In the increasingly informal workplace, penny loafers have become a viable alternative to de rigueur oxford laceups and tassel loafers but often risk appearing a touch too sloppy. To address this, ours is crafted on our dressy TKS slightly elongated chisel toe last that takes formality up a few notches in a supple espresso Italian reverse calf suede. Fall right in step with your high flying colleagues without looking a stooge for your hot date the same evening.
As with the best ready-to-wear shoes, ours are handwelted with a lip cut directly into a thick insole rather than a glued-in canvas rib to which the welt is hand sewn to for enhanced longevity without having to worry about canvas rib slippage or glue coming loose. This means the shoes can theoretically be resoled more times and offer elevated comfort and support from 8-10mm thick leather insoles compared to standard cork filling (from Goodyear shoes) that cushion the footbed. Aesthetically, the waist can be trimmed closer to the upper to make a distinct beveled waist that is typically associated with bespoke shoes. Our outsoles are then machine sewn to the welt to keep the cost competitive offering what we feel is a perfect balance of quality and price. The outsoles are decorated with Clematis’ signature faux fiddleback and leaf shaped rubber heel counter as a nod to the master.