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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.