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”.
Straight out of the box, the ﬁrst thing to do with your suede shoe is to apply a “suede protector” spray. The preemptive spray will partially water proof your shoes and keep a lot of the dirt and stains from sticking to them.
To maintain your suede shoe it is best to regularly brush them with a suede brush. Brush them while dry, do not press to hard and always in the same direction to keep the nap uniform. For more persistent stains that wont come off with the brush, use a suede eraser. Apply a light pressure.
To revive your suede shoe, use the steam from a kettle then brush the hairs with a rubber suede brush.
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.