“Pump” and Circumstance: Dressing for Graduation

You’re graduating from high-school or college this weekend or next, but you’re not sure what to wear. Well, you’re in luck. With a gown that covers about three quarters of your body, you really only need to focus on finding the perfect pair of shoes to make your look shine. To get you started, we’ve pieced together a few outfit options for graduating guys and gals that will help you stride confidently across the stage (and transition nicely into your “real world” wardrobe).

Accepting Your Diploma Indoors?
For an indoor ceremony where grass won’t be your worst enemy, a pair of comfortable pumps is the way to go. Add a pop of color with a statement necklace and use a small clutch to keep the essentials close by.

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Comfortable loafers are always a style go-to. Pair them with a collared button up, lightweight khaki chinos, and some classic accessories for an outfit that deserves its own degree.
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Turning Your Tassel Outdoors?
For an outdoor graduation, invest in a pair of striking and sturdy wedges. A simple lightweight dress will be your best friend at a long ceremony, especially on a hot day.

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For the guys, you can never go wrong with a black dress shoe. This simple polo and black dress pants combination is perfect for an outdoor ceremony. The less layers, the better.

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Now the last thing to do is put on that cap and gown and get ready to march across the stage to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Congrats, grad!

How to Hike Like a Local in Los Angeles

Trevor Morrow in Walk 360 Trail Low Hiking ShoesTrevor Morrow is a travel writer and blogger based in Los Angeles, California. With a specialty in adventure and luxury travel, Trevor’s travel insights are regularly published across the web and on his travel blog, Trevor Morrow Travel. When he’s not globetrotting, Trevor can be found day-tripping around Southern California.

I love living in Los Angeles.

It’s a melting pot of culture, cuisine and art where, for those with a sense of adventure, boredom doesn’t exist.

And of course, you can’t praise Los Angeles without mentioning our famously pleasant weather.

But what I love most about LA, is the city’s close proximity to nature. We not only have deserts, forests and snowy mountains all within a 2-hour drive, but we also have plenty of nature right in the middle of the city. The best example of which, is Griffith Park.Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAt 4,218 acres, Griffith Park is five times the size of New York’s Central Park and it’s my favorite city hike on account of its beauty, accessibility and the incredible views it affords.

On a recent Sunday, my girlfriend and I began our day with a morning hike at Griffith Park — starting at The Trails Cafe.The Trails CafeProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetThe Trails Cafe (known simply as “Trails”) is a true, locals-only kind of place. Seriously, I bet 9 out of 10 Angelenos have never even heard of it. In addition to tea and coffee drinks, the small shack of a building shaded by trees dishes out mouthwatering homemade scones, muffins, cookies, pies, quiches and sandwiches.

We ordered a bowl of granola and fruit with Trails’ homemade almond milk, a coconut and cardamom scone and an avocado sandwich — then took a lavender shortbread cookie and our coffees to go. Just a short walk up the road from Trails, you’ll find the trail-head that will lead you up the mountain (see map link at the end of the article for details).
The Trails CafeAs with any hike, it’s important to be prepared and comfortable — which is why I wore my Walk360 Trail Low hiking shoes. There can be some loose gravel and rocks along the way, and the traction and grip of the Walk360’s soles made conquering these segments of the trail a breeze. Plus, they’re super comfortable right out of the box, which is a hallmark of a good hiking shoe.Trevor Morrow HikingTrevor Morrow in Walk 360After a short hike up from Trails, you’ll cross West Observatory Road and meet up with the Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail. From here, as you get higher, the views get better and better.
Trevor Morrow overlooking Los AngelesAlong the way, you’ll see the most incredible views of the city (from the downtown skyline to the Pacific Ocean), the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. Trust me, you’ll never want to stop taking photos.
Trevor Morrow overlooking Los AngelesThe Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail is easy to follow, and if you start at Trails, should take you about one hour and 30 minutes to reach the summit of Mt. Hollywood (but there’s no rush — take your time). At the summit, you’ll find a few picnic tables to relax at and 360-degree views of the entire Los Angeles basin.
Trevor Morrow overlooking Los AngelesAnd of course, what goes up, must come down.
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This is such a great hike, and there’s so much to see and learn about Griffith Park and the sights you can see from it that I actually started The Los Angeles Hiking Company and lead guided hikes here when I’m not traveling. So if you find yourself in LA, come hike with me!

There are so many hikes in the Los Angeles area that I can’t just tell you about one. For three more of my favorite hikes (that only hike-obsessed locals know about) check out the list below.

1.    Charmlee Wilderness Park – Malibu
Want to really escape the city? Head to Charmlee Wilderness Park in Malibu. More of a walk than a hike, Charmlee’s trails meander over gently rolling hills high above the Pacific Ocean — and the views are breathtaking (here’s a photo I took there).

After hiking, visit Malibu Wines for an outdoor wine tasting. It’s about a 20-minute drive up twisting and turning mountain roads from Charmlee.

2.    Paseo Miramar Trail – Pacific Palisades
Closer to the city but far enough away to feel like a little escape, Paseo Miramar Trail is a gorgeous, and moderately challenging, 5.5 mile out-and-back hike. At the end of the trail (the turn around point) you’ll get a commanding view of the entire city, the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles coastline.

Afterwards, grab a beer and a burger at Gladstones, a beachfront restaurant just a stone’s through away.

3.    Stough Canyon Nature Center – Burbank
Stough Canyon Nature Center  is one of the most beautiful mountain areas near Los Angeles that no one seems to know about. Part of the towering San Gabriel Mountains, the trails at Stough Canyon seem to go on forever. Plus it’s never busy, even on weekends, so you can really find some peace a quiet (not to mention amazing views of the San Fernando Valley).

When you’re done, grab a tasty breakfast at Moore’s Delicatessen in Downtown Burbank.Trevor Morrow overlooking Los AngelesFind more of Trevor’s travel & style inspiration by following @TrevorMorrow on Instagram.

This Port71 guest blogger received compensation in exchange for his post. All opinions are the blogger’s own.

Pumped Up: How to Wear Spring’s Printed Pumps

Printed Pumps

Billowy tops, pleated dresses and bright accessories are just a few trends we’re loving this spring. But what we’re looking forward to wearing the most are pretty patterns and prints. More specifically: our printed pumps.

These artfully appointed heels instantly punch up an outfit with color, texture and height, day or night. Here’s how we recommend incorporating them into your wardrobe this spring.

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Date Night Prints
A white dress is a blank canvas for spring and summer outfits, and this classic wrap dress is no exception. Make it date night-ready with our Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump in Blue Floral Canvas, gold Grecian-inspired accessories, and a navy envelope purse to hold the necessities.

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Office Prints
Believe it or not, printed pumps can add polish to an office-appropriate look. Our professional advice: keep your attire classic and complement the colors in your pump’s palette with accessories. Pictured here us our Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump’s, Pink Leopard Canvas.

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Party Prints
Dresses aren’t requisite for all of spring’s celebrations (think: bridal shower or engagement party). Dressed-up shorts are a fun alternative, and these scalloped darlings are right on-trend. Pair them with our Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump in Black Leopard Canvas, a colorful, loose top, and accessories to keep the sun at bay.

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Men’s Dress Shoes: A Complete Guide

Dress ShoesDress shoes. Whether it’s an interview or a cocktail party, every man needs ‘em. And they can’t just be any old dress shoes – they have to look good and feel good, a combination that we’ve mastered.

If you’re trying to determine which footwear you need for your next dressy occasion, then you’ve come to the right place. From oxfords to loafers, here’s your ultimate guide to the dress shoes every man should have in his closet.

The Classic Oxford

First up, oxfords. This lace-up shoe is a classic staple and can range from formal to casual, depending upon the shoe’s styling, color combinations and material. The dressier styles typically include glossier leathers, with black being the most formal color. Silhouettes are typically sleek and tailored, often with a more tapered and elongated toe box. They can be worn with a business suit for a polished professional look at the office, or dressed down with dress pants and a collared shirt. Every man should have at least one pair of these for his two-piece suit. If he wears a suit every day, two or more should be rotated for optimal wear and tear.

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The Casual Oxford

More casual oxfords are those everyday shoes a man keeps right at the front of his closet. They’re typically less polished and refined, with a wider toebox and casual materials such as full grain leathers and suedes. Whether it’s for work, a business meeting, or a date night, these versatile oxfords can be worn with almost anything. They can be paired with casual pants or jeans and a sport coat, or can dress up a laid-back outfit like jeans and a button-down. They also come in a wide variation of leathers, suede’s and colors for a more trend-forward take.

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The Easy Slip-on

Slip-ons are an off-shoot of the classic oxford, as they have similar styling but do not have laces. Many men love them because they can just slip on and go; however they’re typically considered more casual than their oxford counterparts. Like oxfords, slip-ons can run the gamut between dressy and dress-casual, depending upon the design elements. For example, more polished styles with lux full grain leathers that can be worn with suiting. Like oxfords, the more casual versions can include mixed leathers, materials and colors for a more relaxed look. For men that want to add a little flair to their slip-ons, a few other versions are penny loafers and tassel styles.

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The Debonair Wing-tip

A classic style that has made quite a resurgence in men’s fashion today is the wingtip. Wingtips are instantly recognizable by their “wings” around the toecap. Most are brogued with decorative perforations around that front area, and sometimes other areas of the shoe. Like oxfords, they can range from tailored uppers in polished materials for a more formal style, to mixed materials in suede’s and even color blocking. While you can wear them with anything from a suit to jeans and a collared shirt, they should not replace your classic dress shoe. Wingtips are considered more dress-casual than traditional dress shoes, and therefore should be in addition to your go-to dress shoe. They’re more of a casual, trend-forward addition that more and more men are adding to their shoe repertoire for parties or a fun night out.

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The Dapper Dress Boot

If you’re looking for something a bit more rugged than your typical dress shoe, consider dress boots . Chukkas and Chelsea boots (made famous by the Beatles) are two styles we’re seeing on the shelves. They’re built like dress shoes but the vamp is higher and covers the ankle. They can still look sleek and sophisticated tucked under pants, and they’ll make the commute to the office much drier on your feet, especially with styles that feature waterproof technology  And if you’re not ready to wear dress boots to your next boardroom meeting, a variety of the styles listed above also come with waterproof technology.

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The Laid-back Loafer

On the much more dress-casual end of the dress shoe spectrum is the loafer. They are slip-on’s but are typically more relaxed in their styling, and feature a slipper-like fit. When traveling to warmer climates, men will often leave their heavier dress shoes behind and opt for a lightweight loafer. They’re a great travel shoe, and can be paired with anything from jeans to chinos. They’re frequently worn with resort wear. Think: a nice dinner out on an island vacation.

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As you can see, there are several style options for men’s dress shoes for various tastes and wearing occasions. For some more styling tips, check out our post, ‘Game time, Guys: Up Your Shoe Game’.