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Casual Loafers - Jack Erwin Edward?

neminat

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I am looking for a casual loafer that i can wear with shorts, jeans, chinos etc. I have a hard time getting into the Alden price and was wondering what alternatives you would recommend? I want it to be a blake stitch or a very closely sewn GYW. The main reason for this is to reduce the chunk on the sole of the shoe. I also like the unlined concept, buti dont want it to be too floppy. When i look at the Meermin's they look so floppy and loose.

Any experience with this loafer from Jack Erwin? Would you recommend it? Any other brands I should consider either in or over this price range (capping out at 500 tops - i really dont think there is a chance id spend 500 to be honest).

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

*EDIT - looking for a penny loafer primarily. I am not the biggest fan of tassel or horse bit. I also want a penny without beefroll.
 
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What style of loafer aside from casual (penny, tassel, driver, horse bit, etc.)? Rancourt and Quoddy make nice casual penny loafers, mocs, etc., for under $300. Allen Edmonds makes loafers that are significantly less expensive than Alden. TLB Mallorca stuff looks nice and seems to get good reviews here, although I have none and can't personally vouch for it. A medium to dark brown penny loafer (suede or calf) is probably your best bet for a first pair if you plan to wear them with shorts, jeans, and/or chinos. I'd be inclined to go with a bit more rustic loafer like a Quoddy/Rancourt beefroll penny loafer in your case, as a too-dressy loafer would likely look incongruent with shorts and anything but the dressiest jeans and chinos.

If you're confident about sizing, you could probably snag some pre-owned Aldens in good condition on eBay for way less than retail price.
 

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Great question and ill edit my original post. Looking for a penny most likely. I don't love tassel or horse bit.

I dont like the typical more chunky loafer as much. I have a pair of AE Sea Islands i am looking to replace as the beefroll on the sides is just a little less attractive to me.
 

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Great question and ill edit my original post. Looking for a penny most likely. I don't love tassel or horse bit.

I dont like the typical more chunky loafer as much. I have a pair of AE Sea Islands i am looking to replace as the beefroll on the sides is just a little less attractive to me.
I see you don't want beefroll. Check out the Rancourt 'Pinch' Penny Loafer as well as the 'Eastport' and 'Weltline' (full strap) models.
 

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I will say, I have 2 pairs of rancourt shoes with different soles and both wore considerably quicker than any other shoe in my collection, despite wearing them much less. Their price advantage goes away, IMO, when you have to resole much quicker.

In addition to AE, Carmina makes loafers as well - in between AE and Alden pricing
 

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