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The History of Penny Loafers

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The History of Penny Loafers

The penny loafer is an American classic born more than 70 years ago. The shoes have remained popular throughout the decades because their simple, uncluttered lines make them an ideal accessory for a variety of outfits, from business suits to shorts.


Today I have a brown pair made by Clarks (above) and they are really comfortable, bought in Piacenza for 115 euros last year – the classic Frank Wright cut, but slightly softer leather and not high, high gloss.  My last pair were by ‘Bally’ bought in Heathrow airport terminal 4 lounge 1995 and lasted 15 years priced at £75.

Above:  Note this French loafer’s chunky front end… very cool

My first pair were black, from Peckham Sarf London – Rye Lane arcade, Frank Wright £4.50, in 1973. My mum bought them for me and my brother a pair…

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