From the top it looks perfect. The toe is long but not too pointy, the stitching is placed at the perfect distance from where the leather meets the sole, and the strap and buckle detailing gives it plenty of character.
But is it too “metro” looking?
Remember the metro-sexual craze of the mid 2000’s? Thankfully, the leather on this slip-on by Guess isn’t stamped with some sort of obnoxious detailing or winged pattern. There were a few years there where you couldn’t find a modern shoe that didn’t look like it had been attacked by the hood of a trans am. This loafer looks like a blank canvas for some of that stuff, but it escaped unscathed.
The only detailing hiccup is the Guess stamped “buckle” over the strap. That might be too much. But it’s really all about what you wear with them. Wear them sockless, with an affordable gray summer suit, white shirt and simple tie, and they’ll look great. Put on some distressed jeans and a white club shirt and you’ll look like a member of Jersey Shore.
(So would you wear them? Or is that buckle a deal breaker for you?)