with Loafer designates the specialist a slip half shoe with paragraph. The most well-known Loafermodell is the Pennyloafer (also college shoe called). Mokassins do not rank among the Loafern, since they do not possess a paragraph.

In the general language the Loafer also Slipper (Germany), slip on (England) or Schlüpfer (Austria and Switzerland) is called.

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the historical

first Loafer around 1910 in America were built, it concerned the model, which today Pennyloafer is called. The company Bass provided for a spreading of this model, by introducing you to the 1930er years in the universities, where it developed fast to the classical shoe of the Ivy League and received its current model names (allegedly the students put a penny as Glücksbringer into the recess of the shank bridge over the Rist). Sebago (likewise an US-American manufacturer) came with its own Pennyloafermodell (Beefroll) in the middle of the 1940 years on the market. In the 1950 years became the Loafer built in Italy admits and found spreading zögerlich. In same decades presented the US-American company Alden its Tasselloafer . In subsequent year tenth became the Gucci Slipper with the Miniaturtrense on the Rist admits and outstanding personalities showed up in the public with Loafern at the feet. When the Loafer had thus general acceptance, he was copied also building method frame-sewn by considerable English shoe manufacturers in, whereby he was robbed however of his typical ease and pliancy.

style and models

Pennyloafer (li.) und Laschenslipper mit Tasselverzierung (re.); beide Grenson
Pennyloafer (left) and lax slip by with Tasselverzierung (rh); both Grenson

of the Loafer is a university ex shoe and applies to men not as formal footwear, since it is more deeply low-cut than a normal Halbschuh. The acceptance of this shoe model in the business life is different. On the one hand it hangs from the country (in America and in Italy the Loafer is generally accepted; in England and Germany one advances toward him with skepticism), on the other hand from the shoe color (black rather for business causes one accepts, whereas brown tones of the spare time are reserved).

Classical Loafer is through-sewn shoes (seam in the front shoe on the interior sole visibly) in Mokassinmachart. Loafer light and flexible Halbschuhe, which are preferably carried in warm, dry weather, are corresponding.

Well-known Loafermoidelle is of the…

  • Pennyloafer (crosswise running slot in the shank bridge over the Rist)
  • Tasselloafer (over the entrance getunnelte and on the Vorfuss in Tasseln running out Ziersenkel)
  • lax slip by or - as slipper variant also Prince Albert Slipper mentioned (highly on stretch handing shank with only one seam at the heel)
  • Elasticloafer (with flexible rubber band employment laterally the Spanns)


  • Helge Sternke: Everything over gentleman shoes. Nicolai publishing house, Berlin, 2006, 560 S., 450 fig., ISBN 3-89479-252-3.
With a detailed representation and illustrating of all well-known Loafermodelle, as well as the general historical development and the respective model-specific development.

see also

Mokassinmachart, Mokassin, shoe, shoe model


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