what happened to Bass Weejuns?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by davestlouis, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. davestlouis

    davestlouis Practically Family

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    I can't seem to find a decent version of the classic Bass Weejun penny loafer. Bass only makes crappy-looking imports now, Cole-Haan loafers self-destruct when I wear them, and I can't stomach the thought of spending $500 on Alden LHS shoes. Does anybody make a good quality, traditional loafer with leather sole at a reasonable price point?

    I was at a Value Village in Florissant MO the other day, and they had tons of Dexter, Cole-Haan and Bass loafers from what I took to be the 80s and early 90s (too small for me), and I was struck by how well made they look. The Cole-Haan's even said something like proudly made in Maine, USA, on the inside.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Yes... with the exception of their new premium line which is made in Maine. They retail for $300.

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  5. davestlouis

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    Wow, for $300 they had better be nice. I'd be more inclined to just get AE's and be done with it for that kind of money.
     
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    Lots of NIB AE on eBay at substantial discount. ;)
     
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    I do "do" ebay...I got burned on a couple of purchases several years ago, and the 'bay was no help at all.
     
  8. Forrestal

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    Davestlouis,
    I used to go to Boyd's on Forsythe in Clayton, to get my Weejuns.
    I can remember paying $19.95 a pair.....but that was in 1966,
    Too bad Boyd's is out of business.
    There is a Bass outlet store in Sikeston, Missouri. They should have them; I can't speak to their quality though.
    Just FYI,
    Forrestal
     
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    The closest that I have found are Brooks Brothers' loafers
     
  10. davestlouis

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    Forrestal, I used to go to Boyd's clearance section in that store, they called it "Boyd's Subway", in the 80s, got AE wingtips on sale. Hell, I had a Boyd's charge when I was in college at St Louis U. I seem to recall that Bass had gone to the 1/2 leather 1/2 rubber heel top lift in the early 80s, prior to that I think it was mostly leather with a round rubber plug toward the back, offset to one side, to absorb wear. Anyway, I seem to recall spending $50 or a smidge more for Weejuns in the mid 80s.

    There's a Bass outlet in Warrenton MO, about 20 minutes west of me, but they only carry el-cheapo crap shoes. Guess I'm going to have to just buck up and spend a couple hundred dollars on loafers. I feel a little funny spending goo-gobs of money on shoes that I'll just beat up and throw away. At least with proper dress shoes I'll have them for years and mainly wear them at the funeral home when I'm working.
     
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    Weejuns are resolable, you don't need to throw them away.
     
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    The uppers always fell apart on me after the original, or perhaps one replacement. The newer ones are definitely throw-aways, just like the Cole-Haans with the thin soles and low heels.
     
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    I picked up a pair second hand that ive been wearing for years, great shoes. My last semester of college there was a fellow who's only pair of shoes was an absolutely beat pair of Weejuns, after a couple weeks i couldn't bear it any longer, I brought my shoe shine kit to class and taught him how to use it. I explained how long the style had been around and how they dont make quality shoes like they used to, how they can be resoled if they wear out, and how much a new pair would cost if he could find them. I dont know if i came across as helpful or insane.
     
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    I get tempted to do that on occasion, but nobody else seems to wear decent shoes where I go to school. Even the few guys who wear suits on a regular basis wear rather crappy shoes. Of course, my "kit" is a brush for cleaning the shoe, a can of saddle soap, a tin of neutral polish, and a few rags.

    I wear my weejuns a lot, and they're always shined. Mailed off for resoling today as a matter of fact. Mine aren't anything special- Dominican made, got them in a rush before an event 6 years ago when I was dressing up for something and my mom realized I didn't have real dress shoes an hour before the event. They were what the store had in my size, and I've been wearing them off and on for years. Recently, very much on.
     
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