7 Inspired Ways to Style Loafers

Blame it on Gucci—with some additional pointing-of-the-finger at Alexa Chung—but loafers aren’t going anywhere fast. Practical, chic and constantly reimagined in a plethora of colour-ways, textures and finishes, there’s a loafer to suit every personality. You might have already graduated from a traditional shape to a backless style or added a little metallic pizzazz to your wardrobe. But have you found yourself on autopilot, only ever reaching for a pair of fail-safe trousers every time you decide to sport your flats?

Well, the humble slip-on is a lot more hard-working than that. So it’s time to get creative and give styling credit where it’s due. You’re lucky, as we’ve done all the stylish digging for you: There’s proof abound that the loafer is versatile enough to be your new trainer or the perfect partner to a ladylike skirt. And your budget is inconsequential; you can splash out on Gucci’s must-have Jordaan style, or you can hit the high street with change from a £30—the decision is yours. Scroll through the most inspiring loafer styling in the gallery below, and click through to discover some of our favourite styles around right now.

How to Wear Loafers: Eva Chen in Bally flats

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Style Notes: Loafers over trainers? Eva Chen rocking a striped pair by Bally might just be enough to persuade us to switch up our urban uniform.

How to Wear Loafers: wear with a midi skirt

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Style Notes: Who said flats and midi skirts don’t go? Pick a pair with a bit of embellishment or an interesting flourish, and they’re worthy of being teamed with a ladylike piece.

How to Wear Loafers: espadrilles with shorts

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Style Notes: Loafers aren’t just a sensible winter and transitional staple. Styles with espadrille soles, such as this Loewe pair, mean you can take your footwear fetish to hotter climes.

How to Wear Loafers: bright styles

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Style Notes: Loafers can be subtle or in this case, the perfect piece of high-contrast full stop to your outfit. Flat yet vibrant, they’re effortlessly practical, yet possess the power to transform your feet into the star component of your look.

How to Wear Loafers: wear with fun socks

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Style Notes: Flat shoes + bare ankles = the perfect excuse to experiment with zany hosiery. Will you go for fishnet socks or shimmery ones?

How to Wear Loafers: wear with cigarette trousers

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Style Notes: In its original, more sober form, the loafer is the footwear stalwart of any wardrobe. Chic with cigarette trousers, a pair won’t let you down when you need to dress the part.

How to Wear Loafers: wear with mini skirts

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Style Notes: Business-looking flats such as loafers can help remove any overtly sexy connotations out of a thigh-grazing hemline. Throw a pair on with a denim miniskirt, and wave goodbye to any feelings of self-consciousness.

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