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post #991 of 1947
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Originally Posted by Tirailleur1 View Post

Kind of like cuff links?

Who puts cuff links on a shoe?
post #992 of 1947
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Originally Posted by Tirailleur1 View Post

why does sf hate tassel loafer?

 

My mom really hates tassel loafers, but she doesn't post on here. I think of them as filling almost the same niche as dubmonks -- that wide middle range of formality. Maybe the tons of love for monks steals away the attention?

 

I'd wear the right pair of tassels a hell of a lot. I have a pair of black ones that I wear because my service industry job requires me to wear black shoes, and a pair of super tacky moc croc  Florsheims that lost a tassel at some point. A really classic pair would be great.

post #993 of 1947
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


I have those shoes. I really like them.
post #994 of 1947
Which ones are those, D? I'm a fan, and have been looking to fill that very gap in my shoe line up.
post #995 of 1947
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C&J for Barney's New York. Same as their Canvadish model, but the suede is slightly less red.
post #996 of 1947
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


Who puts cuff links on a shoe?


Let me rephrase that...

Kind of like cufflinks on a shirt?

post #997 of 1947
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Originally Posted by Tirailleur1 View Post

Kind of like cuff links?

Cuff links hold a cuff closed. That style of cuff doesn't exactly work without them. Little dongles on a shoe? Not so much.
post #998 of 1947
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I don't know if you can reduce style and design to just functionality. What's the point of a pocket square? What's the point of a tie? What's the point of a boutonniere? What's the point of a penny strap? What's the point of a split toe? What's the point of a beveled waist? You could go on forever.
post #999 of 1947
Yeah, why don't we all just wear onesies and have done with it.
post #1000 of 1947
Also, I've always assumed that the tassels did serve some sort of purpose once upon a time - they are connected to the strip of leather that runs round the bottom of your ankle, which once you would have pulled on to tighten, like a lace (you get the same thing - still functional - on boat shoes). At some point the laces gained tassels on their ends, because, you know, life's too short not to have tassels - or maybe they were to stop the knot slipping or undoing, or to stop the lace ends from fraying?. Those "string" loafers from Carmina that the Armoury sell I imagine as a bit of a throw back to an earlier stage in the tassel loafer's evolution.

Sometimes you see otherwise normally-laced derbies with tiny little tassels on the ends of the laces too (not my cup of tea personally), and they are also de riguer with traditional ghillies under you kilt (if you've ever worn a kilt, you may well ask what is the point of trousers?)

From leffot -

post #1001 of 1947
I don't have a problem with tassels done well. They are an affectation, true, but so is most of what we do.

Granted, I don't own any tassel loafers, but I definitely don't have anything against them when done well. Spoo does them well (usually... biggrin.gif).
post #1002 of 1947
As with ascots and colorful socks, I find tassel loafers much too chichi for normal wear. They sometimes look fine on the extravagant dresser, however: Spoo's pairing above (with the clown pants and bare ankles) being a good example.
post #1003 of 1947

Tassels are fun, if you're going for a certain transatlantic type of look. I have a pair of dark brown calf tassels that don't get particularly frequent use, but it's almost always enjoyable use when they do come out to play.

post #1004 of 1947
I wore them in the first half of the eighties. In black and navy IIRC. With a "college shawl", polo shirts, cardigans and plaid trousers. shog[1].gif
post #1005 of 1947

Folding instructions my brother made to accompany Post-Imperial Pocket Squares.

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