The last thing I need is a new pair of shoes. But then need really is of very little consequence. Over the years I've acquired a serviceable, if not impressive array of footwear. That's actually not that easy to do living in Dallas, the footwear desert of the western world. I've sworn off buying anything new unless it fits a particular need. And when I do identify a need, I'm generally required to mail-order shoes because, short of high-end cowboy boots, sourcing proper footwear in this town is impossible. 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.