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YSTRDY’S TMRRW: Gucci via David Cronenberg

The stock in loafers is pretty low right now. They’re routinely associated with Love Island style, an ignominy that’s almost done for them. Loafers are, sadly, integral to the shambles — in amongst the tatty beanstalk jeans, polished hair and expansive displays of bare ankle. Or at least, they’re things that look like loafers.

These are slip-ons as prisoners of war — miserable and emaciated, their vamps cut as low as their pride. Sometimes they pretend to be driving shoes. Sometimes not. But they always look ridiculous — suede sodden by puddles, the eternal full stop at the end of skin-tight denim and British veiny feet.

Shoes like these from YSTRDY’S TMRRW give hope to proper loafer-likers. Goodyear welted, high front, solid leather sole; perhaps it’s not too late to reclaim the slip-on from the spray-tanned hillbillies.

The asymmetrical bit is the scene-stealer here. It’s Gucci via David Cronenberg —  disproportional and warped, but in a good way. While the rest of the shoe is fairly traditional, the white stitching does pop nicely from the caramel suede. Personally, I’ve got little interest in wealth-pimping Gucci loafers and I find Bass Weejuns a little bland, so these sit neatly in the middle. Enough detail to make them interesting, but still pleasingly anonymous.

The fact that these are a product of Indonesia’s booming footwear industry might come as a surprise. You might have assumed a bench made ancestry from the UK or US. But the quality looks to be there. Certainly a country-mile from the dilapidated examples seen encircling fun pubs.

To pull them off a sock is obviously in order and I’d go with an off-white. Something crisp and plain to off-set the tone of the suede. I little preppy maybe, a bit 80’s rogue trader, but so what. It’s better than looking like your fashion bible is TV Choice.

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