J.M.Weston is a very well known and established French company, so when it came time to select the styles for Leffot my focus was on trying to show newer rather than simply classic models. The Conti Line designed by Michel Perry is their new classic look. I’m particularly fond of this penny loafer in burnished burgundy with a slight wing tip. I love the sleek styling, long lines, and color of this loafer, this is a very flattering shoe on the foot.
J.M. Weston Style 436 in Burgundy Vocalou Boxcalf
Also available in Black Boxcalf
I’ve written recently about men buying shoes for their birthdays, well there is another occasion that ranks right up there and that of course is the wedding. Here is a list of shoes that were purchased to be worn to weddings either by the grooms or the guests.
Artioli – 06M090 in Black Calf & Lama
Gaziano & Girling – Westbury in Dark Oak
J.M. Weston-436 in Black Calf
Edward Green – Perth in Burnt Pine
Gaziano & Girling – Mitchell in Black Calf
Church’s – Diplomat in Brown Nevada Calf
Church’s – Consul in Black Calf
While I’m on the subject it’s interesting that in every case the grooms chose the brown shoes and the guests chose the black shoes. This suggests to me that men do not want to appear under dressed at another’s important social event (which is a good thing) and that more men are taking a fresh and less formal approach to their own weddings (also a good thing). And isn’t brown the new black anyway?
An interesting article was passed my way by The Trad the other day. In February 2007 (when $ was much stronger vs. â‚¬), New York Magazine asked the age-old question “What makes one loafer worth several hundred dollars more than another?”
To explain the answer they took apart penny loafers by J.M. Weston and Bass Weejun. The dissection is brutal but makes the point; there is no substitute for quality materials and craftsmanship.
I think Cosmo Castorini expressed it perfectly when he said,”There are three kinds of pipe. There’s aluminum, which is garbage. There’s bronze, which is pretty good, unless something goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. Then, there’s copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money.”
And that’s basically how I feel about great shoes. They cost money. They cost money because they save money.