Loafers have never much worked for me. Ridiculously, perhaps—because I’ve certainly never met a clunky-ass boot I didn’t like—they’ve just never quite felt feminine enough. But in fact, it’s probably their very diminutiveness—and that dead solid flatness—that turns me off the most; even sneakers give you a tiny bit of height. Lately, though, I’m coming around—possibly because they’re the perfect easy on-easy-off shoe for airport security, and outside of summer items, exactly zero percent of all my footwear could be characterized as easy on, easy off. Dieppa Restrepo makes some of the most covetable loafers and oxfords around, quite a few of which are on sale right now at the insanely great lower east side boutique Maryam Nassir Zadeh (another one to put on your must-visit in New York list, people). These python penny loafers feel seasonless: imagine them come spring with cropped straight khakis,
Also from Dieppa Restrepo: a wooden platform provides a nice bit of height, but without any resulting Frankenstein Foot—which is always the risk.
The braid detail on this Rag & Bone pair adds some gravity, and the slightly weathered blue leather is just unexpected and really cool.
I love these: so simple and classic and Euro-prep. And they cost way less than other very similar versions for sale elsewhere.
Does it surprise any of you regulars that I have been longing for these metallic Sperry Topsiders for ages? The only reason they haven’t been a a Crazy or Cute? is because I’ve felt certain they’d get clobbered. But the metallic is well on the safe side of crazy, and there is something deeply satisfying about the notion of reclaiming a shoe I haven’t worn in three decades (and because Candies aren’t on the table).