Originally Posted by docalden2013
Thanks again to everyone. I'm learning a lot about these marvelous shoes. I've pulled the trigger on 5 pairs in the last 3 weeks and feel like there's something in the air with the recent loafer discussions. Prior to this weekend, I was already thinking about getting a loafer for casual spring/summer wear (e.g., with chinos, jeans and just loafer socks). I've begun making some calls to local retailers, but haven't gotten the most welcoming vibe from certain staff members. So at this point, I have more questions than answers:
My first question is: Which loafer model would be the most sensible addition to the collection (I have the LS Ultimate Indy in the 403 brown with commando sole, a cap toe boot in the Grant last in Shell color 8, the JCrew LWB in brown cxl, the JCrew snuff suede LWB, and the Color 8 shell 975s)? I know the collection pales in comparison to most guys on this thread, but I feel like I have a decent balance of dressy and casual shoes (as I also have a number of AE shoes in the closet). I don't mind shelling out (pun intended) for shell in, say, the LHS. But, if these are basically just going to be casual loafers worn at night in Cape Cod on vacation, then should I really go all out for the LHS?
The models I'm considering include: LHS in calf or shell (which I believe is on the Van last), the suede models with flex soles, the loafer in the plaza last or the beefroll with leather sole (the most economical model) in burgundy calf. Can anyone offer comparisons or contrast with regard to issues of versatility, durability, comfort?
Second question becomes about fit: I want to be careful to not have a heel slippage problem. I tried almost all the AE loafers and had trouble with heel slippage and/or toe room depending on the last. Nothing fit like the Florsheims and Bass Weejuns I rocked when I was a teen over 20 years ago.
Can people here confim the recent advise to stay true to size in the Van, but to go to a narrower width? I'm a 9D in the Grant (which fits perfect) and an 8.5D in the Barrie and Trubalance lasts (which are comfy, but would have some slippage were it not for the laces). I'm thinking of starting with a 9C Van if I go LHS. But what about stretching factor in calf vs shell LHS models? Anyone able to speak to the issue of stretching in the vamp after a few months of wear? I'd also love to hear about the Plaza last, the flex soles and the beefroll (which no one seems to talk about much here).
Last question is about pricing: the guy from Princeton says he could sell me a Shell color 8 LHS for $575 but wants to charge me a $25 restocking if it doesn't fit and needs to go back to Alden? Is this standard? It was my understanding working with the good folks at LS, Alden DC, Citishoes and ShoeMart that there was no such pitfall? I thought the $575 sounded like a good price, but I didn't like the guy's attitude...
ps - is it truly a seeking-unicorns situation to look for a loafer in ravello, whiskey or cigar shell? If not, could someone point me in the right direction?
Thanks in advance for any help or leads folks can offer. I appreciate it very much!!
today's shoe: the cap toe boots. like butter...