Details about 181
This women’s shoe does not feature any lacing, buckles, or other types of closures. No. 181 is a classic slip-on shoe—a penny loafer, to be precise—with a cognac-coloured leather upper. The penny loafer was once beloved among college students; this model, thanks to its feminine, Norway-style last form and block heel, has evolved into something much more versatile.
Goodyear-welted penny loafer in cognac
The penny loafer (often simply referred to as a loafer) is known for its so-called »bridge« detail, a slit strip of leather that lies across the top of the instep. While retaining this feature, No. 181 eschews the penny loafer’s traditional flat heel for a modern block heel. This unique model also features a split vamp, in the style of traditional Norwegian shoes.
The shaft of No. 181 is made entirely of the finest French calfskin. The inner lining and insole are made of vegetable-tanned cowhide. This model has been made using the Goodyear welting production method, which guarantees a perfect fit, extraordinary durability, and easy reparability. Soft cork filler placed between the insole and outsole makes for an exceptionally comfortable footbed. The heel and outsole come from the traditional Trier-based Rendenbach company, which has been producing high-quality leather soles since 1871.
No. 181 is a cognac heeled loafer with a classic, low-key yet elegant feel. The special cut of the shaft has a timeless look, and the shoe is easy to combine with clothing. Whether worn in the office, to a meeting, or during free time, this model is sure to impress.
The loafer is a comfortable slip-on shoe that was created at the beginning of the 20th century, and is considered an offshoot of the moccasin. Its shaft runs along the bottom of the foot and is connected on the top of the shoe with a vamp insert. This shoe also features an outsole and heel.
Subtly narrows at the front of the shoe. Features an elegantly rounded toe and a slightly elevated instep arch. The marked rise of the toe from the ground and the average-width middle portion of the shoe ensure wearing comfort. Ideal for average and high insteps.
This shoe’s upper boasts premium, medium-soft and fully-dyed calfskin. The technical term for this kind of leather is "French calf". This type of leather is known for its flexibility, fine texture, and soft grain.
The upper has been fully-dyed cognac, while an intricate finish at the toe lends a final decorative touch. This special refinement at the tip of the shoe imbues the leather with a darkly gleaming shimmer.
For the past 140 years, Rendenbach has used oak bark tanning to produce leather soles—the process can take up to nine months. These soles are renowned for their extreme durability and natural water repellency. Women’s shoes with Rendenbach soles are a real novelty.