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Baudoin & Lange "Sagan" Belgian Loafers, a clumsy review of an elegant shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mark from Plano, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    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.

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  2. Baudoin - Lange

    Baudoin - Lange New Member

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    Dear Mark,

    This is Bo from Baudoin & Lange. Thank you for your review, I really enjoyed reading it, it is always lovely to hear from our customers.

    I'm very happy to hear that you like the shoes.

    In terms of the packaging, I fully agree with you. Our first focus is always on developing the best possible shoe, and the packages has been left behind in the first 3 months of our new brand. However, we are currently in the process of designing fully new packaging which should all be ready within the next few weeks.

    In terms of delivery times, we are also aiming to get this down to about 1 week within the next few months.

    Always happy to answer any questions as well!

    Best,
    Bo van Langeveld
     
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  3. trailer36

    trailer36 Senior member

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    Hi mark,

    I am on the fence between these, Belgians, and the rubinacci version. Do you have experience with any of the other two brands? I am looking Mainly for a comfort comparison but would also appreciate comments on quality. I am almost sure the Baudoins are of the highest quality but real world experience is good to hear. Thanks!
     
  4. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    Sorry no. No experience with the other two brands.
     
  5. Baudoin - Lange

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    Hi trailer36,

    I won't comment on the quality of other two brands, as I'm undoubtably biased towards Baudoin & Lange and that wouldn't be fair.

    What I can say is is that we really focus on using the highest quality leathers and materials to fully handcraft every shoe, without making any concessions on quality.

    Comfortability is one of our main focus points, and a lot of testing and developing has gone into this. The fact that the shoe is unlined gives it so much more flexibility than the more commonly seen lined-loafers. This in combination with the padded insoles gives the wearer a very light and uber-comfortable shoe.

    I am sure that our current customers can confirm the comfort of the shoes :)

    Bo
     
  6. brax

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    Just received these over the last couple of months. As I'm in a cold weather climate, these will have to wait until the spring. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Their trademarked heel.
     
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    Baudoin - Lange New Member

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    Hope you will enjoy them brax, and eager to hear what you think of them!
     
  8. Deo Veritas

    Deo Veritas Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Love the look of the Sagan's. Definitely on my bucket list of shoes.
     

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