As promised, a little more information on the Everlane Loafers. I bought these a couple of months ago. I had a nice credit from Everlane due to a SNAFU on their part regarding an order I made over a year ago, and these loafers have sat in my shopping bag for months. Literally.
I loved them, but I was terrified to buy them.
What tipped the scales for me in the end was that Everlane allows Canadians to return items with only a $5 surcharge. I have paid way more over the years to return things to J Crew, and I have to say, I was impressed that they charge so little.
I also had a long email exchange with one of Everlane's lovely staff people, trying to determine what the correct size would be as patent loafers are considerably stiffer than plain leather.
I had contemplated going up a 1/2 size, from the 6H to 7. In the end, the staff person convinced me to go with my usual size and they were right.
My point of comparison is an old pair of black patent Cole Haan loafers that I have practically worn to death.
As you can see above, the Cole Haans are wider, but that is probably because they are now 5 years old! They have a square toe box, which I think makes them a wee more comfy than the Everlane loafers, but honestly only a wee bit.
The fact is, my toes stop at about the same place on both shoes. my left foot, which is about 6 3/4 (ack!) is definitely more pinched than the right shoe, which feels as comfortable as my right shoe on the cole haans.
My sense is that order up a half size might make them too loose at the heel, which is a regular problem for me - I tend to "walk out of" shoes. I have worn these about 5 times, and I feel they are loosening up slightly, so I suspect by fall, when I am wearing them with light socks, they will be as comfy as the cole haans.
What they have in spades is looks. They are so pretty!
I plan to buy a navy pair sometime in the next year, having expended all of my summer wardrobe $ on my recent gold skirt purchase, but I really recommend these loafers! As the images on their website and other blogs show, they can be styled multiple ways:
Hope this helps some of you who have been wondering whether or not these were worth getting!