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Menswear Monday: Fall Footwear Preview

Hello gents! As summer slowly winds down and fall starts to make its approach, I thought I’d help you get ahead of the style game by highlighting three must haves in men’s fall footwear. These timeless shoe staples are ones that you can keep on rotation in your wardrobe starting now and transition effortlessly into your fall wardrobe as the weather cools down.

Without further ado, here are three men’s footwear staples to get you ready for fall: 

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Workwear Boots:

The durable workboot has been a strong part of men’s wardrobes for a long time. The silhouette has been updated a bit over the years, and this season, we’re seeing a focus on a deep toe and tongue-to-toe lacing. Opt for neutral tones in brown for the most versatile look. You can dress them up with a smart pair of trousers or keep them casual with jeans.

1. Danner Bull Run Christy ST

2. Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Rodeo Boot

3. Carhartt 6” Moc Toe Wedge Safety Toe Boot

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Ankle Boots:

The next essential fall shoe I want to bring to your attention is the reliable ankle boot. Yes, it’s been around forever, but the styling of the ankle boot seems to keep evolving. You’ll find many celebrities wearing this with everything from distressed jeans to dressed-up trousers. To dress down the look for the weekend, I suggest pairing them with low-key denim and a light knit sweater or long-sleeved shirt.

1. Bruno Magli Raspino

2. Dune London Crib

3. Florsheim Rockit Chukka Boots

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Chelsea Boots:

Last but certainly not least is the flat Chelsea boot. This is a great addition to any wardrobe for that traditional look that never goes out of style. This season, invest in a rich leather Chelsea with a low stacked heel or maybe something a little more casual with exposed stitching. Either way, this classic shoe pairs very well with just about anything, from your favorite jeans and a tee to chinos and a button-up shirt for the office.

1. Cole Haan Copley Chelsea Boot

2. Ted Baker Camroon

3. Steve Madden Heynow

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Menswear Monday: What to Wear on Casual Fridays

Good day, gents! For today’s Menswear Monday, I wanted to fast forward a bit and focus on that day of the week that we all look forward to – Casual Fridays! How does one manage to look professional still dressed down to celebrate the TGIF spirit? Below, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to achieving that perfect balance of business and casual.

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1. Vince Basic Slub Polo Shirt

2. Rodd & Gunn Dune Lake Shirt

3. Nautica Long Sleeve Solid Oxford

4. RVCA The Ween-End Stretch Pants

5. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Cotton Flat Front Dress Pant

6. Brixton Reserve Chino Pant

7. Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip

8. PUMA El Ace 3 Leather Sneakers

9. Globe Moonshine

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Let’s start with more traditional workwear staples like the suit. Suits can still be incorporated into your Casual Friday ensemble by simply dressing them down a bit.  You can opt for a slightly more fashionable version of your classic business suit but still look professional. You can also liven up a classic suit by adding in a bright button-up shirt underneath. No tie needed here! It’s Casual Friday after all!

Another cool Casual Friday outfit option for the office is a sleek monochromatic look. Pull in either all grey or a combination of grey, black and white. You can also do a more casual approach to monochrome dressing by pairing a nice chambray button-up with a mid-blue chino pant. Again, leave the tie at home. If you feel you must wear a tie, try a slim light grey tie for a more fashion-forward, casual feel.

Tie your Casual Friday outfit together with a nice pair of men’s oxfords or, if your workplace allows for it, wear a sleek and simple pair of sneakers. 

I hope your workweek goes smoothly (and quickly) into Casual Friday! Try one of these outfit tips in the office this Friday and you’ll be able to transition right to Happy Hour in style.

--B

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Fancy Friday: Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Casual Staples

TGIFF! If you were wondering…the extra “F” is for “Fancy”. Here at the Zappos HQ, office dress code leans a lot towards the casual side. However, there are certain days that just call for a dose of fancy…Why not Friday?

Think about it. You’ve survived a long workweek full of meetings, errands and day-to-day stresses. End the week with major style--or should we say, start the weekend off right by getting your fancy on! It’s all about dressing up and feeling confident as you head into the weekend! And believe us, a pair of fancy heels, a cute skirt or dapper loafers can do some amazing things to re-energizing your entire style outlook.

Below are just a few easy ways to dress up some of your favorite casual staples like jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Casual Fridays? We say break away from the usual and start your own Fancy Friday trend instead!

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For Her:

Boyfriend Jeans

featured style: Levi’s® Women’s 501 Customized Jeans

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Sky-High Heels

featured style: Nine West Tatiana Pumps

Pairing relaxed-fit denim with dressier heels adds up to such an effortlessly chic look for both day and night. We particularly love oversized boyfriend jeans paired with super sexy pumps. It just elevates the look and keeps the jeans from looking frumpy.

 

Basic Tees

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Skirts

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The unsung hero of our closets, basic tees are surprisingly versatile for a lot of different occasions. To dress up a simple cotton t-shirt, pair it with a knee-length skirt for the office, and a sparkly mini skirt for a night out. You can even let a printed or sequined skirt shine by pairing it with a very basic tee. It’s all about striking that perfect balance of laidback and feminine.

 

Sweatshirts/Pullover

featured style: Free People In A Hurry Hoodie

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Leggings

featured style: HUE Floral Gleam Denim Skimmer Legging

Comfy up top, party in the bottom. That’s sort of the vibe this combo achieves with a mix of relaxed and dressy all in one easy-to-wear outfit. Take your oversized grey sweaters and sweatshirts up a notch with printed or textured leggings. The great part is, you can really go all out with the leggings here since the sweater is the more subdued element in this equation. Who says a sweatshirt has to be frumpy? Not with this killer combo!

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For Him:

Chino Pants

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Leather Loafers

featured style: ALDO Adleman

Chino pants are a great wardrobe staple any day of the week. To dress them up for the office or date night, grab a pair of classic men’s loafers to instantly add some refined style.

 

Basic Tees

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Tailored Trousers

featured style: Dockers Men’s Signature Khaki Slim Fit Flat Front Pant

Your favorite t-shirts aren’t just for pairing with jeans! Take your basic crewneck tees to a new level by wearing them with a smart pair of dress trousers. Throw on a light blazer or sport coat for an even more tailored feel.

 

Basic Jeans

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Leather Oxfords

featured style: Donald J Pliner Borak Oxfords

Your favorite blue jeans are just begging to be worn on a night on the town or for Fancy Friday! Give them a new dapper life by pairing with sleek oxfords.

 

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Menswear Monday: Spring Footwear Guide

When it comes to the world of men’s shoes, it really is an exciting time to be a guy. Not that I have experience in it firsthand, but I definitely believe that a well-dressed man isn't complete without the perfect pair of shoes, am I right? There are lots of awesome footwear options this spring for guys to put on heavy rotation—from sandals to sneakers; we’re seeing lots of old favorites making a triumphant comeback in stylish new ways!

Below is our shortlist of top styles to note this spring for men’s footwear—straight from the runways to real life. There’s really something for every guy. There’s the laidback fisherman sandal, which by the way, is one throwback style that’s making a very unexpected but welome return.

There’s also a huge focus on retro-style sneakers from New Balance, Nike and other classic athletic brands. These aren’t just for the gym or running errands, gents. On the contrary, the most stylish guys are wearing them with everything from chinos and a blazer to even mixing things up by rocking them with their corporate business suits! They sure make those morning commutes a lot more comfortable.

If you’re less on-the-go dude and more beach-bum material this spring and summer, you’ll love the leather slides that are popping up all over the place, particularly in leather. Birkenstock sandals, anyone?

For the more preppy gentlemen out there, there’s something for you, too. The moccasin loafer is a great option for a more laidback addition to your chinos and other office staples. Who knew your dad’s favorite shoe would be deemed as one of the season’s most on-trend men’s shoe must haves? Fashion really has a cyclical nature, doesn’t it?

Check out a few of our favorites in men’s spring footwear below:

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The Fisherman Sandal

1. Cole Haan Ginsberg Fisherman

2. H by Hudson Agali

3. Too Boot New York Panama

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The Leather Slide

4. UGG Delroy Slides

5. Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

6. OluKai Punono Slide

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The Retro Trainer:

7. Saucony Originals Bullet

8. Nike Air Pegasus 83

9. New Balance Classics ML565

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The Moccasin Loafer:

10. Hush Puppies Monaco Slip On

11. Geox Uomo Snake Mocassino

12. Cole Haan Grant Canoe Penny

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New Brand Spotlight: Base London

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Inspired by the footwear style demands of the British male, Base London® was established back in 1995 to deliver more affordable shoe options while keeping the integrity of the British aesthetic.

In the past, the dapper dudes of Britain were faced with only high-end designer label footwear if they wanted quality oxfords, loafers and other everyday shoe staples. Base London set out to bring confident style at a great price point with their great selection of versatile oxfords, brogues, wingtips and more.

Whether it’s for work, date night and everything in between, Base London men’s footwear is dedicated to delivering iconic British style to today’s stylish and modern gentlemen.

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New Brand Spotlight: H by Hudson

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Since 1990, H by Hudson™ has perfected the art of high quality, affordable shoes. Incorporating elements of music, art, style icons, and film into their contemporary and signature designs, they have crafted a unique and innovative brand.

Since the rollout of H men's in 2004 the line has demonstrated its repeated strength in eclectic design, offering everything from sharp dress shoes to contemporary casuals. In 2008 the H ladies line was created and offered an androgynous twist on an array of shoes from women's brogues to derby oxfords.

H by Hudson™ shoes are crafted from the finest leathers and produced in a range of scintillating, fashion forward styles. This has made H by Hudson a hub for footwear fashionistas far and wide.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Him

He may love football, bad TV and occasionally wearing sandals with socks, but it doesn’t mean that the man in your life wouldn’t appreciate a stylish gift for the holidays!

These awesome man gifts are perfect for integrating into his work or weekend wardrobe without a lot of fuss…so he can get back to doing guy things while looking great doing them. Just keep the whole socks with sandals thing to minimum, guys. Try a pair of JD Fisk shoes instead!

Holiday Gifts for Him

1. Shwood “Francis Fifty-Fifty” Polarized Sunglasses

2. Diesel “Jingle Pack” Scarf & Beanie Set

3. JD Fisk Cormac Boot

4. Fossil “Grant” Men’s Watch

5. Cufflinks Inc. “I Love You I Know” Cufflinks

6. Scotch & Soda Woolen Leather Gloves

7. Original Penguin “Baron” Solid Tie

8. Tumi “Astor Regis” Slim Zip Top Briefcase

9. Alternative “Jaspe” Eco-Fleece Hoodie

10. JD Fisk Gamble Oxfords


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Zappos Unrehearsed featuring Priory

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For our first ever Zappos Unrehearsed, we caught up with Priory, an indie alternative band from Portland, Oregon.

Check out their exclusive live performance and interview below and shop our curated styles inspired by the band!