09 October 2008

Tassel Loafers: Shoes of the Counter-Revolution

"In France, the tasseled loafer makes its own peculiar political statement. John Vinocur, the executive editor of The International Herald Tribune, said that the shoes were worn, actually flaunted, by young rightists in the mid-1980's who wished to demonstrate their distaste for the Socialist Government...To them, the preppiness of the shoe represented American prosperity and free-market conservatism. Thus, it became part of the battle uniform of the young soldier of la contre-revolution."

The Politicization of Tassel Loafers, Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 03/11/93


Tony Ventresca said...

Bizarre...who'd have thought?

tintin said...

I'm a liberal democrat and I love 'em. Guess I'll have to stop wearing them in Paris.

Unknown said...

No way!! I was 13 years old in Paris (am afraid to say it was 27 years ago!!) when all of us where wearing them!!! and nothing of a political statement, just a fashion one!!