord around the heel, it’s very much a boat shoe, but the laces in front have been swapped out for a monkstrap-style band—combining two of our favorite kinds of shoe. It’s a good idea, and not just because of the casual loafer vibe. By our lights, the top-sider is ripe for a few forward-thinking twists, and this is the best one we’ve seen so far.

The New Galosh


Galoshes have always been a somewhat inelegant solution to the problem of wet weather. Not only are you using two shoes to do the job of one, but most places you find yourself walking to won’t have an appropriate place to deposit your rain-soaked boots. In short, it may be simpler to invest in a pair of waterproof shoes handsome enough to wear to work.

These Tretorn versions are a favorite around these parts for just that. Modeled off a Chelsea boot, they should blend in with just about anything. Throw in an umbrella and some judiciously cuffed trousers and you should be just about impervious.

Out to Sea


We’ve been digging canvas sneakers for a while, but Acne seems to have taken the look to its natural conclusion: the sailboat. These Stroll Low sneakers aren’t obviously nautical, but those grommets do look awfully familiar. Of course, actually wearing them on a sailboat would be the preppy equivalent of the trucker tux, but as long as you ditch them in the marina you should be fine.

The Rites of Spring


Naturally, we’re big fans of style. But sometimes the best thing about an item is what you can do with it.

Tretorn’s latest galosh does just about everything you’d hope: tasteful colors, striking white lines and generally something every bit as stylish as whatever you’re slipping them over.

But as usual, we’re most excited about what it would look like stomping through the latest batch of puddles.