Today, we're here to answer the question - which Loafer is which? How do we differentiate? Which pair is for me and how would I rock them? As always; sit back, relax and let us take the wheel. It'll be worth the read, we promise!
So, without any ado, these are the loafer styles currently available online at TOWER London.
History of the Loafer
Originally, the loafer was inspired by a fisherman shoe from Northern Europe - otherwise known as the Bass Weejun. In the 1930s, European travellers spotted the comfortable looking footwear in Norway, bring it back to the west as a high-class, formal slip-on.
Different Types of Loafer
So, we have the Penny Loafer, the Horsebit Loafer, the Tassel Loafer and the Kiltie Loafer - and guess what? They're all different! And each pair serves a different purpose. But, these are the different types of loafer.
What is the Penny Loafer?
Your classic pair - the Penny Loafer is a style that launch in the '30s only to take off in the '50s; essentially, the aesthetic you think of when Loafers are on the cards. Rumour has it, kids used to pop pennies into the slot, hence their name. Pretty handsome if you ask us!
What is the Horsebit Loafer?
Admittedly this is a slight switch-up on the classic horsebit loafer, but you'd be able to note the sparkling Horsebit Loafer with thanks to a standard golden metal strap shaped like a horse's snaffle across the bridge. Gucci brought these to the forefront of fashion popularity.
What is the Tassel Loafer?
Donning a tassel affixed to the Loafer's crest, the Tassel Loafer (surprise, right?) is said to have originated upon actor Paul Lukas' request of a NY shoemaker to attach tassels at an Oxford's peak. Disappointed by the result, Lukas took his request to the Alden Shoe Company and boom - the Tassel Loafer was born! Regardless of whether this story is accurate or not, there's no questioning the zest of tassel goodness.
What is the Kiltie Loafer?
Similar to the Tassel Loafer, we have a wee tassel at this loafer's peak! However, change comes in the form of a kilt - an odd though popular one amongst casual fans, the Kiltie Loafer is a connoisseur's choice. The full embodiment of what a loafer should, or could be.
So, that's your Loafer breakdown with TOWER. We've covered every style available both online and in-store - but, now it's time for you to decide for yourself. The Kiltie? The Tassel? The Horsebit or Penny Loafer? Bag them all and more by visiting TOWER now.