I’ve been looking for a pair of loafers. A specific pair of loafers. I have had all sorts in the past, and still have some of them, but they didn’t meet the criteria of what I was looking for: dress loafers, shiny leather, chestnut color, and Goodyear welted. On a recent trip to J. Crew with Mrs. RCS, I came across these Ludlow loafers, and the deal was sealed.
These aren’t Aldens, they aren’t Bass penny loafers. They aren’t shell cordovan, nor are they saddle leather. They are exactly what I’m looking for. The rounded toe gives it a tassel loafer look, and the partial strap keeps it cool. They are built as well as any loafers in the rotation, and the price point was right where I wanted it to be: $298 (and I got 30% off because they were having a not-so-rare sale).
From a sizing perspective, I usually wear a 9D in almost every dress shoe, but had to get a 9.5D in these. Keep that in mind if you are ordering online. I plan on wearing these to a buddy’s wedding next month with a tan suit. Beyond that, the leather is just the right color for this time of year. J. Crew calls it ‘English Tan’. I’ll be able to wear them with shorts and an oxford, jeans and a sport coat, and khakis and a tie to church. I have a feeling these will break in very nicely, and will polish up to look better than they do now. Nothing like a good patina… I can’t recommend these enough, folks. If you are in the market for a good, versatile pair of loafers, look no further.
Now it’s time to put these bad boys to work…