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1 Piece/3 Ways: Driving Mocs featuring Sabir Peele

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Driving mocs don’t have to be reserved for automobiling.

While certain models are still more appropriate for pushing the pedals, as more and more men have preferred wearing them as walking shoes the market has responded with versions featuring stronger leather uppers, comfortable padded insoles and more durable rubber grommets on the soles.

In this feature Sabir Peele, a style-conscious and thrifty Philadelphia native who has been a long-time reader, shows us how he takes his driving mocs to the city streets in 3 different outfits.

1. City Lounging

“This is my seasonal uniform for a day strolling in the city - nice and easy with summertime accesories. The clean look and feel of the blue shirt & white denim reminds me of my honeymoon in Greece where a lot of men dressed in similar outfits…  Camel leather is my prefered shoe color for complimenting white denim.”
 
Bonus Tip: “These mocs are as comfortable as sneakers, but keep the look leaning toward the ‘dressed up’ side – say, if we decided on a whim to pop into a nice restaurant.”
 
Bonus Tip II: The shorter your hair, the more appropriate a hat looks on your head – generally. (That is not to say that you can’t pull one off with a full head of hair)

Driving shoes by Cole Haan. White Denim by Converse. Blue Oxford Shirt by Izod. Straw Hat by Scala.

2. On the Move

“I’m often on the move in Philly meeting up with friends and clients throughout the day and really just want to wear a t-shirt. Most of the time, though, I find myself in situations where a simple t-shirt and shorts look wouldn’t be appropriate. So I throw a basic linen blazer over it, push up the sleeves, and all of a sudden the look is much more grown.”

Bonus Tip: Sabir does a great job of keeping things in proportion. The jacket, just like the shorts, is short without being overly cropped and slim without being too skinny.

Bonus Tip II: A forward look (like jacket + shorts) is easiest to pull-off in a neutral/conservative color palette (light grey + navy + white + light blue accent, for example).

Bonus Tip III: Just like clothing, there are accesories for every season. Check Sabir’s summer fabric belt and watch strap(s).

Driving shoes by Cole Hann. Linen blazer and cotton shorts by H&M. Cotton plaid pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson. Woven belt by BDG (Urban Outfitters). Cotton Henley by Converse.

3. Business on the Move

“White denim in the summer, with a dose of confidence, can be business casual… The camel drivers are a nice middle ground to balance the dressy top and the casual bottom.”

Bonus Tip: I figured this goes without saying, but don’t be the guy wearing socks with his mocs. If you’re weary of the socklessness thing, invest in some no-show loafer socks.

Driving shoes by Cole Hann. Bengal Striped Shirt by Harrod’s. Tie Bar by Geoffrey Beene. Unlined Cotton Blazer by H&M. White Denim by Converse.

 

Thanks, as always, for reading – and special thanks to Sabir for participating.

Yours in style,

SB

Photography by Townsend Smith.

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27 Comments

  • ATH says:

    Love the last look!
    This post might make my invest in some driving mocs.
    -ATH (exceedinglypreppy.blogspot.com)

  • Step says:

    Could you say where that watch strap was purchased from?

  • Mountain Dandy says:

    Great post. The guy with the ribbon belt looks great…not too preppy…not too street. The perfect balance. And I love the bracelets.

  • Marco says:

    Great post SB, I love it when you feature shoes.
    With that being said, I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but in the first look with the shirt half tucked in; does anyone else find it a bit contrived?

    It’s either tucked in or it’s not.
    Seems a little force, non?
    Maybe I just need to loosen up. Haha

    Otherwise, keep up the great work Dan! Us Canadian boys are proud to have such fine representation south of the border.

  • Jonathan says:

    is he wearing persol 719′s too?

    • Adam says:

      Nope. Those are not Persol’s, nor to my knowledge has there ever been a 719. There is a 714 on the other hand, which is a folding variant based off of the 649 (which Dan heavily features on this site). Persol’s are easy identify, just look for the “Supreme Arrow.”

      http://www.persol.com/USA/technology/technical-characteristics/arrow

  • Glauco says:

    Very nice blog! I’m always reading your posts and enjoy it so much!
    Best regards, Glauco – BRAZIL
    http://glaucojunqueira.blogspot.com/

  • dre says:

    Looking good! What are the glasses? Those are sharp. nice post.

  • RH says:

    My previous comment seems to have gone missing. Not that it’s so important but my thought is that while his outfits are great and very well put together, since it’s a feature on how the driving mocs complement the outfit (and/or vice-versa), the shoes should be seen a bit more. Aside from color, it takes until the 3rd look to see what the shoes actually look like.

  • RH says:

    The outfits are good, but if it’s a post on driving moccasins, shouldn’t the shoes be featured a bit more? I could barely tell what was on his feet in the pics. Seems he could’ve been wearing any shoes here. Only in the 3rd look can you get an idea of what the shoes actually look like (other than color) and how they complement the outfit.

  • Mr. Sabir P. says:

    Hi Dan,

    It was awesome working with TSB Team. I will definitely be making my way up to NYC very soon.

    Best,

    Sabir M. Peele

  • l3on says:

    I have a moc and in summertime I wear them regularly. But obviously they start to smell. How can I avoid this? Or at least disguise it…

    • Connor says:

      You can wear no-show (and true no-show) socks. or put baby powder in them or put them in the freezer.(weird, yes. Effective, yes.)

      check out Put This On’s post:
      http://putthison.com/post/5162542257/guide-to-going-sockless-with-esquire-and-brooks

      hope it helps.

  • Another Dan says:

    Cool post. I like driving mocs, but I actually started to use them for driving. They are awesome for pedal grip, but the little rubber nubs wear off too easily with normal city walking. My suggestion is to get real moccasins from some of the companies in Maine (e.g. Quoddy). They have camp soles which are much more durable and can be re-soled.

  • Anonymous says:

    The second outfit is just plain awesome.

  • Carter says:

    SB,
    It is about time that this collaboration took place! SP you are killing it my friend. Keep the posts coming, and continued success to the both of you!
    Be Well,
    Carter

  • Emanuel Iuhas says:

    Like it the first outfit!
    Love it the second one!
    Adore it the 3rd!Is so…hot!
    Thank you , both!

    Emanuel Iuhas
    Visual Merchandiser/Fashion Blogger
    http://www.modasicevamaimult.blogspot.com

  • Cory says:

    I have 2 pair of driving mocs, which I don’t wear very often. This post makes me want to pull them out of the closet! Great looks.

  • TO says:

    Sabir, looking great my man! I know from seeing you pop up over the years that #3 is so ‘you’! Love the frames and you make H&M look like a million bucks:) Great feature Dan!

  • JHenry says:

    Excellent execution on al looks. Awesomeness!

    http://Www.Twitter.com/JHenryPlummer

  • Desmond K says:

    That bengal striped shirt in the last pic is beyond awesome!!!

  • Desmond K says:

    Bengal striped shirt in the last pic is beyond awesome!!!

  • cam says:

    drivers look so much better than the boat shoe craze that is going on. spot on!

  • mcr says:

    Nice post, Great feature on Sabir Peele and driving mocs. The second outfit is flawless.