Top 5 Most Wanted – November 2011
Consider these to be power rankings. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. The best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Agreements, disagreements, and additions are more than welcome in the comments section below.
There’s not a lot of fall/winter suiting options that lean casual, but this one from L.L. Bean is like a cold weather version of their new traditional twill summer suit. It’s dressed up but can also dressed down with a patterned shirt, sweater, and no tie. This seems to have a better fit in the pants compared to the new traditional twill, and they replaced patch pockets for standard flaps on the jacket. A little pricey, but the jacket can be worn with jeans and the pants will be perfect on their own.
4. Florsheim Gaffney – $96.00 w/ code link20 + Custom Soles – $45
Credit to Aaron L. for coming up with the idea to change the sole. These are his boots. He wasn’t sure if he’d like the lug sole on the Gaffneys, and when they showed up he wasn’t thrilled. The rest of the boot was more than fine. So much so that he took them to his local cobbler, and they took the lug sole off and replaced it with a more traditional rubber sole. As he mentioned in the comments over here, it “completely changed the look of the boot.” Nice work.
Shining shoes can be an odd balancing act without the help of a shoe valet and its support stand. For sixty shipped you get a cedar shoe valet with a sliding top so you can store your shoe care gear inside, and they throw in plenty of essentials to get you started if you don’t have any. Made in the USA too.
2. The Black Keys – El Camino (available December 6th)
The Black Keys have a new album coming out in early December. Our music correspondent Tim Johnstone sent along the new single via email, in which the subject was only “this is all kinds of awesome, this is.” 8 seconds in and you know Tim’s dead on. Head this way for more on the star of the video for their first single “Lonely Boy.”
Hot damn the blue Q-Dial is back. The code FALL2011 will get you 20% off through Timex.com too. Ships free as well. The chronograph doesn’t seem to be on Timex.com but does ship (and return) free through Amazon or Nordstrom. No word on when the Timex.com code expires.