J.M. Weston180 loafer (1946), Édouard Blanchard
Founded in 1891 by Édouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston is a French luxury leather goods company, renowned for its handmade shoes for men. All shoes are handcrafted in Limoges, France, with leather from Weston’s own tannery.
Still designed to the same specs as when they debuted in 1946, the 180 loafer is J.M. Weston’s most iconic style. The 180 was adopted in the 1960s by the Parisian counterculture commonly known as the ‘Bande du Drugstore’. These teenagers from bourgeois families combined the loafers with wayfarer sunglasses, jeans and bare ankles. Other loafers, like the Bass Weejuns (which also feature on Wikiconic), have a more preppy appeal. The J.M. Weston loafers however appeared on the feet of French presidents and rebels alike.
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