Instant Classic: The Loafer

Loafers were defined as cool, when Audrey Hepburn wore them with cigarette pants and a black turtleneck. Since then, a good pair of loafers define preppy weekend chic. The preppy loafer popularity is gaining momentum, a prep footwear staple, penny loafers were rocked by everyone  including celebrities choosing them to be their footwear style of choice. Putting a penny in them was optional …so were socks!

This is a subconscious desire to bring back the early eighties bull market era, and this is the reason you never throw out the trend as there is no denying that loafers are appearing on a diverse bunch of feet! Norwegian cattle farmers were the originally wearers in the 1930s, and then the moccasin-style shoes moved West with designer flourishes in the 1950s and ’60s: G.H. Bass’ penny slot and Gucci’s horse bit pushed the style further from its simple origins.

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The oh-so-trendy slipper flat lacks typical moccasin detailing, yet it’s described as a loafer. Penny loafers have a distinctive cut-out band across the top of the vamp. Some loafers have tassels or fringe, and some are heeled. Today’s pairs come slimmed down and buffed to a high-wattage shine, and can be spotted on casual-cool undergrads and street-style stars. Easily dressed up or down, you can pair your penny loafers with everything from jeans to dresses and  smart workwear for the office. Top with skinny suit and just beat it.

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Get the look from Spylovebuy for your instant classic shoe style…

from the new Dolcis AW14 Footwear Collection.

 

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