Bass Weejun penny loafers
Never again will you be left without a penny to your name as long as you have on a pair of Bass Weejun penny loafers, the walking wallet with two shiny new pennies on board.
Bass Weejun penny loafers are for more than just loafing around. A classic staple of the tradition of conservative leisure, the Weejun's loafer style and comfort translates from resort to research and beyond.
In 1876, George Henry Bass created the G.H. Bass shoe company, and in 1910 he introduced the world to the elegant comfort of the camp Mocc, a soft leather moccasin that challenged the hard dress shoes of the day. The moccasin continued to evolve for the ultimate in comfort until Bass stepped on perfection with the Weejun penny loafer in 1936.
An instant hit and status symbol for sophisticated leisure, the Weejun was embraced by the entire family. The chic leather slip-on derived its name from ‘Norwegian,’ the ethnicity of its founder. Weejuns are also referred to as penny loafers because of a semi-pocket featured on the vamp, into which a penny can be slipped. Some believe the penny pocket is for good luck, while others use it to carry spare change. Girls in the 40’s and 50’s were always told to have enough money on them to make a call home when they went out. And now, instead of pennies, a dime was kept in the pocket, just in case their dates got a little fresh.
Penny loafers were as popular as saddle shoes in the 40’s and 50’s, and they have been an attractive universal fixture for feet throughout the years. The 60’s college crowd was never without the hip kickers, and the penny loafer was stronger than ever in the preppy 80’s.
The penny loafer is classic, and when worn with argyle socks, tennis sweaters tied around the shoulders and a pair of classic chinos, the look is timeless. Nothing says classic Americana like the Bass Weejun penny loafer.
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