penny loafer


: a loafer with a strap across the upper originally used for holding a penny

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, these features relate to the style name — penny straps for a penny loafer, while single chains can equate to horse-bit loafers. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 Maybe, for example, the shoes would have a seam mimicking that of a penny loafer, to illustrate a sort of business-casual conformity. Jenni Avins, Quartz, 24 June 2020 Between the classic silhouette, the buttery-soft leather, and the comfy sole, Jamie Haller's take on the penny loafer is as elegant as can be. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 4 Dec. 2022 The Weejun style by G.H. Bass — famously the original penny loafer — is another hall of famer worth a look. Nicola Fumo, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Sep. 2022 These penny loafer drivers with leather uppers are textile lined, making the cushioned footbed even comfier. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 5 July 2022 In a cute and clever reference to the OG design of the penny loafer, which typically features a coin slot over the upper, Coach’s driving loafers display the leather goods company’s own signature logo coin. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 5 July 2022 Statement-making slingbacks will be a hero in your wardrobe, from Prada’s metallic creations to Miu Miu’s penny loafer style. Vogue, 12 May 2022 Next up: a buffalo penny loafer lined in lambskin and inspired by 1970s Italian men’s shoes, debuting this month. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penny loafer was in 1968

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“Penny loafer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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