We’re 100 percent on the 3/4 boot this summer. Top yours off with some fresh headgear.
The wingtip is a dapper dandy type-deal—which is fine if you’re a dapper dandy. But something cool happens when you take the top of the shoe and
stretch it up over the ankle. Suddenly you’re looking at a man’s wingtip—like these lace-up boots from Allen Edmonds, $426 at Bloomingdale’s. They’ve been crafted with honest Midwestern pride since 1922 and will play quite nicely with Burberry’s Rohan Tonal Check skinny tie. $165 at Bloomingdale’s
Anchor the Soles
Many of John Lobb’s creations are made to order in a 190-step process the Parisian boot makers have perfected over the last 150 years. The company has a Madison Avenue shop in NYC where readymade boots are available, like the Highgates in plum museum calf leather, $1,510 (also at johnlobb.com); or stick with black, brown, gold-(ish) and even a deep misty blue. When your shoe game is this fundamentally sound it opens up room to take chances in other areas—like this outlandish but compelling anchor print bow tie from Mo’s Bows, $50. Moziah Bridges started the company when he was nine years old and thanks to his entrepreneurship, his designs are available at Neiman Marcus and elsewhere.
Contrast stitching, air-cushioned soles and vaunted durability make Dr. Martens an absolute icon. The brand’s Talib, around $120, is a minimally structured boot in full-grain leather with a waxed finish that’s designed to individualize over time. Protip: “Docs” don’t come in half sizes, but they run big. If you normally wear a 10.5, size down to 10. Complete the look with an ironclad accessory like these stainless steel aviators from Carrera. About $210 at Precision Eyecare, Huntington, (631) 462-2020