These slip ons are designed for comfort and are definitely more convenient than the lace ups when slipping on a pair. There are a type of moccasin adapted by the Norwegians and became a hit in America. The Spaulding family in New Hampshire started to make them and called them loafers after an Esquire feature of Norwegian farmers in a cattle loafing area.
Although these are the more casual of the pack they can make the grade with decorative vamp designs and with fuller bottoms which give more scale and stature.
The Plain loafer – no decoration on the front.
For his plain fronted loafer, Udeshi found one of the last few remaining workshops where the calf suede uppers of the shoe were still sewn by hand using waxed linen thread, the way it should be, which provides sufficient strength but flexibility. This enabled him to create a comfortable loafer which was soft enough to wear without socks but durable enough to take several summers and not fall apart in one weekend.. The loafers come in black, chocolate, tobacco and purple suede and retail for £295. They also come in kangaroo leather which is soft, supple and thinner , thus perfect for a lightweight summer shoe to be worn without socks. www.udeshi.co.uk
Or visit his stand alone shop at 8 Davies Street, London W1K 3DW. Tel:020 7495 1333
Zanacco adds a leather string to their bow with their calf leather Dante loafers in vegetable Indian Red (£365.00) www.zanacco.com
Zanaccco prides itself on being 100% made in Italy, and being the first eco-luxury shoe brand for men. The shoes are all handmade by local craftsmen from Vigevano. This is the home town of Jasmine Zanacco who wants to inject life back in to the place which once was known as the shoe capital of Italy. And eco-friendly luxury materials are used such as vegetable tanned leather, water based glue and biodegradable oils.
Angelo Galasso adds texture and structure to his leather loafers with the square perforations and the chocolate brown colour graduating from mid to a darker tone around at the toe caps. £520 . 8-10 Hans Road London. 0207 584 3978