from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a low leather step-in shoe with an upper resembling a moccasin but with a broad, flat heel. This trademark often occurs in print in lowercase: "The groom wore jeans, loafers and no socks” ( Sports Illustrated).


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  • The Spaulding Leather Co. trademarked the term "Loafer" for its moccasin-style slip-on shoe, first made in New Hampshire, in 1933.

    April 1, 2011