Monday, 23 March 2009

dingle the nobbly bits

hey,

excellent blog, keep up the good work, i just wanted your advice on tassle loafers. i've seen a pair by paul smith but not too sure as they look like the kind the older generation would wear.

cheers

simon

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i think it's a great question. we usually associate tassle shoes with frumpiness and perhaps cigar smoking old men. but then again fashion often cuts a fine line between what's stylish and what's not. i think the key is how you style it. maybe pair the tassle loafers with a stylish pair of above the knee shorts (sans visible socks please!), or a pair of slim cut trousers with funky colored socks. i have many pairs of shoes: brogues, oxfords, monk straps, lace up boots, zip up boots etc, but i never have a pair of tassle loafers, which i am seriously considering really. so here are my mini selection:

from one of london's finest shoe studios: kurt geiger's golden child fringe loafers, GBP199. i like the fringe underneath the tassles, it makes it look like something you would wear playing golf (which i can never understand why golf shoes are made that way).

kurt geiger starman loafer in midnight blue, GBP199. i had two pairs of kurt geiger shoes and they fit great and were very comfortable. i am loving this shade of blue, makes the shoes less stuffy. i used to love kurt geiger shoes, but i've grown out of it since they started increasing their heel height. they used to have lower heels which makes the shoes look sleek and much more stylish which i love.

kurt geiger starman loafer in a brighter shade of blue, GBP199. colorful shoes are great for the summer, i would wear this with shorts, show them off!

speaking of colors, these are definitely show stoppers. acne barefoot (?!) loafers in summer yellow and avocado, GBP240. i love these!! but bit pricey i find.

gucci moccasins with tassles, fringe detail, embossed script logo, and leather sole, GBP333. i really like these, especially the two tone leather with the "slightly burnt" front and back. the men's shoe designers at gucci is churning out pretty nice stuff lately.

gucci white leather with multi-colour leather trim moccasins with tassles, fringe detail, embossed script logo, and leather sole, GBP352. these are stunning, definitely the best thing to come out of their spring summer 2009 collection. i like them a lot, but then again not enough to make me part £352 for them. even if these make it to the 50% sale, i still find it pricey...

from one of my favourite shoe makers: salvatore ferragamo coffee colour embossed calf loafer with tassles and leather sole, GBP325. loving the great color and the embossed leather. such a simple and classic piece i really like a lot.

feel the elevation! quite literally, the pièce de résistance: john lobb's buckingham tassle loafer, which probably retails for... GBP700 and upwards? john lobb was bought by hermes paris, and if i remember correctly, you can find a john lobb corner within the hermes flagship in paris.

the shoe shine guy who comes round weekly is often kind enough to pay me compliments on my shoes, and he asked why i've not considered john lobb shoes. to which i replied sheepishly "because they never go on sale..."

you know you've made it in life when you are wearing john lobb shoes.


quite possibly the marmite of the shoe world, which you either love or hate: the kanye west for louis vuitton mr hudson tassle leather loafers. due out around june 2009, this would tentatively retail for around US$840. nice to have and i'll gladly rock it, but too pricey for my undertaking.

so there you go, dingle your nobbly bits with pride! out of all these, the pair from john lobb is still my fave!

11 comments:

  1. I'd wear them any season except that most of nice loafers that I like from (Tod's or Gucci's) don't have my size. BALLY knows my size so I got a beige and black just to keep the classic feel.

    I like the Gucci's very much.

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  2. Hey Gucci just called me this afternoon and they said my order for the tassles loafers are in. i am planning to go in tomoro and buy them. umm.. sounds like you don't really like them for that price.
    should i have a second thought?

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  3. k: i love the gucci's too they're fab

    jacky: i like the gucci loafers but just find it pricey. for that price, there are a lot of other choices around and i would consider other ones too, but if you like them you should get them, i think they're very trendy

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  4. If you can wait for A/W09, Bottega have some pretty special golf inspired tassle loafers.

    Along with some great shape desert boots.

    And they have cracked the leather bomber that doesn't make you look like a fat grandad....

    And, and and .....

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  5. Correct, John Lobb in Paris is just next to Hermès, on Boissy d'Anglas street, and downstairs of the offices :)

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  6. rl: and of all people mr langlais would definitely know! *wink*

    korok: bottega is officially the new sex!

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  7. i thought i was the only one who likes those Mr Hudsons by Kanye for LV. but i agree, they're kinda too pricey.

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  8. Hey 00o00,

    The colf shoes have the external tongue flap to keep excessive dampness out of the lace opening. Handmade golf shoes ome with a spare one so the shoes look stoosh for the whole 188 holes.

    I would also recommend my six tassled Genet loafer available from July 09.

    Hope you are well.

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  9. Two weeks in India has diminished my blogging skills. That should read,

    Hey 00o00,

    The golf shoes have the external tongue flap to keep excessive dampness out of the lace opening. Handmade golf shoes come with a spare one so the shoes look stoosh for the whole 18 holes.

    I would also recommend my six tassled Genet loafer available from July 09. see it here. www.mrhare.co.uk

    Hope you are well.

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  10. I've been eyeing this style for a while now, definately a big shoe for right now. It's also a real staple and won't go out of style completely in years to come!
    www.manofthecloth.co.za

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