Discover the iconic men’s penny loafer shoes that defined America for generations. Although built for modern times, every G.H. Bass Penny Loafer has the timeless quality of a true original. High quality and classic style come as standard within this iconic shoe collection. Pair your penny loafers with smart or casual outfits for a look that will never fail to impress.
PENNY LOAFER SHOES - THREE BURNING QUESTIONS
1. WHERE DID PENNY LOAFERS ORIGINATE?
As quality shoemakers known for handcrafted working moccasins and boots, G.H. Bass & Co were approached in 1936 by an editor of Esquire, who had seen a stylish iteration of the Norwegian work loafer on well-dressed men at Palm Springs resorts and wanted to see them recreated by the best American shoemakers of the era.
This partnership led to the playfully named “Weejun”, after its Norwegian roots, that soon became a stylish and comfortable choice for many.
2. What does the ‘penny’ in penny loafers mean?
As their popularity soon grew, with students across Ivy League college campuses adopting the trend, the legend has it that loafers took on a new meaning as students used the front slot of their loafers to tuck a one-cent coin for the pay-phone.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Ivy League fashion became a trend of its own, catapulting the original Bass Weejuns, by now also known as penny loafers, to the forefront of the relaxed-formalwear style for both men and women.
3. How are penny loafers made?
The G.H. Bass & Co. loafer has kept its place as the true penny loafer as, over eighty years later, we continue to produce penny loafers with the same handcrafted traditions - hand-sewn by a footwear artisan and finished with natural oils and polishes. Bass Weejuns are a tubular moccasin construction, where the loafer is crafted with a single piece of leather wrapped around the mould of the foot, creating a “hammock” of unparalleled comfort.