More versatile than you’d expect: the oxblood/burgundy/cordovan tassel loafers.
With 60+ pairs of shoes in my rotation, it’s hard to say that I wear any pair very often, but as you can see from these close-up shots, I’ve worn these loafers plenty.
They’re dark & neutral (making them appear formal), with a rounded toe, tassels and tassel strap (making them appear casual) – so they work with a variety of outfits, for a variety of occasions, year-round.
Here, 3 completely different outfits, built around the tassel loafs.
1. T-Shirt & Jeans
These are casual enough to go sockless with a t-shirt and jeans, but because they’re made of distinctive leather and have a sharp silhouette, they add just the right touch of formality (similar to the effect of the unstructured cotton blazer) – making this an outfit you can now wear for a broader range of occasions.
Where I wore this: shooting the final scene from video episode 3 (then lunch and watching the game at a local bar).
Bonus Tip: The term “jeans” has nothing to do with denim fabric. A “jean” is a pant style (think western front pockets, patch rear pockets, top stitched in & out seams, etc.) that can be made out of any fabric. Therefore the term “denim jeans” is not redundant.
Bonus Tip II: These pants, with a modern cut and a subdued camouflage print, are much easier to pull-off then their vintage army-issued counterparts, as featured here.
Bonus Tip III: Another example of how an unstructured blazer (no canvas, no lining, no shoulder pad, no sleeve head, etc.) is more “weekend chillin” than “office grind” – especially with rolled sleeves and a t-shirt.
- Brown leather tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
- Camo jeans by Bar III
- White linen blend t-shirt by Kenneth Cole
- Unlined unstructured cotton blazer by Theory
- Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
- Tortoise shades by Persol