Since the mid-20th century, tassel loafers have been worn by the style-conscious and well-heeled gentlemen of the western society. The loafer, or moccasin, was first introduced to the world through the creation of the penny loafer, made famous by the Bass Shoe Company’s Weejuns in the 1930s. Despite its Ivy League association, the Weejun loafer was a corruption of the word Norwegian, which was where the inspiration of loafers and moccasins first came from. After the Second World War, Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas requested an American shoe company to create a shoe similar to a Norwegian Fishermen shoe that had fringed tassels at the end of the laces. This incident then initiated the addition of tassel loafers into the menswear world.
Being ardent fans of the tassel loafer ourselves, we have created our own rendition of the staple shoe that we think every man should have as part of his wardrobe. Made expressly for WJ & Co. by Carmina Shoemakers, the tassel loafer features dark brown suede uppers, braided tassels and a single leather sole. The supple suede ensures comfort from the first wear, while the versatile silhouette allows the loafer to be matched with shorts or a suit.
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