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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...
Another thing - during the grueling summer months where a jacket, no matter how lightweight, is just about impossible every day wear, I've found that I've begun doing the previously unthinkable - wearing ties sans jacket, mostly with the sleeves rolled up and with button-down collars (spreads just look off to me without a jacket, though I always wear them with). This seems to allow me to enjoy expressing my style even when it's hot as hell - in that context the tie is very...
I second the notion that aside from conservative concerns (interviews/funerals etc) that the absence of a pocket square lends itself much more to an understated, minimalist look - which is also exactly what I like these days, after years of wearing them with everything. I also find that they are often (IMHO anyway) seeming more and more out of place in casual jacket/tie fits to me.   I used to be all about it, but a few years ago began wearing nothing but solid ties....
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