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Perfect loafer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by K to Wall St, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. K to Wall St

    K to Wall St Active Member

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    I have several pairs of oxfords im very happy with; 2 pairs of C&J, 3 pairs of AE, but have not been able to find a pair of basic brown loafers that meet the following criteria:

    Handsome profile (slim but not too fashion forward)
    Quality materials (quality leathers with Blake or Goodyear construction)
    Comfortable (not too narrow in the toe box)
    Stays on my heel when I walk
    About $300 or less (including any discounts) maybe push to $350

    Seems like everything I like is over $400. Did try Jack Erwin Abe but the fit seemed awkward (narrow toe box, which was mad worse by a forward-pitched stance that made me feel like I was sliding down into the toe box).

    Any suggestions?
     

  2. papado

    papado Senior Member

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    I really like the Allen Edmonds Verona II (made in Italy)--takes after the Gucci bit loafer but is a little more conservative and able to be resoled by AE factory. Retail is 350 and one can normally find a deal (or factory 2nds). Typical round toe with soft calfskin that grabs the heel well.

    Also AE randolph is not bad depending on if it works for you--bourbon color was on sale for 245 as of black friday.
     

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    JL Ashley... but that’s WAY OVER $300... under $300 you’re looking at Loake, Trickers, or AE.
     

  4. K to Wall St

    K to Wall St Active Member

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    Anyone familiar with the Paul Evans “Stewart” loafer? It’s $400 but can get 25%-35% off.
     

  5. P-K-L

    P-K-L Distinguished Member

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    The CJ Harvard are the most handsome loafers there are imo - just doesnt fit into your budget.
    Still, think about them
     
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    Website says they’re an unlined version of the Boston... what are the pros and cons to being unlined? I haven’t come across that before in shoes, though I’m of course familiar with an unlined jacket.
     

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    Better in the summer and certainly a bit more comfortable. Less support for your arches, however.

    I had an unlined pair of EG loafers (The Buxton) which I sold because they didn't offer as much support as I wanted.

    If the loafers you like keep slipping off your heel you may have to consider the sizing better. Sometimes I size down half a size on loafers so they are more snug and thus don't fall off the heel.
     

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    777F0139-C172-4ED1-B7DB-B397178435EF.jpeg Sid Mashburn Italian Penny Loafer.Ive yet to find a better profile .Over your requested budget,but better not compromise on investment shoes eh.
    I forget who the Italian maker is,but if you track that info down,you could probably find them and save a buck.
     

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    Within CJ I was looking at the Sydney, which seeks a little sleeker than Harvard/Boston. Also a little cheaper.
     

  11. K to Wall St

    K to Wall St Active Member

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    Justin Fitzpatrick Strike me as too fashion forward.
     

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    I have the syndey. Now I'm a fairly standard size 7 UK normally, its what fits me in crockett 348, Alfred sargent lasts, and most loake shoes. It's also my perfect fit from cheaney too.

    However, my sydneys I took a chance on a 6.5UK. I did this because I don't want heel slip on a loafer, and the size 7's in the 341 were just too big at the back (a problem I have is small heel / waist area which is worse on unlaced shoes). Now my feet are a tiny bit wider at the front than they are at the back, but actually I found that I fit fairly well into the 6.5's.

    I can feel my toes pressing a little against the front of the toe box, but even walking an entire day, it never strays into uncomfortable, and they'll give a bit over time.

    Id definitely think about sizing down a little in a 341 unless you have particularly wide heel area, at which point they're probably quite true to size.
     

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    You didn't specify what kind of Loafers, but from what i understand you mean Penny Loafers.

    The best i had, but they are over your budget, were JM Weston 180.

    Otherwise the Rancourt are great quality.
     

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    With you being from paris, what other loafer could you recommend...?
     

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