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Shoe - Wannabe loafer

Wannabe loafer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)
    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cox, Patrick, born 1963 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather and snakeskin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Patrick Cox

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of the late 20th century's popular and influential shoe designers is Patrick Cox. Born in Canada, he launched his career while still enrolled at the Cordwainers College in London in the 1980s, creating radical designs for Vivienne Westwood. He re-interpreted traditional men's footwear, most famously the loafers. Patrick Cox created his Wannabe range of chunky loafers for the Autumn/Winter 1993/94 collection and by 1996 he had designed a range of Wannabe clothes and accessories to go with the shoes.

The loafers shown here are from the Autumn/Winter 1998 collection, where metallic snakeskin complemented a futuristic look at the men's suits, while on other shoes velcro fastenings and zips reflected the functional details of the sportswear tops.

Physical description

Moccasin-style loafer made of brown metallic-effect leather and snakeskin.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)
Italy (made)


1998 (designed)


Cox, Patrick, born 1963 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather and snakeskin

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped on sole


Height: 11.7 cm, Length: 28.2 cm, Width: 10.6 cm

Descriptive line

Metallic-effect snakeskin loafer 'Wannabe loafer', designed by Patrick Cox, Great Britain, 1998, and made in Italy

Production Note

Autumn/Winter Collection 1998


Leather; Snake-skin


Accessories; Footwear; Leather; Men's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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