"she wore those flat brown leather shoes with fringed tongues lapping down over the front that are supposed to be so sporty"
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike'Loafers' - Credit: Grabadonut, Flickr

What is being described here is a type of shoe often known in America as a 'loafer'.

Although 'loafers' were produced originally in Norway in the 1930's, their styling is based to some extent on that of the 'moccasin', the traditional footwear of the Native American Indian.


Quapaw beaded moccasins
Public DomainQuapaw beaded moccasins - Credit: Uyvsdi, Wikimedia Commons