Men’s Style: Backpacks Meet Form + Function

Once your wardrobe starts coming together, it’s natural for you to start thinking about accessories. A major accessory that comes to mind is your day to day backpack. Gone are the days of wearing that Jansport bag you once rocked in high school or your messenger bag that makes your one shoulder sore. Instead, this post is dedicated to bringing your attention to some awesome brands that are making waves in the backpack world.

Your backpack is something you carry everyday and stores bulky items like your laptop, gym clothes, lunch, and water bottle to name a few. Not only should it be comfortable, but also durable, have easy access to your essentials, save your belongings from wet weather, be lightweight, and of course have a sleek design. Luckily, the backpacks down below have it all!

From lowest to highest price, here are my list of my top backpacks!

Ps. Feel free to browse the site I linked to learn more details about the backpacks, styles and colors they offer. Also, i’ve made note of the ones that are waterproof and water-resistant!

Please note I am not sponsored by any of these brands. Some links are Amazon affiliate links, thanks in advance for your support!

CHROME – Hondo Backpack ($100)

San Francisco based Chrome Industries makes minimal and sleek backpacks that are great for cyclists and walkers alike. With rip proof fabrics, lightweight designs, water-resistant coating and comfortable back padding, you can use this bag for work and beyond. This bag comes in 4 colors. The Hondo is my favorite from Chrome, but check out their site to see other designs.

Size: 21 Liters
Laptop Size: up to 15”
Bonus: 15% off your first order, Free Shipping, Lifetime Warranty

TIMBUK2 – Authority Backpack ($129)

TIMBUK2 is also a San Francisco brand that has been making waves in the backpack world. They are known for affordable, stylish and functional backpacks that are water-resistance, have air mesh backs to help with breathability and cushy straps for shoulder support. These backpacks even have a rear laptop area, keeping your tech nice and safe. This backpack comes in 7 colors. It doesn’t just stop here, TIMBUK2 has MANY backpacks.

Size: 28 Liters
Laptop Size: up to 17”
Bonus: 10% off your first purchase, free shipping, lifetime warranty

EVERKIStudio Backpack ($120)

The Studio backpack is slimmer and has a more conservative design than the others I’ve listed. If you are a traveller, this bag has a slip for the trolley handle, making it great for travelers. The laptop compartment has cushioned corners for those who seem to forget their computer is in their bag until they toss it on the floor. The storage compartment has a bright orange lining, letting you quickly and easily find what you are looking for. Oh and they take pride in their ergonomic design – I’m sure your back with thank you! The Studio is my preferred design, but definitely check out their other bags!

Size: 14L
Laptop Size: Up to 14.1”
Free shipping, 30 day returns, limited lifetime warranty

DULUTH PACK – Scout ($145)

For those ready to ditch their leather messenger bags, but don’t want a bag that looks too technical, Duluth Pack has a good one for you. This bag has a cozier look, making it perfect for the rugged or dressy guy who doesn’t want too much of a modern and minimal look. Don’t underestimate this bag’s quality though, it’s made of durable fabrics, has a spacious interior and definitely keep comfort in mind. Note: the waxed canvas bag helps shed water easily. This bag comes in 16 colors and has other designs as well!

Size: 15 Liter
Laptop Size: not listed, but bag is 17” tall
Bonus: Lifetime guarantee  

LANDER – Commuter ($150)

If your gym bag travels with you almost everyday, this bag might be the miracle you’ve been waiting for! The Lander Commuter bag has a cargo pocket for your gym clothes and shoes, keeping it separate from your tech, lunch or anything else in your bag. It doesn’t stop there, this bag is made of rip proof fabric, neatly stores charging cables, waterproof, and overall very durable… it’s made for the outdoors. This bag also comes in a “traveller” version if you want to use it for traveling.

Size: 25 Liter
Laptop Size: up to 17”
Bonus: 15% off, 1 year Limited Warranty

AER – Duffle Pack 2 ($170)

My guy friends rave about this bag! Here’s why: it’s a backpack and a duffle bag. You can take to work, the gym and even on weekend trips! Hold it by the handle or wear it on your back, the choice is yours. The AER is a spacious bag with a shoe compartment, padded and mesh back for breathability, has top and side handles, comfortable shoulder straps, and is water-resistant. This bag is available in 3 colors. They have a couple of different collections worth checking out.

Size: 24.6 Liter
Laptop Size: up to 15.6”
Bonus: Available at Nordstrom: free shipping, free returns, lifetime warranty

Men’s Style: Rain Friendly Footwear for Men

It’s raining, it’s pouring… and you don’t have the right shoes to go outside. Sounds like a dilemma every guy has experienced before. Now, you could opt for a classic pair of rubber boots, or as the British call it, Wellies, but rubber boots can be a drag. The problem with rubber boots is they are heavy, not breathable, and require you to change out of as soon as you get to your destination.

Well, I have a better and more stylish solution for you: welcome to the wonderful world of waterproof shoes and boots!

Before we get started, please note: “water-resistant” and “waterproof” are two different things. Water-resistant means it can stand being in water for a limited time (i.e. walking from A to B while it’s raining), while waterproof means you can be in a downpour for extended periods of time and zero water will seep in. Keep these terms in mind when you are searching for your perfect pair and decide what your needs are.

Alright, let’s see what I have for you…

Waterproof Sneakers

Photo Credit: Zappos, Greats

All weather sneakers are pretty cool and are a subtle way to protect yourself from the elements. They look like ordinary sneakers, but are made with water-resistant or waterproof materials. You can go for a high-top, which goes up to your ankle, or a low top, which stops below your ankle. If you’re a casual guy and your go-tos for the weekend (or even work) are casual shoes like sneakers, these will work great for you.

If you prefer a water-resistant sneaker, opting for a sneaker made out of wool can deliver style, protection, and breathability. Best of all, you can wear your wool sneaker day to day and not just on rainy days.

Waterproof Casual Boots

Photo Credit: Zappos, Timberland

Photo Credit: ZapposClassic Work BootIf you live in an area where it snows, boots are a better option than sneakers, for winter at least. A casual boot, like a “work boot”, is perfect for the guy who has an overall casual style (i.e. wears jeans and t-shirts most of the time). These boots will give you excellent grip, protect your feet from wetness and make sure you look stylish. Bonus: you can take them hiking!

Waterproof Smart-Casual and Dressy Boots

Photo Credit: Nisolo, Cole Haan

What if I told you there is a stylish boot you can wear to work and it’s waterproof? They exist! Waterproof boots come in many styles including Smart-Casual and Dressy ones. Waterproof Chelsea and Chukka boots, for example, are perfect for those who don’t want to change into different shoes when they get to their destination. Going for a waterproof version of your favorite boot style will pay for itself because you can wear them day to day too.

If you want to learn more about different boot styles to see which one appeals to you, check out The Ultimate Guide to Boots where I give you the who, what, where on boots.

If you weren’t convinced before, there you have it: plenty of stylish water friendly shoe options besides rubber boots to get you through wet weather. Whether it’s April showers or severe winter weather, you’ll be ready to take on the elements best foot forward.