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Comfort is Crucial.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Beckett Simonon.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

In high school I was a huge sneaker head. I remember saving all my money to buy new Nikes. I was a little obsessed. Now in my mid 20s, I’ve grown a new love for leather shoes and boots. A more sophisticated look. Whether it be monk straps, oxfords, or chelseas - I love the more mature aesthetic.

I love to walk places. Downtown, to the store, or even a little stroll in a garden. So it is crucial to find a pair of shoes that is both appealing and don’t leave my feet full of blisters. Luckily, I’ve found a pair truly satisfying.

My feet have been blessed with a new pair of shoes. The Dean Oxfords from Beckett Simonon. Beckett Simonon is a direct to consumer brand changing the way premium shoes are offered. The process is an ease and joy to go through. Flipping through their online catalogue and finding a superior shoe never was so simple.

The Dead Oxfords are truly a game changer for me. I love that all the shoes are hand-crafted one at a time! The leather is fantastic. I did apply a little leather protection as I do with all my leathers. I appreciated the added dust bag to keep my shoes clean. AND they are unimaginably comfortable. I find it difficult to find a dress shoe that is ageless in style and don’t leave my feet aching. The Dean Oxford does not do so. It will surely become a staple item to my outfit.

Don’t just sit there admiring, shop for your new Beckett Simonon!!


Shop the Shoe:

Dean Oxford

Photography: Stefan Ton

Get Out More.

Erik Engstrom

sponsored by: Fisher + Baker

thoughts are my own.

My life in Chicago has been on constant go. From starting school again, running to meetings, introducing myself to people, to traveling downtown for drinks and a comedy show. It has all been crazy.

The adjustment has been real.

So much has been happening. I once lived in a place where the outdoors was always an access. Now here, I’m discovering endless facts about living in urban places again. Even with the rush of opportunity, struggle, and hustle of Chicagoland - I have to come to the realization that this is now home.

I just wish my home had a little more outdoors.

Recently, I’ve collaborated with Fisher + Baker to encourage my adventure bug. To say it simply, I’ve been out of balanced. My life has been consumed with the American thought of ‘go.’ But where is the rest? Fisher + Baker aims to bring balance back into gentlemen’s lives.


Combine fashion with function. Combine work with play. Combine city with outdoors.

I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors, yet find myself constantly in urban environments. It’s the place I live, it’s the jobs I pick up, it’s the people I meet. But I need a weekend at the cabin. I need a couple days up north. I need a place of solitude.

Excitingly, I’m getting ready to plan a trip away. Within the next month I’ve decided to travel to a ‘camp’ in Wisconsin for a little getaway. Maybe I’ll take a canoe out in the morning and watch the sunrise. I’m a romantic. I love beauty. I’m expectant that Fisher + Baker will encourage me to get out more and find balance.

Function + Quality

Let’s get down to the details.

Fisher + Baker truly pack the punch on all of their products. They are built for any circumstance.

My Chelsea Trench coat is packed with goodies. It’s windproof, waterproof, breathable, and has lifetime warranty. I’ve worn it during a downpour and I stayed dry. It’s the real deal. A trip to the PNW is much needed now.

Their products are all paired with timeless fashion. Which means you are getting quality gear that looks great.

Be sure to check Fisher + Baker out. They’re dope.


Shop Fisher + Baker Look:

Camden Shirt
Chelsea Trench

oh , that i had the wings of a dove! i would fly away and be at rest.

Leather Goods.

Erik Engstrom

Friends, after working in an American Made brand, partnering with American Made brands, and buying American Made brands - I think it is fair to say I love seeing craftsmen from the States create beautiful and quality goods. 

After living in Minnesota for 7 years, I have been constantly exposed to Minnesota Leather Works. I've been googly-eyed over their beautiful men's leather accessories. Everywhere I go, I see some sort of MN Leather Works goodies. Recently my friends at Sanborn Canoe Co. partnered with MN Leather Works on a custom paddle. Once I snuck a peak and held the paddle in my hand, I knew I had to get my hands on a few of leather goods.

I was able to snag up a charming key fob and a stylish wrist cuff. 

London Tan is by far my favorite shade of leather. The color is so rich! It easily matches any outfit. However, the cuff looks exponentially gorgeous with earth tones. I used to carry my keys on a carabiner, but after making the switch, I'll never turn back. Overall, the quality of the accessories is overwhelming. I will be using these products for a LONG time. Who knows, maybe I'll get a few more things in the future. 


Shop the Brand:

MN Leather Works Key Fob
MN Leather Works Single Wrap Cuff

Photographs by Merritt Ogren