A couple of months ago I happened on a blog post about a new Belgian loafer maker in London who was taking pre-orders for their first shipment of lamb suede Belgian loafers in a variety of colors. I visited the website and decided to take the plunge. At £255 (£285 including shipping to the US) the price was not exactly cheap, but for the purported quality, not prohibitive either.
I normally wear a size 11 1/2 D in most US brands and either a 10 1/2 E or 11 in most UK brands. The sizing chart on the website directed me toward a 44, which seemed small, but I went with it given the assurance that returns were not an issue. I opted for the blue-grey suede in a plain configuration.
I placed my order on 6/29 and waited. The shoes are made-to-order and turn around was quoted at 4 weeks. Generally consistent with that promise, the shoes shipped with the company's initial shipments on 8/2, arriving a couple of days later by express shipment.
Initially I was not impressed with the packaging. A simple (small) shipping box into which the shoes were crammed. The shoes arrived quite misshapen. Additionally, when I first tried them on, they were quite tight and I worried that they were incorrectly sized (too small). I decided to put some shoe trees in them and try them again the next day. So glad I did.
Keep in mind, these shoes are quite light. They are really slipper-like. After one evening sleeping in shoe trees they had both regained their elegant shape and stretched nicely to a near perfect glove-like fit. I worried that because they stretched so easily at first, keeping them on shoe trees might over-stretch them. But after 4 weeks that hasn't been the case.
These have been a really great addition to my summer shoe collection. I've worn them casually. I really like the simple, elegant lines and the great glove-like fit.
Here are a few pics. If you have questions, let me know.