The loafer is a moccasin-inspired shoe that is most recognizable for being a slip-on style. The loafer was originally intended as a casual house slipper made for King George VI of England. The loafer was neither acknowledged nor popular as a casual shoe until the King’s slippers crossed the pond. Manufacture of the loafer in the United States was underway in earnest by the 1930’s. It kept its status as a casual-only shoe until the 1960’s when American businessmen and lawyers began wearing loafers with suits. In 1966, Gucci introduced the bit loafer. This variant features a metal strap (in the shape of a horse’s bit) across the instep. Gucci’s innovation further elevated the loafer’s status as formal footwear — or at least confirmed that this was not strictly casual.
The loafer often features a saddle — a decoration that might be a plain strap, a strap with a slit (as with penny loafers), or a metal ornament. Tassels or a kiltie might hang from a saddle, while the minimalist version (the Venetian) has an exposed vamp absent embellishment or ornamentation. A signature characteristic of loafers (especially those nearer to a moccasin than a regal slipper) is an elevated seam that runs along the shoe’s toe. A very casual variant of the loafer is the driving moccasin or driving shoe. These are often made of softer materials, are less structured, and have soles and heels made to optimize wearer-comfort while driving.
Men's SHOES SIZE GUIDE
Ogwugo brand sizes are designed to fit the following foot measurement. Some brands may vary from these measurements but you can still use them as a guide
|UK||US||EURO||CHINA||KOREAN (mm)||JAPAN (cm)|
FOOT LENGTH (IN CM)
|FOOT LENGTH (IN INCHES)|
|5.5||6.5|| 38||39||26||9 5/8|
1. FOOT LENGTH
Measure your foot length by placing a ruler flat on the floor straight alongside the inside of your heel to your toes. To measure your feet stand on a level floor with the back of your heels against a straight edge or wall place an object with a flat edge straight across your toes with the edge touching the tip of your longest toe. Take the measurement (in millimeters) from the ruler where the flat edge crosses. This is your foot length measurement.
2. SELECTING A SHOE SIZE
If you foot measurement is halfway between sizes. Select the large size. You may find one foot is longer than the other. This is quite normal, please make use of the larger size when making your shoe size selection
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