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It’s all about the penny loafer

19th September, 2022

When it comes to trends, one shoe that’s been doing the rounds is the penny loafer. Originating in the 1930s, the shoe got its name from the band at the front that would people would often slot a penny into in case they need to make a call from a payphone (remember those?). Fast forward to 2022 and they’re everywhere.

This loafer style is a little chunkier than your standard loafer, so it’s a great way to ground an outfit. Wear it with more delicate pieces for a good amount of contrast, or pair it with a cropped pant to let the shoe do the talking, or work it back with a feminine look and use the shoe to give it some edge. Either way, they’re comfortable and practical but definitely tick the fashion box.

Designers have all been doing their take on it with everyone from Prada to Chanel doing their own iteration. While the band at the front that could fit a penny is no longer a prerequisite, the style remains the same. From chain store designs to more high end options, there are definitely plenty of options to choose from.

The style in action


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A post shared by Arielle Charnas (@ariellecharnas)

Polished perfection. This look featuring a cropped black trouser and patterned blazer show you can take pared back pieces and give it some oomph with the right choice in footwear. This is one outfit that certainly lets the penny loafer shine.


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Influencer Chriselle Lim shoes you can take a feminine look such as a mini and cropped boucle jacket and give it some grit with a chunky loafer. It’s an unexpected pairing but I think it manages to achieve balance quite nicely.


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A post shared by TALISA SUTTON (@talisa_sutton)

Love this monochromatic ensemble. One way to add a trendy element to the penny loafer is by pairing it with an ankle sock. The different silhouettes incorporated into this look worked back with the sock and loafer combination achieve a look that has elements of interest but total cohesion.


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