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He sure was. It's too bad British tailoring is so expensive and hard to get, which makes it underrepresented on SF. As far as I know there isn't really a good quality RTW brand either. I don't really like the price/quality of Gieves & Hawkes RTW, and Hackett is way too fashion forward with their stuff. I've been looking for a Chesterfield coat for example, but they're either extremely nice and super expensive, or very cheap and bad e.

Speaking of underrepresented, if any of you guys haven't read the Parisian bespoke/suit thread, do it now. They have some of the best precision and fits I've seen on SF. Prices are on par with the upper tier of SR
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Chinos are the perfect casual pants for someone who doesn't want to wear jeans. I can't imagine wearing wool trousers casually 100% of the time.
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I have never thought of them. Any particular ones that I should take a look at and judge for myself? 

 

 

Depends entirely on your tastes and sensibilities. Do you like penny, beefroll, full strap or tassels? Leather or suede (suede is more casual, so leather (or shell) would be better for you)? Generally, the sleeker the last, the less casual the loafer is. A very round and bulbous beefroll loafer should not be worn with suits for example. 

 

It's harder to find the right fit for loafers, as there are no laces, so you should really try them on in person. Is there any shoe store in DC that sells shoes from reputable brands? It would be best going into the store wearing a suit and trying on a bunch of different loafers. See if you like the look, as it's not for everyone. In general, a pair of relatively sleek dark brown penny or tassel loafers can be worn with both very casual and more formal outfits. Would be great for a suit with patch pockets, odd jackets and trousers, or can even be worn with jeans if you want to, but would look better with chinos.

 

Loafers should be very tight when you put them on the first time, perhaps even slightly uncomfortable, but once you've worn them for a week or so they'll probably become the most comfy pair of shoes you own.

 

I wear these loafers on Thursdays and Fridays, and for evening weekend wear:

 

 

 

Something like these carminas would be very nice as well:

 

 

I remember you like C&J, so here are a couple of their tasseled ones in brown leather,  brown suede, burgundy shell and navy shell, but if you want tassels it's probably best to get some Aldens. You are in America after all. Tassels + suits is a very old school american look.

 

 

 

You could go for something sleeker like these AS:

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There is one in Georgetown with C&J Boston Penny Loafers, among others. 

https://skyvaletshoes.com/product-category/mens-shoes/crockett-jones/

 

I really don't think I can pull that off. I just cannot imagine in my head. But at least I can try it. 

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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

There is one in Georgetown with C&J Boston Penny Loafers, among others. 

https://skyvaletshoes.com/product-category/mens-shoes/crockett-jones/

 

I really don't think I can pull that off. I just cannot imagine in my head. But at least I can try it. 

 

The Boston is a bit too casual for suits. That one would be chinos +ocbds and maybe a casual blazer only type of shoe. Loafers are not a look that everyone likes, and I'd even say it might be a bit of an acquired taste. I didn't like them much either at first, but everyone in my office wears loafers all the time, so they kind of grew on me. What kind of shoes do your coworkers wear?

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Check out Alden DC. Their Aberdeen lasted loafers are fairly sleek
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The Boston is a bit too casual for suits. That one would be chinos +ocbds and maybe a casual blazer only type of shoe. Loafers are not a look that everyone likes, and I'd even say it might be a bit of an acquired taste. I didn't like them much either at first, but everyone in my office wears loafers all the time, so they kind of grew on me. What kind of shoes do your coworkers wear?

I've seen Alfani, Ferragamo, and other Macy's stuff. 

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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

Check out Alden DC. Their Aberdeen lasted loafers are fairly sleek

 

Indeed, those look nice:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

I've seen Alfani, Ferragamo, and other Macy's stuff. 

 

But what type of shoe? Plain cap toe oxfords, brogues, bluchers, loafers, chukkas? Mainly black, or dark brown, or light brown? Leather or suede?

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Mostly, black leather derbys. I am sure there are well dressed people with nice stuff but I have yet to run into one in a building that holds about 250 people...sigh.

 

Apparently, I was "attacked" because people think I dress well. One idiot asked me just out of no where, "Are those Prada shoes or Gucci shoes you're wearing?". I said I am wearing Crockett & Jones, and he had no idea what they were. And I told him I despise designer brands (too much markup) and his followup comment was I bet you have a secret bank account that your wife doesn't know about so you can order all of those nice stuff. And I and other "normal" coworkers just stood there speechless at the stupidity of his comments. 

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You should have told him, "No they're Payless" and walked away.
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Indeed, those look nice:

 

 

Those trousers look amazing.

post #26247 of 37396
Noodles, there are single monks in addition to double monks. Also, I would not go all wool trousers. Decent khakis are worth having. Maybe cords or moleskins for winter too. I don't wear jeans myself, but several posters wear them well. NOBD is an example.
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What about AE Patriots? are those good loafers to wear with jeans/chinos/casual wear?



Edit - Another casual option could be chukkas. I have one in tan suede.
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I usually wear jeans too Noods on weekends. Not diesel but APC. I need to diversify as well for weekend wear.
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I wear jeans. And shorts. What sort of crazy doesn't wear jeans?

Also, Noodles, I know on SF, monk straps are like the 4rd or 5th shoe everyone gets, but I wouldn't put them in a top 15 for me personally. For you, well, I don't know how much you like them, but I'd explore more blucher and oxford type shoes first. Boots as well (I'm a huge fan of chelseas; chukkas can be very nice as well)
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