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Pennies in loafers?


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Dec 1, 2013
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I just got a pair of AE Dukes that I love, and have been wearing penniless, as it were. Presumably, since I spent so much on them :). That'll be my answer if asked why no pennies, I guess.

I was wondering what the consensus is among the astute regarding the use of pennies in loafers.

I don't know. Maybe because I see a lot of bad loafers with pennies in them, I have developed a predisposition against them, but what about this?

Would it be overkill to throw in a couple of cool foreign silver coins, to be unique, and since my frequent use watches, hardware are silver/nickel tone? Or just leave everything out?

I certainly don't want to be a laughing stock, but the amount of coin seen is pretty inconspicuous. Otherwise, I wouldn't ask. Thanks


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Mar 14, 2008
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I, too, think it's silly. And despite what you write about seeing a lot of [bad] loafers with pennies in them, it's truly not the norm.

However, if you insist on doing it, use a penny. not some foreign silver coin. The coin in your loafers in no way need match the metal in your watch. To the extent the coin's color need match anything, it should probably match the color of the penny loafers. And I venture to suggest that most penny loafers are of the brown family (which, broadly speaking, includes tans and such "wine colors" as burgundy, merlot, bordeaux, etc.).

I'd recommend a pre-1959 US wheat cent. While it's become most unusual to come across wheat cents in change, one can buy a common, circulated wheat cent for about five cents.

In the 1960's, one sometimes put dimes in his penny loafers (although even then, this was by no means the norm), ostensibly so as to have change for use in a pay phone, in case of need. Nowadays, of course, pay phones are about as uncommon as... well, as receiving pre-1959 wheat cents in change. Moreover, a call costs more than a dime. Given that the cell phone has pretty much supplanted the pay phone, a clever twist on the wearing of dimes on one's penny loafers might be to put prepaid mini-SIM cards into them. (If this becomes a fad, I demand to be credited with having originated the idea.)

But honestly, even though I like penny loafers, and have worn them regularly for many years, I've never felt it necessary to put coins (or mini-SIM cards) in them. It would just strike me as... I don't know... as trying too hard.

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