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Friday, December 28, 2012

Das Boot [Podiatric Sartorialism part deux]

Das Boot is the contemporaneously world famous container which one fills with their beer of choice and tries to drink it in its entirety as a sort of drinking game.  Although its origin is subject to speculation, the below is directly from Wikipedia:

"Beer boots, or Bierstiefel, have over a century of history and culture behind them. It is commonly believed that a general somewhere promised his troops to drink beer from his boot if they were successful in battle. When the troops prevailed, the general had a glassmaker fashion a boot from glass to fulfill his promise without tasting his own feet and to avoid spoiling the beer in his leather boot. Since then, soldiers have enjoyed toasting to their victories with a beer boot. At gatherings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, beer boots are often passed among the guests for a festive drinking challenge. Since the movie Beerfest appeared in 2006, beer boots have become increasingly popular in the United States. It is an old joke to hand the boot to a young novice drinker with the tip pointing away from his person, which will result in beer pouring over the drinker's face uncontrollably when air enters the tip; seasoned drinkers always point the tip towards their body until the glass is sufficiently drained. Beer boots are made of either manufactured pressed glass or mouth blown glasses by skilled artisans in form of a boot."

Aside from drinking shenanigans, boots are a staple of menswear and have been such a staple from time immemorial, well, far back enough to escape our modern memories.  Winter is the best time to sport a pair to complement your cold weather gear.  Several types exist that are available for every day use, a more business like attire, for snow, mud, trekking, and among sundry other activities.  This form of shoe wear can come not only with aesthetic, but also practical purpose for the surface on which it will travel.

They can range in height, size, material, and colors.  Below are some currently used styles that are quite stylish and in vogue for men which I recommend and wear as well on occasion:
Timberland Chukka 

Allen Edmonds Daltons

Clarks Desert Boots

Allen Edmonds Fifth Street

LL Bean Boots

Red Wing Boots

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