Tassel, Bit, Or Penny Loafer: The Options Are Endless | Advice From Our Stylists

Tassel, Bit, Or Penny Loafer: The Options Are Endless

The featured image is the Cygnet Moc Toe Bit Slip On in Tan.

No men’s shoe style rides the line between casual and dress quite like the men’s loafer. One of the most versatile of all men’s shoe designs, men’s loafers, date back to the early 1930s. Norwegian shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger is credited with the design of this new slip on shoe which he called the Aurland. Tveranger took his inspiration for the design from the moccasins worn by Native Americans combined with the slip ons shoes used by Norwegian fishermen. Later, while back in the USA, a leather piece stitched across the saddle of the shoe with a halfmoon shape cutout was added. And in the 1950s, teenagers began placing a coin in the slot which lead to them being called penny loafers.

Today men’s loafers come in a variety of styles. Year in and year out, both men’s dress loafers and men’s casual loafers are still some of the most popular shoes styles on the market. Crafted in both ultra-stylish dress styles and more relaxed, casual silhouettes, there’s a style for every occasion. A versatile shoe it is hard to beat and a pair of black loafers goes equally well with a chinos or jeans. For a timeless casual look, a pair of brown loafers for men with jeans is always in fashion. And for a statement making style, opt for a brightly colored or patterned loafer as the finishing touch to your look. Whether you choose penny loafers, black loafers, dress loafers, or brown loafers for men, you are assured to get a versatile pair of shoes with enduring style.