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+1 I think the key is to have any pair of trousers you're going to wear w/o crease and casually be cut like chinos/cords/moleskines should be (whatever that means to you; I use a totally different set of measurements for my MTM casual trousers vs. dress trousers). Simply taking a wool dress pant (regardless of how slim or whatever) and ironing out the crease / giving it a side crease / whatever is not going look right, at least in most cases, by my estimation, as the cut...
I was wondering about this same topic (wearing slim lightweight wool trousers casually w/o crease) and I think it's doable assuming the cut is right, the fabric relatively matte, and some of the other productive suggestions people have made. That said, I'm not responding simply because I agree that it's possible (assuming said variables tuned properly); I found this thread researching said topic and was immediately struck by the same kind of thing I've gotten in some of my...
Hey guys, apologies if this has been addressed before but I didn't see much about it on the thread (could've missed though).    I wear a 7.5 UK on both the Capital last (which fits perfectly pretty much) and the 026 last (too wide but serviceable). I'm looking at a pair of pennies from Loake (probably the Eton in brown suede) and am wondering about fit - in all loafers from every maker (U.S., Italy) I've ever worn, I size 1/2 down from my lace-up size for a snug fit and...
Haven't worn the Meermins in rain yet, just got them - but the Loakes are great in the rain, and cursory inspection reveals no obvious difference between the two.
Pair of Loakes with Dainite sole vs Meermin's 'genuine double rubber' sole:    
A question: anyone have any experience with classic collection suede in the rain? I don't wear my nicer suede oxfords in the rain, but these DO have a double rubber sole, and I don't mind beating them up a bit (but not too much). Is the idea of a dedicated rain shoe in suede stupid, or does Meermin's suede hold up okay to rain? FWIW I've already brushed them and treated them with two rounds of protective spray.
Just my two (or three) cents on the Hiro last vs. Loake Capital last, in case anyone else was searching for info on that (I found a good bit here before ordering) - the Capital last is one of the few balmoral oxfords I've found that fits me well (as well as having a pleasing last shape to my preferences) in terms of instep, allowing the laces to completely close. The Hiro last oxfords do not, which I can't stand at all (I knew it was a risk when I ordered them, but at that...
Can anyone comment on the 1880 line suede w/r/t getting caught in the rain? I've treated them with suede protector spray but am still hesitant to wear them on days where there might be wet weather...
Since I discovered Loake (particularly 1880) I've collected 2 pair of Aldwychs in leather, 2 pair of the same in dark brown suede, 2 pair of Cannons, 1 pair of Shoemaker Dainite soled bal oxfords (Scafell) and am now eyeing the Pimlico...   This thread has been bad on my wallet...   That said, I've gotten some really nice shoes for almost half the price per pair than I used to spend, and am blown away by the quality/value.   Oh, and I saw the Cannons available in...
Searched the thread a bit but couldn't quite find what I was looking for. Do any of you have any advice or reference for the classic collection Hiro last balmoral oxfords w/r/t the closed lacing closing all the way / instep et cetera?    I wear a 7.5 UK in Loake Capital last, if that helps - they close up perfectly, but barely so. I can't stand when bal oxfords don't close all the way and it's not like I could easily return them...
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