There's something immensely satisfying about a classic item of clothing you likely already have in your wardrobe being declared a new trend. Whether it's a beige trench coat, or a wide-leg trouser, clearly, these sorts of items don't need the additional PR. However, just like a silver-screen actor who wins a long-overdue Oscar, it's nice to take a moment to appreciate those wardrobe heroes that have survived the decades. And this season, it's the humble loafer's turn to enjoy the spotlight.
With a history that stretches back to 1926 (reportedly first created as a household shoe for King George VI), the loafer might've started out as a menswear icon, but fast-forward 95 years, and it's a shoe that has been well and truly embraced by womenswear designers. Prized for its streamlined minimalism and unisex appeal, it has become a go-to for adding polish to everything from denim to dresses.
By now we're all familiar with the iconic Gucci loafer, but in recent years there's been even more iterations gaining classic status, like Prada's chunky styles. If this season's street style shots are anything to go by, loafers of all kinds look set to continue as one of the most popular flat shoe trends through 2023. The great news is that you don't have to shop for your favourite pair solely from luxury retailers. You'll find plenty of affordable options from high-street brands such as & Other Stories and Arket, I personally can't resist the minimalist charm of COS' modern loafers. Whichever style you choose, all they need is a simple jeans and shirt outfit to last you for the entirety of spring (and autumn, too, when it rolls around).
So if you're looking for an easy shoe to add polish to your spring outfits, I would strongly recommend a loafer. I have pairs that are nearly 10 years old, which I bring out every year and still look as good as the first time I wore them. Whether you're a platform-sole lover or crave a chunky chain detail, keeping scrolling to see and shop my edit of the best high-street loafers to buy now.
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