“In fashion, either you’re in, or you’re out.” In the 6th grade, I wanted “in” and that meant joining the so-called “Preps” so, I assembled a wardrobe of V-necks, cableknits and Palazzo pants. And one of my most coveted items of them all? Wait for it . . . penny loafers.
Who can forget the novelty of buying their first must-have pair of shoes that all the other kids are wearing? Maybe yours were some pretty heels, or a cushy pair of UGG's, or a stylin’ set of Nike Airs, but penny loafers? Sure, there was the novelty of having big sis help me make them look all shiny, and adding the little charm of a penny, but who can forget the thick, awkward block heel, the unflattering height and the typically dowdy association with straight-laced school marms and perhaps, those least interested in fashion, “Gulp,” nuns?
Read the rest.
The older, wiser, more fashionable me, looks back with just a wee bit of horror. And know the loafer is back, but not at all to haunt me. Reconstructed and more feminine then ever, the new it-shoe has sexy lift with a built-in platform, contoured heels and comes in brilliant array of shades & styles that say “I may be bookish but I’m comfortable standing out.”
1) Shoes Wisely Heel $379 - Mod Cloth 2) The Perfect Penny Loafer Pump $188 - Madewell 3) Glossed Loafers $168 - Anthropologie 4) Botanist Heeled Loafers $178 - Anthropologie 5) Christian Louboutin Tasseled Platform Pump $1995 - Bergdorf Goodman 6) Restricted Bookworm Pump $85 - Piperlime 7) Biella Satin High Heeled Loafers $295 - J.Crew 8) Pour La Victoire Larkin Penny Loafer Pumps $274 - Shopbop