MR PORTER launches new Best of British loafer capsule collection featuring 7 esteemed UK shoemakers
What can we thank the noble loafer for? Freeing us from the tyranny of tying shoelaces, that's for sure. But above all, its chameleon-like ability to work with almost every outfit. Michael Jackson did it with Thriller; John F Kennedy did it with a suit. The origins of the loafer can be traced back to King George VI, who requested a bespoke casual shoe he could ‘loaf’ around his country houses in. The westward migration of the shoe occurred when Maine-based shoemaker GH Bass launched its version of the shoe targeted at Ivy League students. From Columbia to Princeton, practically every student owned a pair of loafers, and unlike any other shoe before it was also unisex.
Aldo Gucci, son of the label's founder, saw the popularity of the shoe in the US, and so when the first New York store opened in 1953, Gucci launched a luxurious version with the iconic horsebit buckle- to say the shoe was revolutionary would be an understatement. The loafer was the first shoe that bridged the gap between casual and business wear, and arguably if a man had to own one style of shoe, the loafer may very well be the shoe of choice. Here, we've picked 9 of our favourites from MR PORTER's Best of British Loafer Capsule.
Grenson Kiltie Loafers, £420
Church's Willenhall Penny Loafers, £450
Edward Green Polperro Penny Loafers, £475
George Cleverley Hedsor Suede Loafers, £455
Edward Green Hampstead Suede Tasseled Loafers, £990
Joseph Cheaney Hadley Penny Loafers, £325
Trickers Adam Penny Loafers, £395
Church's Netton Suede Loafers, £480
Tricker's James Suede Penny Loafers, £395