Looking for a good pair of penny loafers

ISO a high quality pair of penny loafers and I cant decide on any brands. Pic rel are grensons and they have the exact look I’m going for but I’ve heard mixed reviews on the quality. the price is pretty high as well but I don’t mind spending money on high quality. What do you recommend?

42 thoughts on “Looking for a good pair of penny loafers

  1. Anonymous says:

    vintage italian, secondhand. for any kind of dress shoe. if you’re gonna spend dumb money on loafers get some pradas and flex, otherwise anything you get like picrel looks the same whether its from target or nordstrom or some obscure brand online, it WILL be cheaply made too if it’s not vintage italian menswear. get something slightly roomier so you can add your own insole, take em to a cobbler when you first get them to have em treat the leather and clean em up for you. put shoe trees in them when not wearing. enjoy.

    • Anonymous says:

      high quality post. Prada, Margiela, and McQueen are the trifecta of flexing, at least nowadays. Like he said, anything that isn’t handmade is probably bunk bullshit, don’t convince yourself to get plastic just because you want the """look""". That being said, make sure you can try on the pair you want before you buy it. You might not like how it fits.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not on but what’s the cheapest you’d still buy? I wanna try them out but I know myself and I wouldn’t wear them much

      • Anonymous says:

        Meermin makes entry level decent for ~200USD
        TLB Mallorca makes way above their price for 300-400. My personal favorite for value
        Carmina makes excellent stuff for 400-500
        500+ I’d get Crockett and Jones

        For that style posted in the OP, look for JM Weston in the 800+ range

  2. Anonymous says:

    Grensons are made by Poos in India unless you get their top line made in UK stuff
    I’ve read too many reviews of their finishes coming off for me to personally risk it on them

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bass and anything cheap is basically plastic crap. There may be some ‘value’ thing I don’t know about, but as far as I know nothing under $300ish is worth getting.

    I would recommend these options, from cheapest to most expensive:
    1. Paraboot Columbia. They have a beefroll and have that classic ivy look.
    2. JM Weston 180. Nice and slightly chunky. Cool seam on the toe
    3. John Lobb Lopez (picrel)— these are the best if money is no object. You can find secondhand for less too.

        • Anonymous says:

          yes and the one in

          https://i.imgur.com/3qCkuFh.jpg

          Bass and anything cheap is basically plastic crap. There may be some ‘value’ thing I don’t know about, but as far as I know nothing under $300ish is worth getting.

          I would recommend these options, from cheapest to most expensive:
          1. Paraboot Columbia. They have a beefroll and have that classic ivy look.
          2. JM Weston 180. Nice and slightly chunky. Cool seam on the toe
          3. John Lobb Lopez (picrel)— these are the best if money is no object. You can find secondhand for less too.

          is hermes owned

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m not sure if the John Lobb Paris (Hermes owned) shoes are hand welted or not, but they have the best design on the market IMO. If you compare them to any other loafer, they make the other loafer look bad in one way or another.

            But they are crazy expensive so even if they are hand welted it’s obviously not a great deal purely based on construction.

            JM Weston makes their own leather and owns their own cows or something, so they’re probably the best quality for the price, though they have gone up by $400 in the last couple of years. If you can get them in Paris they’re a better deal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Armory has some nice loafers, i would say on par with C&J in terms of finishing.

    Rumour is that these are made by Cheaney who make decent shoes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If my budget is $100-$200 what are the best options? I’m refining my style to be more adult now that I’m almost 30.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i have a pair of handsewn penny loafers, but they’ve started to really curve up at the toe
    is there anything i can do to fix it, or am i stuck with elf shoes?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Alden, Paraboot, JM Weston, Crockett and Jones, Edward Green, Rancourt. Edward Green is probably the best RTW shoe you can buy if you want something sleek. Alden LHS in cordovan is probably the iconic penny loafer.

  8. Anonymous says:

    >"hurr durr how do i get something good quality for really cheap?"
    Why do stupids do this? Good quality is not cheap. ESPECIALLY, not anymore. If you want good quality footwear you’re gonna pay 300 MINIMUM and if you want something really good you’re looking at potentially 800 dollars
    Do you want the style? Then get some cheap rubber glued on shit from the mall, even then it’s gonna be overpriced. Otherwise pay up. It’s that simple

  9. Anonymous says:

    If you don’t want to spend a lot of money you can always buy second hand, especially if your shoe size is in the like 9-12 range. eBay is great for this. I’ve personally never bought shoes second hand so I can’t attest to this experience specifically, but it is basically your only option if you don’t want to drop at least $300. AE is running its rediscover america sale right now, so that might be worth checking.

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