If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, those things can be easy enough to find. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.
Recommendations for a basic, casual boat shoe or loafer for beach vacations? Want something more unique than a Sperry or Quoddy but not a $1,000 streetwear monstrosity? More like a warm-weather equivalent of everyone’s (and my) beloved Blundstone boots and New Balance 990s?
This is an ODDLY specific question, so I am going to give you a few options.
Or, instead of boat shoes, I like espadrilles. They are timeless and durable. This blue-striped pair from Drake’s is handmade in Spain from breathable Oxford cloth, so your dogs won’t sweat in Cap Ferret. They have a proper rubber sole, so you can wear them to dinner if you need to.
Please stick with me here, but I think flip-flops — on holiday — are cool. A cheap pair ($18) of Havaianas in navy cannot be beaten on the sand. If those are too low rent for you, Hermès makes a pair. I wouldn’t try to raise a sail in them, but post-swim, they work. No muss, no fuss.
Finally, I must also recommend my J.M. Weston loafers, which I’ve worn on vacation before. Yes, they cost about as much as a $1,000 streetwear monstrosity — but, unlike trendier footwear, these are classics that won’t go out of style. To that end, they look chic anywhere, and a little sand can be brushed right off.
Warby Parker used to sell frames called “Abbot,” and they were perfect for my slim, Scandinavian face. Now I need a new prescription, and it no longer sells that particular frame. Any suggestions for something similar? Preferably, something that comes in white/clear.
Time to upgrade, friend.
If you must stay on the lower end price-wise, the Waylaid from Eyebobs in crystal would be a slight departure but probably still flattering. They are a little meatier but won’t overpower those slim Scandi features!
Saw you were just at Pitti Uomo in Milan. Are the fashion folk carrying any new status items or accessories I should know about?
Most of the things I saw at Pitti Uomo … were awful. Although I was distracted by delicious carbohydrates at every turn, I was able to capture a few cool guys, and, yes, I did spot some trends!
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