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Dress Slip Ons / Lazy Man Oxfords

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Anyone have thoughts on dress slip-ons? I'm thinking about having a pair made for wear with suits. I realize they're not to most people's taste, but there's something appealing and practical about the design. A shoe you can slip on and off easily, but both looks smart and casual.

Any thoughts on the style? Favorite models or makers? Examples of how they're best worn?

Some photos from ASW, Lobb, Cleverley, and Vox's blog:




 
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Guys I know who own them think they are great, especially for airport security. But that is a very small group of guys. I've never been fond of the look myself. They seem to be a bit of an oxymoron. I will stick to a more traditional style loafer which, to me, is more versatile. Maybe not for formal dress, but for all other times.
 

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They are corny as shit. Buy Chelseas instead.

Lazyman= the aluminum siding of shoes
 

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They are corny as shit. Buy Chelseas instead.

Lazyman= the aluminum siding of shoes

Agree more with the Chelseas for a suit occasion, but nothing like a tassel loafer for versatility.
 

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I like my slip-ons to be slip-ons and my oxfords to be be oxfords....As much as I want to like the Cleverey Churchill or Fairbanks....I just don't...Same goes for the Alden plain-toe shell cordovan slip-ons I can get at one of my local stores for $350...Sure they're cheap...But I'll never wear them....

I agree with the tassel loafer being versatile but there are tassel loafers and then there are tassel loafers.....


Every once in a casual blue moon I'll toss these on with a less formal suit....

 

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I like them. I've tried them on, but they always feel a bit chintzy at my end of the market – and tend to be a center gore, which is not as cool as the side ones. Aren't the ASW ones goreless, like these Foster & Sons samples?




That style almost certainly has to be bespoke, with such a high vamp.

I don't like the fake laces much. and I think the elastic-sided ones look much better with some kind of broguing – wingtip, toe cap, or they're even the only shoe I like with a floating medallion.
 

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I like them. I've tried them on, but they always feel a bit chintzy at my end of the market – and tend to be a center gore, which is not as cool as the side ones. Aren't the ASW ones goreless, like these Foster & Sons samples? That style almost certainly has to be bespoke, with such a high vamp. I don't like the fake laces much. and I think the elastic-sided ones look much better with some kind of broguing – wingtip, toe cap, or they're even the only shoe I like with a floating medallion.
Yea, the AC ones are made without an elasticized gore. Surprised the AC/ F&S ones aren't well liked. They're just a play on the regular loafer, but IMO a lot more elegant.
 
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Yea, the AC ones are made without an elasticized gore. Surprised the AC/ F&S ones aren't well liked. They're just a play on the regular loafer, but IMO a lot more elegant.
But a more elegant loafer is less casual, and if you firmly subscribe to loafers = casual (aka SF Dogma), then what good are these? Even then, this style (slip-on or side gore) reminds me more of a monkstrap meeting an oxford. A little more suit-appropriate, without the buckle, but I'll happily wear a black single monk with a worsted suit. Not a wingtip monk, though, and that's where these come into their own.
 

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But a more elegant loafer is less casual, and if you firmly subscribe to loafers = casual (aka SF Dogma), then what good are these? Even then, this style (slip-on or side gore) reminds me more of a monkstrap meeting an oxford. A little more suit-appropriate, without the buckle, but I'll happily wear a black single monk with a worsted suit. Not a wingtip monk, though, and that's where these come into their own.

It's basically a dressy enough slip-on that you can wear them with suits. If you live in an place where you have to take your shoes on and off all the time (East Asia, Russia, etc), they could also be more practical than monkstraps or lace-up shoes.

Mostly though, I think I just like them for their look, although I don't know if I've seen them enough with suits to have a strong opinion either way.
 
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Quote:Sure, I get that. I, personally, am not a "loafers/monks = casual" guy, but I was positing a reason why more people don't like the goreless kind. I've probably seen three pairsof good ones IRL? So I can't say for sure I like them, but I think I do. That said, I think the practicality factor is largely why so many of the Japanese makers do such nice examples of the breed.
 

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