Conor Oberst lounges backstage at San Francisco’s historic Fillmore theater in his Billy Reid D Ring loafers. Photo by Kate York
Well Worn gives our friends the chance to share the backstory of their special attachment to a favorite Billy Reid design. This week, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst recounts a vivid memory created while wearing his Billy Reid D Ring loafers. Having taken them on tour and worn them on stage for almost three years, the shoes have practically become an extension of his own feet, and are in dire need of new soles.
As an American singer-songwriter, Conor has been a force since the debut of his self-produced album Water, released on cassette tape in 1993. He’s been a member of several bands since then, though he is best known for his work under the name Bright Eyes and for numerous solo projects. Before his show last week at The Fillmore in San Francisco, we caught up with him backstage to hear a quick tale. He was clad in his D Ring loafers, of course.
As told to the Journal by Conor Oberst
These loafers are very, very comfortable, like slippers. I’ve worn them on tour for a long time. One day, we and the Dawes boys were in Spain, or something, at this weird festival and there were all these little horses down in this pasture. I wanted to pet one, so I hopped the fence and landed in a big pile of horse shit. I was wearing these shoes. We cleaned them off really well but there was a lot of mud and manure. They had to live in the bay of the bus for a few days. They actually don’t look that bad right now…
The Billy Reid D Ring loafers are no longer in production, but our current styles embody the very same, much-loved comfort and durability. Shop loafers and Oxfords here.