Style watch: Penny loafers

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It’s time to dig out your old penny loafers as this classic shoe is beginning to make a bit of a comeback.

In 1934 George Henry Bass (a boot maker in Wilton, Maine) started making loafers and called them Weejuns (meant to sound like Norwegian). These had a strap across the upper part of the vamp that was shaped like a pair of lips. The mouth opening soon was used to hold an ornament (such as a penny), and thus penny loafers became a style. Penny loafers often held a dime instead of a penny.

These days the penny loafer, just like the oxford, has gone through a high-fashion transformation and can be worn with nearly anything in your existing wardrobe.

Check out the gallery below with a few of our favourite loafers.

Stockholm Loafers by Kurt Geiger

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These blue Stockholm Loafers by Kurt Geiger are currently on sale for £88.99 from Liberty of London