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More tan loafers!!

(21 Posts)
polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 17:37:41

Have been wanting some tan loafers. Saw the Clarks ones posted earlier today which are nice but I already have several (non-tan) loafers in that sort of style.

Any views please on these:

I know Geox are super comfortable and have been pleased with various flat shoes I've bought there in past.

But just wondering:

i) if the tan on these - actually called 'Camel' - is somehow too light?

ii) whether the punching detail is: a) a nice 'different' touch or
b) frumpy?


poozlepants Tue 16-Apr-13 17:49:02

I'm after a pair of tan loafers and do tend towards the orthopaedic but dear god No!

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 20:12:58

OK. My own fears seem to be confirmed there.
Anyone want to argue for them???

rosie17 Tue 16-Apr-13 20:24:35

speachless shock

FrancesFarmer Tue 16-Apr-13 20:29:43

They're middle aged whereas the Clarks ones are geek chic.

The moulded soles make them frumpy somehow.

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 20:37:35

Yes yes see what you mean. Wouldn't myself actually go so far as to call the Clarks ones chic - theyre too ordinary for that IMO - but they are certainly acceptable and agree Geox ones to be avoided.

Only a pity that it's the soles that actually make them comfortable !

Btw dont some Tods have moulded soles - must check just for my own satisfaction.

FrancesFarmer Tue 16-Apr-13 20:42:50

Yes, they remind me of Tod's actually.

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 20:45:48

Ah interesting Have always thought of Geox as among other things a cheaper Tods.
Would you write off the whole of Tods as middle aged too?

FrancesFarmer Tue 16-Apr-13 21:05:16

What I mean is that they're not a youthful style and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Tods-type loafers can look ok if the rest of your outfit is classic and and you are very groomed e.g:

A similar style on Ines de la Fressange (left)

I'm not so sure about the pics below of Diana and Gwyneth Paltrow - are they a bit too "sloaney"/dull? (Sorry - the link is in Italian but all you need are the photos).

Tods worn by Diana and Gwyneth Paltrow

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 21:45:16

No problem look forward to looking. I'm very Italianophile - speak and read the language and was there I first got interested in Tods -and Geox.

slipshodsibyl Tue 16-Apr-13 21:55:24

I like Tod's but have recently bought tan loafers at
Russell and Bromley. They have several styles but I only liked one which is quite Tod-like

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 21:59:41

Yes my tastes definitely run to R and B and Tods rather than Clarks!
Guess I do like that classic/timeless look as in Ines though wouldnt claim to have her effortless style or her figure!

ggirl Tue 16-Apr-13 22:03:52

I like them except for the punching detail , I agree with the right outfit the Tod style looks good and tbh I am 50 and I am bloody middle aged but middle aged looking doesn't always mean frumpy . I prefer to think of middle age as time to embrace the classics grin

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 22:49:09

Agree with you there ggirl - though often like to introduce something a bit quirky/ with a twist as well, eg through scarf or necklace.

To sum up , I don't think I'm misguided to like some of the Tods-alike styles in Geox - or to like some Tods - but the punching doesn't work on that pair (plus I tthink a darker more 'classic' tan not that 'camel' is better).

polyhymnia Tue 16-Apr-13 23:05:54

Btw slipshod what was the name of the style you chose at R and B as I'd like to check them out on their site.

slipshodsibyl Wed 17-Apr-13 12:53:00

I bought' Pro-drive ' as they are very soft for some city walking I shall shortly be doing but the 'Grand' look more like the Geox ones.

polyhymnia Wed 17-Apr-13 13:08:26

Thanks - just off to my local shops which have a R and B so very timely. Will check them out.

I too want them for city walking, both in London where I live and for trips abroad.

polyhymnia Wed 17-Apr-13 15:27:12

slipshod, I had a look at those Pro-Drive on the website and liked them best of the tan R and B ones too. The bow feature is actually very like not only some Tods but a Geox pair I already have, though not in tan. But my local shop doesn't have them.

They did have Grand, but those aren't to my taste at all - IMO, they are just too classic - to the point of boring - with their metal trim. Admittedly both Tods and Geox still have plenty of loafers with that trim (though not the style in my OP, in fact) but I find them a bit dull now.

Did also see the Clarks ones - they're pretty but very low-cut and ballerina-like and I already have enough ballerinas.

Will continue search tomorrow at Covent Garden in the R and B and the Geox (for non-punched styles).

slipshodsibyl Wed 17-Apr-13 15:33:18

I actually bought the pro drive in Covent Garden four weeks ago and also saw some in the high at Kensington branch of R and B

slipshodsibyl Wed 17-Apr-13 15:33:48

High street Kensington I mean

polyhymnia Wed 17-Apr-13 15:34:51

Thanks - the Covent Garden one is a favourite of mine. My very local one (Richmond) has rather limited stock.

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