Spring is officially here and the temperatures is slowly rising to comfortable levels. It’s time to look over your spring and summer wardrobe and today we’re gonna take a closer look at the popular string loafer, a shoe whose interest has increased markedly in recent years.
The loafer itself has many origin stories compared to other shoes like the classic oxford or derby. However the two most popular ones originate from England and Norway. The first and oldest one was produced by the legendary bespoke shoe company Wildsmith Shoes in London around the 1850’s. The loafer was named the “Wildsmith Loafer”, made by the founder Raymond Lewis Wildsmith and was designed for King George VI as casual shoe for wearing at home. This shoe has later on been produced and sold by other shoe firms in London as the “The Harrow”.
A different design of the loafer was introduced by the Norwegian Shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1908. Nils took a trip to America where he learned more in the craft of shoemaking and in 1930, he introduced a new design called the “Aurland moccasin” which later on was renamed to the “Aurland shoe”.
These two stories is the beginning for the more formal and casual loafers and also where the string loafers originated from. The string loafer is counted to be one of the least formal model and still have the typical characteristics of a loafer, but with a borrowed design from the moccasin and boat shoe. It’s the combination of the laces and that it’s often offered in different colors of suede that makes this a perfect choice for casual outfits. This makes the string loafer a perfect companion for spring and summer and a must in every man’s wardrobe.