In Person: The stand-out under $80 warm weather shoe

Versatile, surprisingly soft, and on sale.
Polo Ralph Lauren Terry Ribbon Driver – $69.20 w/ TWENTY & BOXES ($99)

*Code is good for 20% off site wide with a few exceptions at Piperlime.  Free shipping and free returns through them.  Code expires today.  And yes, these were going for 25% off not that long ago.
UPDATE:  Looks like you can stack a couple of codes here.  TWENTY takes 20% off, and BOXES takes an additional $10 off a purchase over $50.  Hat tip to Colin M for pointing that out in the comments.

More than a few of us need another pair of shoes like we need another hole in our heads.  But when it comes to warm weather, there’s some need for a pair petween lace-ups and classic American sneakers.  Some guys swear by boat shoes.  Some guys flip rules-snobs the bird and wear sandals.  Some wear penny loafers.  And then there’s these:

RL’s stand out driver.  Two colors at Piperlime.  A third at RL.  D-Rings are a brushed brass tone.

  • Do they play off the bright colors trend thing? – Yes
  • Yet at the same time do they keep it pretty subtle? – Yes
  • Are they comfortable? – Yes
  • Do they look slimmer compared to boat shoes and penny loafers? – Yes
  • Can they be worn casually, as well as dressed up with a light blazer? – Yes
  • Is the leather surprisingly supple for an under $100 shoe? – Yes
  • Are there any visible logos? – Unfortunately, yes… the back heel (below)
  • Do they claim to be “Crafted in Italy” like the Roderick Calf Driver originally did? – No.  They’re “imported.”  Made in China to be exact.  The Roderick Calf Driver now says “imported” too.  RL has been doing that lately.

At least it’s a blue on grey, so it doesn’t stand out too much from five or six feet up…