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Fantastic marketing, horrible shoes.
 

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Good evening, anyone here owns the penny loafers in brown grain?

I’ve seen the pictures on this thread showing the horrible creases on the calf leather models, but I was wondering of the grain leather would be less prone to those horrible creases since the leather should be softer…

thanks in advance,

Nacho
 

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Good evening, anyone here owns the penny loafers in brown grain?

I’ve seen the pictures on this thread showing the horrible creases on the calf leather models, but I was wondering of the grain leather would be less prone to those horrible creases since the leather should be softer…

thanks in advance,

Nacho

Yeah, so I bought a pair of limited edition burgundy grain penny loafers before buying the smooth burgundy pair that I posted here a few days ago. (I had a slip in fall in them while they were barely worn that massively damaged the right shoe, but I liked the fit so much I bought the smooth burgundy pair).

Here's some pics of the burgundy grain with maybe 6 wears on them. Leather still feels very cheap IMO. The creases might not look quite as terrible as they do with the smooth shinier leathers, but still bad (this grain pair also has fewer wears on it than the smooth pair that looks worse). I really hate the permanent creases along the side walls where the shoe flexes... no decent leather should do that, especially not after just a few wears.

Not sure if the brown grain will have the same issue, but you can see that the burgundy color has worn off at the crease areas, further implying it's a cheap leather with a cheap surface coating.

The overall build feels just kinda cheap too... the leather soles look kinda nice at first but somehow feel unsubstantial.

If you really like the look of Morjas loafers, I think suede is the best bet and won't crease up. It's commonly said that cheap suede looks a lot less bad than cheap calf leather (regardless of brand).

I still contend that it is a terrific last, the shape & proportions are very attractive and the shoe has a wonderful fit. If Morjas would stop with the cost-cutting and do a total revamp on materials, get some better leathers, upgrade the soles, and they'd have a total winner.
 

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Yeah, so I bought a pair of limited edition burgundy grain penny loafers before buying the smooth burgundy pair that I posted here a few days ago. (I had a slip in fall in them while they were barely worn that massively damaged the right shoe, but I liked the fit so much I bought the smooth burgundy pair).

Here's some pics of the burgundy grain with maybe 6 wears on them. Leather still feels very cheap IMO. The creases might not look quite as terrible as they do with the smooth shinier leathers, but still bad (this grain pair also has fewer wears on it than the smooth pair that looks worse). I really hate the permanent creases along the side walls where the shoe flexes... no decent leather should do that, especially not after just a few wears.

Not sure if the brown grain will have the same issue, but you can see that the burgundy color has worn off at the crease areas, further implying it's a cheap leather with a cheap surface coating.

The overall build feels just kinda cheap too... the leather soles look kinda nice at first but somehow feel unsubstantial.

If you really like the look of Morjas loafers, I think suede is the best bet and won't crease up. It's commonly said that cheap suede looks a lot less bad than cheap calf leather (regardless of brand).

I still contend that it is a terrific last, the shape & proportions are very attractive and the shoe has a wonderful fit. If Morjas would stop with the cost-cutting and do a total revamp on materials, get some better leathers, upgrade the soles, and they'd have a total winner.
Thanks for your reply.

They don’t look that bad compared to the calf leather, but still think that leather doesn’t look like 300€ shoes.

I asume the brown grain colourway could hide a little more those creases, but still, I don’t know if I’m comfortable getting these loafers.

It’s a shame because I really like the overall shape of the loafers and also, they are made in Spain, where I’m from.

Any alternatives to these for roughly the same money? I want a casual loafer in brown grain leather.
 

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Thanks for your reply.

They don’t look that bad compared to the calf leather, but still think that leather doesn’t look like 300€ shoes.

I asume the brown grain colourway could hide a little more those creases, but still, I don’t know if I’m comfortable getting these loafers.

It’s a shame because I really like the overall shape of the loafers and also, they are made in Spain, where I’m from.

Any alternatives to these for roughly the same money? I want a casual loafer in brown grain leather.

Another newer brand with a range of decent looking loafers around this price is Velasca (italy based).

There's Meermin.

There's a brand called Vinny's

Not sure if any of those brands do a grain loafer...Allen Edmonds has done several grain penny loafers in the past, you could check eBay
 

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Thanks for your reply.

They don’t look that bad compared to the calf leather, but still think that leather doesn’t look like 300€ shoes.

I asume the brown grain colourway could hide a little more those creases, but still, I don’t know if I’m comfortable getting these loafers.

It’s a shame because I really like the overall shape of the loafers and also, they are made in Spain, where I’m from.

Any alternatives to these for roughly the same money? I want a casual loafer in brown grain leather.
FWIW, I've been wearing a pair of brown pebble grain Blackstock & Weber penny loafers for nearly two years and they have held up very nicely.
 

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I think Morjas announced last year that they upgraded the leather on Penny Loafers.

I'm currently deciding between their Ivy Loafers (boxy fit): https://www.morjas.com/product/the-ivy-loafer-black-calf/ and Malfroid (looks a bit like Alden): https://malfroid.com/en/shop/loafers/round-loafers/penny-loafer-newport-black-box-calf-last-275/

What do you think leather wise? Both corrected grain? Morjas seem kinda cheap on the photos but I tried them really quick in a bad lighting so they seemed fine but now looking on IG and once again at these photos, I'm a bit worried.

Edit: Malfroid uses Box calf (du Puy tannery, France)

Thanks
 
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I think Morjas announced last year that they upgraded the leather on Penny Loafers.

I'm currently deciding between their Ivy Loafers (boxy fit): https://www.morjas.com/product/the-ivy-loafer-black-calf/ and Malfroid (looks a bit like Alden): https://malfroid.com/en/shop/loafers/round-loafers/penny-loafer-newport-black-box-calf-last-275/

What do you think leather wise? Both corrected grain? Morjas seem kinda cheap on the photos but I tried them really quick in a bad lighting so they seemed fine but now looking on IG and once again at these photos, I'm a bit worried.

Edit: Malfroid uses Box calf (du Puy tannery, France)

Thanks
Morjas claimed that they upgraded their leathers in Feb 2022... here is the blog post link:

As noted in this thread, I've had two pairs of calf Morjas shoes purchased well after Feb 2022 and the leathers were total garbage on both.

The Ivy Loafers intrigue me from a design perspective, but personally I would only get them suede. I just do not trust Morjas at all when it comes to their calf leathers. They crease and wrinkle after a few wears and then just look so damn cheap.

I know the company is run by menswear enthusiasts... the owner/founder was interviewed on Blamo. I am genuinely curious how many of the guys running this company are actually wearing their own shoes on a regular basis. I just don't believe anyone with highish standards would wear this leather.
 

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