OK, having a couple of friends that are buyers for stores, this looks like the loafers were a sample, but I think they are VERY cool. It takes a very confident guy to wear these and pull it off. The good thing about unusual colors of footwear is that it tends to not sell, and then you can get it with a deep discount! These look like Car Shoe or maybe Tods. And purple goes well with jeans, so pretty much anyone has something to match with these! Jorge from W Palm Beach
The versatile purple driving shoe-a fashion staple. Perfect with a suit or casual wear. Seriously, I love the purple shoes. Nice color palette in the first photo. I like the pocket square. I think I’m wearing those pants. You could quibble about lengths here but they don’t bother me. It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s casual. Don’t quibble. Now what exactly is going on in the third photo. Is that a couple dressed alike? That’s creepy. They don’t look like mall walkers. What IS going on?
They ARE Tod’s ! My girlfriend put me off buying a pair last year in London and I have regretted it ever since, they were the penny loafer style ones, now they only do the lace version. Seeing them again I MUST have them !! :-)
Purple is, like, so June 2008. For August I would go for yellow or Celtic green. Except in Florence where the pics are from. In Florence guys love purple or viola since its the color of the local soccer team. But yes, it does work, doesn’t it.
And the kicker: in Florence you’ll get a purple (or yellow or green) hand made in Italy, no-brand pair of suede mocs for 55â‚¬.
ugh..must go to FLorence..for hand made shoes!!! not only are the shoes talk worthy but check out teh rest of their outfits!! i especially like the white one..but i don’t get the third picture. there were TWO guys in white with purple loafers?
I just bought moccasins! I hope they’re wearable for women as well, because the few times i’ve worn them so far they’ve been so comfortable i never want to take them off…plus they make my normally huge feet look small, something i greatly appreciate.
Coloured suede driving moccasins are all over Selfridges at the moment. Tod’s, Prada and some new brand called Fin’s. Purple and chocolate seem the most popular. Question is whether you can justify driving loafers and driving gloves, or does that make you a dapper version of Alan Partridge?
Cute, but destined to be a passing fad. Wear them with linen and cotton this Summer. In November, put them back in the closet, to be taken out for an “Aughts” party in 2016, then wear with impudence from 2021-24.
Its all too much!!! The purple is pharmacutical! – but all so perfect! I’ve seen them, and almost bought them in Capri, and now its just late in the season and my brown ones is just bummed (or is it healed?) out!!! …and…. Sart!!! you’re making me deal with Carrie Bradshaw type issues here, and how I wish I could consult with you at my mystical Bergdorfs or my mystical Bon Marche, because you’ve made such issues as the perfect purple carshoe prevelent… and not for the obvious commercial reasons.. Good for you for choosing Lanvin as the perfect collection since it is, and not for being over designed or over conceptualised (Raf Simons) but rather for being well thought out and attractive. BTW, Jil Sander was great when under her guidance… great shapes, subtle colouration and luxury fabrication. But hey, fashion is nothing if not timely and… this is your time! X, London
I’ve got ‘em in orange and lime green but by Born – which is, eh-hem, more affordable than Tod’s. I’m usually not a trendy or “fashionable” girl but really, these are so cool and casual, resistance is futile. If I can find them in this beautiful purple at an agreeable price I’ll snap ‘em up and keep my fingers crossed that they don’t become a major trend.
Purple is great neutral, goes with all summer colours and even better with dark neutrals like browns, greys and blues. We have been doing all variations of purple from lavender greys to deep aubergine for the home for the last 2 seasons. Great to see it on the streets.
Derek Lam revolutionized the conventional Tod’s driving mocs when he came on as Creative Director. He started out with jewel toned mocs in satin. It was only a matter of time that they were going to produce the mocs in jewel tone suede…absolutely brilliant. I may have some made bespoke for my gf…
3 out of the 5 in the pics are definitely Car Shoe…Tod’s copied them a couple of seasons ago after the huge success they had especially in Milan after the Via Della Spiga Car Shoe Store opening…and after Italians found out that JFK and “l’Avvocato” Agnelli (a master in class) were the biggest estimators the 100% hand made italian mocassini…
indeed, by the colour of the mocs these pics seem to have been taken in Florence: purple being the colour of the local football squad (Fiorentina). The nickname of the squad is Viola, which is also the name for the colour.
p.s.: the owner of the club, by the way, is the owner of Tod’s….
Lovely shoes… It will probably take one week for Zara to have them on display -for good and for bad…
Anyway, what is really interesting about all this, is how the discussion in the blog goes straight to the heart of fashion and reveals its contradictions: people who want the shoes have recently expressed (in the discussion about men’s accessories) how important it is to tell something personal about yourself by not following the dictates of fashion. Well… I guess it is all a matter of timing, isn’t it?
Very conventional but nicely put together outfits with the one “humorous” touch. I particularly like the low waistline on the first gentleman. But this most reminds me of PG Wodehouse and Jeeves. Hehemm, you’re not planning on wearing that in public, sir?
the man at the bottom looks elegant but the top man looks awkward. Secondly, the effect is much less stunning when the shoes are everywhere..more on the tacky side..reminiscent of the italian orange pants.
yes yes yes. regal-purple suede, seasonless and classic. i would snap them them up in an instant. these, and band of outsiders’ collab with sperry, are why i wish i was 1) a man or 2) had man-sized feet.
My goodness are these hot..I’m not even a huge fan of purple (I’m more a fan of red), but the rich, regal shade of these loafers is phenomenal regardless of the outfit. This shade really is the new black! Wish I was a guy…
They work with chino’s in the top photo but the jacket is not right, it doesn’t tie back in which is needed. These would look best with a causal suit. Various greys or a khaki colored suit. They do look good with the white jeans but what’s on top?
I’ve always thought purple is a great colour to incorporate in a look. Be it hair-stripes on a shirt, or a pocket square. But these mocassins really aren’t working for me. In the first picture, he’s bringing out some very olive-tones, and the purple really clashes, in the last picture the purple is just too loud for the light tones he has, at least in something as prominent as shoes. I can see purple mocs working, but I don’t see them working in these outfits.
Purple moccasins! This is the meeting place for so many (fortunate or unfortunate) trends: the rise of JCrew style-loafers–see their mass production at Urban Outfitters these days–strange fabrics & colors, and the sporadic (and typically over the top) appeal of Native American-influenced clothing. Strange and interesting!
This stunning man just proves one doesn’t have to wear a three piece suit to rock a pocket square. This outfit is put together so well. And his slippers just tops off his gorgeous look. Very daring! Not all people like to match their belt with their shoes. touche my friend, touche.