Remember a year or so ago when I reviewed the Oak Street Bootmakers Beef Roll Natural Chromexcel loafers?:
Well, anyone that follows the RCS Instagram knows how much I wear theses shoes. Their first flight was down to New Orleans for a long wedding weekend, and I probably put 10 miles on ’em right off the bat. From there, they get worn at least two or three times a week. I’m also very proud to say that a pair of socks has never tainted the inside of these loafers.
Here’s how they look after a year of wear:
As you can see, the Chromexcel leather is developing a really nice patina, but the overall shade hasn’t darkened as most leather does. Now, I haven’t done anything to the leather – no oils, no creams, no polish, nothing. I may do something after this summer, but I really like the way they look.
I did add toe and heel caps when I got back from New Orleans, and they are starting to wear in as well. I have a feeling that I’ll send them back to Oak Street Bootmakers for a resole before the end of the year. One of the best features of these loafers is the natural sole, and I want to keep that.
I can’t recommend these Oak Street Bootmakers loafers enough. They are absolutely worth every penny, and have so many more miles left in the tank. After knowing what goes in to making these loafers – the care and attention to detail – there is a feeling of pride when I wear them. These loafers have become like a second skin, and will continue to be a heavy hitter in my rotation.