BROOKS TASSEL LOAFERS FOR A GUY IN HIS 20s?

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  1. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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    In French, Tassel loafers is "mocassins à gland"
    Which translates literally to "loafers with nipples" .
    Enough said.
     
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    I've seen worse -- the two-tone, low-vamp, fringe-thingy-on-top tassel loafers immediately come to mind -- but I would not recommend that pair for a guy in his 20s.  Get a pair of monkstraps instead.
     
  3. Phil

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    The fact that so many lawyers wear them is not a ringing endorsement. Of all the "suit wearing" professional fields, lawyers are probably, as a whole, the most poorly dressed.

    Plenty of things are timeless, it doesnt mean they look good. The vast majority of men are bad dressers. We all know this. The vast majority of men own tassel loafers. Its not a coincedence.
     
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    I wore these as a 20-29 year old accountant.

    And I survived.

    Buy them, they are classic shoes. Classic = longevity.
     
  5. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    the argument for/against tassel loafers is the sartorial equivalent of roe v wade. The opposing camps are firmly dug in, and each side will give no quarter. People who like them are convinced they look nice. People who hate them think they are the ugliest things of all time. People who like them say they are "classic". People who hate them think pro-tassel people are insane to think that just because they have been around for a long time it makes them "classic".

    Its one of those issues that opposing sides have to agree to disagree.
     
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    Cuffthis - If I may ask, why did you only wear them from 20-29?

    Actually, I suppose you were referring to the fact that the original poster was asking about tassels in his 20s.
     
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    Walter Senior member

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    He probably discovered good taste at age 30.
     
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    I fall into the camp of disliking the tassel loafer. I do like regular loafers such as the Grenson Radleys, the Alden Cordo full strap loafer, and the Cleverly loafer.

    My least favorite look is the American look: sack suit, button down shirt, striped tie, and tassel loafers. Nothing worse.
     
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    Walter Senior member

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    Yes you have the guy with a golf shirt, shorts and low-vamp tassel loafers in a bar on a saturday night.
    Then he gets home and wonders why he never gets laid.
     
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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    I'm going to agree with Kabert and Cuffthis - I see no reason why you shouldn't buy these shoes if they fit your style.

    I had a very similar pair (from Florsheim) that I bought just after graduating college in 1989 and wore for nearly 10-years (resoled at least twice). I think I paid $150 for them, which at the time was the most I had ever paid for a pair of shoes.

    Of course, I was working on political campaigns, in public relations and as a stockbroker, so the conservative styling of the shoes was an asset.

    If you like them, buy them.

    Bradford
     
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    (Phil @ Mar. 04 2005,06:51) Cuffthis - If I may ask, why did you only wear them from 20-29? Actually, I suppose you were referring to the fact that the original poster was asking about tassels in his 20s.
    He probably discovered good taste at age 30.
    The original poster asked if it was appropriate for a person in their 20's to wear this type of shoes. I responded by saying I wore them when I was in my 20's. And I still wear them today, at age 40.
     
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    I would agree with Cuffthis. I too started to wear tassel loafers when I was in my 20's. We all have a variety of opinions on what is right and what is wrong. But doesn't it boil down to what each one of us like. The guy who started the post was seeking opinions. But he just needs to do what he feels is best for himself. I continue to wear tassel shoes today but have a variety of different shoes in my closet.
     
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    I think they would be hilarious on a guy in his 20s. Whether I would be laughing with you or at you would be the determining factor.
     
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    I concur with the "you are all nuts" sentiment.

    The shoes are great, on a gentleman of any age.
     
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    Sure... these are great for a guy in his 20's who wants to look like an old fart. Pair these shoes with a pair of double pleated, cuffed Dockers, and it's par for the course.
     

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