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, but its impact was more immediately felt across the Pacific. Throughout the style districts of Japan, such as Osaka’s Amerikamura (“American Village”), clothiers traded in vintage Brooks Brothers suits, L. L. Bean duck boots and Pendleton shirts, while trend reports from overseas were turned gospel, as evidenced with the cult classic Take Ivy. Yuketen’s Penny Loafer with Beaver Hair offers a bold new take on an Ivy League classic.
Each shoe is handstitched in our Maine, U.S.A. factory from Horween waxed flesh side leather. Waxed leather is inherently waterproof and was therefore adopted as a preferred material for US marine footwear. Yuketen incorporates this leather on several styles because waxed leather vintages more quickly than other leathers. After only a few months of wear, the shoe will appear as though it’s been worn for years. The upper is hand-punched and handsewn with awl, needle, and thread on Yuketen's proprietary last from multiple pieces of leather in order to ensure reinforcement, is cinched at the base to create an integumentary fit, and features Yuketen’s signature pinked collar and backstay.
An Italian-made Cortina sole complements the dense eight layers of rubber and leather underfoot. The replaceable Cortina sole is a soft-compound lug sole, which was made to commemorate the winter Olympic Games of 1956, which were held in the Cortina district of Italy. This lug sole was created to offer the best balance of grip and durability to maintain consistent performance in extreme weather. Our distinctive midsole component, constructed from composition rubber and 100% vegetable-tanned leather which has been air-dried in a 90-day process, is Goodyear-stitched together before being directly stitched to the vamp leather. Steel shank reinforcements increase fitting in the arch and heel, 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 and reduces foot fatigue. Our Yuketen signature tucks and full leather insoles are also made from 100% vegetable-tanned leather and will naturally accommodate the distinct shape of the wearer’s foot over time. The result is a shoe that will cradle its owner's foot, providing immeasurable comfort over a long trek.
The Penny Loafer with Beaver Hair offers a unique, robust, and fortified twist on the classic penny loafer, leaving it well suited for fall and winter use.