WHAT'S A WEEJUN?

A what? A Weejun. Because Norwegian. Fancy British sportsmen used to go to Norway to fish, and noticed these locally crafted slip ons. The shoes were then seen all over European resorts, followed by Palm Beach in 1936. At the time these true Norwegian shoes were exclusively sourced by two London shops, and had no American maker. That was until G.H. Bass got involved and made them even better, with a little cutout for a penny. And the rest...is style history.

HISTORY IN STYLE

Because of the versatile and adaptable nature of the Weejun’s design, the shoe has found itself at home in the closets of many varied subcultures and stylish artistic movements since its inception. Weejuns have graced the feet of everyone from James Dean and John F. Kennedy to scruffy London punks and even scruffier Tennessee rockabillies, and continue to be worn by fashion trendsetters across the globe.

1936
A New Pair

G.H. Bass was the first American manufacturer to construct leather loafers inspired by fashionable footwear popular in the social scene of Palm Beach. Featuring a signature strip of leather stitched across the saddle of the shoe, the shoes harkened back to traditional shoes worn by Norwegian fishermen, hence the name “Weejuns.”

1950's
Hollywood

James Dean’s chiseled looks and captivating attitude gave him star power on and off the screen. His casual style, consisting of cotton t-shirts, jeans, leather jackets and Weejuns, were replicated in men’s wardrobes across the nation.

1960's
Ivy Style

The preppy look of loafers reigned supreme on Ivy League campuses during the ‘60s and beyond. The casual slip-on silhouette merged with a leather finish complemented their existing classy yet casual wardrobe of cardigan sweaters, khaki chino pants, sport coats, and knitted ties.

1960's
JFK

With his charm, and timeless good looks, John F. Kennedy stepped Weejuns up to the next level. He embodied effortless American elegance, reflecting the relaxed yet polished appeal of Weejuns. His distinctive style immortalized Weejuns as the “American Shoe.”

1970's
Rude Boys

Influenced by an influx of Jamaicans to the UK, British youth began to adopt aspects of the island’s culture, mixing it with style cues from the Mods and Teddy Boys of previous decades. The preferred sharp suiting, thin ties, pork pie hats and Weejuns.

1980's-90's
In Vogue

During the time of maximalism and the rise of MTV, Weejuns were preferred among youth culture in America. From peacock punks to hip-hop legends to supermodels like Cindy Crawford, trendsetters of all types favored the iconic loafer.

2000's
Collabs

The rise in brand collaborations, including Chloe Sevigny For Opening Ceremony, Mark McNairy, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rachel Antonoff introduced Weejuns to streetwear style, creating a whole new generation of Weejuns lovers.

Today

Weejuns continue to unite style tribes with the universal nature of its classic design. In the digital social era, people more than ever have been able to share their opinions on politics, art, and, of course, personal fashion. #WeejunsByMe

MAKING AN ICON

There may be many imitators, but there’s only one Weejun. The design is simple yet bold, classic but never boring. The materials are both beautiful and high quality, built to stand the test of time. And no matter which sole you choose, you never have to sacrifice comfort for style.

Shoe tech diagram
Original Weejuuns

CLASSIC WEEJUNS

Traditional finished sole for a seamless stride with a rubber heel for maximum grip.

90s Weejuns

90s WEEJUNS

A chunky yet lightweight lug outsole brings comfort and durability to every season.