Being in the footwear industry, shoe style classification sometimes gets a little complicated for me. There are style crossovers that can make a construction difficult to define. In this case we look for distinguishing features. Take mules and loafers for example – both easy wear slip-on styles, but what makes them different? Read on to discover …
To better understand the development of these shoes, we must delve into history. As far as we know, the earliest shoes (made from tree bark) date back to 8000 BC, while those made from leather can be traced to 3500 BC. They served a practical function and provided a protective covering for the feet from rough terrain and harsh elements. It was only much later, around 4 BC, where the use of shoes took on a symbolic nature. They could represent social rank, gender or even occupation and this lent towards the introduction of different colours, heel heights and decorative embellishments.
In the case of the Mule shoe. Their first recorded use was in Ancient Rome and yet they only rose to popularity around the 16th Century. Characterised by their open-back, they where originally used as bedroom slippers not worn in public. Nowadays they have become synonymous with versatility, ease of wear and style and can be worn in both casual and formal settings.
These sleek, almond-toe Mules with gold plated trim create a stylish accent to any wardrobe. Crafted from soft leather, they provide a great fit for an office or weekend outing from Autumn through Winter.
Spoilt for choice, we offer a variety of colour options: Black, White, Navy, Stone and Forest.
Now, as opposed to Mules, Loafers have a closed back, and are generally flat. They also had casual beginnings but rose to fame and popularity thanks to the likes of Wall Street, Gucci, Pope Benedict XVI and Michael Jackson with his penny loafer iconic toe-stand.
Penny Loafers have an interesting back story … First emerging around the 1930s, a distinctive leather strip with diamond cutout was added to the style. Some say prep students used to insert a penny in the cutout as a fashion statement, while others believe the penny was placed for safekeeping, in case of the need to make an emergency call. Whatever the truth is, what remains is the ability of this style to accent and lift your wardrobe – hence the extensive use in the corporate sphere by both men and women.
Create your own Prep School Look with these leather Penny Loafers. They offer a snug, secure fit with cushioned comfort for all day wear. Team with tailoring, denim and everything in between.
Casual dress codes need the footwear to match – enter our new Horse Bit Loafer. Fashioned from buttery leather complete with on-trend genuine gold plated embellishments.
Horse Bit Loafers with genuine gold-plated trim in Black, Forest, Tan, Red, White and Manager – the choice is yours!
Loafer with Gold Trim in Tan – 12451Loafer with Gold Trim in Red – 12451Loafer with Gold Trim in White – 12451
This classic loafer with metallic chain accent will add that something special to your wardrobe.
Also geared for comfort, they are lined with soft microfibre and cushioned with removable footbeds to provide easy all-day wear.
There you have it: our Essential guide to Winter 2023 Mules and Loafers with a variety of trims, styles and colours to choose from. Follow this link to view and order: https://www.froggie.co.za/collections/froggie-closed-shoes
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