The Not-So-Classic Loafer

Loafers – the ballet flats’ biggest competition this season. Loafers have taken unisex to a new level, with everyone from Alexander McQueen to Sam Edelman adorning spikes, tassels and floral prints – and even adding three-inch heels to the classic flat loafer. Thinking of donning a pair for your wardrobe but unsure of how to incorporate it into your daily routine? Think versatility, longevity and personality – and always think of these three words when you’re thinking of any trend.

 

Versatility – a shoe that can take you from work to brunch to dinner and lounging is a versatile shoe in my book. That’s the beauty of something that’s so classic and timeless – you are able to wear it for any and/or most occasions. J Crew exemplifies the two-toned loafer to perfection (jcrew.com), combining both the timeless colors of champagne and black, while adding a stacked heel to preserve its femininity and versatility.

 

Longevity – guess who debuted the loafer? Hugh Hefner. (Did your jaw drop just like mine did?) Debuted in the 70’s by the Playboy mogul, the loafer combines the best of worlds, the Oxford shoe and the ballet flat. It’s a neutral combination that will last long beyond its seasonal trend. Pour La Victoire (asos.com) maintains the spirit of longevity in a trend by crafting in patent black leather and adding a slim heel to the mix.

 

Personality – are you classically modern? Vintage-inspired? Rocker chic? Whatever the style, there’s a loafer that will suit everyone’s styles, be it a studded loafer, a printed one or a floral one. Keep it simple with a whiskey-colored studded loafer by French Sole (lyst.com), feminine and office appropriate with a floral loafer by Alexander McQueen (lyst.com) or go bold with Charles Philip’s leopard print loafers (stylecaster.com).