From Elvis Presley to Ryan Gosling, loafers have truly stood the test of time as a go-to choice for the debonair man. “Whilst not the obvious choice for a warmer climate, loafers have never been hotter,” says Farrah-May Archer, Styling Team Lead at Stitch Fix UK. “Paired with a light sock and a breezier choice of clothing to suit the heat, the loafer really is the shoe of the season.”
Your father had a pair, your grandfather had a pair, and thanks to a resurgence in preppy-chic style, loafers have reclaimed their place as the favourite footwear of the fashion-forward gent, with the styling service seeing a 36 per cent uptick in searches for the style.
Versatile, sleek and sophisticated, the slip-on shoe makes for a sharp addition to any great outfit, whether it’s your office-ready two-piece suit, or jeans and a jumper at weekend brunch. From classic leather and suede to contemporary canvas – or even embroidered velvet – the wear-everywhere shoe offers up a plethora of suave styling options. For fresh smart-casual style, Archer recommends pairing a light linen shirt with wide-leg trousers and your loafers of choice. “Add socks to break up the outfit and offer a nod to Elvis’s iconic Jailhouse Rock, while pairing your loafers with Bermuda shorts will emulate a silhouette adored by some of high fashion’s favourites, including Prada and Balenciaga.”
However you choose to wear them, these are the best loafers to shop right now…