A classic pair of penny loafers Source: Samuel Windsor
If you’re looking for a shoe with some serious pedigree, then the penny loafer not only has a story to tell, but remains quite possibly the most iconic shoe of all time.
Quite a boast, but these classic American shoes have hopped, skipped and moonwalked a long way since their creation over 70 years ago.
What about the penny?
Penny loafers – perfect for stashing cash Source: BigStockPhoto
Inspired by Norwegian shoes called Weejuns, penny loafers got their name when a leather band was added across the front in 1936.
The leather band contained a hole and this became a rather handy and fashionable place for a dime or penny to be stored when needing to use a payphone. Rather neat aye?
Penny loafers were made for moonwalking Source: Fotolia.com
But the penny loafer became immortalized by Michael Jackson. When he took one small step backward onto the dance-floor, and one giant leap to impressing the world with his moonwalk.
Look the part with loafers, white socks and short black trousers Source: Fashion Week
So if you want to moonwalk like the king of pop, it begins with getting yourself a pair of penny loafers.
MJ was more than happy with their style, strength and flexibility and that’s quite an endorsement.
Get yourself some short black trousers and white socks too. If you look the part and you’ll feel the part.
The step-by-step moonwalk technique
Michael Jackson in action Source: What about MJ?
Step 1 — Find a smooth floor with plenty of space and stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
Step 2 — Raise your right heel so that you’re standing on the ball of your right foot. Shift your weight onto that still raised right foot so the left foot feels weightless.
Step 3 — Lower your right heel slowly while sliding your still weightless left foot backward until the toes of your left foot are aligned with the heel of your right foot. If you do it right, it should look like your left foot is floating backward across the floor.
Step 4 — Lift your left heel and shift your body weight so that you’re now standing on the ball of that foot. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the opposite feet. With a bit of practice and an increase in speed, you’ll be moonwalking like Michael Jackson.
Watch the video below to witness the first MJ moonwalk and some of the many imitators:
Tinker, tailor, soldier or spy — it matters not what a man does for a living. What matters is how a man loafs in his loafers.
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Loafers - the only footwear fit for loafing
With a name that suggests taking it easy, loafers are the finishing touch to a relaxing day. Simple in design, comfy too, loafers are all you’ll need to keep your feet warm if you feel inclined to shuffle along somewhere, anywhere or nowhere in particular. The trek to the fridge can seem quite far after all.