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Crockett and Jones Boston/Harvard chestnut less pricey alternative

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Hi there,

Because I will be wearing these shoes out and about with my kids after work (e.g. on playgrounds), I'm searching for a less pricey alternative to C&J Boston/Harvard in the color in the photo (chestnut?).

I've found the Meermin 101484, but they're (currently?) only available in a darker brown (Expresso).

Would you have any other suggestions?

Thanks so much!
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Hi there,

Because I will be wearing these shoes out and about with my kids after work (e.g. on playgrounds), I'm searching for a less pricey alternative to C&J Boston/Harvard in the color in the photo (chestnut?).

I've found the Meermin 101484, but they're (currently?) only available in a darker brown (Expresso).

Would you have any other suggestions?

Thanks so much! View attachment 2200847
The meermin loafers you mentioned are not quite a replacement for Boston/Harvard, as they more elegant (slimmer, higher vamp) and a bit more formal.

Have a look at Manhattan by Septieme Largeur. They're made of suede, but are more casual and feel like slippers, which might fit your use case.

Otherwise have a look at Loake and Berwick.

Where are you based? Hard to give price conscious advice without knowing that.
 

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I'm based in Germany, so any EU shop would work well.

The Manhattan looks wonderful, thanks! I was looking for a smooth leather one, but may consider it.

Loake loafers like the Hornbeam seem quite "pointed" compared to the C&J - or do you disagree? I have Oxford's from Loake and in hindsight I would have preferred to buy something more round in the toes.

Berwick maybe a bit less pointed and thus closer to the C&J but also no chestnut/tan but rather mid-/reddish brown or suede.

Thanks again, this is super helpful for me!
 

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I'm based in Germany, so any EU shop would work well.

The Manhattan looks wonderful, thanks! I was looking for a smooth leather one, but may consider it.

Loake loafers like the Hornbeam seem quite "pointed" compared to the C&J - or do you disagree? I have Oxford's from Loake and in hindsight I would have preferred to buy something more round in the toes.

Berwick maybe a bit less pointed and thus closer to the C&J but also no chestnut/tan but rather mid-/reddish brown or suede.

Thanks again, this is super helpful for me!
Yes to me both Loake and Berwick loafers don't quite fit the same category as Harvard/Boston. Your search is made even more difficult by the fact that you want calf leather. It's more common to find more casual loafers in suede.

I can personally recommend trying Septieme Largeur since I had a chance to try them on recently.
 
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Yes to me both Loake and Berwick loafers don't quite fit the same category as Harvard/Boston. Your search is made even more difficult by the fact that you want calf leather. It's more common to find more casual loafers in suede.

I can personally recommend trying Septieme Largeur since I had a chance to try them on recently.
How did you find the fit? Their size chart, as others on SF have noted before, gives very odd results.

Is French sizing closer to UK or US?
 

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How did you find the fit? Their size chart, as others on SF have noted before, gives very odd results.

Is French sizing closer to UK or US?
I usually take my loafers in UK 6.5. I don't recall if 6.5 or 7 worked for Septieme.
 

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