How to Care for Canvas Sneaks: A Few Expert Tips

Timeless as they may be, a pair of canvas sneakers presents a bit of a paradox: They’re forever in style but they sure are hard to wear for, well, ever. Canvas shows age and with the frequency we wear ours that can happen way sooner than we’d like. We chatted with our friend, Chris Cottle at Vans, who could be considered a bit of an expert seeing as he’s surrounded by canvas shoes all day long. He did a little sleuthing and shared a few personal care tips. Tip numero uno? You’re gonna want to bookmark this post.

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The Road (Way) Less Traveled: a Conversation with the Collective Quarterly

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Consider it the B side to the American dream—instead of the white picket fence and the well-manicured lawn, there are those whose fantasy involves sweeping expanses of wild terrain, no neighbors in sight and a general willingness to do things the hard way.

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5 Tips for Taking The Perfect Shoe Shot (For a Chance to Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree)

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Snapping a “perfectly laid-back, styled but not too” shoe shot does take a little bit of work, but it’s never been more worth it. Post yours for a chance to win a $2,000 Madewell shopping spree plus everything you need for a perfect day of strolling: two pairs of Madewell boots (your choice), Grado headphones, one year of Spotify Premium, a Mizu water bottle and snacks from Baked.* Now, to make sure you nail those photos, we gathered up five tried-and-true tips. Let’s get snapping.

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Ground Level: Three Boot Styling Tricks

We follow very few rules when getting dressed. In fact, we’d say it’s more fun to do away with guidelines altogether. Right now, we’re all about mixing something a little laid-back with something more polished. (And since the point is not to match, it could be called an anti-rule.) We asked our stylists for advice on finding that sweet spot with our newest fall boots.

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Ground Level: Three Shoe Styling Tricks

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When it comes to personal style, we’re of the belief that there’s no such thing as a bad choice—but there are small tweaks that somehow just look and feel right. With a whole new crop of fall footwear to play with, we asked our stylists to create a few pairings that flatter and give every outfit that extra je ne sais quoi.

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Noticed: The Unlaced Oxford Shoe

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Often, the simplest and most subtle tweaks bring us the most sartorial joy—things that are really easy but also really outfit-making. And the latest discovery to fit that bill? Oxfords minus the laces. It’s that last part that makes them so right: Removing something that’s purely functional results in a subtle but still stylish statement.

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Meet Our New Mira Heel

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She might look familiar: She’s the heel of your dreams—and the scene-stealing star from our fall denim debut. Apologies for making you and your Skinny Skinny Jeans wait a few months to slip into these, but we made sure everything was exactly right, from the pointy toe and stiletto heel to the low vamp, cut just so (and by “just so” we mean s-e-x-y). We even added a little padding to the sole, so you can actually dance the night away. Worth the wait? We think so. Shop our Mira Heels now.

Five Degrees of Teddy (Loafers)

Meet Teddy. In timeless printed calf hair that gives everything in your wardrobe a kick of cool, and with a supremely comfortable wear-everywhere design, it’s basically the loafer of your dreams. So inspired are we by this new fellow in our style lives, that we can’t resist giving a shout-out to a few other beloved “Teddys,” just for fun.

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Teddy Boys

A 1950s British subculture birthed in London and characterized by teenage boys who dressed in throwback styles—think tailored drape jackets and high-waisted trousers paired with creepers or Oxfords—and listened to American rock n’ roll. The moniker “teddy boy” was reportedly coined by the Daily Express in 1953 and the lifestyle was outlined in detail in the 1958 pulp novel aptly titled Teddy Boy by Ernest Ryman. And it wasn’t just for the boys; “teddy girls” (aka “Judies”) also had a trademark look, rocking pencil skirts, rolled jeans, flats and tailored blazers.

Teddy Bear

It was one Teddy that inspired the creation of another. After The Washington Post ran a hugely popular political cartoon about then-president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s experience with an actual bear on a hunting trip in 1902, Brooklyn candy shop owners Morris and Rose Mitchom decided to sew some plush velvet into the shape of a bear, dubbed it “Teddy’s bear” and displayed it in their store window. The stuffed bear was a sensation and thus the now-ubiquitous children’s toy was born.

Teddy lingerie

Once referred to as the “envelope chemise”, the teddy, a silky, slip-like undergarment meant to be worn in place of a bra and underwear (or over a bra) first hit the market in the roaring twenties.

“Ready Teddy”

A toe-tapping, hip-shaking rock n’ roll classic, the song originally written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco, has been covered by a host of musical legends from Little Richard to Buddy Holly to Elvis Presley, among others. In 1960 it even made it onto the big screen in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

“Teddy” by JD Salinger

With a documentary about the reclusive author’s life set to hit theaters this month, there is no better time to revisit some of his masterful stories. “Teddy” first appeared in a 1953 edition of The New Yorker and was then was reprinted in the collection Nine Stories. Salinger tells the tale of Teddy, an intellectually gifted child who meets a grad student and has a number of heavy discussions about spirituality, life and enlightenment with him. As controversial, (particularly because of the ending which we will not reveal here), as it is beloved, it’s a must-read for Salinger fans.