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What is a Belgian loafer?

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I was just watching Law and Order and Dennis Farina said "This is going to be hell on the Belgian loafers". So, what are Belgian loafers?
 

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I thought they were made by de Busschere somewhere in Belgium...

The design is nice, a little LabelKingesque, although the vamp could be higher.
 

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Originally Posted by Tibo
And, I would like to add, totally unknown in Belgium

Bendel is from Belgium. I think.
 

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The Belgian loafers are rather precious but not overly precious loafers that have a cult following among the eccentric WASPS and formerly, successful art dealers.

They have them in Paul Bowles leopard spot as well as some other equally recondite patterns.
 

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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
I think the "soft-soled" ones have soles made from a sort of felt-like substance, more like slippers.

I fell slightly for this model - good for black tie, I think:


You get them resoled every so often at the store.
 

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I like these
 

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I'm wearing a pair right now in black lizard calf. The slipper-like model is, I think, the most characteristic (and is probably what that snippet of dialog was referring to). I have maybe half a dozen pairs I've thrifted over the years (in addition to the dozen or so pairs I've thrifted for my wife). The variety of colors and patterns is great. My favorite pair is lemon yellow with green patent trim. For women the mock green alligator with a tattered old Scottish cashmere sweater is a classic--if somewhat snooty--look. They are very comfortable and, as Will suggests, perfect for flying. I wear mine in the house and in the garden. They are a little precious to wear on the bus--not that that's stopped me.
 

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I am reminded of Susan Sontag's admonition to the delicate relationship between parody and self-parody. But being fond of the androgyne, her commentary on the nexus between Belgian Shoes and ruined art dealers or even art dealers who go Belgian shoeless would make interesting fodder for the academically inclined shoe-fetishist.
 

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