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Loafers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by itsstillmatt, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. aportnoy

    aportnoy Well-Known Member

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    The original version is classic collegiate/Yankee with a touch of Palm Bitch. I still remember a pair from college that ended being duct-taped for a month or two before tossing.

    The fact that the originals are so unpopular now with so many bastardized versions and imitators is just icing on the cake. If I add the fact that Fuuma and edmorel hate it, my love simply grows stronger.

    I wear them with relish and they are still as comfy as they ever were. Iconic goodness. The calf versions are great with cords.


    - B


    +1. I have a pair that my father gave me from the 70s that are classic black with burgundy/navy grosgrain horsebits.

    They rock!
     
  2. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ Eh. The broguing just puts a shallow glaze over the underlying hideousness.

    Oh, no, my friend...they doth kicketh asseth.

    [​IMG]


    - B
     
  3. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll284/shoreman1782/YumaPOV.jpg[IMG][/I]
    I like this style. Been lusting after a similar pair by Martegani. Will probably get them in shell w/ rubber soles, if/when Ron has a deal this year on mto. I think they'd be a great travel shoe. Would link a pic, but Ron's got the Wordpress site down for renovation. My other favorite style is [URL='http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=523&Product_Id=964180&Parent_Id=522&default_color=Rustic-brown']this[/URL], at Brooks Brothers, New and Lingwood, C&J, Sanders, Alfred Sargent, etc. Am not a fan of the similar versions w/ the exposed gussets. To me a loafer should be clean and simple, no tassles, no butterflys, no bits. Maybe some broguing, or a penny strap would be OK, imo
     
  4. allreds

    allreds Well-Known Member

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    ...until you move and the side shows.
     
  5. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    Oh, no, my friend...they doth kicketh asseth. [​IMG] - B
    They certainly kicked the rest of the outfit's...[​IMG]
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    i like these as much as the preppy ones i posted above.
     
  7. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    How about espadrilles?

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  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, this doesn't change my mind. Loafers should look like loafers, not regular shoes that didn't come out of the oven right. They are the first-generation Z3 coupe of fine shoes.
     
  9. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    Loafers should look like loafers.

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    You're such a manichean, mafoo.
     
  10. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    Thanks FNB. These are a MTO EG Tewkesbury.
    Credt where credit is due. How did you come across the style? Have you, you know, actually worn them?
     
  11. embowafa

    embowafa Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, this doesn't change my mind. Loafers should look like loafers, not regular shoes that didn't come out of the oven right. They are the first-generation Z3 coupe of fine shoes.

    Agreed. That's why I really like Goomba's recommendations.
     
  12. greekonomist

    greekonomist Well-Known Member

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    How about espadrilles?

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    I love espadrilles, or alpargatas, in the summer. But they're not a perfect substitute for loafers. And I feel you should never pay more then 5-8 USD for them...which rules out Ben Silver.
     
  13. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    They certainly kicked the rest of the outfit's...[​IMG]

    I'm pretty sure that I had rabbit that day.


    - B
     
  14. r_fine

    r_fine Well-Known Member

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    I have two EG side-gusset shoes (one in edwardian and one in dark brown suede) and get pretty good use out of them. I also have the JL Campus which, like the Weston, is a nice iconic style.

    Now there is a loafer I might actually like. But it is still a pair of slippers.
     
  15. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, this doesn't change my mind. Loafers should look like loafers, not regular shoes that didn't come out of the oven right. They are the first-generation Z3 coupe of fine shoes.

    I ask that you consult with Eugene at Venanzi first. Your eye is not fully trained yet.


    - B
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    You're such a manichean, mafoo.


    Hmm. I was going to retort, but I don't necessarily disagree. Still, they're stupid looking shoes.
     
  17. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    I've never liked side gusset shoes either. Maybe they will be the next knit tie.
     
  18. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    I ask that you consult with Eugene at Venanzi first. Your eye is not fully trained yet.

    Unless my eyes are failing to see holes and laces strung through them, I don't think training would change much.
     
  19. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    my personal favorite - Bontoni

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    These are my favourites in the thread so far. I like some of EG's offerings too, and I think JM Weston has offered a nicely shaped loafer too, but can't recall either brand's model names.



    I have a pair of wonderfully appalling black mock croc pointed toe loafers with contrast stitching... [​IMG]
     
  20. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Well-Known Member

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    They are the first-generation Z3 coupe of fine shoes.

    That's a bold statement.
     

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