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What makes a great pair of loafers?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Threadbearer, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. CMD.EXE

    CMD.EXE Senior member

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    Great leather, on a great last, with the least amount of hardware possible.
     
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    Great leather, on a great last, with the least amount of hardware possible.
    Could I get you to elaborate on what makes a great last?

    Some nice slip ons from Edward Green here:
    http://www.skyvalet1.com/EdwardGreen...erCasuals.aspx

    Agreed, but which ones in particular float your boat, and why?

    Any love for the classic Weston loafer?
    Can you provide an example or two?
     
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    I like the Piccadilly and the Montpellier from the assortment above, but I haven't seen the Sloane or Buxton, which look good too. This is the classic JM Weston 180 loafer: [​IMG]
     
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    Normally not into tassel loafers but this one from George Cleverly through Leather Soul is very nice.

    [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    Could I get you to elaborate on what makes a great last?

    You know it when you see it. Not awfully helpful, I know. I personally don't like bloby lasts, nor lasts that are too pointy without the right proportions elsewhere in the shoe.
     
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    No offense taken, Guero. In fact, I deeply appreciate your frank assessment. Thanks, man. [​IMG]

    Help me understand what you mean, though, when you say that my style would benefit from a more stylized loafer. I would think that you'd judge my black Hugo Boss loafers too stylized already, so what, in your mind, would constitute a more stylized loafer that would better suit what you've seen so far in my WAYWRN posts?


    Sure. I may have been unclear. I meant more stylized relative to the more traditional Alden/Bass rounded toe classic penny loafers (rather than compared to your HBs). For example, I wear a Santoni loafer, not unlike the Merton pictured above, for my coat/tie/trouser look (i.e., not with suits). Here's a link: http://www.theshoemart.com/santoni-m...m_gilmore.html. Similarly, I have pairs of J.M. Weston loafers from the Conti line and Sutor Mantellassi loafers that I also work in to the rotation -- each of which have a more elongated or chiseled toe when compared to the rounded toe and less sleek look of the traditional loafers. Again, I think traditional loafers are great in the right context, but my comments were directed at pairing loafers with what I've seen you wear in WAYWRN, which in my view would work better with a Merton-style loafer and less so with a round toe loafer. That said, if you prefer the latter, it's hard to go wrong (except paired with suits[​IMG] ).

    Good luck.
     
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    Sure. I may have been unclear. I meant more stylized relative to the more traditional Alden/Bass rounded toe classic penny loafers (rather than compared to your HBs). For example, I wear a Santoni loafer, not unlike the Merton pictured above, for my coat/tie/trouser look (i.e., not with suits). Here's a link: http://www.theshoemart.com/santoni-m...m_gilmore.html. Similarly, I have pairs of J.M. Weston loafers from the Conti line and Sutor Mantellassi loafers that I also work in to the rotation -- each of which have a more elongated or chiseled toe when compared to the rounded toe and less sleek look of the traditional loafers. Again, I think traditional loafers are great in the right context, but my comments were directed at pairing loafers with what I've seen you wear in WAYWRN, which in my view would work better with a Merton-style loafer and less so with a round toe loafer. That said, if you prefer the latter, it's hard to go wrong (except paired with suits[​IMG] ).

    Good luck.

    Thanks again, Guero, for providing such a thorough and thoughtful reply. I find myself drawn to the hardware of the Gucci horsebits but to the elongated toe box of the Mertons. Only one way to settle it, I guess: Get one in brown and the other in black.
     
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    A nicely defined, shaped last (not necessarily chiselled or pointy), good leather, lack of metal, probably not black. Suede makes a ton of sense for loafers.

    I'm a big fan of those Anthony Cleverley tassels.
     
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