Review | Jay Butler Shoes

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Jay Butler is the brainchild of Justin J. from popular menswear site The Fine Young Gentleman.  I have always been a fan of Justin’s, and I was excited when I had the opportunity to meet him during NYFW: Men.  We got to chatting and a pair of shoes was soon sent my way.

The Shipley Tie Loafer in Navy Suede

The Shipley Tie Loafer in Navy Suede

Jay Butler represents a practical collection that combines a nice balance of design, craftsmanship, and affordability that seems to be missing in today’s men shoes scene.  The brand seems to be very much inspired by American prep, which is always welcome.  After pondering which design to go with, I went with the Shipley Tie Loafer in navy suede.  I have been in the market for a shoe-string-type loafer, and these were as good as they get with an even better price.

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Right out the box, I was impressed with what Justin has accomplished with his product.  The shoes were sturdy and well-crafted with a rough suede that seems built to last.  They feature a suede upper, Blake Stitched leather outsole, hand sewn upper, fully lined in leather, and a padded insole with arch support (very comfy!).  They seem to fit true to size and wear extremely well right out the box.

The Black Stitch

The Black Stitch

Another one of the positives for me was the variety of options that Jay Butler offers.  With a variety of leathers (including crocodile and ostrich for a premium) and suedes, there is a little something for everyone from the most conservative of dressers to the dandy in some of us.  Beyond the shoes, Jay Butler also offers a variety of leather goods – the change tray being the only piece I’ve seen in person – which also seem to be right on par with what they are doing with the shoes.

Leather Padded Insole

Leather Padded Insole

Bottom line, Justin definitely has a winner with the Jay Butler brand, and it is clearly paying dividends for him.  Jay Butler has teamed up with juggernauts like GQ, Bloomingdale’s, and Indochino just to name a few.  I am definitely impressed with my shoes from Jay Butler, and I see nothing but continued success for the brand as it continues to grow.

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I want to thank Justin for giving me the opportunity to take these bad boys for a spin, and I look forward to picking up another pair in the near future. Be sure to check out the complete collection HERE.

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Disclaimer:  These shoes were a gift, but no review was expected in return.  I do my best to relay my honest opinions and thoughts for the benefit of the readers.  Thank you.