This. If you live in a culture where shoes are removed often throughout the day, it really does make a difference. However, loafers are not the only option. I'd like more, but for business dress I am dreaming of a "lazyman" (yeah, yeah PB). But there is room for common ground: a single monk with a hidden elastic under the strap is my win-win.
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.
You're welcome. Actually I'd leave Meermin, personally: I like what they do and they're certainly cheap, but their service and quality control seems to be in complete disarray. In the same price bracket, frankly, you can find a pretty wide selection of both Indian-made and English-made shoes, in classic styles and of decent quality. Try Herring or Pediwear, both of whom have sales/offers on right now, and are great with customers. I like my $150 Indian Loake suede brogues as much as others twice the price. TTO seems to swear by them. Pediwear are doing a special Loake offer. And at sale time, I've had some great deals from Herring before on various English shoes. It's luck of the draw as to what's on sale in your size so get measured up; both of those do wider or narrower fittings and you can search by size and width easily on their sites..