The Shoe Snob Blog

June 13, 2013

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New & Lingwood Throwbacks Loafers

The other day, I came across this loafer by New & Lingwood (as a customer brought it in for a shine) and noticed how its design was quite similar to my Marcos loafer. When I designed it I thought that I had created something quite unique by extending the penny strap all the way to the heel, but after seeing this, I really realize that the phrase, ‘nothing is new under the sun,’ has its significance for a reason. Even though the idea is similar, the execution is a bit different with respects to mine. I still appreciated it all the same though, especially as it shows thoughtful execution of design, something that I find New & Lingwood does quite well. The leather was exquisite and I was having a hard time understanding if this was a N&L made by C&J or EG. The leather quality made me think EG but it was not quite as refined as an EG would be which threw me off a bit…nonetheless, it was lovely and I was happy to see it as it was a bit different than your same ‘ol tassel loafer!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Justin,
    This design seems to be rare indeed.
    By the way, I muss confess that your remark about the quality of the leather of these shoes is confusing to me. Indeed, up to now I have assumed that “finest calf leather” actually refers to the same quality of leather used for, say,C&J’s, AS’s, Grenson’s mainline as for their handgrade shoes. Thus EG would use the same type for its RTW.But here, you seem to imply that there is a difference as to the quality. How many types of “finest(?) calf leather” are there? If I may ask. Are there “top grade leather” and “top grade leather, as it were?
    I would greatly appreciate to be enlightened.
    John

    • john, see my most recent post with regards to leather quality….good question and thanks for asking as it inspired me to write something that I think everyone should know….