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20 Best Loafers For Men Nailing Smart-Casual In 2023

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When it comes to dress shoes, loafers are rather special. They’re unique looking and somewhat bold like monk straps, but aren’t easy to pull off like cap-toe Oxfords. For those not blessed with a style gene, the thought of having to rock loafers can be rather intimidating but style a good pair well and you’re in for a home run.

Believe it or not, loafers aren’t a footwear style to be confined to just the office. You can’t beat a pair of Italian loafers when on a summer holiday, for example, and some moccasins are perfect for those smart-casual affairs.

They’re comfortable, well-crafted and complement smart casual outfits better than most shoe styles. Most importantly, they’ve got a history that dates back to the 1930s, meaning you’re always sliding into an enduring pair of shoes with genuine heritage.

Whether you’re a style guru or just trying to stand out amongst a sea of Oxfords, loafers have a place in your wardrobe and we’ve curated the best brands for you to sink your feet into.

Of course, we also understand that not every man is familiar with the slip-on shoe, so we’ve put together a complete guide on how to wear loafers to provide a beginner’s crash course.

Men’s Loafer FAQ

Are loafers formal?

Loafers are best for semi-formal events since they are not super casual nor super formal. Stylish and comfortable, they complement smart casual better than most shoes.

Should you wear socks with loafers?

For more casual outfits, like jeans or shorts, it is best not to wear socks. With trousers or chinos, wear with socks. Create contrast by wearing socks with varying hues for an injection of color.

Can you wear loafers with a suit?

Yes. Dress loafers go well with suits since they do not give the casual vibe that casual loafers exude. Wear them with your two-piece or three-piece suit.

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