Originally posted by jcusey:
... You've had more experience with long-snouted Italian shoes than I have -- I haven't seen any of the new Santonis that you rant about, for example -- but of the ones that I've seen, the principal design problem that I have with them is the shaping of the toe of the shoe. The toe box shouldn't be any longer than necessary to accommodate the toes comfortably and the shape of the toe of the shoe. In too many of these long-snouted shoes, the extra length is completely superfluous.
Oh you will detest
the new fad sweeping some Italian shoemakers, especially the lower ends. They have a chisel toe that looks like it was designed by a 5 year old (imagine your supercar drawings at that age) all straight angles. It looks sharp enough to carve wood. And to make matters worse, some of them are relatively square toed. Can you picture the monstrosity. Long... sharp.... sometimes square.... the Italian Ronald Mcdonald. Originally posted by jcusey:
... and if naturlaut doesn't like them, well, that just leaves more for me and you
I got your shoe in a dark brown calf (I felt that I had too many lighter colours). Originally posted by Offshore-Observer:
...As for the classic Gucci horsebit loafer, I will admit to having two pairs of these: one in black leather and the other in chocolate brown suede; both with the chunky commando rubber sole. I find they go well with jeans and are good, hard wearing casual shoes which can take a real beating....
I admit my dislike of the horsebit loafer (and loafers in general) comes from the fact that I cannot wear them... my feet expand them to gunboat proportions, and my dropped arch wreaks havoc on the side
. Added to the fact that when I was a poor struggling student
, when I waitered (for two months) at a restaurant, most of the abuse we got were from rich people wearing Gucci loafers