1 of only 80 pairs made. We are so excited to finally present a classic Penny Loafer made perfect with a radical cherry twist. Luxe boxed leather that will hold its colour forever, these are the everyday toe tappers you have been waiting for.
For years we have mused about making a perfect Penny Loafer, but have never been able to source the perfect outsole to finish this classic shoe in the very small quantities that we make. Working with our exciting new factory partner Mipiachi, we have now been able to source a more substantial rubber resin outsole, complete with embossed stitch trim at the sole edge that adds both weight and an English 'debonair' kind of humour. Words can't explain how stoked we were when our maker presented this outsole. It is sublime!
On the upper itself, to keep the feeling feminine we have used a delicate zigzag cutting detail to the tongue and topline seam that gives the shoes a modern (super radical!) twist. We went true classic on the band through the vamp (over the arch of the foot) with the signature 1920s style wing cut out detail that opens the top of the shoe up in only the most perfect floaty way. Honestly we could not be more proud of these shoes and consider them one of the best loafers we have ever made.
The Boxed Leather is stiff - much more so than previous loafers we have made - so they do start out feeling firm in a kind of 'school shoe' way. The leather is very high quality and a thick handle so it will take time to warm up and mold to your feet. Length is true to fit, however they are firm in the midsole so if you have wider feet you could consider sizing up. Feel free to call us 0437 933 073 if you need to talk through your sizing before you order.
I remember clearly the day we came across this extraordinary leather at the material markets in Guangzhou. It literally hit me from a distance with a lighting bolt kind of moment that went something along the lines 'can we be so brave as to use this otherworldly palette?!' The answer of course being an easy 'radical yes'. The pop of this cherry colour is pure joy and intergalactic energy guaranteed to bring light to the darkest winter days. Just try and look at it and not be inspired. Like her Lilac and Midnight sisters, these toe tappers are given a gentle touch accented out by the creamy full leather lining we have used on this story. We love the contrast of the heavy black outsole for a Parisian inspired contrast that also makes wearing this lighter palette a sinch. Add to fine white socks and man style suits and you have a total show stopping radical exclamation mark on your feet. Don't be worried about 'keeping them clean' either. The heavily waxed leather means the skin is no longer porous so will naturally repel dirt and makes for easy care wipe off despite the light appearance.
At Rad HQ Sofia and I have become mildly obsessed with Penny Loafers and socks. Exposed socks that can be seen by the rise of a cuff or roll of a jean. As seen here we like to power dress these shoes in pure Liberation style - mens suits, oversized blazers and a 'just try and stop me' look on the face. Right! They are shoes to get things done in which for us means suit them up and wear them LOUD. Of course if it's the weekend and you have finished world domination for the week you can also just go classic Stripe Knits, dark denim and a trench, still coming at the world putting nothing but your most radical foot forward.
Leather Upper / Leather Lined / Rubber Resin Outsole
Made responsibly in China in small batch quantities by our new boutique manufacturing partner, Mipiachi.
Yes. This is a full leather upper / leather lined shoe so will have natural stretch of around 5 - 7% depending on the amount of pressure applied to the upper.
Rad friends this is an extremely high quality leather upper so it does need care.
Leather is a wonderful material, breathable, durable and beautiful. But without a bit of love it can dry out and deteriorate.
For optimum care, we recommend and sell "Waproo Waterproofer" to protect them from unexpected showers. We recommend spraying monthly on the Full Moon and can send you a reminder if you sign up to our newsletter here.
Polish your leather shoes around once a month and clean when necessary with a leather conditioner and soft rag to remove any dirt accumulated on your travels.
For extra special treatment, polishing can help renew shoes that have developed scratches or other signs of regular wear. Wax and cream polishes available from a local shoe repairer will breath new life into your beloved toe tappers. Once your newly polished shoes have dried you can re-apply a waterproof spray for extra protection.
Returns – Full Priced Items
On full priced items we offer the option of a full refund, size exchange or store credit within 14 days of receiving the order. We also cover postage on the first exchange. See full returns process instructions here.
If you are in Melbourne you are also more than welcome to make an exchange instore at The Fitting Salon - 554 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.
Returns – Sale & ALL Promotional Code Items including Welcome codes
All sale items under $99 are final and there is no exchange or return offered for change of mind purchases or incorrect sizes so please choose carefully.
For sale items over $99 we happily offer either an exchange or store credit note valid for 6 months from the date of return (strictly no cash refunds) for change of mind purchases and size exchanges. Please note we do not cover Return Postage or the postage to get the exchange back out to you.
See full returns & exchange details here.