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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. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I rarely wear socks, so I generally buy my loafers on the smaller side (I wear 9 in lace-ups, so generally I go 8.5 in loafers, though that all obviously depends on the last). I use tension mounted trees (some of them are lasted, but the majority are OTR) for all of them and haven't noticed any egregious stretching or damage. And that's after owning a number of them for years. I've owned the pair at the 9 o'clock position, for instance, for going on 10 years and they've been re-soled almost as many times.
     
  2. usctrojans31

    usctrojans31 Senior member

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    I hate you people who can wear loafers. I've never found one that doesn't give me heel slippage...damn my C width.
     
  3. FlaneurNYC

    FlaneurNYC Senior member

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    Thanks.

    I'm probably making more out of it that I should. But I think I'll spring for the tension-mounted, lasted trees for my latest pair of loafers just to put my mind at ease.
     
  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    BB what are the makes of those loafers?

    Nice looking shoe serkle
     
  5. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    I love them! I have a pair of black and dark brown loafers. I'm on the lookout for some light brown loafers. [​IMG]
     
  6. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    Clockwise from 12:00:

    Allen Edmonds MTO Shell
    New & Lingwood, aka Poulsen & Skone, aka Alfred Sargent Russian Reindeer Calf
    Vintage (c. 1990s, Made in Italy) Cole Haans
    C&J for RL (Shell)
    Grenson Masterpiece
    C&J for Gordon Scott (Suede)
    Allen Edmonds
    Gravati for Wilkes Bashford Alligator
     
  7. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Nice variety there. American, English, Italian. Dressy and casual.

    Vass seems to make a dressier elongated loafer too:

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  8. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    Thank you, sir. I was really trying to cover my bases with each purchase. Only other pair I could possibly see buying is a pair of suede pennies, but I think my boat shoes fill that void well enough. From here on out I'm focusing on more casual lace-ups (suede and cordo) and boots. I think I have my loafer spectrum pretty well covered.

    Those Vass are sexy, though. :slayer:
     
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  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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  11. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Meet the Copley Family. More members on the way, possibly.

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    The brown calf one has about 2 months of wear on it. Pretty much formed to my clodhoppers. These are 10D's, went up a size and put in tongue pads.

    Do the dimensions it stretched out to look blobby? The creasing itself is natural because of the grained glove soft leather.
     
  12. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Normally go down a 1/2 size in loafers. I like these b/c of the longer vamp/lake. Much nicer looking than the LHS IMO.
     
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  13. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Agreed on the LHS point.

    Looks like Leather Soul did a Plaza loafer special order. Very chiseled.

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  14. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Thoughts on these from Unionmade? Got a bit of a AE Rough collection vibe

    Chromexcel


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  15. Organika

    Organika Senior member

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    Except much better materials used than a AE [​IMG] Looks really good and will feel great with the butyl sole.
     
  16. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Huh? AE and Alden both use a lot of the same leathers from Horween.
     
  17. Organika

    Organika Senior member

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    I agree. Recently I have seen a large expansion of companies using and promoting their leather products with Horween chrmxl whether its shoes, accessories. I like AE as well, but I was just commenting about Aldens butyl soles from the US, as well as insoles from the same tannery and I have always liked their cow lining which I believe is out of WI. Makes a very flexible comfortable shoe, great for loafers like the one above !
     
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  18. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

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    Saw some gorgeous wholecut tan loafers in Tomorrowland last week, can't stop thinking about 'em. They were like a Prince Albert slipper shape, basically.
     

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