Object of Affection: Real Loafers

I’ve owned a few pairs of shoes in my day. But this month, I’m especially, particularly, unusually excited about a pair that’ll be arriving any day now—and I’m ready to declare that everyone needs to own these.

I’m waiting for my new loafers.

Nothing resembling these, though.

These instead—shiny old school penny loafers. Ancestors of the style G.H. Bass first made in 1936, inspired by the footwear of some hardy Norwegian farmers (hence the name “Weejuns”).

Though mine are coming from Cole Haan… And I opted for the classic cordovan color.

Good enough for Grace and Kate? Good enough for me. I’ll even put a penny in ‘em.


About Cindy Wall

Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot”—i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music, and bullish on local eating and shopping. And she’s recently re-reved her blog, Paris State of Mind, where she writes about all things French.

Cindy shares an object of her affection with readers weekly.






How To Wear It: Loeffler Randal Oxford

Giving your feet a break every now and then from those sky high heels doesn't mean sneakers are your only option. The newest crop of flats, like these metallic oxfords from Loeffler Randall, have us wanting to wear flats every day. Here's how Mizzie, Sierra from The Lookbook and I would style them.  

Loeffler Randall Joanna Welted Oxford

Loeffler Randall Joanna Welted Oxford by stellashops featuring mid heel shoes

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Here's how Mizzie styled them. Shop the look on her site.

Head over to The Lookbook to see more from Sierra.

How To Wear It: Topshop Petite Stud Peplum Blouse

Topshop's Petite Stud Peplum Blouse is tough and sweet. Here is how Sierra from The Lookbook and I styled it. If you're in Nashville, you could be in luck. I found the Seychelles black leather booties used in my set in the sale room at Posh in Hillsboro Village for $43! The 9.5 are now in my closet, but there are a lot of other sizes left. That sale room is packed!

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How To Wear It: Luichiny Van Buren Platform Heels

The Van Buren platform by Luichiny ($87) is an affordable way to add a black platform into your fall wardrobe. Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled around this versatile shoe. To see how I styled it, visit my Pinterest page.

How To Wear It - Shoemint Esther Leopard Print Bootie

If you've looked at any September issues yet, you'll see that leopard print and leather aren't going anywhere. And if you haven't checked out Shoemint yet, you're missing out. A collaboration between actress Rachel Bilson, stylist Nicole Chavez, and shoe manufacturer Steve Madden, this is the place to go for on trend shoes at an affordable price ($79.98). I've got to get my hands on the Sidney, but for this week's How To Wear It, Sierra from The Lookbook and I styled the Esther.  

Shoemint Esther Bootie

Chiffon top vj-style.com

AllSaints mini shorts allsaints.com

Marc jacobs clutch mytheresa.com

Wrap bracelet $55 - cureuk.com

Miss Selfridge ring missselfridge.com

Matte makeup $39 - debenhams.com

How To Wear It - Pour La Victoire Ciara Flatform

My Pour La Victoire platform wedges are some of my favorite shoes this season. The Lookbook's Fashion Friday featured Pour La Victoire's Ciara flatform. Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled them. Doesn't that Asos satchel in Mizzie's set look a bit like our recent Object of Affection, the Cambridge Satchel? So what do you think? Platform or Flatform?


French connection shopnchill.com

Jeans $31 - riverisland.com

Kelly Wearstler stackable ring $195 - net-a-porter.com

Mango cross necklace $23 - mango.com