A Day Trip With Brooks Heritage

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said that a mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. The more I open myself to wander and discover new places and experience new things, the more I'm realizing that his words were and still remain an unembellished truth.

In partnership with Brooks Heritage, last week I had the opportunity to go on a day trip to discover a new place within New York that I had never been before. I saw a photo of the area on Instagram and it piqued my interest tout de suite. So, I made my way to downtown Manhattan, boarded the South Ferry, and set sail for Staten Island. 

One of my favorite sights in Staten Island was visiting the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. My friend, Debbie, and I walked around the perimeters taking in the sights of the landscape, enjoying the quietness, and perusing beautiful spots. 

Knowing we would be walking for a substantial amount of time, I opted to wear sneakers that embodied both style and comfort. Inspired by the opulence of historical monarchies with a regal aesthetic, the Vanguard from Brooks Heritage's Imperial collection was a perfect choice.  Easily becoming one of my favorites, I love them because they are hella comfortable and attractive too! The body is made of plush, quilted nylon, and features their signature logo streak in gold deluxe. Why don't you take a look closer look? - Yes, they're quite fancy!

If you're unfamiliar with Brooks Heritage, it's time you should be! A casual, lifestyle footwear line, Brooks Heritage celebrates the history, heritage, and history of the run - yet, these are in fact simply lifestyle sneakers ready for the #heritageroad. Take a look!

Perhaps the most interesting and popular destination at Snug Harbor is the Allée (see first photo above), the French word for avenue. It serves a lavish pathway while creating a fresh perspective for people walking between gardens. There's a sense of excitement there, as if you're waiting in an enclosed space to uncover what lies beyond.

I can't believe that I've been in this city for nearly nine years now, yet I never had any interest in visiting that borough. I can only wonder where my wandering mind will take me next.