Matthew Wiseman
My E30

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Old Cars and some other stuff

My E30

My E30

The venerable E30 was my choice as a first car. Dependable, fun, well designed, and relatively easy to work on, I believed that it would be a good companion for my high school and college years. As with any classic car, there are highs and lows, and especially with vintage BMWs, the tops are akin to summiting Everest, and the lows are like being dumped in the Marianas Trench. Overall "she" has been a right car

Citizen Nighthawk

Citizen Nighthawk

This was my first watch, a gift from my mom when I was 12. I did not take outstanding care of it, as the original crystal (mineral) got very scratched. This year I had the crystal replaced with a beautiful domed sapphire that gives the dial an excellent depth and won't scratch. The watch appears here on a leather vintage style NATO.

Seiko SRP779 (AKA Turtle)

Seiko SRP779 (AKA Turtle)

The Seiko Turtle reissue is a remaking of a classic 1970s Seiko diver. The Original 6309 Turtles were very common on the wrists of Vietnam era GIs as they were akin to the G-shocks of the time. This new version features the classic, durable cushion case, a workhorse 4r36a movement (21,600VPH) and a classic divers bezel with a "Pepsi" insert. Pictured here on a Strapcode Super-oyster on the ferry to Miyajima in Japan

Seiko SARY055

Seiko SARY055

This is a watch that is meant to fly under the radar. This watch is a favorite of Japanese Salarymen and features a couple of very nice touches for the price ( about 28,000¥). Blued hands, Kanji Day wheel, and applied indexes add to the relaxed, comfortable demeanor.

Watch is pictured on the stock bracelet ( which is beautiful and lightweight but doesn't taper enough) on the Shinkansen.

Panerai Luminor

Panerai Luminor

Full disclosure this watch is not yet mine, a close friend and mentor was kind enough to let me borrow it on an extended basis as the result of a late night dinner after a Bay Area watch club meetup. A Panerai (PAM for short) is not really a common choice for a first luxury watch. However, I really enjoy it. The Lumi is very similar to me I think, It is big, a bit rough around the edges. But it's "time only" dial and robust 6497 (21,600VPH) movement give it a classy and honest character that is very hard to discount.

White's MP360 Boots review

White's MP360 Boots review

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Hello, seeing as I believe they are the last conventional makeup of the White's MP360 to be reviewed I figured I might as well go for it. These are beefy but still reasonably slim "service boot" based on White's modified Barrie last. They are hand welted with a rather trick rolled welt. The rolled welt differs from a traditional stitchdown construction (a'la Bergliolos and Truman) in that the upper leather is folded over and stitched back to the boots upper before being stitched down with a single row of stitching, you can kinda see the bottom part in this small photo clipped from their catalog. The downside of this construction method is that you only get one row of outsole stitching vs. the 2 from Truman and Viberg. The upside is that in theory, you get better water resistance. White's are also famous for their leather shank and well-crafted heels. These boots do not disappoint in either department, the leather shank breaks into your foot beautifully and the heels, while a bit taller than most other shoes I own are comfortable for long days standing and also add an inch to your height ( that's why we all wear boots anyways right?) The black CXL is well clicked and also has broken in nicely stretching just a little in width.

Acquisition: These replaced a pair of Higgins Mills that had to be returned due to QC issues, at this point I got a bit fed up with AE so I figured I would just make the jump to White's. I know these are very different boots, in fact, our very own /u/MonsieurLeDude referred to these as the "varsity version of the Higgins mills" which I found quite fitting as these are much beefier than the semi-dress derby boot Higgins Mills. I ended up buying these from Kyle at Bakers, and after sizing wrong ( my fault), I had these to my door for 504.74 shipped. I highly recommend Bakers, They are a small shop but were super helpful with a nervous 24 years old asking them a ton of questions.

Initial Impressions: BEEEEEEEEFFFFFYYYYYYYYYY, Seriously I was a little surprised with how overbuilt these things ended up being. I read all the reviews posted on previous makeups, and I guess I didn't fully grasp how tough these look. That being said, I love them. They are the perfect badass black boot for me; All eyelets, natural edge, commando soles, and a beautiful slim ( sort of) toe. I know black CXL isn't the fan favorite compared to No.8 and natural, but I think the CXL on these is lovely, thick, supple and with just a little bit of the leather's core coming through on higher wear areas ( mostly the heel caps, I drive stick, so these get more wear than other people). They are about 5lbs combined and make my Iron Rangers look kinda wimpy in comparison.

Sizing: I'm a 9EEE Brannock, with normal arches and a slightly low instep and a narrow heel, which causes some sizing issues with most shoes, I usually need to stay with my true size when most people can size down. These are 9EE which fit just about perfectly in width ( I prefer an ever so snug toe fit), but are ever so slightly long ( about an inch to inch and a half of toe room) I tried an 8.5EE but it was like wearing a foot vise, and I couldn't wear the boots for longer than 10 minutes. I have just the smallest bit of heel slip, but I think that will continue to fade as the double midsoles and heel cup wear in. My sizes in other shoes are as follows

- Redwing No.8- 9EE

- Redwing 210- 10D ( slightly too narrow, a 10E would be a great fit)

- AE 1943- 9EEE ( a bit short)

- AE 1757 -8.5EEE

- Ultra BOOST & Most Sneakers -10.5

- NMD-10

Care: I've hit them with Saphir once and probably won't do anything else for the next few months, I'm hesitant to over condition these and I think they will look better with more wear and a decent brushing regimen.

Overall: Highly recommend, if you are looking for a really well-made service boot but don't want to drop 800$ or deal with potentially shoddy QC these are a no Brainer. I'll be picking up White's new Main Street boot and Otto Blucher as soon as they put them on the website and is financially responsible for me to do so. Thanks for reading my first review guys