by Borderstan.com August 31, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,186 1 Comment

Cole Haan’s Air Colton Saddle Shoe. (Khelan on Polyvore)

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB.

At right: Cole Haan Air Colton Saddle – Men’s Shoes: ColeHaan.com, $198.

Greetings, Borderstanis. Hope you all made it through last week’s earthquake relatively unscathed.

A natural disaster is usually a great way to end a season and begin a new one. While we’re a few weeks away from summer’s last hurrah, it’s definitely time to start thinking about our fall wardrobes. As an aside, isn’t autumn wonderful?

It’s by far my favorite season. Maybe it’s because of my stunted adolescence, but, for me, fall always harkens back to new beginnings and new opportunities; and not to mention corduroys, cardigans, argyle socks, scarves and all that lovely layering.

Since the best. Season. EVER! is almost upon us, I’m going to spend the next several weeks recommending a handful of autumn essentials, starting from the bottom up. (Oh, I totally hear you snickering back there, BTW).

Today, we’re going to focus on the must-have footwear for the upcoming crisp weather. You may remember, months ago, I endorsed this pair of oxfords for the spring and summer. While the oxford is traditionally a shoe for the warmer months, Cole Haan has come out with the perfect version for fall:

The shoes’ dusty black color with the subtly stylish plaid make them perfect for pairing with your gray flannel suit, a pair of brown cords or dark denim. And since Cole Haan partners with Nike on a significant amount of footwear, the Air Colton Saddle shoes are as comfortable as they are fashionable.

That’s it for me this week, folks. See you next time as I work my way up to the ideal autumn wardrobe.

by Borderstan.com April 9, 2011 at 11:44 am 1,184 0

Khelan Bhatia writes about style for Bordesrtan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

Greetings, Borderstanis! I hope you’ve had a pleasant week, even with the drama of a potential government shutdown. My heart to all of you who had to deal with it (and might yet).

So, the other day, I was out with a couple of friends and I noticed that a guy was wearing square-toed lace-ups. Let me repeat that in case you were too shocked by my observation: Square. Toed. Lace. Ups.

Did I somehow step into a time machine? Was I reliving 1998? Did this mean… did this mean that we had to go through Lewinskygate all over again? That I would have to retake my organic chemistry midterm? The horror! (Almost as horrific as square toed lace ups).

No one looks good in square-toed shoes. They’re the footwear equivalent of pleated pants.

I realized quickly that I was still in 2011; Obama was still president; and the fashion faux pas of the 90’s were long behind us. Well, for most of us.

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