Back in the Saddle

This was the first pair of Oak Street Bootmakers loafers that I bought – way back in 2013.  I bought these knowing that I’d wear them to death…I grew up wearing a similar type of loafer from Cole Haan, but they lasted about a year, and weren’t built to be resoled.  Given that these loafers have timeless style, I knew this would be an investment buy with long term potential.  Well, as soon as I got these, I brought them to New Orleans for a LONG wedding weekend (which required tons of walking), so they were broken in lickity split.

They’ve been a major player in my rotation since.  I typically wear them sans socks, and they style with just about everything.  The uppers have held up extremely well, and developed a perfect patina.  Once my to started showing through the sole, I knew it was time to send these home for an up-do.

There are plenty of places that I could have sent these shoes, but decided to call George at Oak Street to see if I could send these home.  He happily accepted, and after a few weeks, they came back to me.  They did a full resole, and gave the uppers some much needed TLC.  The new footbeds were a nice touch.  I can’t speak highly enough about a pair of Chromexcel loafers.  They are the coolest.

Needless to say, I’m very happy:




  1. Nem
    03/13/2020 / 8:31 AM

    These look just like you’d want them right out of the box…a little patina on the leather but with perfect sole and lining. Nice!!

  2. Nacho
    03/13/2020 / 3:41 PM

    George does good work. I’ve got 3 pairs of his shoes and I’m very pleased. He’ll even do custom-work and I’ve had him refresh a pair of chukkas.

  3. Trip
    03/13/2020 / 4:43 PM

    I’ll just assume that the dark spot on the side is a spilled Transfusion.

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