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a brief history of penny loafers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by housemaidsknee, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. rpalmiter

    rpalmiter New Member

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    I was in high school in Newton MA in 1941 when i decided to put pennies in my loafers. it was my own idea, i hadn't seen it done by anyone else. soon everyone in school was doing it too. think i started this cool trend?
     
  2. emptym

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    They are derived from shoes called the "Norwegian Peasant Slipper," worn by fishermen in (you guess it) Norway. Â They became popular as sport shoes in the 1920s. Â This was an era when upper and upper middle class men wore neckties to go fly fishing, you understand. Â The term "Weejun" is derived from "Norwegian". Â It is a brand name for a shoe made by the Bass company, the first mass marketer of the shoe that later became known as the penny loafer.

    Didn't the Norwegians get them from Native American moccasins? I'm sure I read that somewhere.
     
  3. JonHecht

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    I still don't quite understand the purpose of the coin, as the initial post seems a tad speculative and still does not demonsrate sufficient reason for currently putting a coin in the loafers.
     
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    Fucking cell phones have changed the paradigm.
     
  5. IBJanky

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    I want some penny loafers. Should I get black or burgandy?

    myke
     
  6. Mild Mannered

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    They are derived from shoes called the "Norwegian Peasant Slipper," worn by fishermen in (you guess it) Norway. They became popular as sport shoes in the 1920s. This was an era when upper and upper middle class men wore neckties to go fly fishing, you understand. The term "Weejun" is derived from "Norwegian". It is a brand name for a shoe made by the Bass company, the first mass marketer of the shoe that later became known as the penny loafer.

    Thank you once again Manton. I did not know that, and thank you for sharing.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    thanks. I was pretty cool when I was younger. I wish I had the youth to enjoy it again. [​IMG]

    we aged men have to settle for hookers and blow nowadays
     
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    Does anyone actually put pennies in their penny loafers??

    Dimes now to compensate for inflation. And to keep up with the Chinese.
     
  10. Lucky Strike

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    I still don't quite understand the purpose of the coin, as the initial post seems a tad speculative and still does not demonsrate sufficient reason for currently putting a coin in the loafers.

    According to Norwegian tradition, young people would put pennies in the loafers to show that they were "going steady" with someone.

    Excellent article Lucky Strike!

    Thanks!
     
  11. mr monty

    mr monty Well-Known Member

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    when I was in my early 20's I had a pair of italian loafers that had a big slot and I shoved a pair of fifties in, thinking it was cool. not exactly the statement that I am trying to make to the world today.

    Did you use a 50 cent coin or double stacked 2 quarters? I bet you had soda pop bottle caps for heel plates?[​IMG]
     
  12. Lucky Strike

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    Did you use a 50 cent coin or double stacked 2 quarters? I bet you had soda pop bottle caps for heel plates?[​IMG]

    I think globe meant $50 notes.
     

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