Trend Report on penny loafers for 2009. Photos: various.
Yesterday afternoon, while strolling the main drag of Bedford Avenue we popped into a shoe store that had four different kinds of penny loafers on display. A coincidence? We think not. There are some trends that quietly reflect the mood and financial means of the consumer and there are some that are downright literal and unabashed in their analogies. That said, we've long been fans of the penny loafer and have no objection to their newfound popularity. These classic flats came along at the right time as they'll look nice with the cropped trousers and androgynous looks we'll also see this fall. Our pick so far is this pair by Poly. Clocking in at just under $110, it's a fine way to jump on the trend. Having taken a look at the older brands who still make the shoe, like this one, we can say that you wouldn't find them for much less anyhow.