Loafers for Men
Loafers may have been classified as the “lazy man’s shoe” but who cares? They are great and easy to wear with anything!
There are many types of loafers from the super classic “Penny” to the newly “String” style, some are even changing the details altogether, like Justin Fitzpatrick.
Materials can range from different leathers to linens and tweeds. Shoes of all styles and shapes can be made out of anything, it is limitless, the only thing that would stop it is the maker’s imagination.
Here is where people may get stuck with wearing loafers, when and how can they wear them?
The answer is simple, anywhere and anytime. I know many people might be against this, as “the rules” are their faith but too bad and boring for you.
Wearing loafers in a formal situation is as easy as choosing black. No matter what shoe or loafer you are wearing, black always gives an element of formality. Feel free to choose a clean Penny, Slipper or Apron and for those wanting a little more unstated flair, a Tassel, Velvet or Horse-bit is perfectly fine.
Worn well in White and Black tie events and other highly formal occasions.
This area is all depending on what you are wearing, color-wise. So don’t think wearing black in this situation is wrong or too formal. Dark brown would be the preferable choice and mainly in top grain leathers. Another color some may not have thought about is burgundy, it is another very classic color associated with loafers.
These can be worn with suits or jacket/trouser combinations for work, events or smart evenings.
Another easy occasion option, suede. The underside of leather is perfect for jeans and chinos, a personal preferred option in summer for me also. Suede is breathable and wears in very quickly, the nap or hairs give them texture and a relaxed look. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear top grain leathers with a more casual setting, any color with a pair of jeans looks great.
For more casual suiting like linen and cotton, try wearing a pair of suede loafers or wear them with shorts instead of flip-flops.
To sock or not to sock? Is not a question anymore but a debate. Fashion brakes rules and lines, and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. The question I hear or should I say “statement” is that going sockless will rot your shoes. This is true if you are a person who wears the same shoe every single day until they fall off! Like all leather shoes or just shoes in general, the longevity is in the rotation and care. I personally have been wearing loafers and shoe without socks in summer for years and never come across any “rot” as I don’t wear the same pair constantly. Style has no rules and is never wrong but in saying that you have to know the “rules” to break them.
So next time you go shoe shopping, think about a pair of loafers to add to your wardrobe!