Bit loafers. Originally started by Gucci, they are a great casual loafer with a little extra. Not as formal as the tassel loafer or the full strap version, but not as casual as the penny loafer, the bit loafer fills the ‘dressy-casual’ niche. OK with khakis and wool trousers, as well as with shorts. These are those loafers with a grin.
Both are older Cole Haan models – the brown are Made in Italy version, and the black are not.
Getting a little patina on the bits…
The best thing about bit loafers is there is a variety to choose from. They are starting to become a staple in all sorts of catalogs. It’s hard not to find a bit loafer that will fit your needs:
Barker Black Wolfe Snuff Suede Loafer (I know, not a true ‘bit’, but just as cool)
Alden Horse Bit Loafer – the Cadillac