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History of Loafers - it's originally inspired by American Mocassins
and Norwegian shoemaker introduced his first design around 1908.
The Norwegians began selling to the rest of Europe and America. It
first advertised in the American Esquire magazine and some photographs
featured of Norwegian farmers in a cattle loafing area. The Spaulding
family in New Hampshire started making shoes based on this design in
the early 1930s, naming them "loafers".
Italian designer Gucci in 1966 made the further step of adding a metal
strap across the front in the shape of horse's snaffle a bit.
London based a bespoke shoe company Matthew
Wildsmith & Co of Duke St was established in the 1800s
who developed a penny loafers as a country house shoe for the landed
gentry and the royal family. Their 'Wildsmith Loafer' was designed
for George VI as a casual house shoe. The shoe has subsequently nick
named 'the Harrow' and sold other London shoe companies.