I love it when the classics make a fashionable statement, like the good old Gucci-esque loafer is doing at the moment. My hunch is that it will continue to do so because updated classics can be successfully incorporated into any modern style. Remixing updated classics with trendy pieces is in itself a trend that defines our fashion era. So allow me to shout this from the rooftops once again: Classic wardrobe items are powerful because they can be transformed into YOUR look when mixed and matched YOUR way.
Loafers are slip-on flat shoes with high vamps that come in a variety of styles, some of which are more casual than others. Driving mocs have sporty rubber soles. The oh-so-trendy slipper flat lacks typical moccasin detailing, yet it’s described as a loafer. Penny loafers have a distinctive cut-out band across the top of the vamp. Some loafers have tassels or fringe, and some are heeled. And the Gucci-esque loafer has the trademark horse bit hardware across its vamp.
High-vamped footwear has been all the rage for many seasons, so loafer popularity is gaining momentum. The outfits below showcase dressy classic Gucci loafers and penny mocs remixed into modern outfits. They work really well with tapered cropped pants, rolled straight leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, skinnies, and shorts. Keep the colour of the loafers low contrast to create a longer leg line when wearing loafers with bare legs. Or wear self-colour loafers with ankle pants.
The best parts about the loafer are its practical slip-on integrity and high comfort factor. It tends to stay securely on the foot, unlike the ballet flat, which tends to fall off. It’s easy to insert an orthotic into the style. It’s a great shape for wide feet. And the style also comes with a one inch heel, which is often more comfortable than a half inch heel.
I bat for Team Pointy Toe, but I also love dressy and classic round toe loafers. I particularly love the way they have been remixed sans socks into simple and crisp outfits in the pictures below. To my eye it’s a chic and no-fuss look that goes the distance. Pretty ageless and with a high longevity factor.
Few of my clientele are into loafers though. Many think of them as frumpy, stumpy, and overly classic or preppy, despite their excellent comfort. I’m hoping to change their minds by suggesting they try the right loafer style and colour in combination with trendier wardrobe pieces.
Over to you. Do you like loafers? If so, which styles tickle your fancy?