If the last few years have been good for anything, it's the prolific rise of the flat shoe. During lockdowns, now which seem like a lifetime ago, we suddenly had no use for heels—no offices, date nights or parties to wear them for. But that wasn't going to stop us shoe-loving folk from getting our fix. We got creative, trying out as many working-from-home and park walking-appropriate shoes we could find. From Birkenstocks and brogues to shearling slippers and combat boots. Never before has there been such a demand for flats, and never before has the selection been so eclectic.
Although we're now back to normality with plenty of excuses (none missed) to enjoy our joyful and rather impractical shoes once again. The place in our fashionable hearts for flat shoes has remained, and there's one timeless style in particular—popular for years even before we were forced into flats—that we're pretty sure we'll never not wear now, and that's loafers.
With their classic charm and minimalist versatility, loafers, from the original Gucci Horsebit Loafer to the more modern, chunky-sole versions from Prada, are still an undeniably appealing addition to our autumn wardrobe all these years later. If you choose (wisely) to invest in a luxury pair, you can be sure the cost-per-wear will tick down steadily over the many years you own them (that's Girl Maths). But there are also some excellent, more affordable, iterations on the high street now too. Just be sure to opt for real leather and they'll age gracefully alongside you.
Keep scrolling, and you'll not only find a thorough (trust us, we've scrolled through them all) list of the best loafers out there for autumn 2023, but there's also some chic loafer outfits to inspire you for the season as well. You're welcome!
Classic Loafer Outfit Ideas:
Okay, I'm adding this look to my outfit inspo pile ASAP.
Loafers with socks softens up the tailored look.
Bare ankles with loafers and jeans is such a chic, French-girl approved way to wear them.
Every fashion girl owns a pair of loafers. They look especially stylish paired with a trench coat.
This is a masterclass in using loafers for a modern tailored look.
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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.