The Loafer is a unisex shoe of cult inspiration that has conquered all generations and has a centuries-old history.
We all have or have had once in our lives a pair of loafers, perhaps as a child or during your studies, or even now. it is a timeless shoe, a must-have for our wardrobe.
But where did this shoe come from? The pioneers of the loafer were the Natives of North America, who made them by simply tying pieces of deerskin to their feet with a string. Almost simultaneously, the Lappish people began to use very similar shoes by fashioning it from pieces of leather stitched together.
It was around the 1930s that the loafer as we know it today was born.
A company in the United States launched them on the market, but their success was not immediate, especially because of fashion critics who said they were not elegant enough.
It was Fred Astaire, star and dancer of the time, how made the model popular by using it for his tap dancing, pairing it with tails.
The true blessing from the world of fashion came with young American university students, who adopted them as must-haves for informal wear. They were renamed penny loafers for the habit of inserting a penny in the lips of the flap on the shoe.
Loafers became, thus, a symbol of elegance, conquering people of every social circle, from musicians and artists to managers and affluent financiers. The boom in Italy arrived around the 1960s, but already at the end of the 1970s they had spread as a luxury shoes to be worn with both elegant and casual clothes.
Today, they are freed from every prejudice and are considered trendy and casual shoes as well as being worn on red carpets.
Their appeal remains unchanged although the leather, color and finish do change. Even the shoe companies wanted to pay tribute to these models by giving them their own names, like the classic Coventrys or the more elegant Viennas from the Moreschi brand. Loafers, therefore, have conquered a unique place in male elegance, and not only, becoming a timeless shoe.
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