When on holidays you can’t beat a lazy pair of Italian loafers. They’re comfortable, well-crafted and complement smart casual better than most shoes. Most importantly they’ve got a history which dates back to the 1930s so that means you’re always sliding into an enduring pair of menswear history.
Of course we also understand that not every man knows how to wear loafers, so we’ve also got the complete guide on how to wear loafers should you need it. Time for a crash course.
Loafer Styles You Need To Know
The types of loafers make all the difference and men can choose from various styles.
The classic of classics, the penny loafer has a leather strap across the top of the shoe, with a diamond-shaped slot just wide enough to hold a small coin.
Featuring an elegant tassel on the top of the shoe, the tasseled loafer is said to have originated from Oxfords which featured tassels on the end of laces. The shoe was launched in 1950 after some experimentation and has been a hit since.
This one was created by Gucci back in 1968 and is also known as the Gucci loafer. It features a golden brass strap in the shape of a horse’s snaffle laid across the front. Gucci was also the first to turn the traditionally brown loafer black.
Apron loafers are easily identifiable by visible edges or stitches that finish off the toe (thereby forming a sort of ‘apron’ along the shoe’s front). It’s also known as a moc toe loafer.
Now that you’ve passed that little test, here are the eleven loafers we’re loving at the moment which will take you from the office to the party with style and ease.
Tried and tested the men’s leather loafer is the classic choice when it comes to this shoe. Durable and suitable for every season, the leather loafer is most often seen in black and brown. Keep them well polished and you’ll have a shoe to wear with suits and more casually with jeans.
The suede loafer is the elegant dry weather loafer which is often overlooked when loafer shopping. Think of the suede loafer in the warmth or Florence in an Italian Summer. Brown and tan suede are the most common choices when it comes to these fine specimens.