penny loafer

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penny loafer

placing penny in slot at top of shoe brings good fortune. [Am. Folklore: Misc.]
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Some of them kinds of loafers never has a cent in the world, nor a chaw of tobacco of their own.
All the loafers looked glad; I reckoned they was used to having fun out of Boggs.
"The lazy Irish loafer! My own room's just above Rosy's.
"Matter!" cried a rye loafer, indignantly, "why the horrid beast has eaten three of our dear Crumpets, and is now devouring a Salt-rising Biscuit!"
"I am a good worker," Newman continued, "but I rather think I am a poor loafer. I have come abroad to amuse myself, but I doubt whether I know how."
As a loafer I shall never be original, as I take it that you are."
He hurried to his chamber and was down again in a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he was a perfect sample of the class.
I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at the expense of six shillings, made all sure by buying a pair of his cast-off shoes.
My typical weekend wear would be T-shirt, jeans and either loafers or Nike Shox.
When will we realise that this bunch of aristocratic loafers is just a practical joke that has been played on us for centuries?
Above left: terracotta/multi-colour foliage-patterned jacket (pounds 249), silk terracotta sweater (pounds 55), wool taupe trousers (pounds 75), loafers (pounds 69); above middle: grey knitted ensemble (pounds 215), suede boots (pounds 169); above right: terracotta jacket (pounds 171), taupe trousers (pounds 85), sweater and loafers as before; left: orange twin set (pounds 85), skirt (pounds 105).
There are strappy and laced-up heels, pumps and pointed flats with pompom accents for lunch dates or party nights; boots and loafers with a lot of attitude for weekend getaways.