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One loafer above all others

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My pick would have been black JM Weston 180s, but I've found that the last doesn't fit me. Since then I've come across these loafers from Role Club which I may like even more and hit the same spot. Either would be very versatile for me, from casual suit to true casual.
 

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Bass are awful quality these days. Plasticky / cardboardy corrected grain leather. I think they’ve recently gone bankrupt. Certainly I heard they were closing all their shops in the US. I used to look in the window and never saw anything remotely attractive they just look cheap and nasty. Too bad as I understand that some time ago they were great quality and highly rated. Probably another victim of the ‘race to the bottom’ trend of offshoring production.
 

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Love the feedback on this thread. You present a veritable cavalcade of great brands.

For my foot, I favor the Magnanni penny and horsebit styles. They fit perfectly and exude quality. I have a few burnished styles that are exceptional. I am exploring other merchants in all their glorious shades of brown, including Beckett Simonon and Allen Edmonds.
 

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Love the feedback on this thread. You present a veritable cavalcade of great brands.

For my foot, I favor the Magnanni penny and horsebit styles. They fit perfectly and exude quality. I have a few burnished styles that are exceptional. I am exploring other merchants in all their glorious shades of brown, including Beckett Simonon and Allen Edmonds.
I got AE Cavanaughs in navy suede but couldn’t get them to fit me. Would love for them to go to a good home. Barely worn. 8.5 US. PM if anyone’s interested! Great looking shoes.
 

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Maybe this is the wrong place to say it, but I can't stand loafers. The convenience of a slip-on is nice, but I really hate the way they look. If there's a loafer that doesn't look like a loafer, that might be the one for me.
 

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If I were in
Bass are awful quality these days. Plasticky / cardboardy corrected grain leather. I think they’ve recently gone bankrupt. Certainly I heard they were closing all their shops in the US. I used to look in the window and never saw anything remotely attractive they just look cheap and nasty. Too bad as I understand that some time ago they were great quality and highly rated. Probably another victim of the ‘race to the bottom’ trend of offshoring production.
If I were in the US, I'd buy some Logan flat and even Larson beefroll models like in red or blue or whatever which are offered reduced in price. You guys in the US can really get some bargain prices. I think some of those models are neat and cool. But in Europe the Weejun prices and selection are absurd, out of question.
 

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Bass are awful quality these days. Plasticky / cardboardy corrected grain leather. I think they’ve recently gone bankrupt. Certainly I heard they were closing all their shops in the US. I used to look in the window and never saw anything remotely attractive they just look cheap and nasty. Too bad as I understand that some time ago they were great quality and highly rated. Probably another victim of the ‘race to the bottom’ trend of offshoring production.
They have a higher-end line made by Rancourt. Full grain leather, stitched soles, etc. But I agree the mainline is not worth buying.

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Dear Thin White Duke,

Thanks very much for the sincere warning about misleading item photographs not really presenting how things - here Bass Weejun models - REALLY look, in truth. 👽

If I could have seen items I bought online, I would have made far fewer mistakes. 👀 I buy all my clothes online.

I won't be buying anything directly from US 🇺🇲 because of shipping📬 cost and import and handling charges. Such firms as Bass now have established outside US
websites and doubled 💲prices, so both options to buy any Weejuns is out of the question for me overseas anyway. Nevertheless Weejun is archetypal and
certain models Logan and even beefroll Larson in unusual leather colors simply fun! 😃

PS: I supported and support Made in🇺🇸 USA. 🗽 🇺🇸 I always praised Filson and respect American🌎🇺🇸❤ clothes firms who keep their promise👍 like Filson. 👍 I want to support American workers! 🛠 But overseas American products are very expensive, too expensive for me.
 
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@DcDrape -- Depending on your age, what you wear with them, the location you'll be wearing them [geographically] will largely determine which type of loafer and what features would be best for your first pair. As someone earlier eluded, certain geographic locations could make something like a horsebit or tassel loafer seem overly dressed, and unless you are someone comfortable trend setting, then you'll probably be better served with a pair you'll wear often like a penny or subdued Belgian. I'd opt for City rubber sole over leather if this is just one pair you have that you might wear frequently.
 

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@DcDrape -- Depending on your age, what you wear with them, the location you'll be wearing them [geographically] will largely determine which type of loafer and what features would be best for your first pair. As someone earlier eluded, certain geographic locations could make something like a horsebit or tassel loafer seem overly dressed, and unless you are someone comfortable trend setting, then you'll probably be better served with a pair you'll wear often like a penny or subdued Belgian. I'd opt for City rubber sole over leather if this is just one pair you have that you might wear frequently.
Yes, a rubber sole is practical, and better than a "Topy" that (in my experience) doesn't last very long. My next quality Penny loafers will be Bowen "Oake" with Dainite soles, made for them by Alfred Sargent. They look a lot like the JM Weston 180, apart the soles.

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Maybe this is the wrong place to say it, but I can't stand loafers. The convenience of a slip-on is nice, but I really hate the way they look. If there's a loafer that doesn't look like a loafer, that might be the one for me.
Yawning..
 

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