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.