Product Review: The Jay Butler Horsebit Loafer
A few months ago you were introduce to the brand, Jay Butler per a “Brands To Watch” feature. During the early phases, Jay Butler only released small leather goods like card cases, wallets, key ring and valets. Just over a month ago, the brand finally dropped its much awaited footwear collection. Consisting of leather & suede loafers (drivers, horse bit & moccasins), Jay Butler had its eyes on spring.
I was able to grab a couple of pair of the Millbank Bit Loafer for review.
When loafers start popping up in every clothing brands advertisement, it’s a true sign of warm weather days to come. Being that loafers are my preferred style of shoe to wear almost all year, I decided to take a stab at the Millbank Bit Loafer from Jay Butler’s debut collection. Here’s a full run down of what I think about the shoes.
- The calf leather is soft, and yet, the construction is rigid. This rigidity gives the shoe some solid structure
- The arch support is surprisingly substantial
- They’re hand constructed and the sole are Blake Welted (you can have these kicks resoled)
- The horse bit provides enough metallic pop to break up the monotony of leather (or suede)
- They style perfectly with casual pieces like denim or chinos
- At $175, the price isn’t outrageous for the quality of the product (the Millbank Loafer is $175, prices vary for other items)
- The vamp of the is shorter than expected. The vamp is the top portion of shoe (from the toe box back). It measures 5 inches from the toe to the end of the vamp. With an extra .5 inch added the shoe would be damn near perfect. Not so much of your sock/foot would show, but, they’d still have a fair amount of breathing room.
- The heel stack is a little short. These shoes are advertised as a casual loafer, which is why the short heel stack is in place. With a .25 inch added to the heel, these shoes would hit perfection.
Based on the pros these shoes are deserving of an A grade, however; when you factor in two cons the final grade of the Millbank Bit Loafer by Jay Butler is a B. The two changes would make these already beautiful shoe a bit more aesthetically pleasing.
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Like what you see or have questions about these shoes? Leave your comments below! Visit www.JayButler.com to check out the full collection.
Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele