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The Obtainer

Friday, January 26th Edition

Shoe box
Shoe box
Cory Ohlendorf

The weekend is here … why not kick it off with some shoe shopping? Especially when there are so many good pairs dropping lately. And if you’ve got salt stains on your current shoes, make sure to clean them off this weekend. Just mix up a solution of one part plain white vinegar to two parts water. That’ll do the trick!

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf

The New Shoes on Our Radar

Sperry by Chris Echevarria Captain's Oxford

Is it time to re-evaluate the shoes in your closet? Maybe this list will help get you going in the right direction. There are so many great styles dropping these days, we thought we would pull a few of our current favorites to showcase. From Chris Echevarria's first Sperry drop and some hybrid sneakers to some seriously cozy boots, these are the shoes our team can't stop talking about.

New Picks

Sperry by Chris Echevarria Captain's Oxford

We were waiting for this collection ever since Sperry announced that they'd made the Blackstock & Weber founder their new creative director. Echevarria didn't disappoint with his first collection and, if you ask us, these were the star of the lineup. This archival design was the original shoe design produced by Paul Sperry, but it's been updated for 2024 in a tonal colorway, cut from premium “hairy suede”, which looks (and feels) even better in person. Handcrafted in Maine, they're finished with a Vibram lug sole and will look just as good with your winter wardrobe as they will come spring.

Saucony Shadow 6000 Moc Sneaker

In theory, you might not think this would work. It's like the lovechild of a sneaker and a Wallabee. But the moc-toe construction of this Saucony Shadow, finished with a gum wrapper sole, feels very fresh. It's half moccasin, half sneaker, and a 100% game-changer. And bonus, it's now on sale.

$130 / $103.95 by Saucony

L.L. Bean Flannel-Lined Engineer Boot

Has all this bad weather lately made you rethink your current boot lineup? It certainly has us looking for even more sturdy (and warm) options, which led us to L.L. Bean's newest take on their signature Bean Boots. The Engineer style is lined in premium flannel, insulated for extra-cozy warmth and handsewn in Maine. Plus, they look as good with everything from jeans and chinos to workwear pants.

$279 by L.L. Bean

Smart Buys
Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

Polo Ralph Lauren Colden corduroy down jacket

Corduroy may look professorial, but it's one of winter's sturdiest fabrics. This jacket features a wide-wale corduroy and 650-fill-power down for insulation to protect against the elements.

$348 / $199.99 by Polo Ralph Lauren

L.L. Bean BeanBuilt waffle overshirt

This workwear-inspired overshirt from L.L. Bean is an essential layering piece. The hefty waffle-knit sits comfortably on the skin and looks excellent over a T-shirt or thermal.

$89.99 / $69.99 by L.L. Bean 

Gramicci Down puffer vest

Gramicci's down vest is crafted from a soft textured taffeta made with 80% down and 20% feathers. It's a practical, stylish and reliable layering source.

$250 / $200 by Gramicci 

GANT Relaxed-fit tapered jean

Faded black denim may be the wash missing from your closet. GANT's is crafted from a mid-weight twill with a relaxed fit and tapered leg. These are versatile enough to wear with boots, brogues and sneakers.

$175 / $87.50 by GANT 

Levi's Type I sherpa trucker jacket

You don't have to put your denim jackets on ice until springtime since Levi's has updated their classic silhouette with sherpa fleece. And now you can get it for nearly half off.

$128 / $70.98 by Levi's 

Snow Peak Flexible insulated pant

Want real protection from the cold? Snow Peak's insulated pants thrive in frigid temp thanks to their water-repellant and heat-retaining qualities. Plus, they look pretty cool, too.

$199.95 / $119.97 by Snow Peak 

Worth a Read
Worth a Read

The three best stories from around the web.

I like the reverse weave of Champion from the ’70s and Levi’s from the ’90s.”



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Robb Report

Deadstock was fashion’s best-kept secret, and today nobody knows exactly how much is out there; there’s not even an official industry definition of the term.”


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