Loafer Shoes Guide For Men – Tassel, Penny, Gucci, Horsebit, Weejuns & Slip-on Slipper Explained

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette. In
today’s video, I’m going to talk about Loafers. I’ll explain what loafers are, what they’re
not, what different styles are around and basically everything you need to know about
this great shoe. First of all, a lot of people get loafers
mixed up so let me explain what a loafer is. In casual situations, a loafer can substitute
any other shoe that you have may it be a canvas shoe or like a sandal or whatever. It’s just
more elegant but it’s not a boat shoe. Boat shoes are usually worn without any socks but
a loafer should always be worn with socks. If you like the look of “sockless” outfits
and shorter pants, you can get these very thin socks called invisible socks but you
should always wear socks with your loafers because otherwise, it’s not very hygienic
and your feet may also hurt because they’re not meant to be worn barefoot. A loafer is
a laceless shoe and as you can see here, it has an exposed ankle, it has a moccasin like
welt or seam on top of the vamp but unlike a moccasin, it has actually a separate sole,
it has a heel which is oftentimes low and basically, that’s what constitutes a loafer
shoe. What is not a loafer shoe is this version.
It has also an exposed ankle, no lacing but you will not find any seam on top and that’s
why this is called a Slipper.So, now you know the difference between a slipper and a loafer
and we can go ahead and talk about the history of this great shoe. Interestingly, a loafer
has Norwegian origins. A Norwegian actually went to the US and saw the native american
moccasins, brought them back to Norway, modified them slightly, added a separate sole and that’s
how the loafer was created. Of course, just like with many things in history, there are
various theories and there’s also an English theory claiming that it was designed as a
new house shoe but to me, it seems much more likely that the Norwegian – Native American
way was the true origin of the loafer. In general, Loafers are casual shoes because
they’re slip on and as such they’re usually not worn with double breasted suits or more
formal garments. Of course, people like the Duke of Windsor broke these classic rules
of style and he would often wear a two-tone loafer in brown and white or off-white that
he would wear with double breasted suits so by traditional style rules, this was completely
wrong but he was so powerful and impactful that today, you can see people wearing loafers
with different kinds of suits and double breasted suits. When it comes to loafer construction,
most of the time you will see that it has a very thin sole, it’s much thinner than a
sole that you would see with a Goodyear welt shoe, that means they’re usually Blake rapid
stitched stitched or just glued. Every once in a while, you can find a Goodyear welted
loafer but it also comes with just a thicker sole so if you have to walk a lot, definitely
go with Goodyear welted loafers otherwise, Blake rapid stitched loafers are fine or blake
stitched. Glued, I would probably personally say to stay away from it simply because it’s
usually an indicator of lower quality. Loafers come in many different styles. One
of them is the so-called Wildsmith loafer and it was a British invention. If you want
to learn more about it, check out our in-depth guide about Loafers. Second, you have the so called Aurland Loafer
and it is a town in Norway which was home to Nicoli Gregori who’s the one who invented
this Norwegian loafer style in the first place. This shoe was produced there in the 40s and
the 50s today, I think it’s not produced there any longer but it’s still originally from
there and the term Aurland loafer is still in existence. If you enjoyed this video, sign up to our
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also sign up to our YouTube channel so you never miss a video again. A Tassel loafer is called that way because
it features these dangling tassels and you find this kind of shoe in all kinds of variations.
Sometimes the tassels are just attached to the top, sometimes they go around with some
braided leather just like in this shoe and overall, the tassel loafer is oftentimes favored
by 50 or 60 year old men but it can also be really cool, young and fresh in different
colors and I think it’s a wonderful shoe to have in your shoe closet and you should definitely
give it a try because it provides a unique look without looking old necessarily but it
all depends on how you wear it and how you combine it. This tassel loafer has a very
long last, it’s flat as you can see and elegant. The original tassel loafer was invited by
the Alden shoe company and it was a little more boxy and round and that’s typically the
shoe you associate with more seasoned gentlemen. Another really popular style is the so-called
Penny loafer. It’s a loafer that was invented by G.H Bass in the US and it was really popular
with people from the Ivy league, with students especially in the 1950s and so you have to
put pennies in this diamond shape just to stand out from the crowd and some other people
claim that you needed 2 cents to make a phone call back then so you could have one penny
in each shoe and always be able to make a phone call, what the right theory was, I don’t
know but if you want to learn more about the details of the penny loafer which is probably
today, one of the most famous loafers in America, please check out our Loafer guide. The penny
loafer is particularly popular sometimes in cordovan leather or like a red color, you
can also find it in suede like the one here. It comes in all shades of brown, sometimes
spectators and it’s just a really great casual shoe that people like to wear after work,
maybe to resort towns, to more casual dinners, it’s also very popular during the summer. In terms of formality, loafers are overall
more casual but I would rank the Tassel loafer slightly higher than the Penny loafer, Of
course that is impacted by the choice of leather. A black penny loafer is more formal than a
yellow, suede tassel loafer but given that colors and leather are equal, I would classify
the penny loafer as slightly less formal. Nevertheless, it can be business appropriate,
I think it looks great for example, with a chino-blazer combination. Another really famous loafer, is the Gucci
loafer. IT has these characteristic horsebits on top and usually they come in gold or in
silver and they became so popular in the US. Gucci sold loads of pairs and even to this
day, they always issue new versions every season, with different styles sometimes with
canvas, with leather, different colors and many consider them to be a staple in a man’s
wardrobe. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the look and although some people wear it
even with like black tie, it is definitely not an evening shoe and you should always
go either to pumps if you like the laceless shoes or to a patent leather oxford but stay
away from the horsebit loafers with Tuxedo or even white tie. It’s great as a casual
shoe, some people like to wear it with suits. Again, I’m not a fan of that but it can be
done and if you like the look of it, you can certainly consider adding it to your shoe
closet because it’s a timeless style and you should be able to wear it in 20 years from
now and still look very classic
and timeless.


  • What is your opinion on Albert slippers with a black tie outfit?

  • Hehehe yesterday i watched RMRS video on Loafers and i was expecting this you also……Thnx alot sir 🙂

  • I'm from Norway, and Aurland is the village right next to the one my father originates from. The Aurland shoes are still in production as they are sold for around 150 USD a pair! The really awesome feature is that they come with a Norwegian dime to put inside the little pocket that the top leather piece creates, because this was the style back then, even though the Norwegian dime was eliminated from the market decades ago!

  • So pumps are also some sort of formal loafer? Well it's slip on, it has Heals n is it only limited to white tie?

  • Antonio from real men real style just uploaded the same topic video.

  • There's also the Belgian loafer

  • how about navy blue suede tassel loafers?

  • why bother to ask questions that have already been answered thru out the vide ? oh my goodness

  • I honestly love these videos they have helped me so much. Thank you very much 🙂

  • I'm sorry to tell you that, loafers are meant to be worn without socks. Only dress loafers are to be worn with socks. even that, there are some exceptions

  • What about Ferragamo?

  • Navy blue suede loafer usually fit with what color of formal trousers ?

  • David Lang is that you

  • Do your're trousers have to be cropped/cuffed when you wear loafers?

  • i like your face

  • Haha Loafer Guide 🙂
    Great videos BTW. Thank you.

  • What do you think about the Sebago Men's Classic Leather Loafer?
    Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Sebago-Mens-Classic-Loafer-Cordo/dp/B0007T11KC/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1457278624&sr=8-10&keywords=penny+loafer

    Is it too leathery? I'm worried about the sole's material.

  • Love checking out the style of loafers men wear, tassels, wingtips. See a lot of mens coaches wearing them, surprised that some spend $700 to over a $1000 for their shoes. LOVE Them

  • Forgot about Gucci loafers..WOW

  • Ernsthaft, als Mann kann man doch keine Tassel-Loafer mit diesen ollen Bömmelchen tragen. Sieht einfach lächerlich aus.

  • The penny loafer was also made incredibly famous because of Mr. Rodger from Mr. Rodger's neighborhood.

  • Sit I have a very wide feet how would I find the perfect pair

  • dude your hair looks awful you look like a kindergarten teacher just pull it all back jesus

  • great video!

  • Raphael, how are tassels on loafers tied? I can't figure out how to make the knot.

  • gentleman's gazette is the best

  • You're my favourite YouTube channel right now

  • Jimmy Choo are the best design, but not so good quality..

  • Alright, you're killing me with the OLD comment! I just turned 50, and no, I don't wear tassle loafers, and never have. Lol. I prefer you're second reference, as "seasoned", over the old. Joking aside, thanks for these videos. I see many younger men, "huh- hmm" everyone I guess, that have no ability to dress themselves anymore. What happened. And that poor fellow, you know the one, who lets his wife dress him and is obvious. So again, thank you for educating men who want to know and understand how to dress, and what makes a suit, a real suit. Just found your channel and subscribed. Now, where the hell did I put my Grecian formula? Lol….JM

  • +Gentleman's Gazette I want to purchase suede loafers could they be worn with a linen suit?

  • This video inspired me to buy loafers.

  • I have some Allen Edmonds penny loafers and oxblood it's a Beautiful shoe

  • you are not wearing any pants are you!

  • At 1:10, who is the designer of that shoe?

  • that single Windsor knot is bothering me.

  • это Григорий Пронин

  • I have Euros in my penny loafers. cuz I'm JUST THAT FUCKING CLASSY!

  • I Want to know if my loafer is for men or for women

  • can you help me?

  • Mr. Schneider, where is your accent from?

  • loafers are just not rockin

  • Top loafer tip:
    Dont wear loafers.

  • Sean Connery wore black penny loafer to grey suit in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No.

  • Raphael, loafers CAN and are in many parts of the country worn WITHOUT socks, it's almost a faux pah to wear them with socks although there are exceptions to this…

  • I had a pair of Bass Penny Loafers in cordovan they were the best pair of shoes I ever had. They looked great in jeans or with slacks and a jacket. And yes you wear socks with loafers.

  • The kiltie tassel loafer looks amazing with suits! I also love how versatile the penny loafer is! It can be worn with many different outfits.

  • Thanks once again Sven! Can't get enough of the channel & content. Just received my Edelweiss flower in the mail & can't wait to wear it! Quick question, do you think the original G.H. Bass penny loafer today would be of any good quality wise or do other companies make it better? Just curious…I have a thing for the original.

  • Your tie is crooked

  • Regardless of how one may feel about these shoe styles I think there could've been a better name for the "loafer". Some men can pull off loafers but in my opinion ultimately the shoes come off has emasculating. Just my two cents. I do love this channel and its become one of my favorites.

  • Sven, Great video. Just curious what do you think of the Navy M. Gemi Volo loafers for men? Also, I assume youd have to have a navy belt to go along with these? Finally, what would you were with these loafers. Suit wise? color of chinos? Thanks

  • Loafers are more comfortable better than dress shoes

  • Rafael, what loafers do you wear?

  • Im norwegian

  • Great guide

  • dont wear socks with loafer god .. please …

  • ??

  • Check out Prada wingtip penny loafer…beautiful, but for $600 it should.

  • Paul Evans no longer carries grey suede stewart penny loafers. sigh…

  • Where would butterfly loafers fit in the formality scale? Maybe between the penny and tassel loafers?

  • I just love the complexity of your very apt name!

  • The horsebit on the Gucci loafers is gimicky… Very tacky! It's all about brand slavishness rather than quality! ??

  • you always produce great videos! I really like your channel

  • Michael Jackson's shoe is gh bass

  • Thanks for the guide! Do you know what a 'Turner' loafer is? At least 4 major brands market Turner loafers, but I'm confused on what makes them Turner's (Bass, Allen Edmonds, Santoni, and Dr. Scholls).

  • I cannot stand how the shoe only goes half way up my foot, to me it looks bad and can be too loose fitting; why don't many loafers go further up the foot closer to the ankle?

    I'm actually looking at a nice weaved tassel loafer right now, but they are so "short" in the foot area that I cannot see how I would wear them stylishly, which is a shame because I really like them.

  • So the moral to the story is…Don't wear Speedos and loafers…

  • I like oxfords except the plain black balmorals. They are so dull. Therefor I would like to know if under a business suit, a black leather penny loafer (slightly elongated) would be a good alternative?? (otherwise I probably go with a single strap black monk)
    Note: I mean nice loafers, elegant and not the boxy ones with round noses. But more like the black Carmina loafer.

  • The way he says the letter T is horrible

  • he would do well as a Norman bates type psycho serial killer

  • Gloood! 3:45

  • Can anyone recommend a loafer that is similar, hopefully exactly, like the Church’s Karl loafer

  • Hi Sven can you please make a full video on turtleneck sweaters. How to, history, do and don’t etc

  • I could buy some Gucci loafers or I could pay my rent.

  • Leather loafers with no socks? Are you sure? You'd look a right knob mate.

  • I don't like the way he talks. He tries to be fancy but he keeps swallowing his words. It's almost like a German guy tries to hide his German accent 😉

  • What are the brand and model and color of the tassel loafers in the picture for this video?!

  • SUperb video. Thank you for your efforts! Cheers

  • Don't forget to talk about the texture, weight and size of the pants in relation to the shoe; tie a corduroy pair of would need a thicker, wider shoe to match it.
    Also talk about mixing materials, textures and patterns in relation to pant, ties, shirts and jackets.

  • You have no knowledge

  • Are the loafers with the front split seem in the middle of the toe good?

  • How to price the is shoes

  • When I was growing up ,to get a pair of Bass weejuns I had to mow 10 lawns to get enough money, the shoes sold for 17dollars. Pair with a Gant shirt($3.50), gold cup socks($1.50) and Levy cords ($4.50), you a fashionable outfit, this was 1965….

  • i really ,really hate your accent

  • اووووووو?وووووووه ?شاروخان? حبيبي هاه يقلبي? صاروخ ?شوف هاه ?دي جزمة? مصنوعه من? جلد?? الخنزير? شاكرر? نوران العصيمي ابو سعبوله جلدة ?مصدي وع هااه ودي? يحبيبي إلا ?حديدان ?حمد عوض? العصيمي اوكشيش ?شاروخان اوكشيش صاروخ يلا ودي تيب خد بالك تيب يلا ودي حديدان ?????????????

  • بس دي وحده من جلد الخنزير شاكرر نوران العصيمي…مخصص للزبون حديدان ???????????????

  • Horse-bit is an icon, created by Gucci, but and Icon, you can find designers, bespoke, and a lot of good quality companies that sells loafer w/ horse-bit, from cordovan to crocodile. You don't have to buy Gucci. Equestrian sports continue to be a world of wealth and high class (Horsebit), a class where buying a shoe is not a matter of "thinking what is best or what is not" is just To Like or Not, But it has to feel comfortable. Gucci offers that, Gucci is a trademark for rich people that change shoes season after season. That today is popular with kids or young stars, cool. But it's simple, is Gucci loafer a good shoe? Yes, leather, sole, color, design, iconic and symbolic. Worth every penny in the right scenario and social class. is it the best shoe? No, Worst quality/price shoe ever. Overpriced and stuff.

    You can identify yourself with one of this scenarios. Did you care about "Yes, leather, sole …." or "No, Worst quality /price shoe …." . If you even REMOTELY care about how much Gucci shoes worth, Gucci is not a brand for you. There is no price tag in High renown fashion brands, only "reputation".

  • Hey can you make a video on the slipper?

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