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The History of Loafers

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by Mai Anh on January 12, 2024

Loafers, the epitome of timeless elegance and casual sophistication, boast a rich and fascinating history. Originating in the early 20th century, these slip-on shoes were initially designed as house slippers for King George VI of England. However, it was in the 1930s that they gained popularity among American Ivy League students, who adopted them as a symbol of laid-back charm and rebellion against traditional dress codes. The iconic penny loafer emerged in the 1950s, named for the practice of inserting a penny into the diamond-shaped slit on the shoe's strap. Over the years, loafers evolved from preppy staple to a versatile footwear choice embraced by all walks of life. Today, they remain a wardrobe essential, effortlessly bridging the gap between formal and casual wear. With their storied past and enduring appeal, loafers continue to capture the imagination of fashion enthusiasts worldwide, proving its own charm. At Dominique Saint Paul, Loafers have always been our customers' first choice, from the classic Tennyson to the modern Marinetti.