The one group that did go subtle were the preppies. The prep school look was in contrast to the messy brightness so prevalent and its footwear was distinguished by penny loafers. Classic penny loafers, in brownish-burgundy and with a slight heel, recalled the 1950s and suggested that the wearer eschewed most modern styles and took themselves seriously.
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