Leather shoes hold the possibility of stretching and molding like a second skin to your foot. This year more than any other, I’ve tried to invest in quality over quantity and then wait out the “breaking-in” period when tight leather shoes can resemble a torture chamber. I’ve consistently found by paying attention to the sizing advice of reviewers and brands and gradually breaking in my leather shoes, that my shoe closet has become chock full of my favorite shoes ever.
The Modern Loafer is no exception. I LOVE it. As soon as I tried it on over the summer, the pointy toe with hand-polished Italian leather and stacked leather heel won me over style-wise. It definitely elongates my legs and grounds any outfit firmly in tomboy cool. But the question remained, would they be comfortable? I started by wearing them in short increments – one hour, then two, then for an entire morning. I avoided any blisters, and the loafers have stretched and softened so much. Now I can wear them for a whole day walking without any issues. The heel adds a little height without any wobbliness. I ordered a half size up from my usual 7.5 at Everlane’s recommendation. The loafers do seem more geared for narrow feet, so keep that in mind. I chose the black, but I just peeked back at all the color options and they’re all so good. I can tell this is a shoe that can stay in my closet for at least a decade.