G.H. Bass Weejuns penny loafers
In 1936, G.H. Bass created the Weejun men's penny loafer, a leather dress shoe that was endearingly wearable and not too fancy or stuffy. Though the original Weejun was a "men's" shoe, it soon became beloved by women, who would order a pair two sizes down. In the following years, a women's version was created,
boasting the same exact silhouette in smaller sizes. To this day it's a class choice for both formal events (like fancy Italian weddings featured in "Vogue"
) and more casual, dressed-down looks.
You can find Weejuns in a plethora of colors and styles, but the original comes in black and burgundy in standard and wide widths in women's 5-11 and men's 6.5-13.