JKISSI : If you have grown tired of the standard lace up, such as we do from time to time, the loafer is a great starting point to change paths from your usual choices. The loafer isn’t the primary item of choice when you’re thinking of purchasing a pair of shoes over other designs, such as the oxford. The casual slip-on shoe originally made it’s way from Norway in the 1930s and was dispersed all over Europe and took the interest of American visitors. When discussing loafers I can’t help but think about the high-fashion luxury house Gucci expanding on the classic design by placing a gold emblem on the loafer. The loafer is still known as an American classic in footwear whether you choose to fancy the shoe, or rather stay as far away as possible from what some people label as “grandpa” shoes.
Timeline – Originated in 1876, Bass shoes have become an American standard for comfort, durability and their own unique style. The company’s formal name is GH Bass + Co. and was named for its founder, George Henry Bass. Everyone knows the Bass Weejun penny loafer, a company staple.
Fit Description – I should have probably formed a post on head wear prior to this post as I have been on the search for great selections to throw on top of my cerebrum. I came across Brixton, a brand I have known since their humble beginnings back in 2006 when their head wear couldn’t really fit into my then-street-wear-oriented outfits. Yes , I’m in white jeans after Labor Day. For me, this so-called “fashion crime” has polluted some people’s minds regarding what they can and can not wear depending on the season. As you can see, I disregard this traditional notion as it’s outdated. When you think about the loafer who doesn’t think of the late legend Michael Jackson known for his black loafers and white socks accompanied with cropped trousers.
Trav pictured above with tassel loafers from Sebago
The penny loafer has been a American staple and classic go-to for decades now. There seemed to be a time when every boy and teenager would wear penny loafers comparable to the sneaker game of today’s generation. It was interesting to learn about what the extra leather slit provided on the penny loafer; from money for the payphone back when dimes were enough to make a call to a simply stylish approach. Even my Dad was pretty convinced to give the penny loafer a chance and change up from his usual selection of oxford shoes. The penny loafer is versatile being the perfect medium between casual and formal.