6 kinds of footwear every man needs

Being picky about your footwear used to be considered ‘unmanly’, but in recent years with minds being a bit more open and metro sexuality being welcomed shoes have become a man’s appearance signature. With appropriate footwear now being a norm, selection of appropriate footwear for every occasion has become a headache that all men must deal with. To make this task easier, we bring you the Indian Mans Den’s list of footwear every man needs:

  1. Casual Sneakers

The casual sneaker has become the sort of shoe that can be worn on almost all occasion (If the shoe is maintained well). The right pair of sneakers can go a long way in diversifying your wardrobe. (Pro tip – White sneakers will go with pretty much anything). Grab an amazing pair and make sure to treat them like the piece of art they are.

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  1. Gym Sneakers

In recent years, people have made the mistake of using their casual sneakers as gym sneakers. That is a big no no. Your gym sneakers don’t need to be Adidas or Nike, even local brands will do the job as long as they provide the stability needed to maintain ones balance during a good lift. (Pro tip- Don’t buy a pair that you need to break in, a gym sneaker should be comfortable off the bat)

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  1. Loafers

Whatever you believe of their origins (Let’s face it there are a lot of theories) loafers have picked up steam in the fashion world, while dividing camps on their ‘formality’. Whatever the case the loafer is a great shoe for everyday wear. Not to mention it is a great look for a brunch or lunch date. When selecting a loafer please ensure it’s one built of good quality leather and ensure to maintain it (Since you won’t be wearing socks).

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  1. Boots

Boots aren’t just the style of cowboys and hikers anymore! Boots have become highly versatile in their usage. Whether you’re a chukka guy or a Chelsea guy (like me) owning a pair is a must. Boots are great for winter use, pair them with black track pants or blue jeans for the beat results and throw on a black leather jacket for an ensemble that will leave the ladies staring.

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  1. Dress Shoes

While I know the term ‘Dress Shoes’ is very broad, for the purpose of this article they mean only one thing – Oxfords! Not Brogues, not wingtips, just classic oxfords. No self-respecting working man can meander through life without a solid pair of oxfords. No matter how good your suit, a bad pair of formal shoes will immediately make you look like an uncultured buffoon. Spend big on this one lads, one good pair will give you a lot of mileage.

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  1. Flip Flops

Who doesn’t want to liberate their feet! This one is a hit among the Indian youth. So much better looking than the ugly sandles we all wore growing up, a nice pair of flip flops is a sure hit for a casual day of hanging with the boys at the café. However, one major error that people make is wearing flip flops out and about on formal occasions – It is NOT even remotely formal.

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What did you think of our list? Let us know in the comments section

An Indian Man’s Guide to Johnnie Walker

We all love our Johnnie Walker whisky, in fact it’s probably safe to say that anyone who drinks has probably hung out with good old John at least a few times. However, how many of us understand the heritage of this iconic brand? and how many really know the difference between the different kinds of Johnnie Walker?

A brief history of Johnnie Walker

The brand had humble beginnings. Started in 1820 by a young John Walker out of a grocers shop in the small but thriving local town of Kilmarnock in Scotland. John loved whisky and used to stock Single Malts in his shop. But one thing about Single Malts of the time irritated him. They were never all that consistent, meaning the bottle of whiskey you so enjoyed a day ago, could taste completely different the next time you purchased it.

So to solve this problem, John created his own blend of scotch and the rest as they say is history. Below is everything casual drinkers need to know about the different types of Johnnie Walker. Those who want more information can feel free to follow the sources cited at the end of the article.

Red Label

The top selling scotch whiskey from across the world, Red label is the perfect bottle for all those who like to indulge in a post work drink (And don’t want to go broke).  Highly versatile and with universal appeal, it has a bold, characterful flavor that shines through even when mixed. This is probably the only Johnnie Walker blend that you can have with coke without facing the ire of connoisseurs.

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Black Label

The life of every fancy Indian wedding, Black Label is one of the most renowned Whiskies in the world and often considered better than many of its more expensive counterparts.  Created using only whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years from the four corners of Scotland, Johnnie Walker Black Label has an unmistakably smooth, deep, complex character. The beautiful hint of smokiness in Black Label is definitely something everyone loves.

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Double Black

The successor to Black Label, launched to the larger public in 2013. Taking Black label as a blue print and adding heavily peated malts and some aged in deeply charred oak casks. This whisky is a must have for anyone who prefers a smokier whisky. An impressive whisky to have indeed.

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Green Label

Crafted from a palette of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts and matured for at least 15 years, it delivers all the character of a single malt whisky, but with a greater depth of flavor. Each malt whisky that is blended has been aged for a minimum of 15 years. Arguably the most underrated of the family, Green label is a drink to be enjoyed when looking to unwind on vacation.

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Gold Label Reserve

The successor to Gold Label, Gold Label reserve is often looked at as a no age statement version of Gold Label. If you like sweet whisky I feel you will definitely enjoy Gold Label. The best occasion for opening one of these bad boys is on a bachelor party or boys trip. This drink would probably be one of the best scotches in town if it packed a bit more of a punch in the alcohol content section.

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Platinum Label

Any malt that is 18 years of age is going to be amazing and Platinum label is no exception to that rule. A very rich and full bodied whisky, this the perfect gift to a girl’s father. Like with most other Johnnie Walkers using mixers with this one is a big no no and will butcher the exceptional taste of the whisky. What makes it different from a lot of the other whiskies in the family is the spice and heat of the grain whisky.

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Blue Label

Finally down to our last entry in the Johnnie Walker family. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about the top dog in the family. Also known as Max Walker, this whisky looks to recreate the magic of the earliest 19th century blends. According to the Johnnie Walker website “Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character and flavour to deliver the’ remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.” So make sure that you save this Whisky for the rarest of occasions.

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So now you’re in the know, go pick up a nice bottle of Johnnie Walker (any color) and examine the taste and enjoy the masterclass blending that makes this whisky so special and perhaps impress your date with your knowledge.

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An Indian man’s guide to tipping

Lads, I hate to break it to you but tipping is important. In India, about 40% of the population doesn’t tip & a good 20% probably tip way too much in the hopes of showing off (you know who you are) or getting some kind of special service. The rest are confused about how much of a tip is appropriate. We here at the Indian Man’s Den understand this problem and through research and a few embarrassing tipping experiences bring you our guide to tipping in India.

Waiter

The appropriate amount is usually about 10% of the bill. This however depends on the service, if there is a fly in your food no tip is probably required but on the other hand a slightly higher tip of 15-20% is appropriate if the service staff have gone out of the way to make your night special.

Delivery Boys

Once again depending on the service the tip should range from anything between 10-20%. No need to tip if he shows up 3 hours late with a cold pizza

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Barber

Your barber is someone you probably want to keep on your good side (Unless you want to look like a villain from a horror film), and for that reason it’s wise to tip them a slightly higher amount of say 15-25%. This is especially true for low end barbers, who charge 50 to 100 rupees for a haircut. Tip right and you will always have sublime hair.

Maid

I know you don’t need to tip you maid, but what I mean here is her bonus. It’s socially expected and probably fair that you give your maid a bonus for holidays like Diwali and Holi. There is no common number for this, but to stay on the safe side you should probably give her about 25-50% of her monthly salary. Way higher than the rest of the list, we know but it’s worth it. Finding a new maid is a hassle.

Driver

You know all those nights you decide to go drinking, and just figure “Hey, my driver can wait for me”. Well you kind of need to pay him for that. The tip completely depends on how late you’re going to be. Our recommendation would be a simple Rs 50 to 100 per hour + some money to eat & have chai.

Bellhop

Bellhops need to be tipped, not tipping a bellhop is very much frowned upon. I mean for god sake they do carry massive bags for you! If you’re in India I’d say Rs 50 in a 3 Star or below and Rs 100- 200 in a 4/5 star. There is no need to give more than that, unless you’re a schmuck.

Fell wiser yet. We know parting with money sucks, but tipping is a big part of a lot of service people’s livelihoods. Tipping will also ensure that no one spits in your food. Let us know if you want us to go over tipping for any other professions in the comments section below.

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6 Instagram Fashion accounts every Indian man needs to follow right now!

People use Instagram for a number of reasons, to post pictures of food, to ogle scantly clad women (you know you do it) and to follow the lives of their favorite celebrities. One use that many people overlook is that Instagram is a great place to catch on to some of the greatest style trends. Here is my list of 6 men’s fashion Instagram pages every Indian man needs to follow for their daily style dose:

1. Menwithclass https://www.instagram.com/menwithclass/
Think of yourself as a classy man? Then don’t look further than this Instagram account. With some of the best suits and ties on display, this one is a must follow

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2. menwithstyle_official https://www.instagram.com/menwithstyle_official/
This account combines suits, track pants, watches and any other style inspiration a man can need.

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3. Menwithurban https://www.instagram.com/menwithurban/
If suits aren’t your style, then perhaps sneakers and hoodies are? This one also from the ‘Menwith..’ group of Instagram accounts is for all the rebels out there who hate having to pop on a suit in the morning.

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4. Indianmensfashion https://www.instagram.com/indianmensfashion/
In the mood for something more Indian? We got you covered, every woman loves a man in a kurta. This account brings us some of the latest and best in ‘desi’ clothing. Give it a follow

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5. Dailywatch https://www.instagram.com/dailywatch/
Watches are among the best accessories a man can wear, so why not have an account dedicated to them? This account which is very aptly named the “DailyWatch” is the best when it comes to giving you serious aspirations in the watch department.

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6. Singhstreetstyle https://www.instagram.com/singhstreetstyle/
This one is for all my Sikh brothers out there! Singhstreetstyle gives the usual incredible formal and casual styles but also adds to it by dishing out some wonderful turban styles. They also have fun Sikh t-shirts that deserve a gander.

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So what did you think of our list? Did we miss anyone? Feel free to tell us in the comments section

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