Walking Coats

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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For the capstone to an already impressive wardrobe, few pieces can rival suede shearling and deerskin walking coats. Like an exotic mink stole or bomber jacket, the walking coat takes center stage in cold climates and practically screams to be touched. The brushed finish boasts soft grains that demand careful attention and regular cleaning, especially during rainy or snowy winters.

Walking coats, as their name implies, are meant to be more than just luxurious; they're meant to be comfortable and fluid. That means their tails should be loose enough to accommodate those on the move, not restrictive like a heavy winter ski coat or parka. Great men's walking coats do manage to strike this balance between heft and versatility, which is why they also usually command four figures as well.

Shopping for Fall and Winter Walking Coats

The first thing most men notice after the looks of their walking coats is their lining. Slip a quality leather product over your arms and shoulders and the difference between that and a lower-grade leather jacket is striking. The lining should be soft and contain no loose threads. Its stitching around the hems and cuffs should be precise and well aligned. These are the places where your extra dollars are going, so take an additional moment to inspect the craftsmanship.

Finally, because premium walking coats are held to the highest tailoring standards, their colors are strictly regulated by their manufacturers. That means you can save yourself time by not looking for red- and green-dyed finishes the way you might with some leather jackets. Fine men's walking coats stick to the usual roster of mochas, caramels, redwoods, and blacks.


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