A Few of My Favorite Things

Although December is the season of giving, it’s also the season to save. If you’re like me, you’re breathing a sigh of relief now that Christmas is over (phew). Dec. 25th has come and gone, but I still have gifts to buy for friends, family, and a few things for myself too.

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite deals with you. Check back tomorrow for more faves for men, women, pets, and kids. These deals won’t last, so strike while the iron is still hot! There is still just under a week of savings for so many stores. Check out some of my favorite items on Instagram and down below (@akcstyle.com).

When Do I Weatherproof?

Weatherproof boots are the most popular and most essential footwear style anyone in New England can have in their fall wardrobe.  But, if you’re thinking of your classic L.L. Bean or Sperry duck boots, we’re not on the same page here.  While those boots are extremely practical, and last a very long time, the weatherproof boots I’m talking about are much more fashionable. 

While it may seem impossible to find a pair of boots offering durability and style, there is a happy medium.  Find a fashionable leather boot you can wear even on those rainy or snowy days.  Look for a boot specifically treated to repel the elements, sealed to keep your feet dry, and built for style and comfort.

            Most popular men’s footwear brands have some version of an all-weather boot in various colors and styles.  You may find a suede-like finish with a seal reading, “WEATHERPROOF” on the inside.  Or, a leather boot that promises to be “treated during the tanning process”.  Both are great solutions for a low-maintenance, but high functioning weatherproof boot.

Can’t get enough of our footwear essentials series? Check below for our previous picks. Women’s footwear essentials are up next!

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The Shoes You Need Now

As part of our footwear essentials series, we’re diving into more must-have styles you need this season. Check out all of our essentials below:

Invest in a Quality Modern Sneaker

Step Up Your Style in Chelsea Boots

Finish Your Fall Look in Chukka Boots

Every man needs a great pair of dress shoes to round out his wardrobe.  Even if you only wear them 1-2 times per year, or even less than that, it’s worth investing in a quality pair.  You never know when a special occasion, like a friend’s wedding, or an unfortunate occasion, like a funeral may occur.  Be prepared, and leave the last minute shopping to the “Late Lacys”. 

Finding your brand, in other words, the brand of dress shoes you feel most comfort spending your hard earned money on is a good place to start.  If your favorite casual shoe brand makes dress shoes, start there.  However, if you know you will be living in your dress shoes for most of the year, invest in a high quality brand to get the most bang for your buck.

I have two suggestions for styles that will stand the test of time; the first is the cap toe oxford.  Most men’s footwear brands make their unique version of a cap toe oxford in various colors and most have mass appeal.  This classic style allows you to wear your oxfords to work and special occasions.  Never feel under-dressed again, and rest assured the cap toe will never fall out of fashion.

The second dress shoe suggestion is a more modern look, the monk strap.  As you break-in your monk strap shoes, the material softens and you can usually slip them on like a loafer.  But, this look is much more sophisticated than your average loafer.  There are so many variations to choose from within the double monk or single monk styles.  Decide if you like a plain-toe or a more detailed approach, and this will help you decide which style you feel most comfortable in.  Once your level of detail is decided, the rest is easy.  Choose a style you will want to wear with every look in your closet, and your investment will be solidified.

Footwear Essentials for Men: The Modern Sneaker

Believe it or not, so many men still have not caught onto the modern sneaker trend!  For the last few years, sneakers have been the biggest menswear trend, by far.  If you’re still unsure about wearing a modern sneaker, next time you’re at work, or the bar, check out what your peers are wearing.  Take a look at your coworkers, and especially your boss, check out what they have on their feet.  Chances are, your job has become/is becoming a more business casual environment. 

Take a cue from the men around you, and give into this updated footwear trend.  It’s worth investing in a quality brand which offers comfort, a variety of traditional colors, and materials.  A quality pair of modern sneakers will certainly last you through this season, next spring, and many seasons to come.