Best of Boston

2004 Best Men's Clothing, Casual

Allston Beat

Allston Beat’s salesmen are as serious about denim as jewelers are about diamonds, eagerly schooling customers in the subtleties of cut, color, and defects (in this case intentional, and likely to cost extra) in its extensive inventory of cult-brand jeans. That, plus unique retro button-downs, T-shirts, and sneakers—it’s enough to make even the most hardened hipster forgive the place for stocking so many Von Dutch trucker hats.

348 Newbury St., Boston, 617-421-9555,