10 Pairs Of Loafers To Elevate Any Outfit

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.

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, shorts and chinos. 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 dress trousers, chinos, button-down shirts and jumpers.
  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. Loafers in black or brown leather, for example, can be paired with a tuxedo or suit for a sophisticated look.
  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.

Loafers To Elevate Any Outfit

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Close up of feet in brown loafers


Women’s Cara Loafer, £100


Close up of feet in black loafers


Bow Loafers, £385


Brown croc shoe


Nadia Brown Croc Patent Leather Shoes, £139


Silver and sage loafers

Edward Green

Men’s Polperro 389 Last In Sage, £495


Red suede shoes

Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Women’s Tilly Collapsible Tassel Shoe in Rum Punch Suede, £325


Black leather shoes

Crockett & Jones

Women’s Lily Black Calf Loafers, £535


Navy and pink velvet shoes

Fairfax & Favor

Men’s Bedingfeld, £175


Black chunky loafer

Kurt Geiger London

Women’s Carnaby Chunky Loafer, £179


Green loafers

House of Bruar

Women’s Patent & Suede Tassel Shoe, £125


Reddish brown pair of leather shoes

New & Lingwood

Men’s Chestnut Calf Leather Tassel Shoes, £495


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