Founded in 1847 by Rebecca & Matthew Wildsmith in Piccadilly, London, Wildsmith is the manufacturer of the first ever slip-on loafer shoe, the Wildsmith loafer. Originally known as the model 582, the Wildsmith loafer was designed as an in-house shoe for King George Vl to wear with his shooting hose. The Wildsmith loafer grew out to become a widely popular casual style for outdoors, subsequently copied by many other leading shoemakers. Famous Wildsmith customers include King George VI, Prince Charles, John F Kennedy and Gary Grant.
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