The Versatile Flat Shoe Style That's Probably Missing From Your Wardrobe

If there’s one shoe style that will see you through from Monday through to Sunday, it’s backless loafers. When humble loafers were spliced at the hands of Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele circa 2015, among the agenda-setting collection were reworked slip-ons, lashed at the back and lined with a furry interior, thus creating the ultimate easy shoes known as backless loafers. Like the more uptight mannish originals but combining slipper-like comfort, they’re still smart enough to pair with your 9-to-5 uniform, from suits to midi skirts, but better yet, they’re the perfect pairings to those tricky in-between ankle lengths such as calf-length dresses and culottes—double win.

The best way to wear them on weekends is with ankle-grazing denim or simple dresses. Our only style rule is don't wear with tights—too likely to fly off your feet and also look a bit strange on your heels. Scroll down to see our edit; these styles are worth a touch of frostbite.