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Penny Loafers

Penny Loafers Are a Classic American Shoe (photo via Life Archive)

Penny loafers are black or brown slip-on shoes for men or women, based on a moccasin design.  Inspiration for penny loafers came from handmade shoes made by Norwegian fishermen in the early 20th century.  The first penny loafers were made by G.H. Bass in Maine in 1936.  The company’s brand-named version of the shoe “Weejuns” was taken from the word “Norwegian.”

Penny loafers became very popular with young people in America in 1950s and 60s.  At that time, pennies were inserted into the instep’s cut-out for decoration, and perhaps as a lucky charm. Girls of that period were also known to sometimes put a dime in their penny loafers, just in case it was needed to make a phone call when they were away from home.

Later in the 1980’s, penny loafers became the must-have shoe for preppies, who usually wore them sockless.  The shoes were also made famous by Michael Jackson, who donned them with glittery white socks.

Weejuns Are The Original American Penny Loafer (photo via G.H. Bass)

Penny loafers är svarta eller bruna slip-on skor för män eller kvinnor baserade på en mockasindesign. Inspirationen för att göra penny loafers kom från handgjorda skor tillverkade av norska fiskare på tidigt 1900-tal. Det första paret penny loafers gjordes av GH Bass i Maine 1936. Bass kallade sin version a skon “weejuns” från “Norwegian.”

Michael Jackson Wearing Penny Loafers (photo via Getty Images)

Penny loafers blev mycket populära bland yngre amerikaner på 1950- och 1960-talen. Vid denna tid började man lägga i ett 1 centsmynt på utsidan av plösen som dekoration eller kanske för att ha tur. Ibland la flickor ett 10 centsmynt på utsidan av plösen ifall de skulle behöva ringa hem när de var ute.

På 1980-talet blev penny loafers en populär sko bland preppies som ofta hade på sig dem utan sockor. Skorna gjordes också Berömda av Michael Jackson som bar dem med vita glittriga sockor.

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Converse All-Stars

Classic Chuck Taylor's

Produced since 1917, Converse All-Stars are the most popular sports shoe in the world.  Many people refer to All-Stars as “Chuck Taylor’s.”  The shoes’ namesake is best known for being a basketball player, a well-known fixture in the American sports community and the sneaker’s biggest salesman from the 1920s-1960s.  Taylor, whose signature is on the ankle patch, suggested a few design changes and wore white high-tops, but never received a commission payment from Converse.

1950s Basketball Players Wearing Converse All-Stars via Life Photo Archive

Until 1966, All-Stars were available in either the high-top or low-top version and only in black and white.  Nowadays the shoe can be found in a rainbow of colors, patterns and materials.

Off the court, Chuck Taylor’s have always been popular with youth, beginning in the 1950s.  Since that time, the young-at-heart everywhere have favored the shoe for a casual street style. Globally, people are devotees of the shoes. Perhaps the biggest fan of all is Joshua Miller of Washington State, who holds the Guinness World Record for owning 680 pairs!

Converse All-Stars har tillverkats sedan 1917 och är den mest populära idrottsskon i världen. All-Stars kallas ocksa “Chuck Taylors” efter en basketbollspelare, välkänd i det amerikanska idrottsetablissemanget och skons mest kände representant. Taylor, vars signatur finns på skons ankel, föreslog en del förändringar i designen på skon och bar också företagets skor men fick aldrig någon ersättning för detta från Converse.

The Famous Patch

Fram till 1966, fanns All-Stars antingen i en så kallad high top eller low-top variant och bara i svart och vitt. Idag kan skon köpas i alla färger, mönster och material.

När han inte spelade var Chuck Taylor populär hos ungdom. Detta började på 1950-talet. Sedan dess har folk som vill känna sig unga alltid föredragit skon for dess avspända street style. Runt om i världen finns människor som helhjärtat älskar skon, till exempel, Joshua Miller från staten Washington i USA som återfinns i Guinness rekordbok som ägare till 680 par!

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Saddle Oxfords a.k.a. Saddle Shoes

After seeing Betty Lou’s saddle oxfords, I was inspired to write about the history and interesting facts of one of my favorite classic American shoes…

Considered to be the grandfather of modern athletic footwear, saddle oxfords are one of the few all-American shoes.  Also known as saddle shoes, saddle oxfords were first introduced in 1906 for tennis and squash players. The first saddle oxfords were manufactured by Spalding, which is the company who also made the first basketball, baseball and American football.

Saddle oxfords are distinguished by their oxford, lace-up style and are made of leather with red clay-colored rubber soles.  They are usually one color at the front and heel with a contrasting “saddle” piece over the middle which supports the instep during sport.  The shoes were originally made in white with a contrasting black piece, however they can be made in any combination of colors.

My Spalding Saddle Oxfords

In the 1950s, almost every American girl had a pair of saddle oxfords in white with black “saddles,” which they often wore with bobby socks. The shoe continued to be popular with teenage girls, cheerleaders and preppies from the 1960s-80s. Nowadays, people seen wearing saddle oxfords are usually golfers, children, preppy men, people dressed in 1950s fashions and vintage aficionados.

Saddle oxfords är en all-amerikansk sko som anses vara anfadern till dagens sportskor. De kallas också saddle shoes. Skorna introducerades för första gången 1906 och användes av tennis- och squashspelare. De första saddle oxfords tillverkades av Spalding, det företag som ocksa. tillverkade den första amerikanska basketbollen, basebollen och den amerikanska fotbollen.

Saddle Oxfords Were All the Rage in the 1950s

Saddle Oxfords känns igen på sin oxfordsstil med snörning och tillverkas av läder med röda gummisulor. Skorna har i regel en färg därframme pa skon och på hälen med en kontrasterande sadeldel på mitten av skon som stödjer plösen under sportutövning. Skorna tillverkades i början med en kontrasterande svart del men kan idag bäras i vilken färgkombination som helst.

På 1950-talet hade nästan varje amerikansk flicka som min mama ett par vita saddle oxfords med svarta sadlar som ofta bars med bobby socks. Skon fortsatte att vara populär bland tonåringar, cheerleaders och preppies från 1960- till 1980-talet. Idag är skon populär framför allt bland golfare, barn, preppies och de som klär sig i 50-talsstil och vintage aficionados.

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