1 of only 80 pairs made. We are so excited to finally present a classic Penny Loafer made perfect with a radical midnight pearlised twist. Luxe boxed leather that will hold it's 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 mould 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.
This is the kind of Midnight Blue shoe I might imagine Nick Cave wearing gingerly on a walk around Brighton in the English Winter circa 1999. Or maybe PJ Harvey. In any case with it's mildly glittery undertones it speaks of 90s eclecticism and great rock 'n roll moments twisted with a hit of the sharp suited gothic-thing we have a pretty big tendency for at Rad HQ (we are in Melbourne after all). The strength of this palette lies in it's trickery though of being able to throw different colours depending on what you are wearing with it - black tights make them feel much darker, whilst a contrasted white ankle sock will bring the subtle shimmer to life. We love shoes that do tricks and so we couldn't resist this as a substitute for where black probably could have gone and maybe will next season if you guys like the silhouette. Like her Lilac and Cherry sisters, our midnight incantation (thank you Nick) has been 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 white ankle tsocks and washed denim 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.
To the rock show with a blazer, to the studio with a trench, to school pick up with a juxtaposed and tucked in vintage sweat, with a Savers man-style suit for weekend dress ups, with washed denim and a white cable-knit for Saturday morning sharp at brunch, on secret mid-week adventures alone to the gallery to walk and muse in. They will scatter shards of twisted metallic daydreams everywhere they wander and will be the easiest shoes to match with all your moods - ever.
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.