The Ivy League set an undeniable standard of prestigious dress in the 1950s. The resonance of this highly–regionalized expression of class and traditionalism has persevered in the United States in the ensuing five decades, Yuketen’s Penny Loafer offers a bold new take on an Ivy League classic.
Each pair of Yuketen’s genuine moccasin–construction footwear is handcrafted in our factory in Maine, USA. The shoes benefit from their construction using only the best components and materials such as the Horween’s Chromexcel leathers. Chromexcel is a buttery, malleable “pull–up” leather born of a unique double–tanning process of vegetable and chrome treatments, which imbues the leather with pleasantly aromatic liquor notes. Its suppleness, revealing of lighter tones in its oiled surface when stretched, makes it particularly suitable to moccasin construction.
To closely mirror the incongruence of the human foot and deliver a molded fit, multiple pieces of leather are hand–sewn and hand–lasted on Yuketen’s proprietary last, which was developed in the 1950s and was known as the best shoe last for an American–made moccasin. In addition, the base of the vamp has been cinched to further ensure an integumentary fit.
A Vibram’s oil–resisting morflex sole complements the dense eight layers of rubber and leather underfoot. Full vegetable–tanned leather insoles and midsoles, and tucks with steel shank reinforcements increase fitting in the arch and heel as well as lessen foot fatigue by forming a stable bridge between the heel and ball of the owner’s foot which causes weight to be distributed more evenly across the foot. This results in reduced foot fatigue and improved comfort. Yuketen’s signature tucks are made from 100% vegetable–tanned leather and will naturally accommodate the distinct shape of the wearer’s foot over time.