I was getting a shoe shine a few weeks back over by Grand Central and happened to notice a gentleman wearing an alternate version of my beloved butterfly loafers. I had never seen this version before. The only other version I remember seeing has been at Alan Flusser Custom Shop, but those were more similar to the Poulson Skoane/New & Lingwood version that I have. These were different.
I immediately inquired with the gentleman as to who made them and where he got them. He kindly replied that he got them at Paul Stuart a few years back. I was not surprised, as Paul Stuart has made it a habit of doing things right. Given what I know I would guess that the shoe was made by Grenson, who I know at least currently makes all of Paul Stuart’s English made shoes. But I could be wrong about them making these. Regardless of the maker, it is a nice shoe. I do not like it as much as the Poulson Skoane/New & Lingwood version but I certainly cannot knock this gentleman for wearing them, well done.