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In celebration of the legendary horsebit loafer’s sixtieth anniversary, Gucci presents the 1953 collection for men and women. Creative Director Frida Giannini envisions a bold combination of colors and materials and a new shape bearing the hardware that has inspired a legacy.
It was 1953 when the double ring and bar motif from the equestrian world debuted on the men’s loafer. Within a few short years, these shoes graced the feet of Hollywood’s leading men including Clark Gable, John Wayne and Fred Astair, and in 1985 the horsebit loafer became part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - propelling this style to become the most iconic Gucci shoe ever made.
On the right: John Wayne, Gucci Rome store, 1960s.
The 1953 loafer is available in a wide selection of shades and materials: from patent leather and suede, exotic crocodile and python, and canvas printed with the House’s Flora pattern.
On the right: Lawrence Harvey, Gucci store in Rome, late 1960s.
Available from November 2012 at select Gucci boutiques worldwide and on gucci.com.