Discover the Venetian Loafer, the simple shoe that will enhance your summer style


There is a lot of talk about moccasins around these pieces, for good reason: From flashy bits to classic pennies, there are no shoes that are better suited to the present moment. A little dressy, a little casual, as easy and comfortable as your house shoes. They look fantastic with shorts, suits, whatever. Hell, you might already have a pair – or five – in your regular rotation. Even so, there is one rising style that you probably don’t know yet: the Venetian moccasin.

Chris Pine in Toronto, September 7, 2018.Rodin Eckenroth / Getty Images

Construction-wise, the Venetian is similar to the more conventional moccasins you’re familiar with, except for a few crucial stylistic flourishes, namely straps, tassels, and kilties which typically rest on the upper. Take away all of that excess detail and you end up with a moccasin that looks, almost paradoxically, much more stylish than its more elaborate counterparts. Inundated with a sea of ​​bizarre sneakers and chunky boots, the tasteful restraint of the Venetian moccasin swims against the tide.

Lately it looks like the Venetian moccasin is popping up all over. It’s long been a favorite of Jerry Lorenzo, who made a pair of Venetians one of the flagship shoe styles in Fear of God’s seventh collection. Movie stars from Chris Pine to Jake Gyllenhaal have turned to the Venetian to bring an unexpected polish to their red carpet looks. And right now, with everyone from cool brands like Engineered Garments to age-old shoe makers like John Lobb turning the style on, it’s never been easier to slip into a grade A pair.

Pierce Brosnan in Venice, September 2, 2012.Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

If you’re looking to stay one step ahead of your loafer-adorned friends – if you need a pair of shoes that stand out for their simplicity, that pair well with ripped jeans and wide leg pants – these could be the simplified slip-ons for you.

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