Gaziano & Girling Appreciation & Shoe Appreciation Thread (including reviews, purchases, pictures, e

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. aj_del

    aj_del Senior member

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    Whats the point of loafers if you are going to wear socks ? Might as well wear lace-ups
     


  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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  3. joshuadowen

    joshuadowen Senior member

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    I tend to agree... and yet [​IMG]
     


  4. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    They are comfortable, especially in warmer climates, they are easy to put on and take off should circumstances or culture require, and we all have our personal tastes - for some, they are aesthetically appealing.

    I would ask the opposite question: why would one buy a nice pair of shoes, of any kind (especially an expensive pair like G&G), and treat them so badly as to wear them without socks?
     
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  5. aj_del

    aj_del Senior member

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    The only way to wear loafers IMO, feel free to disagree

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  6. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Apposite that they should be paired with short, very narrow trousers. Really rather makes my point: this is not "classic menswear", but merely a fad among hipster poseurs.

    Fashion is for teenaged girls, gentlemen. This is the Style Forum.

    P.S. The loafers themselves are delightful.
     
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  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I know plenty of stylish dudes do it, and they say they enjoy it, but I can't look at anybody sockless without thinking about their clammy sweaty smelly feet inside those shoes.
     


  8. Fiddler

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    Well, I normally wear socks that do not intrude above the shoeline so odour is not a problem.

    My question was not whetehr one can wear loafers in general, sockless...I know that's a yes.

    I was wondering if the G&G Antibes would look shabby or weird when worn without socks...as it is a pretty distinct looking shoe, as opposed to a penny loafer.
     


  9. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

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    This is simply traditional menswear under the classification of the larger category of classic menswear. I grew up in Newport, land of sock less loafers and it goes something like this.

    Grade school, trad pennies
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    Prep school, pennies or tassels
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    College, less pennies, mostly tassels or perhaps low vamp dressier loafers.
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    Post college and or post grad is where the Gucci bit loafer steps in. Mostly seen at casual social events, hanging around the club, summer casual weddings etc.
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    Wearing a pair of bit loafers sock less in a business setting is often telegraphing that the youngster thinks he is actually in charge, which sometimes he is.

    This is by no means a strict schedule however bit loafers are generally thought of as post grad. In these circles this is not considered fashion but rather tradition.

    You get the idea but I am loosing it, bed time now.

    The shoe Fiddler references do not have a place in the scenario I am describing.
     


  10. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    A modern local tradition it may be, but classic menswear, I maintain it's not. And Gucci horsebits are vile in my opinion, as is anything with a logo on the outside.

    But I know this is an unwinnable argument - fashion is an indomitable beast. I'd just add that everything I've said applies especially to G&G's lovely loafers - in my view. Thanks for taking the trouble to debate with care and erudition - that was an excellent post if I may say so. Anyway, good night!

    By the way, the penultimate picture in your interesting summary is rather nice, if a little staid. What is it? It looks welted and rather serious - definitely a loafer in need of socks!
     
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  11. Fiddler

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    Ok....so that's a no. Very helpful thanks. I myself suspected that might be the case which is why I thought it might be an idea to ask.
     


  12. SoGent

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    NOT the best choice for sockless but it can be done with the right setup & situation.
    if you don't already have a tan get it or it's gonna look like chit
     


  13. in stitches

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    i just find it to be uncomfortable wearing leather shoes without socks. the look itself does not bother me.
     


  14. JubeiSpiegel

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    This is my experience, tried it once. The leather sticking to my skin made it unbearable. I experience no trouble wearing loafers with socks in Florida, year round.
     


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    Excellent! I'd like to see Cherry, Rioja, or Vintage Oak.
     


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