imho, if there is one item to spend more on in a wardrobe, its shoes.
Loafers are awesome. They're just to bring a more casual vibe. That said, I have too many and need some chukka in my life.
If I'm going out with a few folks, having a few drinks and relaxing, I don't want shoes. The irritation of tying then untying shoes every time I go in/out of my house or someones house is silenced by a good pair of loafers. Or four, in my case. (Did I say I have too many?) Weekends are damn near strictly loafers for me. Weekdays are lace-ups.
Norwegian split toes are terrible. Not aesthetically pleasing at all, way too bulky. I'd wear crocs before I'd wear those. Loafers are great for casual summer fits, but I'm sure you'd be wearing black oxfords while having a picnic in the park.
A vanda tie is on the to buy list. I love their shantungs!
Thank you so much for your advice and suggestions. I will look into some of the things you mentioned. I feel very strange dropping $300+ on a pair of shoes for myself. Monks, chukkas and dress suedes are all on my radar. I'm looking at Meermin right now, but even $200 feels crazy. I'm so cheap sometimes.
Nothing wrong with captoes, they have their place, but so do loafers. They're at opposites ends of the spectrum. Just because you like a certain style of shoes doesn't mean that all other shoes are ugly (except for split toes!)
Captoes are lovely. His uncastrated ones are not.
But pB is way too high up to ever be told those are ugly.
I used to hate loafers, but I've recently started to appreciate them, specially for summer. On a nice last, unlined suede tassel loafers look great with a pair of linen trousers.
BTW, one of the great things about Vox (he is missed) is that he appreciated pretty much every style of every item of clothing, provided it's not fugly and it's worn in the right moment at the right place. This forum needs more of that.