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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.