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A year ago I bought these Russel Moccasins at the Stronghold, 220$ was allot for a casual non goodyear welted sole, but they had the most pleasing design of any casual summer shoe I had seen, and I needed an egress route from the world of flip flops. A year later I’m still happy with my choice, the styling of the shoe is less jarring than either a traditional boat shoe or moccasin. Thought It is still a clunky casual shoe, and nothing I could wear with a formal outfit, it is much more tolerable than the contrast sole and stitching of a boat shoe, or the feminine fopishness of moccasin, I’ve even gotten on board with the beef roll upper. But in the end, what sold me then and pleases me now is that they moose-hide sole can be re-soled by Russel Moccasin and the unparalleled comfort of a broken in soft constructed leather shoe in the summer. And big points as always for on old all American brand.

A year ago I bought these Russel Moccasins at the Stronghold, 220$ was allot for a casual non goodyear welted sole, but they had the most pleasing design of any casual summer shoe I had seen, and I needed an egress route from the world of flip flops. A year later I’m still happy with my choice, the styling of the shoe is less jarring than either a traditional boat shoe or moccasin. Thought It is still a clunky casual shoe, and nothing I could wear with a formal outfit, it is much more tolerable than the contrast sole and stitching of a boat shoe, or the feminine fopishness of moccasin, I’ve even gotten on board with the beef roll upper. But in the end, what sold me then and pleases me now is that they moose-hide sole can be re-soled by Russel Moccasin and the unparalleled comfort of a broken in soft constructed leather shoe in the summer. And big points as always for on old all American brand.

J’ has been a good friend of mine for a while now, and the only guy I would ever let near me with a tattoo gun. We bounce ideas off each other all the time and somewhere in one of those exchanges came the topic of jeans. I take it as a sign of good taste that he has been looking for a solid pair of selvege denim for months now and found nothing that suits him. The current skinny/narrow leg style doesn’t fit J’s character or build. Muy-Thai, tattooing, and chopper riding aren’t conducive to skinny jeans and neither is J. So he went with a traditional fit with only a slight taper at the leg and a heavier denim (14.5 Nihon Menpu). The only flash is in the pocket bags J’ chose, and the leather patch he took home to tool up himself. More on that later..

Left Field NYC Sulfer Dyed Greaser Jean

I’m on day 4 of breaking this pair in, they have the most balanced feel and best fit of any pair I own so far. I couldn’t be happier to finally find a pair of selvedge jeans that walks the line between skinny and straight without straying into baggyness or girlfriend jeans. I have gotten very little perspective on them so far, give it a month (or 6, or 24…) but from the get go this is the stiffest pair I’ve put on, right up there with Irionhearts and Samurais. Unlike those ultra heavy weight denims (17-22oz), the greaser jeans as far as I can tell get their rigidity more from the special sulfur finish, though they are by no means lightweights either (best guess, 14oz).  With a little coaxing they stood up on their own… I always thought that was a myth too… with all that rigidity, creases are already starting to form and I am excited to see how these things are going to fade.  On comfort and sizing, I went with my normal 30 and it’s working well so far, they were a bit tighter than other pairs I have put on (much more than Levi’s, a hair more than 3Sixteens) but after a few hours of riding around and subsequently passing out with them on, they now fit much better and are working their way to comfortable.  You denim geeks have any insane thread count questions? Send ‘em my way.