An Easy Alternative

I love my Belgian shoes. They are by far the most comfortable and stylish pairs of slippers available to man. But sometimes, just sometimes, I need something a bit more substantial. Substantial, but equally comfortable. Years ago I had a pair of shell cordovan pennys from B². Wore them every day for six years until I couldn’t even tape the resoled bits together again. It was an errant piece of glass that cut through the moc toe and most of my little toe that finally did them in. I looked for years for a replacement. Bass Weejuns® were OK. Never did get to the Aldens. They’re next on the list when I find a new bank to rob.

Finally I found a pair worthy of a second look … handsewn, welted, leather sole, no beef roll…. at Nordstrom in Pentagon City Mall, where I helped run the Britches of Georgetowne.

Easy and Elegant Life cannot recommend highly enough the Sebago Penny Loafer. Mine are the Cayman II in cordo brush off. They may be even more comfortable today than they were coming out of the box, and they were seriously comfortable out of the box. They look as good with flannels as they do jeans or khaki shorts.

For those of you more traditional than I, they also come in a Classic model with the kick off thingy on the heel strap and a beef roll.

Sometimes easy and elegant are right under your nose.

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