Moccasins are actually a large family, which includes a number of models. The French vocabulary does not always pay tribute to them, so we will sometimes use English terms. Let's review the main ones.
The Penny Loafer
Penny Loafers are the moccasins worn by preppy style enthusiasts. A century after their invention, they are still in use today.
The preppy movement, born in the U.S. in the 1950s, is characterized by a look that includes Penny Loafer moccasins or boat shoes, Chinese pants, a polo shirt or Oxford shirt or even a sweatshirt and tie in the colors of the university.
Historically, they were designed in Norway. A native named Nils Gregoriussen Tveranger, after spending many years studying the art of shoe design in the USA, returned to his home country to create the Aurland moccasin. It was a shoe inspired by what the Iroquois tribes wore.
In 1934, an American shoe manufacturer named G.H. Bass & Co. launched a variant of the Aurland model called Weejun. It had a leather band on the front.
Today, the Penny Loafer is not reserved only for the preppy style. Very versatile, you can wear it in a dressy as well as a relaxed look. Concretely, you can choose them for summer weddings as well as smart, casual or smart-casual looks.