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Welcome to the worlds greatest guide to Men's Slip-on
Loafers. Are you actually looking for Men's
Slip-on Loafers? Just for your reference all loafer style footwear is of the
slip-on variety. Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style most
commonly seen, known as a loafer or slippers in American culture, has a moccasin
construction. One of the first designs was introduced in London by Wildsmith Shoes,
called the Wildsmith Loafer. You can generally find the loafer shoe style
in most footwear stores that sell
men's dress shoes.
You most likely won't find them in shoe stores that specialize in only sneakers.
They are worn in many situations in a variety of colors and
designs, often featuring tassels on the front, or metal decorations (the 'Gucci'
loafer). A less casual, earlier type of slip-on is made with side gussets (sometimes
called a dress loafer). Made in the same shape as lace-up Oxfords, but lacking the
laces, these shoes have elasticated inserts on the side which allow the shoe to
be easily removed but remain snug when worn.
The term penny loafer has uncertain beginnings.
One explanation is when American prep school students in the 1950s, wishing to make
a fashion statement, took to inserting a penny into the diamond-shaped slit on their
Weejuns. Another theory is that two pennies could be slipped into the slit, enough
money to make an emergency phone call in the 1930s. Either way, the name penny loafer
came to be applied to this style of slip-on and has since stuck.
Another variation on the basic style is the tassel
loafer, which emerged in the 1950s. Again, though casual, their gradual
acceptance among the American East Coast prep school culture as equivalent to brogues
(wingtips), has led to them being worn there with suits, where they gained an association
with business and legal classes. Apparel Search is a leading guide to fashion, style, clothing, glam and all things
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