First created in the mid-19th century, loafers were originally designed by Wildsmith Shoes as loungewear for the Royal family and nobles. The style was then redesigned in Norway in the early 20th century by Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger calling it the ‘Aurland Shoe’. The shoes were exported to America where they gained massive popularity. A photo shoot for Esquire magazine features a ‘cattle loafing’ area and is thought to be why loafers gained their current name.
Classically made using moccasin construction with the vamp weld stitched to the toe box creating the classic u-shaped stitch design, loafers now come in a multitude of styles. The ‘Gucci Loafer’ for example was originally created by Gucci and featured a horses bit on the tongue of the shoes, while the term is now synonymous with loafers with metal hardware on. Worn to start with as a casual shoe, the loafer grew in popularity and is now worn with suits for more formal occasions and as work attire.
First created using leathers, the loafer now features leather, nubucks, suede and man-made uppers. The use of metal hard-wear, tassels and bows alongside bold stitch detailing all combine to give loafers their classic vibe.
Our Brand of Loafers
Known for their top quality footwear, Clarks use nearly 200 years of experience to create the finest of shoes. Their use of leather uppers for breathability and comfort paired with the innovative technologies ensures Clarks shoes are sublime to wear. Their 2386-27g Claude Lane features Clarks ‘Extralight’ technology paired with a leather lining for increased comfort. Buy your Clarks men’s loafers from Begg Shoes, an official Clark’s stockist.
Bugatti use traditional construction techniques paired with modern designs and top quality leathers to offer shoes that fit like a dream. Their use of technologies and differing fittings allows them to offer a range suitable for everyone. The F0667-423 Cherokee is the perfect casual loafer with the navy and tan upper. The use of delicate detailing paired with the Bugatti branding ensures these loafers are the piece to wear. Buy your Bugatti men’s loafers from Begg Shoes, an official Bugatti stockist.
Crafted from high quality Brazilian leathers, Savelli were created by the Brazilian footwear association to promote Brazilian footwear. The shoes are hand sewn by experienced craftsmen while the addition of top quality finishes ensures these shoes are exquisite. Savelli’s 06611-30 Francis Slipon features a leather upper paired with their foam sole units for an incredibly lightweight and flexible finish. Buy your Savelli men’s loafers from Begg Shoes, an official Savelli stockist.
Our range of men’s loafers is available in-store and online from Begg Shoes.