Sliding Scale: Chelsea Boots

Welcome to the third installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Chelsea Boots. A British staple, worn by just about every famous English musician that ever lived (and some equally famous American ones as well), the decades-old style is (once again) having a moment. Here are seven of the best responsibly-made options.

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Seven Questions: Foreign Rider Co.

Foreign Rider Co. founder Ralph Dunning knows clothing. A 20+ year apparel industry veteran, Dunning’s design and manufacturing expertise is vast, varied, and evident in every single Foreign Rider garment. It may sound trite or cliche, but when you put on a FR sweat or tee for the first time, you really can feel the difference. The fit, the fabrics, the construction – these are goods of the utmost quality. As the owner of several FR pieces, I can honestly say this stuff is above and beyond 99% of everything else that’s out there, and that Dunning’s decades of experience are palpable in all of it.

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Sliding Scale: Insulated Vests

Welcome to the second installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up insulated vests. Thin enough to wear under a jacket, but handsome enough to wear on their own, these lightweight layers provide warmth without bulk. Click-thru for nine of the season’s best responsibly-made options.

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Seven Questions: ISAORA

ISAORA co-founders Ricky Hendy and Marc Daniels want to make active apparel better. In every way they can. That means better construction; their clothes are manufactured by top-tier facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. Better materials; they’re made using some of the most technically advanced fabrics on the market today. Better designs; the pieces are forward thinking yet totally wearable and great fitting. They’ve even made prices better by cutting out the middleman and selling direct to customers. Did I say “want to”? I meant are making active apparel better.
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Seven Questions: Outdoor Voices

There isn’t much you can’t do in Outdoor Voices. Designed to be “as versatile as you are,” the NYC-based label’s recreation-ready pants, shorts, tees and jackets combine state of the art performance fabrics with a clean, minimalist aesthetic, so they’ll keep you looking and feeling good whether you’re breaking a sweat on the running trail, or lounging on a lazy sunday. OV’s clothes are also tough as nails (proudly made in Los Angeles) and fit great (see every photo in this post). Add all that up, and you’ve got yourself some seriously solid gear, no matter how active – or inactive – your lifestyle may be.

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