A couple things. First, I’ve grown to become anti-boat shoe. Nothing personal, but they are overplayed. I am more of a driving loafer or a penny loafer guy when opting for casual leather footwear. I have all but worn out (and re-soled) my Sid Mashburn snuff suede penny loafers. After getting them back from the shop, they are back to running on all eight cylinders.
Second, I wanted to add another pair of versatile loafers to the rotation, and after pining for the natural chromexcel beefroll penny loafers from Oak Street Bootmakers for quite some time, I pulled the trigger. The worst part: waiting six weeks for delivery. The best part: the communication from George. He was very proactive in letting me know the progress of my shoes, and even got them out a week or so early. It was a risk ordering these directly from the Internets, but after their arrival, I knew it was a risk worth taking.
The first thing I noticed about the loafers was the high level of craftsmanship. They are very sturdy, but not heavy (I went shagging in them last weekend). The fit was spot on (thanks, Ryan), and the chromexcel leather looks and feels outstanding. The toebox is narrow enough for me – I prefer a smaller toe box as to avoid the Ronald McDonald look.
The leather is aging nicely. I have worn these with jeans (selvedge, tan, and gray), khakis, and shorts. They work perfectly in casual situations as well as in a ‘dressy’ business casual environment. Any scratches have buffed out with minimal elbow grease. I’m excited to see how these look after they get some serious play.
All in all, I am more than satisfied. For $318 I got a pair of American-made loafers that have timeless style and can be repaired. I expect to rinse and repeat that process for years to come.