Pennies for my loafers?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bic Pentameter, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    I have always been pretty much of a lace-up guy. I bought my last pair of loafers in 1987. They were tassels. This weekend, I found a pair of loafers at a Marshalls. They are similar in design to the link I have included. http://store4.yimg.com/I/shoedini_1707_2711375 The price and size were right, so I bought them. I presume that they are penny loafers. Questions: Should I put pennies in them? Would anyone tisk tisk me if I didn't? (We'll put aside the 'Should I care if tisked' issue for a moment.) Do they have to be pennies? How about francs or 100 yen coins? Bic
     


  2. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    You know, I don't think I've seen a pair of penny loafers, on anyone, adorned with pennies, or any other coinage for that matter. Still, I don't see any reason not to do it - other than, of course, the fact that everyone is going to ask why you've got coins on your feet.  [​IMG] Much like bow ties or fedoras, it's just something that's going to invite interest. You might get a lot of people asking you to stick your foot out so they can get a closer look... I guess it's like blazer buttons, or cufflinks - you can keep them plain, and be correct, or you can jazz them up a little. Most people, if they think about it at all, wouldn't wear them, probably since they find it hard enough to co-ordinate suit, shirt and tie, let alone wondering whether their pennies match the rest of it. [​IMG] For what it's worth, if I owned a pair of penny loafers, I'd probably slot some coins in... maybe find some nice brass video arcade tokens, or something... Enjoy, Nick.
     


  3. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    They are indeed penny loafers. Virtually nobody puts pennies in them anymore, which doesn't mean you couldn't/shouldn't. Of course you could put something else in there, from other coins to tokens or small poker chips to folded-up dollar bills. When an opportunity for creative expression arises, no matter how small, why not seize it?
     


  4. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    Thanks to both Nick and Pstoller for your posts. Folded up dollar bills in my shoes? I'd feel like a dancer at a foot fetish bar. On the other hand, if I put a bill in just one shoe, someone would take the hint and give me "somethin' pretty" for the other one.

    I was in an old coin shop today and saw some pre WWII Japanese coins. What responsibility. . .Now I feel like almost anything I put in them would look affected. Perhaps I could put a different something in them each time I wear them.

    Bic
     


  5. dkaplowitz

    dkaplowitz New Member

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    Is copper something you really want in your shoes for any prolonged period of time?

    I would personally think it a little fruity (not necessarily in a gay way, but not ruling that out either) if I met someone in a business setting who had pennies in his loafers. Just MO. But maybe you'll be a trend setter in that respect. And who can argue with the "conversation piece" theory? More power to you.
     


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