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Boat shoes - at least look like you know which side is starboard

  The boat shoe has been a staple for sailors, boaters and prepsters for decades.   Now here at NOTA we're not followers, but people who own boats must surely have life (and footwear) figured out and are worth a tip or two.   Combining an easy casual style and uncompromising functionality the boat shoe should be an essential in every man's collection. A true do-it-all shoe, it will take you from the beach to the bar and just about everywhere your thongs can't take you.   Photos courtesy of: FashionBeans.com, GQ   In the early 1930's a boating enthusiast was walking his dog on a winter's day in Connecticut. What he was surprised and amazed by was the dog's ability to grip...

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The Five Shoes Every (Grown) Man Needs

  Your shoe collection should look something like this:   BLACK OXFORDS   The sensible foundation of every grown man’s shoe collection. These will get you just about each work day and every black-tie event life can throw at you – provided you keep them polished.   During the twentieth century, the oxford was the quintessential and most successful gentleman’s shoe, and it still persists today as the working man’s classic.  Originating from Britain, the region’s cold, wet weather led to sturdy construction methods in which heavy leather uppers were stitched to thick welted soles.  Those high-quality materials and workmanship were necessarily expensive, and they remain so. There’s no way around the fact: cheap shoes will always look like cheap...

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NOTA - A rulebook for men’s shoes

    We hate rules.   So let's just call these gentle guidelines:   It’s not rocket science - A black cap-toe oxford for work. A loafer for the weekend. A boot for the winter. That is your starting lineup.  Then occasionally play a pair of boat shoes, or sneakers off the bench.   Context is important - Understand that there is a time and place for everything. Finding the right shoes for the occasion is no exception. For example, the time and place for crocs are: never and the depths of hell.   Off the bench - Rotate your shoes like you rotate the tyres on your car. Your shoes will last longer and take you further. OK, so you...

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