Life without loafers?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Threadbearer, Dec 11, 2011.

How important are loafers to your wardrobe?

  1. Critical. Without loafers, I would lose the will to live.

    45 vote(s)
    25.4%
  2. Not critical, but I wear them frequently enough to consider them a wardrobe staple.

    71 vote(s)
    40.1%
  3. They're almost useless, but I'd rather have them and not wear them than run the risk of not having t

    20 vote(s)
    11.3%
  4. I don't own loafers, or I own some but never wear them.

    41 vote(s)
    23.2%
  1. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    Sometimes I'm just too lazy, loafers work for those days. That and Florida weather dictates as much at times...
     
  2. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I tend to reserve loafers for warmer weather as well. Sebago drivers and Paraboot Reims, here.
     
  3. GoldenTribe

    GoldenTribe Senior member

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    I do not like or wear loafers or boat shoes.
     
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    black_umbrella Senior member

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    Then what do you wear when you're on a boat?
     
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    Patek Senior member

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    I have the Marlows and a trusty pair of Gucci that I have had for so long that I have grown tired of them but he damn things never seem to wear out!

    For me, loafers are a spring/summer casual shoe and look much better and are more practical with casual pants or shorts in a beach environment that lace-ups. In addition, when traveling, you can wear them to the beach and then put on a pair of pants and wear them out to dinner. One less pair of shoes to pack.

    I fly for work just about every other week and it makes getting through the TSA that much easier in the summer. In the winter, I usually fly with a sturdy pair of cordovan boots and just bite the bullet and lace/unlace them through the TSA.
     
  6. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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    Same. Though, not with suits.


    I grew up on Cape Cod, where I did not know what a sock was until I turned 18 and moved south. And then I was all, WTF, socks down here???

    So, yeah, hate socks.
     
  7. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I have never owned a pair of loafers in all my long life. It's curious, because I really don't have anything against loafers (except tassel loafers and kilties, both of which I do not like)...it's just one of those things. I just prefer the more secure fit of lace-ups and can't think of a sartorial situation where a loafer would be preferable to a comparable lace-up, except for air travel these days, and I do as little of that as possible.
     
  8. forex

    forex Senior member

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    Life without Alden suede tassel loafers would be sad.
     
  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    This.
     
  10. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Senior member

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    I really dislike loafers and have never owned a pair.
     
  11. bubba04

    bubba04 Senior member

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    I'm new to loafers, and now wonder what took me so long to get a pair.
    Got a pair of Sebagos some time ago just to try them out and see if I can get into them, and now I have asked Santa for a pair of C&Js :)
     
  12. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Only use loafer for very light activity.
    Loafer not real shoe,
    it easy shoe.
    Me use loafer when me not leave house.

    yes
     
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  13. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    Sure seems to be a matter of personal preference. Like everything, I guess. I find loafers to be the most versatile shoe I own - I wear them with khakis, jeans, suits and shorts three seasons of the year.
     
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    For the most part, I don't get them. I have one pair of woven leather AE's that, for whatever reason, I love. My guess is, they're not SF approved, but make a great summer shoe. I nearly bit on a pair of Carmina on the B&S but quibbled too long and they were sold.
     
  15. Threadbearer

    Threadbearer Senior member

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    Which ones do you have, Quad? The suedes?




    These two quotes ^ pretty much sum up the way I've been feeling about loafers lately. I think I'm going to pass on the Mertons ... at least for now.



    Me use cheap-ass slipper when me not leave house.
     

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