Loafers are a fashion staple that adds a touch of smart-casual style to any outfit. This guide will help you navigate the multiple styles and most importantly advise you how to wear loafers with any outfit.
- 1 Men’s Loafers
- 2 How To Wear Penny Loafers
- 3 Men’s Tassel Loafers
- 4 How to Wear Loafers
- 5 What Material?
- 6 What Are Loafers?
- 7 How to Wear Loafers
- 8 On That Note
Sliding on a pair of loafers is easy enough, but we’ve laid out a few guidelines so that your outfit will always be on point, no matter what you’re wearing. Since loafers are such a versatile piece, there are plenty of different styling opportunities. See below for our top tips for styling loafers for every day.
Loafers, being such a classic style, have been through countless iterations. They have come and gone in popularity, but it seems that loafers will always be a wardrobe staple. Loafers are reaching the height of fashion once again thanks to some designer brands and styles – we’re looking at you, Gucci. We are now seeing recreations of these loafers pop up in high street stores and on the feet of many on the street.
Best Loafers For Men
With so many styles available on the market it can be overwhelming. To cut through the noise, here at The Idle Man, we have put together a definitive guide to the best loafers for men. Read on for our top picks so your footwear can always be on point.
How To Wear Penny Loafers
In 1934, Maine boot-maker G.H.Bass began to make his brand of loafers – their name “Weejuns” harkened back to the shoes’ Norwegian roots. Soon, these shoes had become a staple of the American wardrobe.
Notably, it was said that during the 1930’s, school children and college students intending to make some bold fashion statement would insert coins into the triangular slit in the strap at the front. While this may not have been true, the name “Penny Loafer” stuck, becoming the common name for moccasin-like shoes for casual wear.
Brown Suede Penny Loafers
Brown suede penny loafers are a good option to reach for if you’re just starting to experiment with loafers in your wardrobe. With brown being a neutral colour, it will give you almost limitless styling options. Suede is a classic material that will lend itself well to many different outfits for various occasions.
How to Wear Penny Loafers with Jeans
Since Penny loafers are a footwear classic, why not pair them up with their best friend (and other fashion classics), a good pair of jeans. It’s best to stick with classic colours such as brown suede when you’re playing around with jeans and loafers. A good black pair contrasted with a distressed pair of jeans and a bomber jacket will make for a casual and modern look this season.
How to Wear Penny Loafers with Shorts
Because they can be slipped on at a moment’s notice, loafers look great with shorts. The key to making this look work is choosing the right style in the right colour. Because your outfit is instantly summery, go for a brown pair of loafers to dress it up.
It’s up to you how formal or informal you go, but a shirt and jumper combination with a pair of chino shorts and loafers is a great summer formal look. We would recommend going sock-free when you wear loafers and a pair of shorts. There are plenty of invisible socks on the market which will solve all of these problems – smell free!
Men’s Tassel Loafers
The story goes that the American film star Paul Lukas bought a pair of Oxfords with tassel laces while overseas during World War II. He returned to America, and asked Farkas and Kovacs, the New York shoemakers, to replicate them. Unsatisfied with the result, Lukas tried other shoemakers, and his request eventually reached the Alden Shoe Company.
The company came up with a new design of loafer. The slip-on shoe kept the leather tassels as decoration and marketed them as men’s tassel loafers. The name stuck and men’s tassel loafers in black especially became popular throughout the late 1950s.