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Red Clay Soul Shoes Brooks Brothers Alden Lucchese Sid Mashburn Allen Edmonds

The High Five is a series that explores the five favorite things in a certain category. The following are Jay of Red Clay Soul’s five favorite shoes. You can view my High Five post on his blog. If you’d like to participate in future posts, please send me an e-mail.

Over the past few years, I’ve concentrated on building a ‘classic’ shoe collection.  While I do have some one-off pairs that get a fair amount of wear, the classics get worn the most.  They go with almost everything, and work in most situations.  Another focus is quality.  For me, the ability to repair or resole a pair of shoes is a must when making an investment in a pair of shoes.  These are My Five that rank at the top of the heap: (more…)

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Buffalo Jackson Laramie Horse Bit Driving Shoe Mocassion Leather Bison

Sometimes you just need to mix it up and find a product that’s a little bit out of the ordinary.  It doesn’t have to be something crazy or out there, but rather something with a subtle difference in design or made from a material you wouldn’t normally think of using.  That’s what you’ll find in the Laramie Horse Bit Driving Shoe by Buffalo Jackson ($184.95), a driving shoe made not from typical cow leather but rather rugged bison leather. (more…)

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Southern Marsh Catamaran Sandal

The flip-flop is one of those essential pieces of summer gear.  Its convenience and simple design makes it the perfect shoe for trips to the beach.  Ever worn a pair of closed toe shoes to the beach?  It’s not fun trying to get all the sand out once you leave.  So how did this summer staple come to be, when should you wear it and what are your options in the marketplace? (more…)

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Allen Edmonds Fastball Boat Shoes

Tonight baseball’s biggest stars will duke it out in the name of league pride for the fans.  Most fans will be wearing jerseys to support their favorite players and teams but that’s something that is best left to the players.  Instead, opt for a more stylish option, like a classic pair of boat shoes customized for team pride.  Step up to the plate and prepare to knock it out of the park with the Fastballs by Allen Edmonds ($115). (more…)

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For some people warmer weather means it’s time to wear nothing but flip-flops for the next few months.  While that’s fine if you live on the beach, a better summer footwear option is the white buck shoe.  Originally crafted from deerskin (hence the name), bucks began life in the 1800’s as a shoe for tennis.  Eventually they were adopted by the preppy set for dressier occasions and have been the summer shoe of choice ever since.  The shoes even gave rise to the term “white shoe firm” to describe many of the leading professional service firms and their WASP-y stereotypes.  Traditionally white bucks come with a brick red rubber sole but these days you’ll find all sorts of other options.  Make sure to invest in a suede brush to keep your bucks scuff free all summer long.

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They say April showers bring May flowers but they can also bring damp, uncomfortable clothes if you’re not properly prepared.  There isn’t anything much worse than having to sit in class or at the office soaked to the bone and it’s not an overly attractive look either.  Stay dry this spring with these two looks, one for the gentlemen and one for the ladies. (more…)

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