Best Value (~$200) Bit Loafers?

Any suggestions for good quality brown bit loafers around $200? I love the Gucci and Ferragamo styles, but I'd like to get a similar look for less. I've ordered and returned a few pairs at this point (Mezlan, Magnanni, Cole Haan) and can't find exactly what I want.

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Aug 24, 2018

Meermin ($175)

Edit: They also have a NYC store if you're there. I've only had good experience with Meermin, probably the best bang for the buck shoes around, if you also factor in their sleek lasts.

Would I buy Allen Edmonds, Carmina, Crockett & Jones, etc. over them? On sale, sure. but if you need some affordable shoe with classic construction, sleek lasts, and decent materials, give Meermin a try.

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Aug 31, 2018

Thanks for the suggestion, and I really like the look of those. Unfortunately it looks like they only come in black.

Sep 13, 2018

Meermin are magical, best shoes I've bought. Hands down! Carmina is also good, looking to buy some of those later on.

Sep 13, 2018

How does Meermin leather feels, do they get better with age? Been looking for a new pair.

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Sep 24, 2018

They do get better with age. Initially they'll tear the fook out of your heels but you can break them in easily. Make sure to condition and maintain the leather and you're good. The shoes are also good year which is a pretty good bang for your buck. If you can, visit a store in person and try them on.

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Oct 10, 2018

second meermin, very stylish but big break in time. Also second Carmina, but that's double the price.

Aug 24, 2018

Do yourself a favor and go with Allen Edmonds. Great quality shoes. You can look for factory seconds as well, which are much cheaper and you can hardly tell there are any blemishes on them.

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/loafers-slip-ons/

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Aug 24, 2018

I'd wait until they go on sale though. Usually in the spring they do a massive sale and you can pick up the (non factory seconds) bit loafers for around $200 IIRC

Aug 24, 2018

You are right, they do have a huge fathers day sale generally which is pretty damn good.

Aug 31, 2018

Appreciate the suggestion. I tried on some Verona IIs at my local AE store and really liked them. I'll be on the lookout for a sale.

Sep 12, 2018
UnbalancedSheet:

Do yourself a favor and go with Allen Edmonds. Great quality shoes. You can look for factory seconds as well, which are much cheaper and you can hardly tell there are any blemishes on them.

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/loafers-slip-ons/

+1 on factory seconds from AE

Sep 12, 2018

Where can you get factory seconds? Thank you

Sep 12, 2018

You can get them online

https://www.allenedmonds.com/factory-second-shoes/
The advantage of going in store is that you can look at the condition before purchasing.

Sep 13, 2018

Have a look at Ebay for Allen Edmonds. A lot of shoes on there that are factory seconds or new.

Sep 13, 2018

Allen Edmond has factory second and sales going on right now IIRC.

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Aug 24, 2018

If you can afford Deal Sledz, don't buy Deal Sledz.. seriously nothing worse than that

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Aug 31, 2018

Why monkey shit? they're called deal sledz for a reason. Sledz are for closers

Aug 31, 2018

I didn't give the MS, but Ferragamo/Gucci are too flashy for my office and industry IMO (RE Development)

Sep 8, 2018

Jay Butler's are solid and just south of $200, but the dude who said to get AE and just pay the extra bucks for quality is spot on. I do like JB's as weekend sleds tho

Sep 12, 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Cole-Haan-Ascot-Loafer-Brow...
Cole Haan makes a great knockoff of the AE/Gucci bit loafers. They stopped selling them online it seems but you can still pick up a pair from Amazon for $120. I wear them on days when it may rain or when I plan on trekking through the city on the weekends.

Sep 12, 2018

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Sep 12, 2018

bit loafers are back office
its all about tassles my dude

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Sep 13, 2018

I thought the whole point of deal sleds was bragging about how much you spent on them?

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Sep 13, 2018
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Sep 28, 2018
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