If your father is dressy, I'd strongly recommend a more refined style of loafer. These Alden shoes are only slightly out of your price range, and will be a classic choice. At a lower price point - and with a brand that is more controversial on this forum - I'd look seriously at a pair of Cole Haan shoes as well. Finally, within the Allen Edmonds @ Bennies orbit, I'd look at the Randolph or (my preference) the Glasgow (please excuse the mis-spelling on the website - they have the right name on the description...). Also at Bennies - and depending on your father's shoe size - there are a few Grenson loafers left in different sizes. On the page that I linked, I particularly like number 12 - it has a nice shape and the squared toe looks good to my eye. Grenson shoes are $150 down from about $575 at Paul Stuart, so they represent a phenomenal deal. If you don't mind overseas transactions, you could look at these Alfred Sargent loafers in acorn. They may, however, be too light in color. To your question about a rubber sole - I don't think that you are llikely to find an attractive dress loafer with a rubber sole. With the exception of the Cole Haan shoes that I linked, all of these options should be Goodyear-welted. That means that they can more easily and effectively be resoled. So if your father wears through the soles, he can replace them. At that time, he can choose a thin, dressy rubber (Dainite) sole (if he knows the right cobbler - and if you let us know where you are, we can likely recommend one) to replace the leather with rubber.
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1/8/05 at 6:36pm