Picture this, a look that is finished with a timeless and classic accessory, one that works for any gender at any age, that will comfortably get you from point A to point B and has an incredibly interesting history. A penny for your thoughts, what could it be? Well, did you catch that shiny little clue?! This preppy accessory is none other than the penny loafer. A look I have been rocking since my early days in Catholic school uniforms and one I am still proud to wear. Loafers are nostalgic, conjuring images of eras gone by – simpler times in fashion and simpler times in life.
Did you know the loafer originated in Northern Europe in the 1930’s; a blend of a fisherman’s shoe and a classic moccasin. It became know as a Bass Weejun. Popularity in national publications inspired the look to become a fashion item and it was introduced to America by the Spaulding company, who branded it “The Loafer.” In the 1950’s the Weejun, or loafer, became popular with young American men and students. It became common to put a dime or a penny in the slot of the loafer, branding the term Penny Loafer, which we all know today. It’s fun to know where the shoes on your feet come from, isn’t it?!
Outside of their storied past, loafers, whether they have shiny pennies in them or not, should be a staple in everyone’s closet. And I mean everyone! They are a nice dress shoe, while at the same time a perfect casual shoe. It’s all about how you style them, because like with all fashion, you can make it yours! A classic tan leather loafer will go with anything, but you can get bold and go for color too (I have a lime green pair as well). Pair your loafers with jeans and white button down (man or woman, boy or girl), or maybe an eyelet skirt and ruffled blouse, like I did with this look. They’re comfortable and chic all at once, and after all, that is what style and fashion should be!
A brand that is synonymous with loafers today is Sperry. What I love about their loafers (featured in my comfy shoe post too) is that they have the classic options, but they have the fun and funky ones too. These are shoes that are inspired by tradition, but put a fresh new twist on it – another fashion rule to follow!
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