“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

What follows is not funny. Sorry.

Compared to the broad, societal challenges America faces today, fashion's corner of the world can seem at best like a welcome escape and at worst like a useless distraction. But as long as there has been organized society and stratification there within clothes have been used to signal both a belonging to the ruling class or dissonance from and disagreement with.

In the States, to many, the past thirteen months have been a series of steps in the wrong direction: the rolling back of environmental protections, policies designed to specifically target Muslims or those who don't look like the president and his brood, and a tax plan intended to cut the social safety net and weave it in to a blanket for the rich. And just this past week, as if the current administration wanted to alleviate any doubt of their disdain for women, minorities, and facts, the Center for Disease Control - along with other divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services - were given a list of words and phrases to avoid in documents for the upcoming calendar year. Those words, listed earlier in the title of this post, included:

  • Vulnerable
  • Entitlement
  • Diversity
  • Transgender
  • Fetus
  • Evidence-based
  • Science-based

There is nothing to mistake here about the government's intent; they are weaponizing language in an attempt to further their own corporate-driven, anti-science, conservative agenda, at the expense of the underprivileged, poor, and marginalized.

In times like these, the clothes we choose to wear can be used weapons of their own. Not just through obvious messaging, like Dior's"We Should All Be Feminists," offerings which, while in theory a commendable message, lean dangerously close to corporate pandering, but by using our clothes to say,

"Not without a fight. I will not be walked on or over while will strip those less fortunate that me of their freedoms, and I will not be silent while the rules are rewritten to further benefit the haves at the expense of the have-nots."

Heavy, with thick leather and aggressive styling, these FEIT Arctic Hiker boots will more than suffice when you want to send a message that you won't be fucked with any longer, and that you will stand up to fight for what is right. 

 

Price:  $900

Brand:  FEIT

Store:  FEIT DIRECT

Why:  Most importantly: You can receive 20% off your purchase through FEIT if you donate a pair of gently warn shoes to the Bowery Shoe Drive. If you can afford to consider $900 boots you can afford to do something good for someone else. 

When people talk about the "Buy Better" or "Only Buy Once" movements, these are the types of products they're referencing. These Arctic Hikers are hand made with vegetable-tanned leather, sewn with a Goodyear welt, and finished with a Vibram outsole, so they cross off all the requisite boot fetishist check boxes, and also come in three distinctive and versatile colors: black, tan, and a dark green/grey combination FEIT calls "Military." Each pair includes an extra cork insole that you can insert in the event you're between sizes, as well as a padded ankle collar for extra comfort, so FEIT really did think of everything. These are perfect for not only battling the winter elements, but any other bullshit this fucked up world we're living in throws your way as well.