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loafers and suits

the internet is full of questions regarding style.  one such question of interest is whether or not it’s ok to wear loafers with a suit.  to be honest with you i didn’t really think this was much of a question until i saw the film frost/nixon in 2008.  richard nixon has a hard time trusting david frost because he wears gucci loafers with his suit (obviously there’s more to it than that, but it’s one reason nixon questions frost’s credentials).  quasi-spoiler alert: after the interview, the movie ends with nixon opening a present from frost which is a pair of gucci loafers.  classic scene.  so after seeing the film, i started to question whether or not i should be wearing loafers with suits.  i went to the internet for answers.  glenn o’brien says he wouldn’t do it and that “loafers are for loafing.”  interesting take from one of my heroes.  and if you dig deeper, it seems more traditionalists prefer lace-ups to loafers when wearing a “business” suit.  well, i’m going to have to disagree.  in the south, i would say 70% of men wear only loafers with their suits – my father being one of them.  i’ve never seen him wearing anything besides classic gucci bit loafers with his suits.  now, i’m not saying all loafers are appropriate with business suits.  remember cheap loafers don’t look good with anything.  stick with well known brands that make quality like gucci, allen admonds, ralph lauren or alden.  nice shoes are the one item of clothing i would insist you spend money on.  they make a difference.

recently i’ve noticed ryan gosling has been kicking around a pair of beat-up burgundy loafers.  last night i caught this picture (above) of him wearing them with a brown suit.  he nails the look, but i’m not sure who makes the loafers.  i did some internet recon and came up with nothing.  i checked out the usual suspects mentioned in the previous paragraph and still couldn’t find a match.  the closest thing i found were these crockett & jones for ralph lauren polo loafers below.  if you have any information on the whereabouts of ryan gosling’s loafers, please leave them in the comments section.

update: i believe the loafers gosling is wearing are in fact made by gucci, but i still can’t find a perfect match.  i’m wondering if they’re part of the archive collection coming out this fall.  i’ll stay on it.

crockett and jones in men’s ex

for the uninformed, men’s ex is a japanese men’s style/shopping magazine with the motto “nice look nice life.”  i found this particular shot at mister crew.  i would encourage you to go check out his site if you have some time.  there’s some good stuff on there.  i grabbed this pic because the double monks look incredible.  sooner or later i’m going to have to join the double monk club.  it’s a matter or time and money.  i’m thinking my 30th birthday in new york will be a good time to purchase some new footwear.  check out those plaid pants on the right.

crockett & jones chelsea boots

i was walking into a lunch appointment the other day, took a look at my new work shoes, and realized something: they’re kind of boring.  it got me thinking.  what could i wear with a suit that’s not too out there, but pops enough for people to notice.  the answer: chelsea boots.  why do i want people to notice my shoes?  mostly because i work with entertainment clients, but also because men check out other mens shoes.  it’s weird, but true.  i don’t see many business men in nashville rocking chelsea boots.  we’re a very conservative business community, but my job is a little more out of the box.  the trick here is finding the right pair of chelsea boots – which is why we turn to english shoe maker crockett & jones.  these puppies are nice enough to wear to work, but totally appropriate for post-work and weekend activities.  they retail for under $600, so they will not be on my feet any time soon.  i’m thinking an after xmas / birthday trip to new york is needed.  happy birthday to me (in january).