No Brown In Town Rule

I am all in favour of the ‘classic’ style rules, but sometimes we just have to concede that times change and style must evolve…
So why is it still only the select few mavericks who will wear brown shoes in the city?

After my recent visit to Jermyn Street I found myself craving a pair of new brown shoes to add some spice to my wardrobe. On searching I could hear the words of gentleman from a bygone age ringing in my ears…. ‘No brown in town’!

To add to the dilemma, when looking in the window of my favourite shoemakers shop windows, there were the finest brown leather shoes on display – even though these stores were in the very heart of the city.

It was enough to make any modern gentleman reach for his wallet! I did manage to resist the temptation and decided to do some further reading. I found a mountain of evidence justifying this outdated rule, but precious few who were willing to go against the grain. I did stumble upon a fantastic blog by The Shoe Snob – Justin FitzPatrick and his great post no brown in town yeah right. I feel completely vindicated as Justin is clearly an expert. Justin also appears to have a genuine fondness for Edward Green shoes, and if they are good enough for the shoe snob……

There are so many new and interesting combinations available to you when mixing your wardrobe and shoes. It will also make having a shoe rotation a whole lot easier (shoe rotations is a post for another time). At the end of the day, it’s all about having a flexible wardrobe you can get the best out of. Much of your classic wardrobe can be brought to life by brown shoes. I appreciate the more traditional amongst you will shudder at the thought – but as the modern gentlemen evolves with the times, so will the classic style rules.

No brown in town? You must be kidding!

Men Should Not Be Alone

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him…”

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

  • There is little that is so difficult for a person to bear as loneliness.
  • Prisoners held in solitary confinement have told of rejoicing to see even a spider – at least it is something alive.
  • God created us to be communal beings. Yet our modern world is frighteningly devoid of relationships.
  • In many areas of life, technological progress has resulted in the deterioration of community. Increasingly, technology has made people seem unnecessary.

As the elderly are placed into retirement communities or personal-care homes, as factory workers are replaced by hi-tech robotics, as young men and women search in vain for meaningful employment, they fall into cycles of hopelessness. Some depend on the help of therapists or psychologists, and others seek avenues of escape such as alcohol, drugs, or suicide. Cut off from God and each other, thousands of people lead lives of quiet desperation.

To live in isolation, whether outwardly or inwardly, can lead to despair. Thomas Merton writes:

Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a man deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost… Despair is the ultimate development of a pride so great and so stiff-necked that it selects the absolute misery of damnation rather than accept happiness from the hands of God and thereby acknowledge that he is above us and that we are not capable of fulfilling our destiny ourselves.

But a man who is truly humble cannot despair, because in a humble man there is no longer any such thing as self-pity.

We see here that pride is a curse that leads to death. Humility, however, leads to love. Love is the greatest gift given to humankind; it is our true calling. It is the “yes” to life, the “yes” to community. Love alone fulfills the longing of our innermost being.

God created us to live with and for others.

5 Brands Hipsters Love

There’s no one uniform look for hipsters, but you know one when you see/smell one. In fact, the term has become so ubiquitous that it’s almost, dare we say, mainstream? Whatever “hipster” is these days, there are at least a few consistencies.

Their tastes are both cheap and pricey, they’re disdainful of the average, except when ironically enjoying the average, and their love for certain clothing brands runs deep.

For reasoning that the hipster is entirely self-aware of, a few brands stick out to him as ones that can’t be tossed aside even if they become mainstream. Along with the reliable standby accessories of tattoos and beards, these are The 5 Brands Hipsters Love.

  1. Starter
  2. Fred Perry
  3. America Apparel
  4. Urban Outfitter
  5. Jeremy Scott

They may not want to admit it, but the average hipster’s closet is at least 35% Urban Outfitter and American Apparel. From the tees to the hoodies to the tube socks, this one brand essentially created the hipster archetype that anyone could hop onto. All it took was a trip to whatever mall the nearest AA was in, throwing down a few bucks, and voila, you can express your authentic individuality while looking like everyone else.