The Best Penny Loafers for Women (2021)

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Penny Loafers for Women

Did you know penny loafers were originally Norwegian?

The original penny loafer was designed by Norwegian Nils Tveranger in the early 1900s, after he visited America. He re-designed the traditional laceless teser shoe that Norwegian fishermen wore by incorporating elements from the moccasins worn by Iroquois Native Americans.

Wealthy European and American foreigners visited Norway for salmon fishing and mountaineering, loved the shoe, and brought it all over the world!

Penny loafers didn’t really take off though, until students started wearing them in the 1940s to 1960s. Always late for class and in a rush, Ivy League prepsters loved the easy slip-on design and affordable price point.

They say classics never go out of style, and penny loafers are an American icon. 

To put your own spin on the shoe, keep reading for our favorite penny loafers in every style and price point!

 

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Best Penny Loafers (2021)

 

Best Classic Penny Loafer: Sebago

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Sebago makes some classic penny loafers.

These are made from all leather and have cute tassels. They’re a rounded toe and would look so cute with white socks and a mini skirt.

Sebago Loafers

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Best Slip On Penny Loafer: Freda Salvador

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For something slightly edgy, try these penny loafers with cut outs on the side.

The fun black and white print gives them a Michael Jackson vibe and I love the croc embossed detail on the shoes too!

Freda Salvador Loafers

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Best Classic Penny Loafer: Ralph Lauren

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I love a statement shoe.

These red Ralph Lauren penny loafers are classic with a pop of color. They’re made from soft, breathable leather, are slightly padded in the insoles and have just a touch of gold branding on the outside heel.

Ralph Lauren Loafers

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Best Chunky Penny Loafer: Madewell

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I’ve waxed poetic about these Madewell loafers in several posts, like my Chunky Loafer guide and Brown loafer article because they’re so cute!

They combine a bit of everything – a chunky sole, a penny loafer style and a classic look – so they look on trend and timeless at the same time.

Madewell Loafer

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Best Contrast Stitched Penny Loafer: Aquatalia

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These Aquatalia loafers are super fun.

They’re made from all leather but waterproofed to keep you dry even in rain or snow. I like the classic loafer silhouette and the contrast white stitches. It’s got a fun square toe and chunky heel too! 

Aquatalia Loafers

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Most Comfortable Penny Loafer: Sperry

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Sperry’s always been synonymous with boat shoes and loafers to me. 

The classic American brand makes these cushioned penny loafers in leather, suede and tons of colors. They’re extra supportive in the insoles and super breathable – great to wear all year round!

Sperry Loafers

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