What Are You (Really) Wearing? A Horsebit Hardware History

If you’ve already scored designer driving loafers for fall, you’re on the right track – their buttery leather exteriors and slip-on shape make them a must-have. But that hardware adorning their forepart? Well, that’s what makes them iconic.


You see, at the end of the 19th century, the Italian leather firm now known as Gucci was founded as a small family-owned saddlery shop. The brand quickly became known for its equestrian accessories and the signature double ring and bar on each piece. In 1953, this recognizable horsebit hardware was incorporated onto Gucci’s famed loafer – and a cultlike following was born.

Just two months ago, Gucci celebrated the design’s 60th anniversary. To commemorate such a long-standing love affair with this covetable shoe, we think it’s only right to snag a pair with a modern twist (the brighter the better).

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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August 13, 2013