Russell & Bromley is a brand that is difficult for me to get my hands on because they don’t ship to the U.S. I was thrilled to find an eBay seller who was selling a pair of the Chester loafers, and for a fairly reasonable price at that.
I took a chance and ordered them.
The shoes arrived in the R&B box, wrapped in tissue paper with inserts in each shoe to shape the front. There was a dustbag on top of the shoes, neatly folded.
The shoes have a leather lining, leather sole lined with rubber, and nubuck.
I wore these for 12 hours straight. The first 8 hours were fine on my feet. After that, my feet hurt a lot. When I got home, I took them off and pressed my fingers on the insoles. They did not give under the pressure and remained stiff. This means I was walking on stiff leather for hours.
The shoes were comfortable to wear for 8 hours. If you would like to buy these, I advise that you wear them for that time frame or less. These are great shoes for wearing on the weekends to run errands, go shopping or attend a barbecue. Casual events that require little to moderate walking.
I’ll keep these for the aforementioned activities I can do while wearing them. I was planning on purchasing the Pinpoint Courts in Red but I think I’ll skip them. If the loafers hurt my feet I imagine the heels would be worse.
I paid $200 for these. On the company’s website they are £185.