Minimalism has been on my mind for a few reasons recently. First, I bought a motorcycle. If minimalism were a religion, I'd probably be excommunicated for having more motorized vehicles than I have pairs of socks (RV, motorcycle, folding scooter, and electric skateboard vs. two pairs of socks). Second, I had a long conversation with Leo Babauta about minimalism, which brought it from the background of my life to a concept actually examined and discussed. And last, Erica twittered a video about minimalism that's clearly a parody, but makes some valid points along the way.
I sat at a poker table for a few hours tonight and got the coldest run of cards I've had since I can remember. I didn't lose a lot, I just sat there and folded everything. All that time that I WASN'T spending outfoxing my opponents and pulling down monster pots was spent thinking about why I became a minimalist, why I've stayed a minimalist, and what the point of it all is.
I became a minimalist on a lark, which, for better or worse, is why I do a lot of things. I bought an RV, thinking I'd take road trips in it, and from that point on I never slept in my condo again, and I started selling everything. Momentum kept pushing me, and before I knew it I didn't own anything that didn't fit in my 28 liter backpack.
On Alden Shoes
At first I never really understood the Monk Strap. With time, the design has begun to grow on me. I would describe it as a very modern/european style, and maybe even a little trendy. I think it is a shoe that can be dressed up with the suit, as well as dressed down with some dark denim. One thing I'd watch out for is the colour of the buckles. Gold plated buckles should be matched with a gold plated belt, watch, tie clip, and so on. Silver/chrome plated should be matched similarly. It is much more common to have silver/chrome coloured accessories.