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First created by Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger (try to say that fives times fast) in Norway around 1930, the loafer was inspired by the Iroquois moccasins that Tveranger had seen while studying in the US. The comfy and casual-yet-dressy design caught on with visiting Americans and soon spread to east coast prep schools. In 1966, Gucci took the design a step further, embellishing their loafers with metal straps that resembled a horse’s bit.
Today, loafers come in a plethora of styles, from classic moccasin-inspired to embroidered, studded, and even bedazzled. Simply walk into any store, and you are likely to find these popular pieces of footwear. We think that these Stubbs & Wootton for J Crew loafers are pretty spectacular.
Wear these to add interest to a flirty dress or with cords and a blazer for a preppy look. How would you wear these classic slip-ons?