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For today's video, we selected two different styles of Weejuns. First is the Logan which is billed as the original style with a dyed edge leather sole and a flat strap across the vamp. For the Logan, we selected the medium brown leather that was most commonly seen in many vintage advertisements for Weejuns. The other style is the Larson in blue which features a natural colored leather sole and contrast stitching, as well as decorations on the side of the saddle strap, referred to in the loafer world as beefrolls. Both of these pairs retail on the Bass website for a price of 110 dollars. This is the standard price for most pairs of Weejuns although Bass does offer other styles for as little as 95 dollars and as much as 195. Both of the styles we selected today features smooth leather soles with rubber top lifts on the heels, as well as a handcrafted welt. As for the build quality of the shoes, they both seem fairly solid if somewhat unremarkable.
As for fit and comfort, both pairs fit true to size. I ordered an eight and a half in both and they're fairly comfortable out of the box. More comfortable and better fitting, in fact, than the dark oxblood penny loafers I recently ordered from Allen Edmonds. Because by nature, a loafer covers less of the foot however, fit will vary not only from brand to brand and style to style but indeed from pair to pair. In this case, both of the styles we ordered did fit me well. On the Bass web site, most models are offered in full and half sizes and some are also offered in wider widths, though not all.
All of this then brings us to our main question for today, do we think that a pair of Weejuns from G.H Bass and company are worth it?
While the brand has maintained its classic styles and also expanded into new territory, we think that the models of today are ultimately serviceable shoes. That is to say, they're certainly better than something like a cemented sole model you would get from a typical department store but there are also higher quality options out there. Something from Allen Edmonds in America, for instance, or a brand like Loake in England.
Generally then, we think that the $110 price point is just about right for a modern pair of Weejuns. If cared for properly, they could certainly last you for a handful of years and could be resold by a skilled cobbler, assuming you have leather soled models. Meanwhile, the $95 easy Weejuns give off the impression of being somewhat cheaper with features like a small tag on the side of the shoe and slightly chunkier rubber soles. And assuming the same general build quality, we'd say that the shoes at the higher end of the line are probably priced a bit higher than they're worth. It should be acknowledged, of course, that we've formed these impressions of the shoe after only having them for a short while and of course, to really get the full experience, you'd want to wear them for a longer period of time, at least a few months.