The design of the penny loafer came about in the 1930’s as revisited moccasin. The new model was identified by the hand-stitched strip of leather across the saddle. The embellishment had a practical application as you could fit a penny in the half moon cut out, which was just how much a phone call costed at the time. Thus students would keep a penny in the cut out for the just-in- case emergency phone call home, hence the name “Penny Loafer”.
It is important to regular maintain your shoes to ensure there longevity. Before applying any products make sure to clean your shoes using a humidiﬁed sponge or cloth, then let them dry.
Once dry, use a conditioning cream to hydrate the leather, which will bring back its suppleness and shine. Use a cloth to apply the cream, then wait 10 to 20 minutes before bufﬁng with a soft cloth.
If you want to give your patina an extra shine you can apply a good quality wax polish. Use a cotton rag twisted around your ﬁngers to apply the wax, then remove the excess with a soft brush. The wax adds a small degree of protection against water and dirt.
HOW TO STYLE
The Slip-on shoe is the perfect option for the gentleman looking for a comfortable and yet elegant style of footwear, ideal for a smart-casual sockless summer. The loafer works well with a pair of jeans, chinos or linen trousers.
CONSTRUCTION & LEATHER
The Belgrano is available in three models: Dark Brown Suede Calf, Black Boxcalf and Brown Boxcalf. The Dark Brown Suede is a selection of the finest italian suede, we handpick solely un- split skins to ensure the durability of the leather. The calf on the other hand is a selection from the world renowned French “Tannerie d’Annonay,”.
The Belgrano is an unlined loafer whose construction originates from the moccasin. The loafer is goodyear welted by our expert craftsman, and finished with a bark tanned leather sole, completely re-solable. Our leather soles are hand-stained and waxed to protect from the elements, they are endowed with a “gentleman’s corner” to prevent your heel from getting caught in your trousers cuffs.