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Loafer fit - too loose, or intended?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Long time lurker, first time poster here. Hi everyone! I'm hoping someone can have patience with a question from a sartorially challenged. *clears throat*

I recently ordered a pair of penny loafers, and finally got them today. Thing is, I've never owned a pair of good loafers before (yes, yes I know), so I'm unsure how they are supposed to fit.

The length is good, I definitely can't go down in size or my toes will hurt. And they feel very comfortable standing and walking (very comfortable, in fact). What has me a bit worried is that I can quite easily step out of the shoe, as in lift my heel out of the shoe if I try, ...if that makes sense. It doesn't happen by accident, only if I try.

Now, I've been taught leather shoes stretch out a bit over time when wearing them, so I'm a slightly worried they'll eventually stretch out to the point where I'll accidentally step out of them while walking. Should I be worried or should I just enjoy my shoes?

I realize they're loafers, not laced shoes, so maybe they're supposed to fit this way. But as I said, they're my first pair of loafers, so I don't really know. Can anyone offer some advice?
post #2 of 22
It really depends on the thickness & quality of the leather. I've had loafers that ultimately flopped on my feet, whereas some hardly stretched at all.
post #3 of 22
I want my loafers fit snugly (not too tight, but snugly) straight out of box with a pair of thin socks. More or less, loafers will stretch a bit depends on leather quality & construction. Unlined will tend to stretch more easily.

Do you feel any heel slippages? How thick are your socks?
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Lining is full leather. They're a pair of Church's Salisbury:

http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0

(Don't hurt me for buying Prada! )

I'm wearing thin cotton socks. There's no heel slippage when walk I like I normally do. Slight slippage (as in, the heel lifts from the insole) when I walk putting more weight on the toes, like when you walk up stairs.
post #5 of 22
This is normal & those won't stretch too much if at all.

You'll get less slippage when the soles break in.
post #6 of 22
I have a pair of these in the black calf, and found the fit is somewhat loose for the size, but that is just how they are made and they work fine.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Exactly what I wanted to hear! Thanks for the replies everyone, you've been a great help!
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Ziss View Post
Long time lurker, first time poster here. Hi everyone! I'm hoping someone can have patience with a question from a sartorially challenged. *clears throat*

I recently ordered a pair of penny loafers, and finally got them today. Thing is, I've never owned a pair of good loafers before (yes, yes I know), so I'm unsure how they are supposed to fit.

The length is good, I definitely can't go down in size or my toes will hurt. And they feel very comfortable standing and walking (very comfortable, in fact). What has me a bit worried is that I can quite easily step out of the shoe, as in lift my heel out of the shoe if I try, ...if that makes sense. It doesn't happen by accident, only if I try.

Now, I've been taught leather shoes stretch out a bit over time when wearing them, so I'm a slightly worried they'll eventually stretch out to the point where I'll accidentally step out of them while walking. Should I be worried or should I just enjoy my shoes?

I realize they're loafers, not laced shoes, so maybe they're supposed to fit this way. But as I said, they're my first pair of loafers, so I don't really know. Can anyone offer some advice?

How can you be a long time lurker if you joined in APRIL/09!!
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by DrCool1978 View Post
How can you be a long time lurker if you joined in APRIL/09!!

Because you don't have to join to read the forum, you only need to join to post.
post #10 of 22
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Because you don't have to join to read the forum, you only need to join to post.

If I knew you were going to use logic.....................................................
post #11 of 22
Question for the experts here. I have two pairs of Bass Weejun loafers. One is a 9 and one is a 9.5. The 9s feel good but my toes hit the end of the shoe when I walk - its not entirely uncomfortable but I know its not supposed to happen. There's no slipping in the heel with the 9s. In the 9.5s I have a tiny bit of toe room but there's slippage in the heel with a thin sock. Which would you keep?

Sorry I need a forum to help with my shoe size but I'm going to send one back and keep the other.

For reference I'm a 9.5 in Vans slip-ons, 9 in converse, 10 in most athletic shoes, and a 9.5. in clarks desert boots.

Thanks for your help!
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by chethondo View Post
Question for the experts here. I have two pairs of Bass Weejun loafers. One is a 9 and one is a 9.5. The 9s feel good but my toes hit the end of the shoe when I walk - its not entirely uncomfortable but I know its not supposed to happen. There's no slipping in the heel with the 9s. In the 9.5s I have a tiny bit of toe room but there's slippage in the heel with a thin sock. Which would you keep?

Sorry I need a forum to help with my shoe size but I'm going to send one back and keep the other.

For reference I'm a 9.5 in Vans slip-ons, 9 in converse, 10 in most athletic shoes, and a 9.5. in clarks desert boots.

Thanks for your help!

Return the shoes where your toes touch the end, they are clearly too small.
post #13 of 22
I've the same question: new (first) pair of loafers that have about a finger's worth of space in the heel, and which slip. Normal, or too big?
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by sm31 View Post
I've the same question: new (first) pair of loafers that have about a finger's worth of space in the heel, and which slip. Normal, or too big?

If your heels slip out when you walk in them, they are too big. The shoes I am wearing now fit well, and I can jam a finger in behind my heel if I really try, so I am not sure that measuring size in that way is ideal, but would also wager that if you can easily fit a finger behind the heel, it is probably too big.
post #15 of 22
Loafers are for loafing. If you are doing a lot of walking, you are not loafing.
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