They say that "clothes make the man," but if you carry yourself with confidence (and stay relatively in shape), you can rock any shirt-and-pants combo. Shoes, on the other hand, don't go unnoticed, especially if you wear them day in, day out.
People will judge you on 'em, so put as much thought into your shoe choice as your girlfriend choice. Here's what five common types of kicks tell the world about you...
1. Hippie Sandals
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The toughest thing about having a girlfriend is constantly being made aware of all your fashion and grooming deficiencies. In her eyes, you're an abject slob who desperately needs a new wardrobe and a new look. Fact is, women care far more about the stupid little things than you ever will.
You snicker at how often your girlfriend gets manis and pedis, and how much she pays for them. You're perfectly happy to gnaw on your nails, or perhaps use some 75-cent clippers once a month. That disgusts her. Then again, it should probably disgust you too -- you're not an oil rig worker, so there's no justification for those mangled digits.
Men only use lotion for one reason, and it sure ain't to keep our skin soft. But your girlfriend is nagging you about how much she doesn't like to rub your dry skin. Better listen, unless you want to have a monogamous relationship with a bottle of Jergens.
3. Tucking in your shirt
Aside from weddings, funerals and the office, you don't see much reason to jam your shirt tightly down your pants. Yet your girlfriend insists that a loose, comfortably flowing shirt looks "sloppy." Now you're the guy constantly making sure the tail of his top isn't coming out the top of his khakis.
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Father's Day is quickly approaching, so it's time to open up that wallet and get the perfect gift for Pops. Sure, most dads would be content to just have a day of peace and quiet -- and a solid breakfast of bacon and eggs -- but if your dad's gadgets are older than you, then it's time to help bring him into the modern world. Here's the best new tech for your old man.
1. For The Dad Who Hits The Links
SwingTip ($129): If your dad spends every weekend working on his swing, but is too cheap to hire a pro, then give him a SwingTip. This device attaches to his club, then syncs with his smartphone to improve his technique and his ego.
Motivation is a rare mineral. After college, the old go-tos fear or even shame don't seem to hold the weight they once did. I have no trouble gluing myself to a level of "Angry Birds" until I smash it into a three-star submission. Why can't this type of enthusiasm and motivation be maneuvered towards staying active or, god forbid, working out? High-tech fitness bands hope to turn your active life (or attempt at one) into a goal-oriented, data-tracking, achievement-earning adventure.
Two of the more popular data-gathering fitness bands are the Nike+ FuelBand ($149) and the Up by Jawbone ($130). Both bands track your activity, allow you to set a daily goal and offer handy mobile apps so you can look at your progress.
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Fashion and hip-hop are linked together like the Fourth of July and hot dog-eating contests. And while some legendary rappers put their stamp on timeless trends (for example, Run-DMC with Adidas), others have not fared as well. Here, we look at some items more likely to end up in a Salvation Army dumpster than on the backs of today's dopest MC's.
1. Cross Colours
One of the first designer brands of hip-hop clothing, Cross Colours were hugely influential, but would fade away due to a surge of competing brands and, probably, the fact that kids no longer wanted to look like a flag at the Olympics.
In the video game world, heroes haves numerous opportunities to power-up their physique and mind by gathering various magic mushrooms, indestructible armor, enchanted potions, etc. Back in the real world, technology is creating life power-ups in the form of physical peripherals and supplements that enable anyone to be smarter, stronger, more organized and achieve a Godlike omnipresence.
My Dad used to say, "There is always going to be someone bigger and stronger than you out there."
Well Dad--technology is helping bridge that gap--so shut up!
My iPhone 5 has evolved into being a vital organ. I use it for everything: ordering food, directions, thumbing through tumblr and the occasional phone call. A problem I run into often is when I need it for a social media emergency or "was that a left or a right for the bar"--it's dead in the water.
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Your mom might be happy just to receive a card or flowers from a website, but c'mon...she deserves something nicer for putting up with your crap throughout the year. Take this day seriously and get her a gift that she can actually use.
We know that some moms are more tech-savvy than others, so we'll help you unleash her inner geek with these gadgets. Just remember, it's the thought that counts...so buy her something you like as well, just in case she can't figure it out and tells you to keep it.
1. For The Music-Loving Mom
Braven 570 Wireless Speaker ($120): The Braven 570 allows Mom to bring her music anywhere in the house, or outdoors when she needs to get away from it all. With 10 hours of battery life, six watts of power, a built-in speakerphone and enough colors to match any room, it's a no-brainer for your audiophile mama.
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Between the pastel colors, bunnies, bonnets and baskets, Easter is not a holiday for men. Candy and ham aside, there's just no way for dudes to get excited about Easter--until now. We've put together the Ultimate Easter Basket For Guys, filled with treats to satisfy our manly tastes.
Guys, we don't care how much your girlfriend claims she loves bacon. If you break out a package of these non-kosher prophylactics just as things are getting hot and heavy--as hot and heavy as, uh, bacon--congratulations, you've just cock-blocked yourself. ("Pork-blocked" yourself?) Click below for more info about this Thing That Should Not Be.
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Like the tuxedo, the leather jacket never goes out of style. It can be dressed up with tortoise shell frames or down with a bloody undershirt. It's been famously worn by musicians, athletes, cowboys, young soldiers in love, Arctic explorers, Newsies, bookies, hit men, stunt men, Indiana Jones, James Dean, Luke Perry, mobsters, evil masterminds, literary misfits, brawlers with hairy knuckles, fat cats with cigars, the Planet Hollywood crew, Wu-Tang, Vegas snakes and various Tarantino lowlifes.
In its honor, here's five leather jackets from pop-culture to dust off and wear tomorrow.