Ted Baker Siblac Review

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Whether you’re eighteen or ninety-eight, you can appreciate all there is to love about a classic loafer. Some people get a moccasin confused with a loafer, but they are two different styles. A moccasin is constructed from a single leather piece that makes up the sole and the sides and is then stitched at the top to join it all together. They also typically have laces, if even just for decoration. A loafer, however, does not have laces and have a sole that is separate from the upper material.

Loafers, also commonly called slip-on or open shoes, got their start in the 1930s in Norway. They started out as a casual shoe but went on to gain popularity and become more of a formal shoe. They often feature tassels on the top of the upper, where the laces would be, for aesthetics. Ted Baker’s Siblac loafer is polished and elegant and will add the perfect amount of finesse to anything you pair it with. Smooth, one hundred percent bovine suede and the ease of a slip-on design grant instantaneous sophistication. Ninety percent of the inside of the loafer is not lined (leaving the suede palpable), with ten percent being lined in caprine suede to protect your feet from any seams.

The outsole is made of twenty-five percent bovine leather and seventy-five percent rubber and features a stacked heel. There is a padded footbed to keep you comfortable throughout the day. If you have any kind of foot problems, consider adding another cushioned insole. This loafer comes in sizes seven through thirteen and a half. Whole and half sizes available throughout. Medium width is the only width available. The color options are tan, black, and dark red.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable
  • Trusted brand
Cons
  • Slightly expensive
  • No adjustment tools
Brand

Brand

Ted Baker went on a fishing trip in 1987 without knowing that it was during this trip he’d have the idea to create a global brand. Glasgow, Scotland housed the first store which opened its doors in 1988. In 1990, the company was bought outright by Goldberg and Sons. Ted Baker was popping up in London, Soho, and Nottingham by 1993. The company also officially became privately owned that year.

Ted Baker Lite and Ted Baker Woman were brought to the company inventory in 1995. 1996 is the year that wholesale got off to a running start in the United States. Another new line was also launched that year, called Teddy Boy. Ted Baker finally created a website, joining the world wide web in 1998. New York City was graced with the first American standalone store for Ted Baker. 1998 also brought the unveiling of the Underwear and Skinwear lines.

2000 was the year that finally saw Ted Baker come out with its Footwear line, as well as the Teddy Girl line. In 2001, Sunglasses and Eyewear joined. Ted expanded his reach into New Zealand and Australia in 2004. And in 2006, Ted Baker became the official supplier of the Qantas Socceroos’ suit that would be worn to the World Cup. In 2007, Ted yet again broadened its horizons by creating a line for jewelry as well as a couple of mobile phones. The phones were named The Needle and The Button.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Siblac loafer does resemble that of a moccasin. However, there are no laces, and the upper does not extend to the sole. The sides and the top are stitched together similarly to a moccasin, and that is what gives them a familiar appearance.

The brilliantly smooth, one hundred percent bovine suede is perhaps the most captivating thing about this shoe, but suede does have some disadvantages among the advantages. Suede is made by mechanically removing a layer from split leather during one of the stages of preparation.

Suede still has the leather-unique ability to wick up moisture and proceed to expel that moisture as vapor, with the added benefit of more breathability. Suede is much more susceptible to stains. If you choose to spray a protective layer on the upper, you will improve the long-term look and durability of the suede, but you will put a damper on the ability to expel vapor. This is not a dramatic enough difference, though, that the breathability isn’t still much higher than artificial leather.
Lining

Lining

Shoes without lining are becoming more of a popular thing these days. The Siblac is ninety percent unlined. The ten percent that is lined to protect your feet from seams and irritation is caprine suede. There are some benefits to wearing shoes without lining. However, there are drawbacks as well.

Unlined shoes will give you a more comfortable, soft feel right off the bat. They will keep your feet cooler because they allow more airflow as well. If you choose to wear shoes without socks, it is reported to be more comfortable when the material against your skin is roughened. With leather lining, your feet can sometimes seem to stick to the material. Unlined shoes can give you a casual, relaxed feel.

The big drawback to an unlined shoe is that the lifespan will be significantly short than that of a lined shoe. This is to be expected though if you think about it. You’re missing an entire layer of material that would normally have to be worn through before the underneath of the upper material could get a chance to wear out.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of any shoe is important. You’ll want certain materials for certain purposes. Dressier shoes most often have thin leather soles because they want to look more sleek and formal and don’t need all of the traction and protection of rubber. Casual and active footwear typically have bulkier, lugged or grooved, rubber soles. This is because they will be worn in more rugged environments, active situations.

Loafers sit somewhere in the middle of formal and casual wear. So it makes sense that this pair has a sole that is made seventy-five percent of rubber and twenty-five percent bovine leather. The leather runs along the edge the entire way around the shoe. This keeps the appearance to onlookers look as though the soles are entirely leather. The heel is stacked leather with a layer of rubber on the bottom for better grip.
The stacked heel is simply for aesthetics. It is also called a built heel. It is meant to resemble layers of materials, such as wood, laid on top of one another to create a heel.
Airflow

Airflow

Whether it’s spring, summer, or fall, you’re going to want shoes that have some airflow. Even in chilly weather, your feet have the potential to produce sweat. If that sweat has nowhere to go or your feet can’t breathe at all, you’re going to end up walking around in a puddle of your own sweat and that will cause breakdown and irritation to your skin as well as creating bacteria which will then cause bad foot health. So it is very important to consider breathability in a shoe before purchasing it.

Because suede is leather, it still has the unique ability to absorb moisture and then expel it as vapor. The added benefit of suede is that it is even more breathable because it is missing a layer of the hide and is more porous. The fact that these loafers are unlined just helps the suede do its job even better.
Comfort

Comfort

I don’t know about you, but I want to go about my day without ever having to stop and take a break because my feet are throbbing. I don’t care if it’s five minutes or five hours, I expect to stay comfortable enough in my shoes that I’m able to focus on what’s happening around me.

There are many features of a loafer in general, and of this one specifically, that will offer comfort. Typically, any slip-on shoe is going to feel more natural and comfortable as soon as you step into it. Some, however, are not designed to keep you comfortable once you’ve been in them for a few minutes.

The soft suede upper will have some flexibility and will conform to the shape of your foot over time, giving you lasting comfort like a time-release capsule of Tylenol. Being unlined, the other side of the suede is going to be exposed to your foot. This will be soft, yes, but it will also allow the suede to keep your feet dry and cool with more success than having to go through another layer of material.

The cushioned footbed will give you a bit of extra support and comfort. However, if you’re somebody who struggles with foot pain or disease at all, you may want to consider purchasing an additional insole geared specifically towards your problem areas.
Fit

Fit

One major contributor to how your feet are going to feel at the beginning, middle, and end of your day is the way that the shoe fits. If it’s not a secure fit, or if it is too snug, your feet are going to be sore and tired. Loose shoes make you work to keep them on and keep them from sliding around too much. This causes your feet extra stress and fatigue that it is not necessary at all. Having shoes that are too snug are going to cause you pain every time you take a step because they will be unable to naturally move with the curves of your feet.

Having the option for adjustability is ideal for achieving the perfect amount of snugness in your shoe. However, loafers don’t typically have any kind of laces or adjustable straps. Such is the case with the Siblac. Therefore, it is up to you to know your own feet and what you’ll need to do. If you have narrow feet you should have no trouble with your typical size. If you usually order a half-size smaller to compensate, then stick to that. And if you have wide feet, consider ordering a half or a whole size up.
Durability

Durability

While suede is more susceptible to stains, it is still a durable leather. It will still last you a good many years if you take care of it properly and gently use it. You’ll want to invest in suede cleaning products and a soft brush to work the dirt and debris out of the material. It is smart to have a set routine of daily or occasional spot cleaning along with a routine for deep cleans.

The resistance to abrasions and punctures is what you’ll really like. And it will keep your shoes alive longer. Abrasions are harder to spot on suede because it is more “furry” than full-grain leather. Therefore it’s easier to hide or buff out the small knicks.
Being an unlined shoe, it only makes sense that it will wear out quicker than shoes with additional lining inside. It’s one less layer to wear out. Therefore, the suede upper will wear out quicker on the inside than it typically would.

Incorporating both rubber and leather into the outsole, and making seventy-five percent of its rubber, was a smart move by Ted Baker. The leather keeps the appearance on the formal side, while the rubber provides you with support, stability, protection, and grip.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

No matter where you come from or what your typical style is, it’s useful for any man to own a pair of loafers. You never know when an event might pop up that calls for a bit more of a dressy look and you’ll be wishing you had a pair of easy, comfortable, dressier shoes. Why not buy a pair now and keep them in the closet for emergency use? Or maybe you’ll find you love them and you’ll look for excuses to wear them.

With the breathability from the suede material and the shoe being unlined, you can rest assured that your feet will be able to beat the heat. The soft suede, padded footbed, and flexible, supportive rubber/leather outsole are going to give you comfort, stability, and protection.

They may seem a bit on the expensive side, but you’re paying for quality materials and a versatile shoe that is going to last for years to come.