Shoe me what you have got! December 21 2011, 0 Comments

Lately we have been obsessed with shoes, in particular, loafers, deck shoes, slip-ons.
Whatever you call them, these pumped up kicks are literally taking the world at its feet!

Let's see what we have got this season.
Boat shoes (also known as deck shoes or topsiders) are typically canvas or leather with non-marking rubber soles designed for use on a (where else?) boat.
A siping pattern is cut into the soles to provide grip on a wet deck; the leather construction, along with application of oil, is designed to repel water.

Modern boat shoes were invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry after noticing his dog's ability to run easily over ice without slipping. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes' soles, inspiring a shoe perfect for boating, and you have the Sperry Top Siders

However, since the 1980s they have become fashionable footwear in America, the UK, Portugal, Argentina and France. Some boat shoes today have traditional white, non-marking soles, though many others today have dark non-marking soles. And like the sneakers, the boat shoes have left their functional use for their fashionable cousin.

We shan't go deep into the history but here's something interesting about how the name 'Penny Loafers' came about.

In 1934, G.H. Bass (a bootmaker in Wilton, Maine) started making loafers under the name Weejuns (sounding like Norwegians). The distinctive addition was a strip of leather across the saddle with a diamond cut-out. When American prep. school students in the 1950s, wishing to make a fashion statement, took to inserting a penny into the diamond-shaped slit on their Weejuns, the name penny loafer came to be applied to this style of slip-on and has since stuck. The practice continues, especially amongst those who remain committed to a classic and refined appearance, such as lawyers. You heard it here first (thanks to wikipedia :)

In 1966, Italian designer Gucci made the further step of adding a metal strap across the front in the shape of a horse's snaffle bit. These Gucci loafers (now a general term referring to shoes of this style by any manufacturer) also spread over the Atlantic and were worn by 1970s business men, becoming almost a Wall Street uniform, reaching widespread use by the 1980s.

Another variation on the basic style is the tassel loafer, which emerged in the 1950s. Again, though casual, their gradual acceptance among the American East-coast prep school culture as equivalent to brogues (wingtips), has led to them being worn there with suits, where they gained an association with business and legal classes.

So here's what we have for you to stride in these urban prep.

Here we have 'Carl', combining the suede uppers for that Ivy league ' indoor-use' feel, we slapped on plimsolls to make sure they can hit the ashpalt as well.
Comes in 2 colors

For that classic yachtmens look, with or without the vessel, our synthetic leather uppers with real leather straps for 'Ariz' give you a very good reason to cuff that pant legs up! Well. make that 2 reasons!
Comes in 2 colors

Staff favorites 'Earl' looks as regal as it's name. A mix of nubuck suedes, synthetic leather trimming as well as a sturdy non-marking sole, it's time to go paint the town red this festive season.
Comes in 2 colors