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.
Swanley Penny Loafers by Church's
By Laura | January 11th, 2011