The shoes that JCusey references are all classics, but bring money (the Lopez penny loafer now sells for $880 at Bergdorf, up at least $300 from just a few years ago-when I should have bought it). I don't know whether you own the Alden "dressier" full strap, shorter vamp penny loafer already in suede, or would even consider it, but it's available by special order. http://<a href="http://www.aldenshoe...e3_686.htm</a>
. On the other hand, I can't imagine the Alden quality being comparable to the Lobbs. I'm sure JCusey is more qualified to address this subject, if you want to ask him.
I certainly agree with you regarding JL Paris's prices. Lopez is a beautiful shoe, but I wouldn't pay $880 for it. I don't like the low vamp of that Alden shoe, but I do like the apron set back from the edge of the shoe. Chorse's C&J shoe is a better variation on this design.