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Loafer Shoes Guide For Men - Tassel, Penny, Gucci, Horsebit, Weejuns & Slip-on Slipper Explained

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In this video, find out everything you need to know about Loafers. What constitutes a loafer, its different variations, how to style and when best to wear them. We discuss the Penny Loafer, Gucci or Horsebit Loafer, slip-ons and slippers, why they are technically not a loafer, weejuns, Alden, Tassels and more. Click here to get to the full Loafer Guide: http://gentl.mn/know-your-loafer #loafers #shoes #notsponsored Let me explain what a loafer is. In casual situations, a loafer can substitute any other shoe that you have may it be a canvas shoe or like a sandal or whatever. A loafer is: - a laceless shoe - it has an exposed ankle - it has a moccasin like welt or seam on top of the vamp - unlike mocs, it has a separate sole - has low heels A Slipper is: - like the loafer, it has an exposed ankle - NO lacing - NO seam on top A loafer has Norwegian origins. A Norwegian actually went to the US and saw the native american moccasins, brought them back to Norway, modified them slightly, added a separate sole and that's how the loafer was created. In general, Loafers are casual shoes because they're slip on and as such they're usually not worn with double breasted suits or more formal garments. The Duke of Windsor broke these classic rules of style and he would often wear a two-tone loafer in brown and white or off-white that he would wear with double breasted suits so by traditional style rules, this was completely wrong but he was so powerful and impactful that today, you can see people wearing loafers with different kinds of suits and double breasted suits. When it comes to loafer construction, most of the time you will see that it has a very thin sole, it's much thinner than a sole that you would see with a Goodyear welt shoe, that means they're usually Blake rapid stitched or just glued. If you have to walk a lot, definitely go with Goodyear welted loafers otherwise, Blake rapid stitched loafers are fine or blake stitched. Glued, I would probably personally say to stay away from it simply because it's usually an indicator of lower quality. LOAFER STYLES: - Wildsmith loafer (British invention) - Aurland Loafer - it is a town in Norway which was home to Nicoli Gregori who's the one who invented this Norwegian loafer style in the 40s and the 50s. - Tassel Loafer - features these dangling tassels. It has a very long last, it's flat and elegant. The original tassel loafer was invented by the Alden shoe company. - Penny Loafer - invented by G.H Bass in the US and it was really popular with people from the Ivy league who put pennies in this diamond shape just to stand out from the crowd. Particularly popular sometimes in cordovan leather or like a red color, you can also find it in suede. It comes in all shades of brown, sometimes spectators and it's just a really great casual shoe that people like to wear after work, maybe to resort towns, to more casual dinners, it's also very popular during the summer. - Gucci Loafer - has these characteristic horsebits on top and usually come in gold or in silver and they became so popular in the US. You can certainly consider adding it to your shoe closet because it's a timeless style and you should be able to wear it in 20 years from now and still look very classic and timeless. In terms of formality, loafers are overall more casual but I would rank the Tassel loafer slightly higher than the Penny loafer, Of course that is impacted by the choice of leather. A black penny loafer is more formal than a yellow, suede tassel loafer but given that colors and leather are equal, I would classify the penny loafer as slightly less formal. Nevertheless, it can be business appropriate, I think it looks great for example, with a chino-blazer combination. ======================================= To never miss any of our videos again, sign up here for free: http://gentl.mn/1VscrBD Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! http://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette ======================================= Gentleman's Gazette http://gentl.mn/228686s http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/gentlemansgazette Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gentlemansgazette/ FREE EBOOK: http://gentl.mn/1VscrBD
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Guest House (4 months ago)
i really ,really hate your accent
Robert Thorn (4 months ago)
When I was growing up ,to get a pair of Bass weejuns I had to mow 10 lawns to get enough money, the shoes sold for 17dollars. Pair with a Gant shirt($3.50), gold cup socks($1.50) and Levy cords ($4.50), you a fashionable outfit, this was 1965....
Ahmed Raza (5 months ago)
How to price the is shoes
Kade Berrier (7 months ago)
Are the loafers with the front split seem in the middle of the toe good?
Ali Shah Ghazi (7 months ago)
You have no knowledge
michael wade (7 months ago)
Don't forget to talk about the texture, weight and size of the pants in relation to the shoe; tie a corduroy pair of would need a thicker, wider shoe to match it. Also talk about mixing materials, textures and patterns in relation to pant, ties, shirts and jackets.
Roberto Rojnic (7 months ago)
SUperb video. Thank you for your efforts! Cheers
Kyle Peterson (9 months ago)
What are the brand and model and color of the tassel loafers in the picture for this video?!
Kenneth Wolters (9 months ago)
I don't like the way he talks. He tries to be fancy but he keeps swallowing his words. It's almost like a German guy tries to hide his German accent ;)
Benedek Farkas (2 months ago)
He is German. I think that's why you hear that. Agreed though.
Michael K. (3 months ago)
Wieviele Fremdsprachen sprichst Du denn akzentfrei? Arroganz eines anglozentrierten Weltbilds.
jharris947 (10 months ago)
Leather loafers with no socks? Are you sure? You'd look a right knob mate.
Bernard Talbert (10 months ago)
I could buy some Gucci loafers or I could pay my rent.
LyleDeYounges (6 months ago)
Yes, then Gucci loafers are not for you.
Edward Coleman (11 months ago)
Hi Sven can you please make a full video on turtleneck sweaters. How to, history, do and don’t etc
Praveena Jilles (11 months ago)
Can anyone recommend a loafer that is similar, hopefully exactly, like the Church’s Karl loafer
Gurpreet Lehal (11 months ago)
Gloood! 3:45
David Gardiner (11 months ago)
he would do well as a Norman bates type psycho serial killer
Noor Mohammad (1 year ago)
The way he says the letter T is horrible
Sjef (1 year ago)
I like oxfords except the plain black balmorals. They are so dull. Therefor I would like to know if under a business suit, a black leather penny loafer (slightly elongated) would be a good alternative?? (otherwise I probably go with a single strap black monk) Note: I mean nice loafers, elegant and not the boxy ones with round noses. But more like the black Carmina loafer.
regalblue41 (1 year ago)
So the moral to the story is...Don't wear Speedos and loafers...
mydogskips2 (1 year ago)
I cannot stand how the shoe only goes half way up my foot, to me it looks bad and can be too loose fitting; why don't many loafers go further up the foot closer to the ankle? I'm actually looking at a nice weaved tassel loafer right now, but they are so "short" in the foot area that I cannot see how I would wear them stylishly, which is a shame because I really like them.
Aziz Gilani (1 year ago)
Thanks for the guide! Do you know what a 'Turner' loafer is? At least 4 major brands market Turner loafers, but I'm confused on what makes them Turner's (Bass, Allen Edmonds, Santoni, and Dr. Scholls).
Godzilla gojira 123 (1 year ago)
Michael Jackson's shoe is gh bass
D Ulrich (1 year ago)
you always produce great videos! I really like your channel
Pike Fisherman (1 year ago)
I find videos like this interesting, I can't imagine having to make use of the advice.
neoyum (1 year ago)
The horsebit on the Gucci loafers is gimicky... Very tacky! It's all about brand slavishness rather than quality! 🤔🙂
Torchwood Pride (1 year ago)
I just love the complexity of your very apt name!
WDGFE (1 year ago)
Where would butterfly loafers fit in the formality scale? Maybe between the penny and tassel loafers?
UltimateBargains (1 year ago)
Paul Evans no longer carries grey suede stewart penny loafers. sigh...
Check out Prada wingtip penny loafer...beautiful, but for $600 it should.
fezzes (10 months ago)
apostolic bible polyglot the black and white two tones are amazing, i need to buy a pair
Fredrik29Sweden (1 year ago)
👏👍
Rouge (1 year ago)
dont wear socks with loafer god .. please ...
Keehong Lim (1 year ago)
Great guide
Simon Haagenrud (1 year ago)
Im norwegian
Dean Christensen (2 years ago)
Rafael, what loafers do you wear?
Anthony Soto (2 years ago)
Loafers are more comfortable better than dress shoes
James Meyer (2 years ago)
Sven, Great video. Just curious what do you think of the Navy M. Gemi Volo loafers for men? Also, I assume youd have to have a navy belt to go along with these? Finally, what would you were with these loafers. Suit wise? color of chinos? Thanks
MrTrenttness (2 years ago)
Regardless of how one may feel about these shoe styles I think there could've been a better name for the "loafer". Some men can pull off loafers but in my opinion ultimately the shoes come off has emasculating. Just my two cents. I do love this channel and its become one of my favorites.
JFomo (2 years ago)
Your tie is crooked
DJ PC Baby! (2 years ago)
Thanks once again Sven! Can't get enough of the channel & content. Just received my Edelweiss flower in the mail & can't wait to wear it! Quick question, do you think the original G.H. Bass penny loafer today would be of any good quality wise or do other companies make it better? Just curious...I have a thing for the original.
The kiltie tassel loafer looks amazing with suits! I also love how versatile the penny loafer is! It can be worn with many different outfits.
dklyde (2 years ago)
I had a pair of Bass Penny Loafers in cordovan they were the best pair of shoes I ever had. They looked great in jeans or with slacks and a jacket. And yes you wear socks with loafers.
DaneStolthed (2 years ago)
Raphael, loafers CAN and are in many parts of the country worn WITHOUT socks, it's almost a faux pah to wear them with socks although there are exceptions to this...
Károly Sarkady (2 years ago)
Sean Connery wore black penny loafer to grey suit in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No.
Tengri (2 years ago)
Top loafer tip: Dont wear loafers.
Andrew Centeno (1 year ago)
Vatansever why
radiospank (2 years ago)
loafers are just not rockin
elton rivera (2 years ago)
Mr. Schneider, where is your accent from?
Dictator Caesar (2 years ago)
He's German.
Fuck Boi (2 years ago)
can you help me?
Fuck Boi (2 years ago)
I Want to know if my loafer is for men or for women
Ty Smith (2 years ago)
I have Euros in my penny loafers. cuz I'm JUST THAT FUCKING CLASSY!
это Григорий Пронин
J P (2 years ago)
that single Windsor knot is bothering me.
Kevin Vasquez (2 years ago)
J P owned
J P (2 years ago)
Gentleman's Gazette, I see now. My apologies to come off "trollish" like. Your channel is very informative.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
This is a four in hand - learn more about tie knots here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwC33qrNZRbBDhDHTHjF-4zVEbQ7MwaJr
zsteele11 (2 years ago)
At 1:10, who is the designer of that shoe?
Rocky N (2 years ago)
you are not wearing any pants are you!
Mati V (2 years ago)
Rajesh Nair he is not, in fact he is wearing crocs with white socks and you cant even see it haha
Baker Watches (2 years ago)
I have some Allen Edmonds penny loafers and oxblood it's a Beautiful shoe
Club Soda (2 years ago)
This video inspired me to buy loafers.
Itamajano (2 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette I want to purchase suede loafers could they be worn with a linen suit?
jmflyer55 (2 years ago)
Alright, you're killing me with the OLD comment! I just turned 50, and no, I don't wear tassle loafers, and never have. Lol. I prefer you're second reference, as "seasoned", over the old. Joking aside, thanks for these videos. I see many younger men, "huh- hmm" everyone I guess, that have no ability to dress themselves anymore. What happened. And that poor fellow, you know the one, who lets his wife dress him and is obvious. So again, thank you for educating men who want to know and understand how to dress, and what makes a suit, a real suit. Just found your channel and subscribed. Now, where the hell did I put my Grecian formula? Lol....JM
Nathan Cifuentes (8 months ago)
Right , Man let their wifes dress em nowadays
Kwadwo Ansah (2 years ago)
jmflyer55
adcinco 7 (2 years ago)
Jimmy Choo are the best design, but not so good quality..
Danang Wijoyokusumo (2 years ago)
You're my favourite YouTube channel right now
White Dervish (2 years ago)
gentleman's gazette is the best
Peter BM (2 years ago)
Raphael, how are tassels on loafers tied? I can't figure out how to make the knot.
furqaan ahmed (2 years ago)
great video!
Gin Potion (2 years ago)
dude your hair looks awful you look like a kindergarten teacher just pull it all back jesus
Zuhayr Zimam (1 year ago)
Gin Potion I
Abdullah Ibne Masud (2 years ago)
Sit I have a very wide feet how would I find the perfect pair
Yungdaggerdick (2 years ago)
The penny loafer was also made incredibly famous because of Mr. Rodger from Mr. Rodger's neighborhood.
Bruno Koch (2 years ago)
Ernsthaft, als Mann kann man doch keine Tassel-Loafer mit diesen ollen Bömmelchen tragen. Sieht einfach lächerlich aus.
Bruno Koch (2 years ago)
Nicht weniger tolerant als Sie in Ihrem Video, wo Sie den Trägern von eckigen Schuhen das Aussehen von Bauern bescheinigten...
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Jedem das Seine, wobei Ihr ursprünglicher Kommentar nicht gerade ein Beispiel von Toleranz ist.
Bruno Koch (2 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette Warum gleich so sarkastisch? Das man bei Ihnen, oder auch bei Antonio bessere Informationen erhält als im Forum, ist doch klar. Trotzdem muß ich nicht alles gut finden, nur weil da das Etikett "klassische Herrenmode" draufsteht. Tassel-Loafer finde ich extrem unmännlich. Meine 11-jährige Tochter reagierte auf ein Foto eines Tassel-Loafers mit dem Kommentar: "Papa, Du bist doch nicht schwul geworden, oder?" Ich finde das überspitzt, trifft aber den Kern.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Naja, wenn das irgendwelche suspekte Gestalten in Foren von sich geben, weil sie sonst wenig zu tun haben, dann muss das stimmen. Ich empfehle Ihnen einfach das ganze Forum zu lesen und alles für bar Münze zu nehmen.
Bruno Koch (2 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette http://forum.stilmagazin.com/showthread.php?t=1779 :-)
Tray Ahzz (3 years ago)
Forgot about Gucci loafers..WOW
Tray Ahzz (3 years ago)
Love checking out the style of loafers men wear, tassels, wingtips. See a lot of mens coaches wearing them, surprised that some spend $700 to over a $1000 for their shoes. LOVE Them
llIH (3 years ago)
What do you think about the Sebago Men's Classic Leather Loafer? Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Sebago-Mens-Classic-Loafer-Cordo/dp/B0007T11KC/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1457278624&sr=8-10&keywords=penny+loafer Is it too leathery? I'm worried about the sole's material.
angel betancourt (3 years ago)
I just got mine in an hour ago. So far I love them!!
Abhishek Ravindranath (3 years ago)
Haha Loafer Guide :) Great videos BTW. Thank you.
Lee Tian Wen (3 years ago)
i like your face
ConorFr33man (3 years ago)
Do your're trousers have to be cropped/cuffed when you wear loafers?
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+ConorFr33man no
Tim Jones (3 years ago)
David Lang is that you
Kwadwo Ansah (2 years ago)
address and location in London
Kwadwo Ansah (2 years ago)
in wholesale price
Kwadwo Ansah (2 years ago)
I want to sale this types of shoes in my shop in Ghana
Kwadwo Ansah (2 years ago)
pls where can locate your shop in London for buk purchase
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Tim Jones ?
Fred Cesare (3 years ago)
Navy blue suede loafer usually fit with what color of formal trousers ?
Joe Kumu (2 years ago)
Fred Cesare m
Fred Cesare (3 years ago)
Thanks Sir !!
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Fred Cesare You will find the answer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ4kcrFovHU
oldschooldrumcorps (3 years ago)
What about Ferragamo?
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+oldschooldrumcorps It's just a shoe brand.
ally (3 years ago)
I'm sorry to tell you that, loafers are meant to be worn without socks. Only dress loafers are to be worn with socks. even that, there are some exceptions
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+ally Are you getting mixed up with mocs here? Loafers were always worn with socks by men.
Fadi Jan (3 years ago)
I honestly love these videos they have helped me so much. Thank you very much :)
Shaikh Rukhsar (1 year ago)
shka alfej
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Fadi Jan Glad to hear that Fadi. Please share them with friends and people who might enjoy them.
knottykid (3 years ago)
why bother to ask questions that have already been answered thru out the vide ? oh my goodness
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+knottykid You are right, but sadly people often do not watch, and they also do not read...
Fulk Hanqvist (3 years ago)
how about navy blue suede tassel loafers?
Fulk Hanqvist (3 years ago)
alrighty, thanks!
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Fulk Hanqvist works for certain outfits, but not very versatile
Not my name on youtube (3 years ago)
There's also the Belgian loafer
jharris947 (10 months ago)
+Not my name on youtube...Does it have a waffle finish?   :-)
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette It's also mentioned in our guide
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Not my name on youtube True, but I either prefer slippers or loafers. The Belgian loafer is kind of in between.
Zaman Fahim Imteaz (3 years ago)
Antonio from real men real style just uploaded the same topic video.
Oppiken (2 years ago)
I just got a pair and you definitely need to size down half to a full size. Just make sure when you're buying if they showing the UK or US sizes.
Amarked Change (2 years ago)
Shukollection will help
krillin876 (2 years ago)
Anyone familiar with Gucci loafers regarding their size? I have already looked at the websites with size translations and they are no help? Anyone have first hand experience how the sizes run?
jaja (3 years ago)
Loafers are meant to be worn without socks
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+injecta999 thanks
shesam maharjan (3 years ago)
So pumps are also some sort of formal loafer? Well it's slip on, it has Heals n is it only limited to white tie?
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Csam Mhz exactly
shesam maharjan (3 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette because pumps don't have seam on top like loafers so they are not loafer. Ummm I got it, :) thanx
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Csam Mhz Yes, pumps are limited to white tieaand it is technically a slipper, not a loafer. If you watch the video, you should know why
Alex ,. (3 years ago)
+Csam Mhz Pumps are more slippers than loafers and they're limited to white and black tie.
guleruten (3 years ago)
I'm from Norway, and Aurland is the village right next to the one my father originates from. The Aurland shoes are still in production as they are sold for around 150 USD a pair! The really awesome feature is that they come with a Norwegian dime to put inside the little pocket that the top leather piece creates, because this was the style back then, even though the Norwegian dime was eliminated from the market decades ago!
Mandeep Baweja (2 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette are driving shoes considered as loafers??....here in my town everyone calls it loafer!
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+guleruten The problem is, most people will only be able to buy online.
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Eirik Roheim thanks! I added it to the guide.
guleruten (3 years ago)
Yes, as +Eirik Roheim points out, there is a webstore. But this one isn't complete - at the factory in Aurland you can find more models of the Aurland shoe than you see here. But there's still a nice range of selection on this website. 
Mandeep Baweja (3 years ago)
Hehehe yesterday i watched RMRS video on Loafers and i was expecting this you also......Thnx alot sir :)
Alex ,. (3 years ago)
What is your opinion on Albert slippers with a black tie outfit?
Mandeep Baweja (3 years ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette sorry sir actually i hadn't watched that video till i commented.....but when i watched your video then i came to know that m saying wrong....thnx alot :)
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Mandeep Baweja No, watch the video so you understand why they are not. Once you have watched it please come back here, and tell me what the difference is!
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+Mandeep Baweja No
Gentleman's Gazette (3 years ago)
+alealeale ale Great if you wear it at home.
Alex ,. (3 years ago)
+Mandeep Baweja No, slippers are not technically loafers, he literally adressed that in the first two minutes of the video. And no, it would not look good with a dinner suit.

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