Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nothing Wrong with a Little Bit

Bit loafers.  Originally started by Gucci, they are a great casual loafer with a little extra.  Not as formal as the tassel loafer or the full strap version, but not as casual as the penny loafer, the bit loafer fills the ‘dressy-casual’ niche.  OK with khakis and wool trousers, as well as with shorts.  These are […]

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Glenn - August 1, 2011 - 9:51 AM

I own all the Cole Haan colors in bit style loafers, got a pair of the Church’s horse bit version, as good as the Gucci’s also have two pairs of Peter Millar! They can be worn with most anything. This style has over taken my Bass Weejun’s wearing days.

P.S. Cole Haan & Johnston Murphy has a similar horse bit driving moc to the Peter Millar.

Sir - August 1, 2011 - 10:18 AM

Man, you like some gaudy footwear – crocodile loafers and flashy bit loafers……I’ll pass. Next, you’ll be sporting Pilgrim shoes with big, shiny buckles.

trip - August 1, 2011 - 12:08 PM

I dig your brown Cole Haans more than any of the others suggested. I really am not a big fan of the lug sole versions; seem incongruous to me.

John - August 2, 2011 - 9:58 PM

I’ve had a black pair of the Alden bit loafers for about six months now. They are, without a doubt, the most comfortable loafers I’ve ever owned — like wearing house slippers, right out of the box. And, for South Florida, they’re good for business wear and casual.

B.C. Puckett - May 27, 2012 - 9:22 PM

Can’t believe you didn’t include Martin Dingman Saxon Bit Loafers in your list. Just discovered your blog and have spent many hours combing through the archives. Diggin’ it in Alabama.

M. Charles - May 8, 2013 - 8:46 AM

Just curious what model the brown Cole Haans are. I’ve been searching for my first pair of bit loafers and yours look great!

Crocodile Loafers – After a ‘Tune Up’

On a lucky trip to a local second-hand store, I came across a pair of Magnanni crocodile loafers.  These, in fact.  I’ve always liked the idea of crocodile loafers – well, alligator/crocodile anything – but could never justify the cost.  These were beat up, but not too bad (I told myself).  At $6, I said […]

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Casey - July 29, 2011 - 11:05 AM

I would rock those any day. I have always loved the aligator look, it is like brown leather on steroids. Sick find, I might just go to a 2nd hand store this weekend because of this.

Bill - July 29, 2011 - 12:06 PM

What a great find. Here in South Carolina we do not seem to have the right second hand stores. Where in Atlanta is this store.

Kionon - July 31, 2011 - 8:22 PM

The look well-loved and well-worn. The perfect blend.

Stephen - August 6, 2011 - 11:23 PM

Good looking shoes JRS. You inspired me to find a pair of shoes to restore. I’m new to the Atlanta area and looking for a reputable cobbler. Where did you take your shoes?

First Look: The *New* LL Bean Lounger Boots

Remember ‘Operation Lounger’?  Well, I love it when a plan comes together – LL Bean listened, and knocked it out of the park.  I’m happy (and honored) to give you the first look at the new LL Bean Lounger Boots: That’s right – the Lounger was coming back, but with some changes.  LL Bean has […]

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Josh B - July 28, 2011 - 1:33 AM

“What do you think?”
I think that when customers have asked for a specific product from their archives, Bean should oblige exactly what the customer is asking for. They’re ok.

Mitch - July 28, 2011 - 7:46 AM

Wow, guess what just got moved to the top of my shopping list.

Casey - July 28, 2011 - 8:26 AM

Okay, I love the duck boot – always have. I also really like the ‘slip on and off’ aspect of these boots. Lined with sheepskin? Okay, its going to be a lounger i can buy that. But L.L. Bean, $144 for these? I purchased a boot that is cookie cutter to this (minus the sheepskin) for right around $50 at bass pro this past winter and they are excellent.

I am a huge L.L Bean fan, and I know they are not cheap. Also, i am lucky enough that price is often not usually my deciding factor on if I make a purchase like this or not – but even I can not justify a $144 pair of duck boots.

JRS- this is what you pay for a pair of dress boots, not a pair of loungers.

trip - July 28, 2011 - 8:45 AM

I’ve got to agree with Josh on this one. I think the Lounger appealed to people because it seemed pretty versatile. At least for those of us below the Mason-Dixon, a shearling boot is anything but versatile, seeing as how we couldn’t even wear it until January. Also, in spite of its reportedly limited functionality, the buckle at least added some visual interest. I guess I’ll take to scouring Ebay again…

Ron Ward - July 28, 2011 - 9:14 AM

Still not the same. My lounger boots from 1986 are the light brown leather with the buckle, unlined. That is all that will work for me. While I like the canvas upper 6″ version from LLBean Signature, this carpet lined lounger is missing the mark.

Chris Adamiak - Damn yak Dry Goods. - July 28, 2011 - 9:49 AM

I saw these being made while I toured the factory back in May. They look really nice, I agree that with the shearling they are better suited to winter alone! Having a pair of the older ones I can vouch for the buckle as you can wear different sock thicknesses and still have the boot on properly. The original lounger boots are probably the most versatile Bean boot that was ever made.

Ryan - July 28, 2011 - 11:57 AM

the lining would make my feet pour sweat even in January in Arkansas

Brandon - July 28, 2011 - 12:11 PM

I prefer the traditional model. The multiple variations of the classic Bean Boot never really appealed to me. But options are never a bad thing.

S.L. Sterling - July 28, 2011 - 2:14 PM

Without the buckle and by adding the shearling, LL Bean took away all chances they had for me to buy this boot. Especially at this price range (I suspect the lining added to the high cost). I want the Lounger that I remember my grandmother wearing and this is not it.

Sir - July 28, 2011 - 2:51 PM

Sheepskin lining makes it a non-starter for me. Don’t need or want that down South. Makes it too seasonal (only depths of winter), when they might have been nice to slip on in inclement weather during spring/fall – maybe even summer.

rob - July 28, 2011 - 4:45 PM

my unlined with the buckle loungers are great for everything from slipping on around a campsite at night in the summer to taking out the dog in the rain at 2 am to cleaning snow off the steps in the winter. the price isn’t bad for a made in america boot, but the shearling means i couldnt use them for about 90 percent of the stuff that i wear mine for now. if they remade, instead of redesigned, the lounger i would buy a new pair in a second, but i have no need for these.

Josh - July 29, 2011 - 6:07 AM

With all due respect to LL Bean, this is another example of them ALMOST giving the people what they want. Shearling aside, the brown leather is not for everyone. They need to actually remake the boot that everyone wants, not rummage up a mutant that’s barely desireable.

brenn - August 9, 2011 - 5:05 PM

They look a bit like Uggs to me. maybe it’s the slip on thing but I’m not feeling them. Besides – how will people do the whole jeans casually tucked into unlaced beans when there are no laces?

LP - August 16, 2011 - 2:24 PM

Not interested in this new model — Bring back the unlined original, with buckle, please! Shearling makes the boot impractical in Alabama.

Deb - September 8, 2011 - 10:03 AM

I want this boot but prefer the tan color like the original. I can use the shearling but the price is stiff. Thanks for bringing it back. The Bean alternative boots I have purchased since with the zipper and elastic didn’t fit well and leaked plus the lining was pulling out. My old boots fit perfect and had them resoled 3 times. They are worn out again, so these new originals are just in time.

Brian - September 28, 2011 - 9:40 AM

The boot looks great but needs the buckle.

Ross Clement - October 26, 2011 - 1:01 AM

Would like the unlined boots for summer, with the strap.. Had some tops but they disappeared, so I am in waiting….

Rebekkah - May 4, 2012 - 1:11 AM

I have of pair of these and I am trying to identify them so I can find a price to start them at. They are Bean Boots by L L Bean. They look just like these loungers but they have no buckle and no shearling. No size either. All the ones i find have shearling or no shearling and a buckle. Anyone know if they made limited edition loungers with no liner or made them with removable shearling….. well these sound like exactly what people want but no buckle. They are for sale but not online as of yet. Thanks for any advice on identifying these.

Head’s Up: Chester Mox

I came across Chester Mox by accident when prepping the previous post about whiskey shell cordovan.  I’m glad I did – affordable Horween leather goods, made in the USA, and personalization?  Three of my favorite things…  They have been around for five years – based out of Los Angeles producing beauties like these: Dual Side […]

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trip - July 26, 2011 - 9:06 AM

Wow, those are nice. I like them. The price is right, too.

Casey - July 26, 2011 - 11:14 AM

Not my style, I am more of a billfold wallet guy, but the prices are on point! I love brown leather, and will keep up with them to see what else they come up with.

Bill - July 26, 2011 - 4:58 PM

Those are nice. The dog leg wallet reminds me of the one I carry now, made by Colonel Littleton. It is called a front pocket wallet and holds cards and money well.

Bill - July 26, 2011 - 4:59 PM

Those%20are%20nice.%20%20The%20dog%20leg%20wallet%20reminds%20me%20of%20the%20one%20I%20carry%20now%2C%20made%20by%20Colonel%20Littleton.%20%20It%20is%20called%20a%20front%20pocket%20wallet%20and%20holds%20cards%20and%20money%20well.

BB - July 26, 2011 - 7:18 PM

Those wallets are nice… but they should start making some old school sunglass cases with the same design like the angle wallet… keep the personalization, the leather, the color… just make em for shades..

Jeremiah - July 28, 2011 - 1:33 PM

Hmmmm… Eerily similar to Makr Carry Goods in almost all products and website.

Gregory T - June 15, 2012 - 11:35 AM

The comment about CM being similar to Makr is directly on point. I’m not a big fan of that sort of “flattery”. They’re just a copy.

Chester Mox « Dreams of Perfection - December 5, 2011 - 7:01 AM

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Neat: Whiskey Shell Cordovan

Some great visuals of the very rare Whiskey color shell cordovan leather: The Real Deal – no creases Alden Longwings Alden LHS Whiskey Cordovan Watchstrap Rider Boots Alden Indy Boots Alden Chukkas Wiry Flap Wallet from Chester Mox Un-cited images: Google Image Search

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MATT - July 25, 2011 - 10:17 PM

DELICIOUS. CARMEL GOODNESS IN A HORSES HIND QUARTER

Rich - July 28, 2011 - 1:48 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but I’ve gotta ask . . . if cordovan leather is made from horsehide, what happens to, you know, the horse MEAT?

Jamie - July 28, 2011 - 7:42 PM

Horse meat is eaten in many cultures.

Speedmaster - July 29, 2011 - 6:11 AM

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Enrile - December 20, 2011 - 10:08 AM

Very nice shoes, maybe you are interested in knowing my blog, for years I work the Shell Cordovan. http://enrileshoes.blogspot.com/

Ryan Lee Waldron - June 6, 2013 - 10:39 AM

I tell you, this steak still has marks where the jockey was hitting it. -Al Czervik

A Little Something from our friends at Brothers Galleon

Exclusively for Red Clay Soul readers – head over to Brothers Galleon between now and August 4th and get 20% off with code RCS20.

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Clemson Recruiting Videos – 1981

Ahh…the good old days.  Seven weeks until kickoff, folks.  Hopefully this will tide you over.

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Conor - July 24, 2011 - 1:36 PM

Ya, the good old days. My dad remembers it well. I wish I was around for it. It would help the recent seasons to go down easier. Great videos. Thanks Jay.

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