The classic loafer style we know and love today can be traced back to 1936 and American heritage footwear brand Bass. Bass Weejuns were made in Maine as a spin on a traditional Norweigan farm or fisherman’s shoe design (hence the play on words name Weejuns) and were originally created for ‘loafing around a field’. They were specifically designed for men, however so many women began buying the smaller sizes an identical range for the fairer sex was created. Constructed using a lightweight, pliable moccasin style they became the shoe to be seen in, with everyone from James Dean styling them out with good denim and a white tee to JFK on the presidential campaign trail; ushering in the enduring preppy, Ivy League look.
In 1953 Aldo Gucci launched the iconic Gucci loafer using his father Guccio’s equestrian-esque trim and features. The loafer hit an all-time high, its appeal spanning countries, socio/economic groups, all ages and cultures. It remains the only shoe to be permanently exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art; a testament to its importance in fashion history
Our new season range of women’s loafers sticks to the original shape and design; fully leather lined, with contrast hand-stitched detailing and slim, rubber grooved outsoles for tread. We’ve added a Joules twist or two too, of course.
We’ve taken the classic tasseled loafer shape and added a hair on hide leopard print detail. Subtle yet stylish, they’re easy to work into your existing wardrobe of jeans and trousers or dresses and skirts.
We’ve added leopard print hair on hide to this classic-shaped loafer to give a contemporary twist. Pair with dark denim for an ever-stylish, easy-to-wear look.
Made with jet black hair on hide, with contrast stitching, these loafers will become an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. As at home with a dress as they are jeans or trousers.
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