Whether you’re dressing up or dressing casually, chances are you’ve worn or encountered the penny loafer in your lifetime. They are something of a cultural icon, and many of us can even remember sporting a shiny penny in our shoe strap as a child.
As time passes, staples like the loafer tend to be reinvented to appeal to more contemporary narratives. The latest company to take a swing at refreshing the iconic silhouette is none other than MR PORTER. The company has partnered with G.H. Bass, the originator of the “Weejun” (better known as the penny loafer) to offer six exclusive styles of the shoe that has moonwalked its way into history. It all began in 1936 when Bass re-appropriated what was a one-time Norwegian farm shoe made for “loafing in the field” and renamed it "Weejun." It was a bold move that paid off; the shoe became an emblem of modern style that went on to be worn across college campuses, golf courses, and in daily life for years to come.
Today MR PORTER is taking a similar approach to tweaking an age-old standard, however, they’re not sacrificing quality in the pursuit of trend. Like Bass, which is known for its commitment to handmade footwear, MR PORTER has called on artisans to handcraft and stitch the assortment. The shoes are further improved with the addition of high-grade Horween leather, sharp silhouettes, moccasin style stitch patterns and comfortable unlined interiors.
You can shop the capsule starting at $450 on MR PORTER. Make sure to keep an eye on the assortment as new exclusive styles will be added throughout the season.