I love the idea of “penny loafers” but the shape is always too rounded and rarely makes a “good foot” (as Garance would say).  I thought this pair at the new Barrett shop in Milan (via Gesu, 9) were the best version of a penny loafer I’ve seen in a while.


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  1. Ottoman Dandy

    February 28, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Quite preppy indeed…Makes me buy back some old college memories…Still , neat and proper !!!

  2. Harold N. Craanst

    February 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Really like these. I agree with the shape issue, but these seem to CV combat that. Add a penny or not though???

  3. almu

    February 28, 2013 at 3:33 am

  4. lavinia

    February 28, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I love Milan (my town) fashion, but most of all taste is everywhere…

  5. michael

    February 28, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Brilliant phrase! Already appropriated! Pointy shoes do not ‘make a good foot’. These are still a little pointy for my taste. Great photos as ever . . .


    February 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

  7. Puje LK

    February 28, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I just love your photos!


  8. Andrew S

    February 28, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Agreed. I bought a pair of Tod’s and whilst they are very confortable, the toe does have that very rounded profile and the leather lacks a depth of colour. These look better although I think the brown is possibly a bit boring ( better at the toe.).

  9. robert

    February 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Does anybody remember the legend of the penny loafer? You put a penny in the slot if you were single, a nickle if you had a girlfriend, a dime if you were engaged, and a quarter if you were married! Then, when you get divorced, you’re back to no money in the vamp slot!

    • Martine

      March 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

      Really? I like it!!!!! Where did you hear that?

  10. Chahrazad

    February 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

    They are really nice! I also like the colors. You can see that they are from high quality.


  11. hadhka

    February 28, 2013 at 5:54 am

  12. antique engagement rings

    February 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Love them.. classic!

  13. Opposite Lipstick

    February 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

  14. La Mademoiselle Snob

    February 28, 2013 at 6:31 am

    love the made in italy <3

  15. Simbarashe

    February 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I think the penny loafer was made for the flat-footed man. Is this fair to say?

  16. pindlesblog

    February 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Personally, I like them! I have a serious thing for men’s shoes though, and loafers in particular, yum!

  17. heidi

    February 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

    These are so heaven.Color/shape/patina just as it should be. This is why for women, I have always adored the classic ferragamo – perfect “good foot” shoes because they had a long toe box and a more narrow last.

  18. cece

    February 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Gorgeous. It’s not the clunky penny loafer I grew up wearing.

  19. dan

    February 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    dear scott, i definitely agree about the shape, especially when you have rather small feet like me (6.5).
    i found the one below – shell cordovan from german online-store manufactum – which i think is quite an alternative. cheers from stuttgart!


  20. bey

    February 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The leather looks exquisite–which always elevates the mundane…however…not even these could put them back on feet that were compelled to wear them 5 days/wk for four years straight.

  21. FripperyVintage

    February 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

    These are beautiful, a very classic style.

  22. Oksana Radionova

    February 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Funny, I too am very particular about the toe shape of my shoes. Very interesting phrase “make a good foot.” XOXO


  23. emanuela ughi

    February 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I think that shoes have to be slave to the feet, not the reverse. So the shape should be rounded in such a way the inside foot fits in it correctly. So that just Cinderella, maybe, can have a good foot.
    I hate the Italian saying: “chi bella vuol comparire, un poco deve soffrire” = “she, who wants to look good, has to suffer some pain”.

  24. Blaire

    February 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I love penny loafers! Such a classic American style.

  25. Trinity

    February 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I agree with Garance, and I love that you told us this because I’ve always felt this way, but never heard anyone say it out loud before!

    Cole Haan makes a lovely loafer for women without the rounded bad foot issue going on. I bought mine in black and wear them everywhere.

  26. wordslav

    February 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Perhaps it is a French saying and thus you heard it from Garance, but I heard C. Roitfeld use it in a talk sponsored by a division of Alliance Francais … she used it about herself, but in relation to having innate talent for ballet … she says she has a “good foot” … but the phrase denoting a pleasing shape for a shoe works too!

  27. Charlie

    February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I always like penny loafers–such a nice traditional rest from those silly pointy shoes everyone wears trying to look modern. These have that amazing Italian design, workmanship, and leather that only the Italians seem to do so well.

  28. Name*

    March 1, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I like them less pointy. This is too….nonsense. I think they make a perfectly “good foot” the way they are. More classic. I love pointed toes, but I like round as well. And square come to think of it. Just like Doc Martens pointy would be silly. Or Converse pointy would be dumb. But they are great other the weird pointy shiny toe.

  29. Sheik59

    March 1, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Penny loafers are always a classic that I like. Unfortunately I can only wear lace-up shoes …

  30. Gregory

    September 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Where can these be purchased?

  31. Jerome

    May 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Where can I purchase the shoes?
    How much are they?

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