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men’s loafers Archive

June 25, 2020

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New Belgian Loafer Style by Löf & Tung

Löf and Tung has beat me to the punch! Haha. I have been thinking about doing my own welted version of the famous Belgian loafer style but it looks like the great Swedish brand has come first to market and its about time someone did (someone in the more ‘affordable’ range – as G&G is not exactly afforded by all). Its great looking too. Not yet available for RTW but I believe that you can […]

June 8, 2020

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New Brand: Aurélien – Smart Luxury

There is a new European brand on the scene that is making what looks to be a very good alternative to the high-end (read expensive) smart casual scene that we have seen conquered by Brunello Cucinelli and the other well know Italian Brands. Their name is Aurélien (very nice name by the way). Their whole marketing strategy is interesting to me. They have a coined term called ‘Smart Luxury’ which they claim is “Exceptional quality. […]

May 4, 2020

German Bespoke Shoemaker – Atelier Leonard Kahlcke

I love discovering new shoemakers. I love even more seeing new shoe designs though. Blend the two and it becomes a very exciting thing. German Bespoke shoemaker, Atelier Leonard Kahlcke is someone new to me and coming out with some very cool shoes. This penny loafer particularly caught my eye as something truly unique yet not overly crazy. A simple idea that is profoundly different and allows a lot of playfulness in the final product. […]

April 17, 2020

A Butterfly Loafer Done Differently

The Butterfly loafer has come a long way from its home of London Shoemakers to the world stage, being now offered by Italian, Indian, American, French shoemakers. And even more British makers are having a run at it. Crockett & Jones, the leading British shoemaker in my opinion, finally decided to launch their own version after having made the model for other British shoe brands for the past 40 years. Its gaining ground and in […]

April 13, 2020

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Paul Parkman Launches Bit Loafers

Used to be that you only found Bit loafers from the top Italian designer brands, think Gucci, Ferragamo and Prada. But 2019 brought to you a whole wave of makers coming out with their own version of the classic Bit Loafer model. As the saying goes, style always reinvents itself and as of late, it has done so with this love/hate model. The reason I say love/hate model as I really think that when it […]

March 2, 2020

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Crockett & Jones Spring 2020 Loafers – Now Live and Electrifying!

It’s a new day and famous English shoemakers, Crockett & Jones, is taking bounds and leaps in 2020, which is very pleasing to see to say the least. I love their new Spring/Summer line up. Probably my favorite collection of theirs that I have seen. Mainly because I am very partial to two of the models: The Braided Loafers and the Butterfly loafers. Two of my all-time favorite loafer styles. So needless to say, my […]

June 13, 2019

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Floral Prints by Ducal Firenze

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! I have always had a soft spot for floral prints. When I was younger, I used to buy floral print (subtle ones) shirts from Banana Republic, back when doing so was the cool thing to do (i.e circa 20 years ago). I also had a dark brown leather engraved floral print loafer from Donald Pliner. I loved these so much a bought a half size too small and […]

June 13, 2018

Discover the Laurelhurst II Braided Loafers – J.FitzPatrick Footwear

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to why you launch a new product. Something just happens in time and all things fall into place. That is kind of what happened with the Braided Laurelhurst II. I was at our factory and noticed a braided shoe and enquired about seeing the factory that does the braiding as I was intrigued. I had mixed feelings about braided shoes. I never liked all of the Mezlan ones […]