Loafers have become feminized this 2011 season. A long time popular menswear staple these shoes are now beautiful and better than ever! Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu and Lanvin have all put out versions of this classic, in a variety of heights colors and materials. Read on for a bit of history on these shoes as well as some fun facts!
Some Fun Facts and a brief history on Loafers
- First appeared in the mid 1930’s from Norway.
- In 1932 Esquire magazine announced that the word loafer originated from Norwegian farmers. On a farm the place where a cow is milked is called the cattle loafing area, and farmers needed a slip on shoe to wear in this mucky area.
- Today they come in a variety of colors, and heels can also come with or without fun tassles.
- The Spaulding family from New Hampshire, began making a loafer type shoes in the 1930’s.
- Then in 1934, a boot maker from Maine, G.H. Bass, started making Weejuns. Weejuns were a loafer with a leather strip across the top of the shoe with a diamond cut out.
- Weejuns became an instantly popular hit in America, and went from a summer shoe to a shoe worn with suits in the 1960’s.
- In the 1940’s and 50’s, people put dimes, the price of a telephone call, into the shoe pockets. Later the idea of adding pennies as a matter of style.
- Gucci added a metal strap across the front of the shoe, in the late 60’s. The Gucci loafer style has become a new subtype on the shoe, and reached widespread popularity by the 1980’s.