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I did some googling. Is the patriot loafer the sleekest loafer that AE has? Don't be suggesting me some grandfather looking loafer

 

I'm 32 and was looking for my first pair of loafers last month, that I could wear in the office (corporate environment). So, I stopped by at the AE store at Rockefeller to try some on. I was so sure I was going to end up buying a pair of Patriots. However, I fell in love with the more sophisticated, sleeker Graysons the moment I saw and tried them on.

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I'm 32 and was looking for my first pair of loafers last month, that I could wear in the office (corporate environment). So, I stopped by at the AE store at Rockefeller to try some on. I was so sure I was going to end up buying a pair of Patriots. However, I fell in love with the more sophisticated, sleeker Graysons the moment I saw and tried them on.

I was only being half serious with my comment. Honestly, I'm not a fan of tassels, just not for me. I actually tried on the Kenwood while in Florida at nordstorm and my TTS was TIGHT.

I figure summer is coming and I could use a loafer. Would you wear your loafer on vacation to the caribbean?
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I was only being half serious with my comment. Honestly, I'm not a fan of tassels, just not for me. I actually tried on the Kenwood while in Florida at nordstorm and my TTS was TIGHT.

I figure summer is coming and I could use a loafer. Would you wear your loafer on vacation to the caribbean?

Hell yes I would wear a loafer. I like the tassles, but I also like the pennies. I think I'm going for the beefroll next. I'm torn on the Steen.
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I was only being half serious with my comment. Honestly, I'm not a fan of tassels, just not for me. I actually tried on the Kenwood while in Florida at nordstorm and my TTS was TIGHT.

I figure summer is coming and I could use a loafer. Would you wear your loafer on vacation to the caribbean?
Only my AE harbor boat shoes, espadrilles and havaiana flip flops made te final cut to my last trip to the Maldives.
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I was only being half serious with my comment. Honestly, I'm not a fan of tassels, just not for me. I actually tried on the Kenwood while in Florida at nordstorm and my TTS was TIGHT.

I figure summer is coming and I could use a loafer. Would you wear your loafer on vacation to the caribbean?

 

Absolutely, but I'd want a casual one with rubber sole. Right now, I've just got the AE Duke and a Rockport Perth boat shoe, but plan to pick up another loafer this year. Either we'll succeed in kicking off a GMTO casual loafer, or I'll buy a Kirkwood during the Fathers Day sale... or so the plan goes.

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You realize that Allen Edmonds has a website where you can see all of their current offerings, right?
Randolph?
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I did some googling. Is the patriot loafer the sleekest loafer that AE has? Don't be suggesting me some grandfather looking loafer

 

I like my Addisons, but only for casual purposes (obviously).

 

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Your Addisons look almost identical to my Canali loafers. My compliments.
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I did some googling. Is the patriot loafer the sleekest loafer that AE has? Don't be suggesting me some grandfather looking loafer

Loafers?  Now you're speaking my language.  I'll try to stay on point to what I think you want.

 

Patriot?  No way.  The Patriot and the Randolph are really nice loafers but not what I would consider sleek (although I think they're both much better than the Kenwood).  My immediate reaction was the Jermyn/Manchester/Grayson, but sounded like you don't like those.  Two others came to mind - the Westchester, if you want the 97-last sleekness without the tassels, or the Presidio (but be warned on the tough fit...shoebank probably has more BB Presidios left than the number of copies of ET for the 2600 buried in the ground)

 

You know I love the Italian line - I would definitely recommend the Fiesole or Firenze.  Size warning here - they come in two sizes, big and stupid big, meaning you may need to go down a whole size.

 

I definitely agree with Rostov - I would not want something with a hard leather sole.  I know this probably isn't at all what you want, but I think the Nashua is great - looks good, good support, comfortable, etc, although not "sleek." If you just want something to sort of knock around in, I own the Grand Cayman also and can recommend that (but with the thinner sole you wouldn't want to do serious walking in them).

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You realize that Allen Edmonds has a website where you can see all of their current offerings, right?


Website?  WTF is the internet?

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How do you all change your shoe line up season to season? I am in the position of having a small closet, so only five pair of shoes can conveniently be in my rotation at any one time.

 

I also have a tendency to enjoy depriving myself of certain things, so I can get that "feels like new" feeling from time to time.

 

Right now I only have two excess pair of shoes, both Shreveports, and I am setting them aside based on the fact that they are billed as cool shoes for the summer. That said, they are my favorites, so it is killing me not to wear them.

 

I've also seen (now that I've been paying attention for about 9 months) an emphasis from AE on wearing black shoes during the winter. I haven't really seen a lot of that in this thread that I've read back to 1/1/15 in.

 

So the question is...do you rotate shoes seasonally, and is it based on color, style, or other factors?

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On the subject of lovers, I recently bought two pairs of casual non-Allen Edmonds. I wanted the McKinley, but the boat shoe style lacing around the side/back (and the reports of major sizing issues) turned me off.

Ended up with a pair of Sperry Made in Maine loafers with a boat shoe sole . . . On eBay for $100, new (retail is ~$250) as they had been a display model but are in great condition.



I also bought a pair of new Gold Cup Sperry beefroll loafers on Amazon that they no longer make. Paid ~$110.



They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for a little over $200 I got two pairs of casual summer loafers that I will get tons of wear out of, and in my opinion they look better than what AE has to offer in the casual/DR-made loafers.
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Loafers?  Now you're speaking my language.  I'll try to stay on point to what I think you want.

 

Patriot?  No way.  The Patriot and the Randolph are really nice loafers but not what I would consider sleek (although I think they're both much better than the Kenwood).  My immediate reaction was the Jermyn/Manchester/Grayson, but sounded like you don't like those.  Two others came to mind - the Westchester, if you want the 97-last sleekness without the tassels, or the Presidio (but be warned on the tough fit...shoebank probably has more BB Presidios left than the number of copies of ET for the 2600 buried in the ground)

 

You know I love the Italian line - I would definitely recommend the Fiesole or Firenze.  Size warning here - they come in two sizes, big and stupid big, meaning you may need to go down a whole size.

 

I definitely agree with Rostov - I would not want something with a hard leather sole.  I know this probably isn't at all what you want, but I think the Nashua is great - looks good, good support, comfortable, etc, although not "sleek." If you just want something to sort of knock around in, I own the Grand Cayman also and can recommend that (but with the thinner sole you wouldn't want to do serious walking in them).

 

The Nashua? Part of me is interested, but a bigger part of me runs from the kilt.

 

I haven't figured out the hate for the Kenwood, but at 3E, I'm one that defines sleek as "anti-fit". Shoes I manage to fit that others describe as sleek somehow appear only broader and fatter on me. Intentionally choosing something rounded and fat translates to less length and better fit, with certain feet. There is a certain sleekness offered by fat and round if it means not wearing clown shoes. :wow:

 

 

Speaking of fit, I'm pretty happy with the Gobis I picked up this week, but I must say that it's not nearly as roomy as this forum would otherwise have me think. Possible, but tough to get into and while fitting otherwise perfect throughout, it still presses on my big toe; not uncomfortably, but noticeably. Being a soft suede, I'm counting on it wearing in a bit.

 

:violin::violin::violin:

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On the subject of lovers, I recently bought two pairs of casual non-Allen Edmonds. I wanted the McKinley, but the boat shoe style lacing around the side/back (and the reports of major sizing issues) turned me off.

Ended up with a pair of Sperry Made in Maine loafers with a boat shoe sole . . . On eBay for $100, new (retail is ~$250) as they had been a display model but are in great condition.


I also bought a pair of new Gold Cup Sperry beefroll loafers on Amazon that they no longer make. Paid ~$110.


They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for a little over $200 I got two pairs of casual summer loafers that I will get tons of wear out of, and in my opinion they look better than what AE has to offer in the casual/DR-made loafers.

 

Beautiful and jealous. Because of fit, I had seen AE as my only solution, but I've been increasingly looking at Quoddy and even purchased a pair of Rockport Perth loafers last week. Say what you want of Rockport, they offer a decent quality boat shoe that fits in widths in a color that isn't brown for half the price of AE's offering. If you're just looking for a beater, sometimes that's what you want.

 

Still, I see myself picking up a green Kirkwood assuming I find a fit.

 

:deadhorse: (making more shells...)

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Thanks for the responses. I picked up a pair of Rancourt Chukka's and they are probably the most comfortable casual shoes I own along with my tretorns.
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