Design Study: Ito Penny Loafer
With a design inspired by the purity of minimalist architecture, the Ito is a modern penny loafer.
The Ito’s most distinctive characteristic is its lightness. Viewed from the side, the loafer waterfalls from a low tongue, slipping into the quarters before rounding off towards the toe. From the rear, the absence of a heel counter assists the shoe's fluid lines to ebb and flow into each other. When seen from above, the shoe’s muscular waist curves inwards coming to rest at a gentle valley.
When honing the loafer to its essential qualities we were careful to preserve its masculine character. Its most prominent feature, the front strap, is wide, confident, and clean, standing as the shoe's focal centre. Meanwhile, the pared-back apron allows the design to "breathe". The result is a subtly defined toe that is well integrated and coherent with the shoe’s aesthetic. As opposed to rigidity or control, the overall design is meant to convey strength and openness.
In line with its appearance, the shoe’s minimalist design is versatile. The Ito was conceived with both its wearer and viewer in mind. For instance, the shoe's clear lines match the dramatic angles of classic men’s tailoring. Equally, the shoe’s refined silhouette elevates more casual outfits. Thus, form follows function.
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