Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

With each generation of men growing taller and bigger on the average, it’s no surprise that many men require footwear beyond size 13 and clothing to suit a strapping, larger physique. Here’s a roundup of clothing and shoe brands that cater to those we look up to each day.

Ariat boots have it all: not only do they come in larger sizes, they’re constructed with care and the highest quality materials. Founded in 1993 to cater to the unique demands of the equestrian realm, the comfort and quality of Ariat’s boot collections rendered them appealing to all, and Ariat is now the leader in English and Western performance footwear brands. Step into something innovative and comforting for winter by visiting

Big and tall sports fans can celebrate the lineup at Mitchell & Ness, which includes jackets, hoodies, cardigans, headwear, t-shirts and other apparel from the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and more. Vintage-style garments can be found too, so check out the offerings at With holidays on the horizon, keep Mitchell & Ness in mind (they carry sports garments for women too).

HB Clothing Company is a new line for the big & tall man who is tired of shirts feeling too snug in the arms and shoulders, and jeans that don’t fit properly in the thigh or waist area (or are off in length). HB also has leather jackets that zip up and leave room for maneuvering. Founder Mandy Misle had trouble finding clothing for her boyfriend’s 6’1, 290-lb frame, so she’s made it her mission to provide stylish clothing for him, as well as for the likes of LeBron James and other giants among men. Peruse the e-shelves at

Mega-chef Mario Batali knows a thing or two about comfort, which is why he sports Crocs in his famed kitchens. Now the Crocs brand offers duck boots, slip in boat-style shoes, rain boots, sneakers, winter boots and more in big & tall guy sizes. Find your preferred style at — and there’s a store in Soho as well at 143 Spring Street. Stride in Crocs comfort every season.

Originally published November 2012
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