Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer: 60 years of all the right moves

“It isn’t a buckle or a clasp. It’s the Horsebit. Light and pliable as it is fashionable and luxurious”, says Gucci about its creation celebrating six decades.

From the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the world’s most fashionable streets, Gucci’s Horsebit loafer has inspired legions of true believers. The distinctive piece of equestrian hardware has been married to Gucci handcrafted leather loafer since 1953, and to celebrate the pair’s 60th Anniversary in 2013, the classic shoe is getting a fresh point of view.

Icons like Fred Astaire, Sofia Loren and John Wayne knew this from the start, which might just be why they had so much swagger in their step.

Rebel or romantic? Jet set or prep? The special 1953 Collection turns up the attitude with bold colors, luxury materials and unexpected details. The Italian fashion house teamed up with international style bloggers to show how they wear Gucci’s loafers.