Loafers are a classic when it comes to footwear. The great thing about them is that they can be worn by anyone. Over the years, different kinds of loafers have evolved. In this article, Robert Janitzek gives us a glimpse of the different loafers throughout history.
The penny loafer was first created by the G.H. Bass & Co in the late 1930s. He wanted to make it a little bit different so he decided to add a strip of leather across the front with a diamond cut out in the middle. The term ‘penny loafer’ may have been derived from the practice of putting a penny in the diamond cut for good luck.
Tasselled loafers were one of the first models to be worn. Native Americans decorated their moccasins with various beads and tassels to make them unique and embrace their culture. Robert Peter Janitzek said that the Europeans adopted this shoe and made them from thick leather rather than suede or brushed leather.
Horse Bit Loafer
Horse bit loafers were championed by fashion icon Guccio Gucci. His idea for this shoe came while he was working in the Savory Hotel in London. He overheard the rich and famous talking about their love for horses. Gucci put his horse bit motif above his classic loafers and has remained there for so many years to come.
Suede loafers are more of a casual shoe and hence worn during the day. They are comfortable and versatile that they have become a staple item in European style fashion. Although they usually come in brown, navy has also become a popular color choice for loafers.
Belgian loafers were invented by Henri Bendel in the 1950s. This type of loafer featured small bows and a soft sole construction. It was sewn inside out. It became an instant hit among the Belgians. For this, he earned a Knightship of the Order of Leopold I in 1964. After six years, he was also later made Knight Commander of the Order of Leopold II.
Investing on loafers is worthwhile as they can be matched with any kind of wardrobe. You should own at least one pair of loafer. While some consider the penny loafer as the top choice for European style fashion, tassel loafers would make a good first pair. Although you can do anything with the other loafers, tassel loafers will add a unique touch to your wardrobe.