How To Wear Loafers Through The Seasons
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How To Wear Loafers Through The Seasons

No more loafing around

Tired of trainers? Bored of brogues? Find a cosy in-between by slipping your feet into a pair of stylish loafers, the perfect shoe for the spring-summer season. Give the trend a whirl with our guide to the best pairs for men and women below.

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What Are Loafers?

Loafers are a type of slip-on shoe with a low heel and no laces or fasteners. While the exact origin of the shoe is unclear – some argue that they were first introduced in 1930s Norway and worn by farmers and fishermen (and came to be known as ‘Aurland shoes’), while others say they came about in the early 1900s courtesy of London-based shoe company Wildsmith Shoes (which created the popular ‘Wildsmith loafer’) – the design usually comes in leather or suede and can be dressed up or down.

Where Can You Wear Them?

Loafers can be worn for both casual and dressy occasions. Some of the most common settings and dress codes include:

  1. Casual outings: Loafers can be worn with a variety of casual outfits, such as jeans and shorts. They are comfortable and easy to slip on and off, making them a great choice for running errands, hanging out with friends or going to a casual event.
  2. Business casual: Many workplaces have a business casual dress code, which make loafers a great choice for this type of setting. They pair well with smart trousers, button-down shirts, skirts, dresses and jumpers alike.
  3. Formal events: Depending on the style of the loafers, they can also be worn to more formal events, such as weddings, galas and other dressy occasions.
  4. Travel: Loafers are also a great choice for travel, as they are comfortable and easy to slip on and off at airport security checkpoints.

TikTok’s Wrong Shoe Theory

 

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If you fancy giving TikTok’s Wrong Shoe Theory a try, then team up your loafers with a pair of socks and a long maxi dress. We’re a big fan of this black slip dress, which makes the outfit feel a little more chic – but this can easily be switched out for other colours, prints and fits. This outfit is a little more hot weather-friendly too, although it can be layered up with tops, jumpers and jackets if need be.

The C&TH Loafer Edit

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Close up of feet in brown loafers

TOMS

Cara Loafer, £100

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Close up of feet in black loafers

CHYLAK

Bow Loafers, £385

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Brown croc shoe

Calla

Nadia Brown Croc Patent Leather Shoes, £139

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Red suede shoes

Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Tilly Collapsible Tassel Shoe in Rum Punch Suede, £185

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Black leather shoes

Crockett & Jones

Lily Black Calf Loafers, £535

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Green loafers

House of Bruar

Patent & Suede Tassel Shoe, £125

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