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Buying a new pair of (cheap) penny loafers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RangerP, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. RangerP

    RangerP Senior member

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    Hey guys, My burgundy penny loafers are my go to shoes during the summer. The pair I currently have is completely finished. I'll wear them for weeks at a time without proper care so they naturally fall apart very quickly (I'm talking beach, parks etc) so I'm looking for a cheap pair. I'm heading to Miami in a few weeks and I'm planning on leaving my beat-up pair at home and just heading to a Bass store (which I've never tried) or a Nordstrom as soon as I'm off the plane to buy a pair for my stay. I typically take my time and look for deals for shoes but time and availability will dictate this purchase. (I don't have the option of buying any of these in my city) Remember, I'm looking for something cheap as a beater. My options of readily available pairs from what I can see online: 1 - Bass - from Bass Outlet store (Do they even carry the Weejuns usually?) $100 to $130 [​IMG] Nordstrom: 2 - Allen Edmonds Walden - $225 [​IMG] 3 - Florsheim Berkley - $89.99 [​IMG] 4 - Cole Haan Pinch Air - $168 [​IMG] Let me know what you like best/what you think is the best value for a beater... Edit: For the record, I like the look of the AEs the least...
     
  2. Viral

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    actually, Tommy Hilfiger ( I know, I know) has a really nice pair for $200. The last and color are very nice. I've seen them in person and would actually buy them if they ever go on sale.

    I'm not a penny loafer guy but these are damn nice.............just a thought.
     
  3. cptjeff

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    Bass outlet stores do carry them, and if you catch em on one of the fairly routine sales you can get 'em under $100.

    As for the quality, I've been happy with mine. I own nicer shoes too, but the bass hold up well. Perfectly resolable too, though it sounds like yours don't last that long.

    Also know that the leather is stiff and they crush your toes when you first buy 'em, but they do break in.

    Edit: with the note about liking the look of the AE ones best, Bass sells a flat strap version as well. I personally prefer those to beefrolls, which look somewhat awkward to my eye.
     
  4. RangerP

    RangerP Senior member

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    Are people just picking the AE because there is so much love for AEs on this forum?

    Remember, I'm using these as beaters....
     
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    mk.ultra Senior member

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    Are people just picking the AE because there is so much love for AEs on this forum?

    Remember, I'm using these as beaters....


    What did you expect? Go with the Florsheim or Bass.
     
  6. Another New Yorker

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    The Bass Gilman is a far nicer shoe than the weejun
     
  7. RangerP

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    The Bass Gilman is a far nicer shoe than the weejun

    Is it available in burgundy?

    It seems like there is only black and brown on the site....
     
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    Is it available in burgundy?

    It seems like there is only black and brown on the site....


    Oh if you are insistent on burgundy then you are out of luck... but considering you can find it for 80-90 bucks on 6pm.com, it's much superior quality in my opinion.
     
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    Is it available in burgundy?

    It seems like there is only black and brown on the site....


    Looks like only black and brown, but brown would probably suit your purposes well.

    And to the other guy, the gilman is a weejun. Weejun is a broad collection of shoes, not one specific model. The Logan (flat strap) and the Larson (beefroll) are the 'standard' model, with corrected grain (which the AE uses too, for some unknown reason), no lining, and blake/rapid construction.
     
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    Theres an AE store in Orlando.
     
  12. RangerP

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    Looks like only black and brown, but brown would probably suit your purposes well.

    And to the other guy, the gilman is a weejun. Weejun is a broad collection of shoes, not one specific model. The Logan (flat strap) and the Larson (beefroll) are the 'standard' model, with corrected grain (which the AE uses too, for some unknown reason), no lining, and blake/rapid construction.


    Thanks for the info on the AEs. I didn't know that AE ever even used corrected grain. How do you know this, just by handling the shoe? I've never actually seen it in person.

    Do you know if the AE Kenwood that someone mentioned is also corrected grain?

    If you can get it there's the AE Kenwood.

    Leather sole: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline..._category_rn=0

    Rubber sole: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline..._category_rn=0


    Wow...thanks for finding this. I didn't know that shoe existed. I do like this one much better...and it's $25 cheaper.

    I think I'll have a problem finding it in stores as it's a new model though...

    If someone is in the miami/ft.lauderdale area, feel free to let me know if you know of a store that carries these.

    Theres an AE store in Orlando.

    Thanks...but I don't think I'll be making it out that far.
     
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    Thanks for the info on the AEs. I didn't know that AE ever even used corrected grain. How do you know this, just by handling the shoe? I've never actually seen it in person.

    Do you know if the AE Kenwood that someone mentioned is also corrected grain?



    They usually don't.

    AE makes a couple penny loafers, and the walden was, for some reason, made with corrected grain. At least I think it was the walden. Best reason I can figure is that they wanted to imitate the shine and easy care of the corrected grain Bass one, just with superior construction.

    I have no idea about the kenwood.

    Also, not all corrected grains are equal. You'll have nice grades and crappy grades. Hell, patent leather is essentially corrected grain made with an extra shiny finish, and you can certainly find that on some very nice shoes.
     
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    Are people just picking the AE because there is so much love for AEs on this forum?

    Remember, I'm using these as beaters....


    For me, the answer is no. AE is a better made shoe with equal or better leather. Therefore, with these assumptions, the beater should last longer...[​IMG]
     
  15. Dewey

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    The Bass Gilman is a far nicer shoe than the weejun
    agree. but they are so cheaply made. i had a pair and they would not break in. stiff cheap leather. the sole was too slippery on waxed floors, even after scuffing them up. looked good but were unpleasant to wear. felt like rented tux shoes. defeats the purpose of wearing a loafer ... is like buying an uncomfortable sofa. why do it for comfort and more bang for the buck i now buy only the alden LHS. the AE might be just as good .... no experience with them
     
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    LL Bean also makes several styles of Penny Loafer for $99.
     
  17. BespokeBrooklyn

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    L.L. Bean's penny loafers have full grain uppers, which is nice, and they usually retail for $99. Amazon is selling Bass weejuns for as little as $65 in certain colors.

    I haven't worn penny loafers in years, but am looking to buy a pair. I probably don't want to pay "fine footwear" prices, since I don't know how much wear I'll get out of this style. Can anybody recommend one of the low-end brands (say, less than $150) over the others? Or is it worth it to pay $160 or so for a pair of Allen Edmonds seconds and hope they look decent?
     

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