Anyway, I have a certain affinity for Weston shoes, in particular the 180, 598 and 677. I have been wearing 180's since I was able to afford a decent pair of shoes.That hardly makes me an expert but rather a boring sucker for these loafers.
Welcome, William. I'm glad that you stopped by. I can't argue with the 180, the 598, or the 677, although the 677 is still a bit too rich for my blood. As for the 180 loafers,I like the design, but I don't have much room in my shoe wardrobe for loafers.
The 180 Shark, are really sharskin and available in a multitude of color, I have them in black and brown. I would recommend brown because the leather is uneven and dust and dirt does show more on the black skin.
Shark really does have an interesting grain, and I know that it's as tough as nails. It's a rare skin that doesn't look better in brown than black.
For 180 Exotic skins, based on my experience I would recommend: Brown matt Alligator, simply one of the greatest loafer made today, then Black buffalo, black Alligator, Brown Antilope, Brown shark, Black shark, Brown Kangoroo (very light but tough).
That's quite some experience. Antilope is a very interesting skin. I would have expected that it would be soft and easily scuffable like deerskin, but it's not that way at all. It has a beautiful grain pattern, and it's extremely tough. If I were to buy the 180 loafer, I think that it would be in brown antilope. Kangaroo is another interesting skin. Around here, a lot of people get formal shoes made up in black kangaroo because it takes a shine so well and is so tough.
However, regardless the brown suede loafer remains the nicest looking 180 in my humble opinion.
Brown suede makes most things look better. I've never seen a 180 in brown suede in person, but the pictures that I've seen look very good. What do you think of the 598 in brown suede?