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Confronted with the high price of work wear from Opening Ceremony and Woolrich Woolen Mills, critical shopper Jon Caramanica went off in search of work wear for people who actually use it for work. So he went to Dave's New York, which has been selling the stuff for more than 48 years. It stocks what the owner calls "branded Americana," ie: Carhartt, Dickies, and shelves and shelves of Levi's for around $35/pair. He winds up buying a pair of Red Wing boots for $150 and recommending Dave's for actual workers and people savvy enough to cherry-pick the pieces that would pass for something sold at Odin. [NYT]