Review: Polo Ralph Lauren Lander P Sneaker – Wear Those Boat Shoes!

PRAKTICALA has a bunch of other things to do besides talk about shoes all day, but I was able to snag an incredible deal on these Polo Ralph Lauren Lander P boat shoes and figured somebody ought to hear about it.

Boat shoes are one of those items that are super old school and always considered to be in style, but at the same time seem to weave back and forth between enjoying widespread popularity (I hesitate to use the “F” word because I dislike FADS) and being on the backburner. Lately, boat shoes have been leaning towards the former, although I think they are beginning to slow down again as a trend (which is good).

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Bailey’s Coffee Creamer

I have been drinking more coffee recently – partly because it helps me stay alert in business school, partly because I am trying to be more “refined,” and partly because it just tastes good!

During a recent trip to the grocery store, I stumbled upon this:

No, you aren’t seeing things. Bailey’s makes an Irish coffee creamer for use in the comfort of your own home or office!

I probably don’t need to educate you on Bailey’s, but for the uninitiated, Bailey’s is a popular and delicious Irish cream liqueur. I guess some genius at the company came up with the bright idea to bring that distinctive flavor to coffee so we could enjoy it in the morning too! (It’s non-alcoholic.)

I brewed up some coffee and poured in a liberal dosage of Bailey’s Coffee Creamer. Sure enough, the taste evokes the characteristic essence of the liqueur, but is still tuned nicely for coffee. If your local market carries it, give it a try!

How to: DIY Oil Change for 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i (Or Really Any Car)

My car, back in the day.

Changing your engine oil is probably the single most important form of maintenance you can do for your car, so it’s a good idea to learn how to do it yourself.

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Deal: DREDD 3D on Blu-ray

This gun gets fired several times throughout the film.

If you haven’t seen DREDD 3D: it’s a wildly entertaining action movie that is extra fun in 3D. Amazon has it on sale for $6, a smoking deal. Free shipping with Amazon Prime.

DREDD 3D stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Heady, and is directed by Pete Travis.

Now I kind of want to watch this again tonight.

Dredd [3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Amazon)

Review: Clarence Toe Cap Brogue Dress Shoes by Charles Tyrwhitt

EDIT: The Clarence brogues are now being phased out and appear to have been replaced by the Parker brogues. As far as I can tell they are the same shoe, just with a different name. The links in this review will now direct you to the Parkers.

If you are a shoe n00b like I am, you probably wear the same pair of black dress shoes all the time – to work, church, interviews, weddings, and ship christenings. Well, stop! You shouldn’t be wearing black shoes very often at all. Black shoes go best with black pants, and why in the world would you wear those, unless there’s a dead guy in a casket somewhere in the room or you’re at a wedding (specifically, your own)? Take it down a notch and relax for once in your life with some gray, blue, or brown pants.

Now that you’ve ditched the funeral pants, there’s no need to dampen the party again with those black kicks. You should be busting out the brown!

Brown shoes go really well with gray, blue, or brown pants – way better than black shoes do. I somehow got my hands on these Clarence Parker semi-brogue oxfords from Charles Tyrwhitt. Keep reading to find out whether they are worth a hoot or not!

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How to Choose Good Dress Shoes

Hideous, no? Tragically, this kind of junk was my “dressy” footwear for the better part of three decades.

For most of my life I have been buying the wrong dress shoes. As I noted in an earlier post, I have been on a quest to find dress shoes that aren’t total garbage (see the above image). This search has turned out to be quite educational for me.

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How to Save Money on Eating Out

OMG. Oh my gouda. (Gouda not pictured.)

Dining out at restaurants is expensive. Like really expensive. Even if you go with “cheap” options like fast food, you are still spending at least 99 cents on a drink that costs less than a penny to make (about five-thousandths of a cent, to be exact). If you opt for more expensive offerings at dine-in restaurants, you can easily drop ten or twenty bucks (or more – especially if you order alcoholic beverages – more on that later).

The best way to save money on eating out is by… eating at home! Surprise! No really, wait, there’s more to this strategy.

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CNN Doomsday Video

The end of the world, according to TITAN A.E.

The good people over at CNN are dedicated to providing you with a live news feed right up to the moment when Earth is consumed by the death rays of a rampaging alien species.

According to Jalopnik, Ted Turner vowed that the last event ever covered on his news network would be the end of the world. At that point, he says, the final transmission will be a standard-definition recording of “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” supposedly the last song played by the band on the sinking RMS Titanic.

As civilizations crumble and the continents are engulfed by the rising tides of molten lava issuing forth from broken crust of the Earth, some noble CNN intern will, in the final throes of an excruciating death by fire and asphyxiation, slam the big red button that plays the grainy-ass video to a dying world.

Read more on legendary video, and see it for yourself, by clicking on the Jalopnik link below.


Shotgun Showdown: Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500

I visited my folks last week and finally got the chance to try out my dad’s new Mossberg 500 “Persuader” 12-gauge shotgun.

I own the Remington 870 and I’ve shot some other Remington shotguns, but I had never fired the Mossberg before, so I was quite curious to see how this one held up to mine. Here’s what I found.

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