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Stepping into Autumn

  • Najib Benouar

It would be remiss of us not to alert you to a handsome new batch of Allen Edmonds shoes that have just landed at UrbanDaddy Perks. It’s the first place you’ll be able to get your hands on AE’s newest cognac-hued line of shoes (there’s a couple wingtips and a loafer), made in Wisconsin—at an equally good-looking price. This is how you’ll kick your fall wardrobe into high gear.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis confuses us.

He seems like a nice enough guy, but “nice enough guy” together with “semi-famous comedian” usually doesn’t result in six-month flings with January Jones, or tabloid stories linking you to Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson. There has to be some kind of x-factor…

And as it turns out, the man can dress.

This snap comes from a preview screening of Sudeikis’ Horrible Bosses, where he sported a handsome pair of brown wingtips, a summerweight gray suit and an inky blue shirt. He pulled off the tieless look that usually falls flat in red carpet situations—and it looks even better next to the disheveled gentleman to his left.

Ok, Floyd, we get it. We hope you and Scarlett are very happy.

The Wingtip

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In case you forgot, Florsheim still makes a hell of a wingtip.

The newest model just caught our eye, and it’s still surprising how little has changed since the Duckie Brown collab, and really, in the last hundred years. If anything the last century’s served to make the just-slightly-formal shoe one of the most versatile items you can own. As always, we’ll throw in the vintage caveat, but these should be worth picking up fresh.

Shoe Leather

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If you checked out GQ’s recent “work style” roundup, you may have caught a glimpse of their preferred brown wingtip, from Florsheim by Duckie Brown. What they didn’t tell you is that if you’re willing to do a little digging, you can probably pick up a pair for less than twenty bucks—provided you don't mind one with a little history.

Florsheim’s been turning out handsome, durably shoes for upwards of a century, so eBay is flooded with past renditions. (A victim of their own success, we know.) You’ll want to search for something with a Goodyear welt (for resole-ing) and no serious creases, but there’s enough floating around that you shouldn’t have trouble—especially if you give yourself a couple weeks. Here’s a couple to get you started…

Brick is Red

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It’s been a pretty good week for shoes: first Florsheim and now this.

Red Brick Soul is the latest project from Mark McNairy, offering clay-colored soles (just like the name promises), resoleable welts and surprisingly colorful leathers. The loafers aren’t bad, but our favorite are these half-buck, half-wingtips. The soles keep things from getting too formal, and the overall line of the shoe is comfortable stocky.

Even better, like the Florsheims, Mr. McNairy manages to keep the whole line under $550…no small feat given they’re being shipped over from England.