Ivy Trendwatch: Leffot’s “Ivy” Venetian Loafer

“Take Ivy” inspires once again, this time New York shoe shop Leffot, which has unveiled its $625 cordovan Venetian loafer with direct reference to the former cult book that’s soon to be ubiquitous.

Made in Maine, the “Ivy” loafer comes in unlined cordovan and four color choices.

If you like the look of the Venetian but balk at the price, check out Bass’ version for $125.

Personally I’ve never much cared for the Venetian. It looks like a face that’s missing the eyes, nose and mouth — in other words, all the things that make a face a face.

Oh, and a dimple, too. — CC

11 Comments on "Ivy Trendwatch: Leffot’s “Ivy” Venetian Loafer"

  1. For my tastes, these are a little too late-1990’s minimalist, the uninterrupted wall of leather drains them of their classic character… but I suppose that’s what some fellows are looking for.

  2. Richard M | June 4, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    Ugly shoe, uglier price.

  3. Funny how one’s taste in footwear can have trends, too.

    Many of my nice shoes, especially those bought 20+ years ago, have brougueing and/or pinking, and most of my tassel loafers are kilties.

    Then, I got into a more minimalist phase, and actually owned a pair of Venetians.

    Can’t imagine owning a pair now, though. Too blah.

  4. Will Dittner | June 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

    I could not agree with you more. They look like a pair of unfinished shoes.

  5. Christian | June 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    Not sure what’s worse, Henry, the Venetian or kilties.

  6. Nic d'Landon | June 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm |

    I’ll stick with my Weejuns and Clarks.

  7. Har! Tassel kilties, actually. To my eye, tassels without kilties underneath them lack something.

    Although I have kiltie-less tassel loafers (bought in a moment of weakness), I wouldn’t wear a pair of tassel-less kiltie loafers. (“Hey, buddy! You forgot to take your golf shoes off!”)

  8. To me they look like tassel loafers that have lost their tassels. But to each his own.

  9. Wore them, but not anywhere near that price, all through high school in the late 60’s. It was my little bit of rebellion against the Weejun!

  10. I like the Venetian loafer.

  11. I agree with Jovan. I like Venetian loafers – versatile and very 60’s rad.

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