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Review: The Vader Mission Belt

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As far as accessories go, the belt is one that you would probably find in every man’s closet. It may be something that is not worn every day, but at some time you will need that finished look that can only be accomplished with the right belt.

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You may think that all belts are the same, but there is one that has features that set it apart from the rest. The innovative design of the Mission Belt, developed by Nate Holzapfel in Provo, Utah, is set to take the belt world by storm.  The revolutionary quality of these belts is that it has no holes, which avoids the cracked leather and stretched holes from normal wear and tear of other belts.

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Despite not having fastening holes, the Mission Belt is totally adjustable with a customized fit of ¼ inch increments – it will fit you before and after Thanksgiving dinner. The belt’s closure system is based on ratchet action and it has a release for quick removal that gives the piece a cool mechanical feel. The Mission Belt also offers a selection of interchangeable belt buckles, so you can change the look without getting another belt.

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The particular piece I got to try out is the Mission Belt Vader. It is a classic-looking black belt with a sleek metallic buckle rocking a delicious black acrylic finish. The leather is 1.25 inch wide and has a synthetic coating for the buckle to slide over without fail. It is a totally customizable fit and comes in S-XL. The Vader is fantastically priced at $34.95 and you can feel good that the company is dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger around the world.

I highly recommend the Vader for the man pursuing some innovation in his accessorizing efforts!

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Key Accessories Can Be Chic!

When thinking about accessories, key chains don’t normally come to mind, but they are an important part of everyday life.  We use keys for just about everything and as time goes by, we seem to accumulate more keys each year.

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One innovative way to keep your keys organized is with the KeySmart.  It is a patent pending design that seems to be using a similar design to the jack knife/ multi-tool, but specifically for keys.  The keys are attached to either end of the holder and have the ability to flip out and back, keeping the holder’s slim shape that would easily slide into any pocket or purse.  Specifically, the KeySmart 2.0 model comes in the bright color selections of blue, orange, green, and purple, but also in neutrals like black, slate, and titanium.

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The KeySmart is crafted of aircraft aluminum and stainless for durability with the ability to expand for more than four keys.  And at a mere $19.98, it is organization plus economy! I suspect I’ll be using my blue one for a while to come.

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The next key accessory is by J.W. Hulme and is constructed of 100% rich brown leather with brass hardware.  It has a “dog leash” style finding on one end and the key ring on the other.  The ingenious part is the loop that it forms, which allows it to be snapped onto a larger object that may be too big for the other closure.  For $38 at East Dane, it would be a great gift for those looking for a bit of luxury.

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Lastly, the Lobster Claw Key Fob by Jack Spade is a simple but effective design.  Available in a nickel or brass finish, both key chains have a substantial lobster claw clasp that is opposite the key ring, which can easily hook onto pant-loops or a backpack. I chose this style for my teenager after they “misplaced” the only set of keys to the car and I had to have it towed home. This fob is better for heavy-duty key grouping while the KeySmart definitely reigns for streetwear use.

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Fashion Review – Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses

The Ray-Ban Eyewear and Sunglass Company was founded in 1937 and has their headquarters in one of the fashion centers of the world: Milan, Italy. The Ray-Ban sunglasses have been celebrity favorites from Bob Marley in the 1950’s to Tom Cruise in the 1990’s and still remain a top eyewear company.

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With the polarization of their lenses, Ray-Ban sunglasses have become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts like bikers, joggers, golfers, and drivers. They are especially popular with the water-loving population for their ability to reflect the light and block the glare.

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Men’s Fashion Review – H&B London British Racing Green Billfold Wallet

When you are out shopping for men’s wallets, there are the basic styles of bi-fold and tri-fold. Essentially, it is just a matter of preference. The bi-fold is a little wider in shape, but the tri-fold is a little thicker to carry. Also, there aren’t usually a huge selection of leathers except for black and brown. One exception to the rule, thankfully, is the British Racing Green Billfold Wallet by H&B London.

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Its rich green color, which happens to be close to the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, is something that will blend well with the deep browns and tans of the Fall/Winter season. It is made of Buffalo calfskin, which is a heavier leather and much more durable than other, more widely used leathers. It has a substantial amount of card storage what with cozy eight slots and the interior is lined with a navy silk, making it even more of a luxury accessory.

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Men’s Fashion Review – Ted Baker Mindblo Corduroy Shirt

Time again for a review of fine men’s clothing! This time, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Ted Baker Mindblo Corduroy Shirt. How does it fare?

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Men’s Fashion Review: Goodoo shoes

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I’m always on the hunt for new, exciting shoes. Though I have a taste for dressier ones, my interest generally falls towards streetwear footwear. Recently, the good people at Goodoo sent me several pairs from their collection to review. Let’s see how their “yum” shoes fair first.

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I really like the color of these shoes, a blend of white and tan. The outsoles of the shoes could use some better color attention though as they are of boring black rubber. Overall the stitching/ construction is solid and the laces strong. The leather is very well-treated though I wonder if it will fade over time.

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As for function, the foam insoles are supportive yet comfy. After walking in them for a few miles, I didn’t experience any aching or irritation. The backs are sturdy and therefore don’t invite the bad habit of slipping in of feet.

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All that being said, I have gripes with some design choices. For one, the Goodoo plate with raised letters strikes me as a little tacky. Even more questionable are the chains dangling on the outfacing sides as seen here. Fortunately, they are easily removed.

These are solid albeit somewhat curious shoes.

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Men’s Fashion Review: Birkenstock Sandals

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Summer’s almost over, so best not to invest in sandals just right now. But for next year, consider purchasing a pair of Birkenstocks. Let’s see how this pair care of the Family Footwear Center fared in the final weeks of the sunny season.
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These Birkenstock Milano sandals, Cocoa Nubuck color, are pretty awesome. For one, I love the color and expect it will fade gracefully. Two straps is just number needed and it’s definitely an added bonus that they are made of soft leather. In fact, the plentiful use of leather is very much welcomed – when was the last time your sandals stretched and breathed? The branding’s also kept to the footbed, which is a tasteful move.
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Speaking of the footbed, my only gripe with these Birkenstocks is that the mold of the bed, its hills and valleys, hasn’t exactly jived with the structure of my feet so far. I hear the sandals “adapt” to the unique shape your feet, but not fast enough since sometimes wearing them can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, the sole is very well constructed and conforms pretty well to the terrain and so isn’t too sturdy. I purposefully stomped on some gravel and didn’t
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Overall, a very nice pair of sandals. And aside from carrying bomb sandals such as these, Family Footwear Center sells Carolina boots, Chippewa Boots, and work boots.

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