The Differences between Women’s Tassel Loafers, by IKON & DJ
We sell a lot of Tassel Loafers but we have two main types for women. IKON and DJ both produce a classic 70’s / Northern Soul / Ska loafer. Both brands are a good seller but have slight variations which I wanted to mention.
The Fit Out of the two shoes the IKON comes up smaller, and as you can see in the pic below, it is cut more for a smaller foot. We suggest the IKON for a slim foot, and the DJ for the wider foot.
The Styling Both shoes are very similar, The DJ has extra stitching on the back of the shoe; this is to make it easier to get the shoe on without the aid of a shoe horn.
The extra stitching on the side of the DJ shoe does make it stronger and less prone to coming off, but I think it would take some serious abuse for the stitching to fail.
One thing that is very hard to get over in the pictures is that the IKON does look daintier than the DJs. We have also noticed that the IKON loafers are very popular with teenagers when they see them.
The Leathers Both shoes are made from leathers and the Oxblood has the black shine to it. It looks like an old fashioned chair, like you would see in a nice hotel.
The Sole The DJ shoe has a full leather sole and the IKON has part rubber. The DJ is part rubber on the heel, whereas the IKON is full rubber.
Where are you going to wear them? If you are into northern soul and like sliding around the floor, the DJ brand is better for you. The IKON suits the SKA scene better as the rubber obviously makes the shoe a lot more stable.
If you are wearing them just to look good, then both are excellent value. IKON come in black and Oxblood, as do the DJs, although if you are a size 6/40 or above you can get various different leather styles and looks.
What to wear them with! There are many different looks that work with this style of shoes, jeans, tights, socks etc. Here are some pictures that we did a while back showing this.
I have seen a lady at a MOD do wearing the two tone ones. The outfit she combined them with was a classic 60s dress and white tights. The white of the tights blended well with the shoes, whereas a solid coloured shoe may have looked too stark.
Size matters! Both loafers grow with wearing and this is meant to happen. For the best fit, we advise that the shoes should be snug, not loose, when you first try them. The shoes will grow after about 5 hours of wear. We advise wearing thick socks, and spending some time (i.e. the night before) just sat watching TV for a while before going out in them.
Returns So you know we offer semi-free returns, meaning we will send 2 pairs for free. So try the first pair and if you don’t get on with them send them back and we will send out another. We will send to you for free, but you have to pay for the return to us.
We hope this helps, if you need any further assistance we are friendly people at Modshoes. Ring us on 01733 459976 and we will do our best to answer your questions.
I found myself asking that question 2 years. It wasn’t so much what was better, more why was one so much more money. Could it really be worth twice the price of the other.
On the net the photos were ok, but neither pair of the oxblood brogues had anything more than the technical data, i.e made of leather. There was no background, no reviews and certainly no comparisons. Hence why I started the website, but that’s another story.
What’s better ? Well in the video you can see there are differences, the Loake Royal is a more wide fitting shoe, and certainly the widest shoe we do. The DJ is narrow, and very snug on my wide feet.
The DJ is much almost chisel toed, and certainly has more of a skin, 70’s look about it. The DJ is advertised with yellow laces and again I feel this has a terrace skin feel.
The Loake Oxblood Brogue in comparison is a much more conservative shoe, and I would say better for more occasions. I have mentioned before that it works well with jeans and a suit. I have seen a guy dressed up very smart for Remembrance Day here in the UK with a pair.
The sole on the DJ upsetter was only leather till recently, DJ have now upgraded to Goodyear welted sole and changed the name slightly to the Royale. Both shoes have a very sturdy pair of soles. The Loake are worn by a business colleague and show very little form of wear, despite being worn every day.
The Loake has a slightly better looking leather and I would concede more consistent shoe, meaning the stiching and cut of the shoe is better. BUT is it £75 more better !
Well that’s for you to judge, I personally have a pair of Loakes, but would happily wear the DJ’s.
What I would suggest is how often you going to wear them? What you going to wear them with. What’s your budget. Once you have worked that out then choose a pair.
If you are young or cash is tight, then buy the DJs. They are half the price, which means you could then buy a pair of loafers another day. Meaning you get 2 pairs of decent shoes, for the same price as the Loakes.
On the other hand!
Buy the Loakes once, look after them and you are going to have a really decent pair of shoes for literally years, long after the thrill of a bargain has faded.
We often get asked which of our shoes are more suitable for the wider foot. There are a few pairs which are more suited to the wider foot, and our research has found the following;.
Much of the MOD style is a narrow fit ,so someone looking for a ‘wide fitting shoe’ doesn’t have loads to choose from, but below we have put together a little list from our range.
A little bit of advice first
1. A lace up shoe is always going to be more accommodating
2. Suede stretches, Desert boots an obvious example
3. Get some shoe stretcher, and stretch the shoes when you are not wearing.
4. Good leather , with regular polishing, which absorbs the wax makes the leather moist and more likely to stretch.
5. And if needed go up a size.
6. Buy from someone that allows for returns !
The Widest Loafer & Widest shoe we sell.
The Rudeboy loafer is based on the 70’s/80’s tassel loafer. Very reminiscent of the Frank Wright. The shoe has a wide fit and suits those that need a bit more room. These shoes do stretch as well, with about 10 hours wear. Everyone that I have spoken to about them say that they feel nice from the word go.
If you could only have one pair of shoes for a wider foot , it is these. Available in Oxblood, Black and Brown. As well as the ACE loafer variation which has no feathers.
The Widest Brogue
The Loake Royal Brogue is a wide fitting shoe. Combined with Derby lacing this makes it more comfortable and ultimately adjustable to the foot. Loake do offer some shoes in different fittings. I would say that it is going to take a few wears to wear in. My advice is to get a shoe stretcher to help stretch the shoe when not wearing. These also keep the shoe in good shape in the box.
The Widest Desert Boot
My views on this are that soft suede stretches very well and accommodates the foot within just a few wears. We stock two types both of which are very similar. I would say the Delicious Junction are just that little bit wider.
Hope the above has helped out a little. If you have any experience of other shoe makes, please do let us know, as the point to the modshoes website is to gather as much info as possible.
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