Band of Bow Tie Brothers

The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. –Fight Club, in apparent violation of its own rule Unlike with Fight Club (and very much like CrossFit fanatics/Vegan dieters/Gluten-free adherents) the first rule of bow tie wearers is: You talk about it. I’ve learned the truth of this only lately.… Continue reading Band of Bow Tie Brothers

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I say manly affection; you say assault and battery. ToMAYto, ToMAHto.

Since time immemorial, it’s been the duty of uncles to harass nephews at every turn, particularly  during family reunions. This is a manly way of displaying affection without, you know, being affectionate. Both sides know their roles, generally speaking, and the tradition is passed down through the generations.   I have only one nephew, and… Continue reading I say manly affection; you say assault and battery. ToMAYto, ToMAHto.

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The shoe must go on

Here’s a photo of what arguably is the most compelling conversation piece in the history of pieces of conversation: No, not the sock – although shark socks definitely haven’t yet jumped the you-know-what. It’s the shoe, seen here in fashionable out-of-focus fashion (hey, you try taking a surreptitious photo with your phone in Sunday School… Continue reading The shoe must go on

Shoe Blues

I put on my cycling shoes yesterday and, boy, was I surprised to look down and see this: Shocking, right? They just don’t make shoes like they used to. Where’s the pride of craftsmanship, the burning desire to create goods that stand the test of time? I mean, if a pair of cycling shoes will… Continue reading Shoe Blues

Shoe Down

Looks like a muddy shoe, doesn’t it? Only it’s not. It’s what a spontaneously delaminating Tecnica hiking boot looks like, and it’s not a pretty sight…nor a pleasant experience when it happens while one is walking across a parking lot in a rainstorm. That’s precisely what happened to Debbie yesterday. She wore these boots to… Continue reading Shoe Down

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Awesome All-Stars

So, Converse gives you the power to design your own All-Stars, a sure sign that the Apocalypse is still a ways off. And not only can you customize the regular ol’ canvas sneaker, but they also provide a patent leather version as a blank canvas on which to paint your footly masterpiece. Can I resist?… Continue reading Awesome All-Stars

The TSA and Manly Footwear

Just as you should take care about what you say around TSA screeners, so should you pay attention to what they say — or don’t say — around you.