Do you need a pair of loafers?
Yes, the real question should be “Why don’t you already own a pair of loafers?” The loafer is undoubtedly the most versatile shoe that any guy can have in his closet. Loafers instantly turn a formal piece down a notch and turn a overly-laid-back piece into something mildly respectable. Whatever your look is, loafers can definitely play apart. I seriously spend about 75% of my time outside of work in them. I can’t say that much about any other of my shoes (and in my youth I was in a sneaker 100% of the time). If you were on a budget and had only one shoe to buy I would go with a good pair of loafers. Whether it the tasseled loafer (yup they are back in style, the penny loafer, or the iconic Gucci loafer, it is hard to not include these in your closet. They go nicely with slacks, nice jeans, ratty jeans, and for any dad over 30 sweats, LOL!
A little history of loafers
According to AskMen.com
Today’s men’s loafers have their origins in the moccasin-like shoe worn by Norwegian farmers for over a century. The shoes themselves were made as an easy-to-slip-on-and-off leather shoe to walk across the summer pastures to check on their cattle loafing and grazing in the countryside. Hence, the name “loafer” became associated with the shoe. What began on the farm soon became a casual men’s shoe for the village, and by the 1930s the loafer was the casual shoe of European men…
The Bass shoe company introduced a men’s loafer in 1934 as the “Weejun,” a phonetic shortening of Norwegian, which soon became a staple on the campuses of East coast prep schools.
Gucci redefined the look of the loafer with the addition of its own miniature horse bit across the top of the shoe in the 1960s. Gucci still produces this style today with modern flourishes on its Penny and driving loafers.