5.24.2009

Penny for Your Thoughts

I have many summertime rituals. Sleeping for a few days straight to de-stress from nine months of studying. Launching a Gossip Girl marathon, followed by a day full of chick flicks. Lounging about in my pajamas for weeks on end. But the most popular summertime ritual in my book is my penchant for re-reading Beverly Cleary’s 1950’s based Young Love Quartet - Fifteen, Jean and Johnny, The Luckiest Girl, and Sister of the Bride. While each book is about a different girl, each character had one thing in common...an affinity for donning penny loafers with everything from flowy skirts to capris. Which makes me wonder if adding this retro, menswear inspired footwear into our wardrobe would make us just as lucky in love as Barbara, Jane, Jean, and Shelley.

Women's Sperry Top-Sider "Authentic Original Harborside" I have often viewed penny loafers as a confining form of footwear that often come off as dark and dowdy; these Women’s Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Harborside’s have completely changed my mind. The white patent is compatible with any casual outfit you may have lying around in your dresser drawers – from jeans to capris, and short shorts to skirts – but the clincher is the fact that aside from the patent leather bits, the top and sides are made up of a matching mesh material that makes it easy for your feet to breath – even when the weather turns outrageously warm!

Enzo Angiolini "Lizzia" Perhaps the true reason that I fell in love with these Enzo Angiolini Lizzia’s has to do with my passion for Chanel’s Two-Tone Ballerina Flats, but I am completely head over heels with the updated look that these manage to disperse. The black is rich and chic looking; while the quilted white tongue and trim makes for a nice color contrast. The little black bow tassel adornment is, in my opinion, the best decorative touch, as it adds a sense of femininity to an otherwise masculine style. I would love to wear these with black skinny jeans and a black turtleneck.

Tory Burch "Clayton Anthracite Leather" Some say that black, white, navy blue, and gray are always staples in a girls wardrobe. In my opinion, a nice sparkly metallic should be tossed into the mix as well. Like the aforementioned base colors, metallics manage to add a little oomph to anything and everything, be it your worn-in jeans, or your brand new mini. Hence the reason why these Tory Burch Clayton Anthracite Leather are the perfect addition to any girls closet. The color is neither gold nor silver; it’s more of an in-between pewter that is classically beautiful – much like the penny loafer style itself. My mind is made up, I really think I need these.

Roxy "Penny" Over the years I have realized that Roxy is synonymous with three things:

Bikinis

Beaches

Summer

So it is no surprise that their contribution to the world of penny loafers would be a pastel-colored piece of paradise. I am currently lusting after the Regatta Blue, as it is the color of the sky, water, and most of my wardrobe; though the Aspen Gold is also irresistible with its bright, sunshiny persona. The patent leather upper is slick, shiny, and splendrous; and the white contrasting stitching is, in my mind, simply irresistible. The fact that these are only $47.95 a pair makes me want to buy them in every color!

Charlotte Russe "Penny Loafer Pumps" Sure it may not be the exact style that June Cleaver trotted around in on Leave It to Beaver; but for the girl who wants penny loafer style without sacrificing height, these Charlotte Russe Penny Loafer Pumps are perfect, perfect, perfect! And I’m not just saying that because I am absolutely smitten with the candy apple red color and black contrasting stitching. They really are perfect. And, unlike the typical penny loafer, you’re able to wear these for a night out on the town with your pals, or that cutie you’ve been crushing on for the past month.

What are your thoughts on the penny loafer?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shoebuy, Zappos, Jildor Shoes, and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.
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18 comments

Charlotte said...

I have to say, I don't really like these shoes. But the last one is cute, it's red and the name is perfect, haha :P.

yiqin; said...

I love them! I own a pair & it is my absoulte to go shoes!

Little Bow Prep said...

I always like how these shoes look off of my feet, but once I put them on, they make my feet look short and kind of stubby.

Perhaps the heeled pair is the solution :)

Couture Carrie said...

I have always loved Topsiders.... Those pumps are pretty perfect too! Gorgeous post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

mariarose said...

Cute shoes, especially the Charlotte Russe pumps...
A Gossip Girl marathon sounds good. I'm going to do that soon! Summertime is amazing...

Meream said...

These look cute to look at but I don't think I'd look nice wearing them. Perhaps a few styling ideas from you would be needed, Erika. :D

jayne said...

the tory burch ones look the most classic :) but I'm not usually a big fan of the shoe itself, an old librarian in elementary school always wore hers with dimes instead of pennies hehe

Jackie said...

I love penny loafers so so so much! Sadly I don't own a pair. But, I do have a snazzy pair of navy boat shoes.

Savvy Mode SG said...

I have not looked at Penny loafers in a while. I used to buy tons....

Ty Ty said...

hmmm not such a fan of the penny loafer, but i love the high heel one! xoxo
Ty Ty

la petite fashionista said...

i feel like this would be a stylish step up from my moccasins:) i love the roxy pair (surprise surprise)--

have you seen the new pink sperrys? I can't help but love them.

Nikolett said...

Gossip Girl marathons are amazing. That show is great, especially in big dosages!

And penny loafers and flowy skirts sounds like such a girly yet elegant combination. Thanks for showing off those shoes, they're adorable!

Johanna - MyShoebox.se said...

Thank you for your sweet comment!

I´m not to fond of loafers really, but the heeled one looked sort of nice :)

Sasi said...

I still don't have an opinion about these shoes, I can't decide whether I like them or not..

I really love your summertime rituals. I have to say I don't have, but I may copy or alterate some of yours:P

The Haute-Shopper said...

I like the contrast of penny loafers if the rest of the outfit isn't too conservative. Or if there's a twist to the loafers, such as bright colors (similar to what you posted). I have loafer pumps, which I sometimes pair with a funkier outfit. Love the shoes you posted!

ana said...

Hi I love the blue ones they are amazing
have a nice week girl!

Kristin said...

I'm digging the Roxy pair!!

Marian said...

these are all great, love the Tory burch ones so much.
muah x
marian.

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