Getting a pair of suede shoes has been on my mind for some time now. Suede is soft and therefore comfortable. It still looks great even when a little beat up. With those qualities I decided to pick up the Carmina Hawthorne navy suede penny loafers from Epaulet New York. I had some concerns with the sizing so I contacted Mike and he told me to size down to UK 9 (for reference I wear a UK 9.5 on my Carmina dub monks on the Inca last). The sizing advice he give was spot on and the shoe fits like a glove. The Xim last is perfect for my slightly wide feet and somewhat low arch as opposed to the Uetam last which fits slim and gapes around my arch.
The true moccasin construction makes for a very comfortable shoe and the fine-grain French suede looks fantastic in person. This collaboration with Epaulet New York has three features. First, the leather liner extends throughout the entire shoe making them great to wear sockless. Second, there is an additional layer of leather in the sole. It’s great to have but I covered it with a sole protector anyway. Third, there is a thin strip of suede to cover the seam of the moccasin that gives it a clean and polished look.
I’ve been using these for about three weeks now and have become my go-to pair of shoes during the weekend pairing nicely with jeans and chinos. It’s been raining a lot lately so I applied Tarrago Protector to make the suede water repellant. It has stood up quite well in mild showers and, yes, they still look great. This is another great shoe collaboration from Carmina and Epaulet New York.