Introducing our new range of premium leather footwear for the discerning dude who needs to look sharp all day and into the night. The range features some classics with a contemporary sizzle: the loafer, the derby and the brogue in three colourways, tan, brown and black, all hand-crafted in India.
For your fashionation we delve back into the archives to give you a roundup of where these styles come from, and where they’ve been and while you’re at it, click the images to shop.
Loafers as we know them today were designed by Norwegian/American shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1930. Gaining popularity in America and Europe it was in the US of A where the term ‘loafer’ was coined in the early 30s as another way to ‘slip-on’, you know, like hangin’ out casual at home… And from then on became THE casual shoe worn by American men.
In the 60s they were elevated to formal status, in part thanks to Italian design brand Gucci adding a metal pin across the front and creating the famous Gucci loafer worn by Wall-Street businessmen. Another variation was the casual tassel loafer, which rose to fame amongst the all-American East Coast preppy guys, a reputation it hasn’t been able to shake since.
From the Oxford, a popular sport and hunting boot around the 1850s (which by the 20th century was adapted as a short shoe to put on and take off easily take on), we have the evolution of the premium leather Derby. The main difference is that the Derby has an open lace system and can accommodate different sized feet more easily than the Oxford. They’ve become the most popular dress shoe for guys because of their comfort.
Arguably the most well-known of men’s formal shoes, the brogue has a unisex, androgynous vibe about it, probably because of the defining feature of decorative patterning. Most popular in monochrome, they originated in Ireland and were worn by men as outdoor walking shoes in the early 20th Century. They weren’t considered appropriate for business or formal occasions back then; however, one of the things we love about fashion is that it has the ability to make something once deemed functional to become completely LIT a few decades later. Which is the situation right now with regards to this favourite formal shoe.