Loafers, Irish Linen, Summer Flannel, Vintage Range Rovers, Solo Travel and American Highway Dhabas.
Welcome to Signals, my attempt to package together some of the interesting bits from around the internet.
I. Let’s Talk Loafers
Guess what, I was back in New York again last week. When I was packing and had a revelation about shoes. It occurred to me that loafers are the most versatile shoes for travel (and in general). You can wear them to the beach with shorts, in the city or to any place with a dress code. There aren’t many things we wear which rival that range utility. People may think they're not for everyone, but in my heart I believe that loafers truly are the best shoes. This opinion is based on a combination of good looks, ease and versatility. Most importantly they are a rare thing that is both comfortable and refined. Loafers have tremendous versatility and range. Depending on the weather, they can be the perfect single pair of shoes to wear on a trip. With the exception of a workout, they can do it all.
1. Rancourt & Co. — Most of my penny loafers are from Rancourt and in my opinion the last shapes are my favorite of any brand. These shoes are true American handsewn-craftsmanship which should be celebrated.
2. Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafers — Far from Maine, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the 1953 Gucci Loafers. You may recall that Gucci let me go to the workshop outside of Florence way back when to see these being made. I still have a pair which I bought soon after and really cherish them.
3. Crockett & Jones Harvard — These are the best loafer shapes for an English brand. Typically I tend to stay more American with loafers (with the exception of that one style from Gucci) but C&J’s range is fantastic. Great quality and a more refined look make these some of the nicest footwear anywhere. Obviously Horween leather takes this all to another level.