Celebrating 60 Years of the Gucci Loafer
In 1921 the House of Gucci was created and a landslide of luxury enveloped the world. Very quickly Gucci became the worlds leading luxury brand and remains within the top 100 companies according to Forbes. While the brand has numerous iconic branding and motifs one of the most infamous is the horse-bit or snaffle-bit hardware that has been added to handbags, belts, and of course, the Gucci loafer.
While the loafer itself is crafted from all types of materials the most common are calf leather, and monogram canvas with the double G insignia. The bit is typically placed at the top and represents a modicum of bling on an otherwise already dazzling shoe. The
Gucci loafer was updated with a distinctive snaffle-bit ornament in 1966 but the actual loafer was around almost since Gucci was Gucci. The handmade shoe is one of the most elegant men’s wear pieces that can grace a suit delivering a splash of style and casual decadence that is nearly impossible to replicate. The Gucci Spring 2013 menswear collection that showed today in Milan consisted of 100% horse-bit loafer in a plethora of fabrications including cream, brown, and black leather, Cream suede, black velvet, blue crocodile, and green python.
How to wear the Gucci Horse-bit Loafer
When wearing the Gucci loafer it is best to have low socks or no socks. Showing off some mankle is rarely done and gives off a European confidence that looks great and is always in style. The fabrication is important because a leather loafer will work well with a pair of denim or some fine cotton pants, however a velvet or patent leather loafer will look better with a suit or even a tuxedo. The exotic skins go great with almost anything because if it is a black croc then it can be dressed up and be worn with an evening look but if it is blue crocodile then it can go with a funky pair of gaucho pants or some high cut shorts.
Lastly it is important to consider the metal coloring when putting together your wardrobe. I personally think the metal on your shoes is more than an added detail, it’s like a piece of jewellery, and when you are wardrobing your jewellery it is imperative that you match your metals together. Brass with brass, rose gold with rose gold etc. so when you are deciding which belt to go with your shoes take note of the metal that should help a lot.
Lastly if you don’t own a pair of Gucci horse-bit loafers now is the time to pick up a pair. I have three pairs, one in black patent leather with a silver bit, one in cream leather with a gold bit, and one in blue suede with a silver and bamboo bit and I wear the crap out of them. Also keep in mind that come January/February of 2013, department stores will start to get the Spring 2013 collection of men’s loafers in. Then be sure to be the first to get a 60th anniversary special shoe because a milestone like this only comes around so often.
Just a quick note about the difference between a moccasin and a loafer: Moccasins typically do not have a sole, they can either have rubber nubs or some other form of sole but will not have a heel. Loafers have a very distinct heel and typically have a leather sole. These are the main differences between the two, don’t ask me why Gucci puts their loafers in the “moccasins” category… someone boofed.