Say hello to the shoe of the summer: the loafer.
Worn with a pair of cropped trousers or pinrolled jeans – sockless, of course – this must-own silhouette will bring a sophisticated, continental feel to any look you put together this season.
Whether you’re looking to add a new style to your ever-expanding collection or it’s your first foray into the world of warm-weather shoes, our edit below has you covered.
1. Church’s Nevada Loafers
Loafers do not come much more classic than this.
Handcrafted from premium ‘Nevada’ calf leather, the ‘Hertford’ by British heritage brand Church’s comes in a rich walnut colourway, which will match beautifully with everything from white jeans to a navy suit.
Not only that, the shoe features a cork layer between the insole and outer sole that moulds to the wearer’s foot, ensuring comfort, while the leather lining is designed to regulate temperature and prevent perspiration, even in hot weather.
Available at Church’s, priced £385.
2. Gucci Horsebit Suede Loafers
To call the Gucci Horsebit loafer a menswear classic would be an understatement.
A hero piece for the Italian label, this buckle front design has remained a worldwide favourite since its 1953 debut. For the present day, we’ve got our eyes on this luxurious mid-blue suede pair, which will pair wonderfully with a pair of slim-fit trousers and a navy polo shirt for a chic, Riviera-inspired look.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £455.
3. J.Crew Kenton Suede Tassel Loafers
American retailer J.Crew’s Kenton tassel loafer manages to effortlessly blend the traditional with the contemporary.
Combining a rich beige suede upper with a contrast Goodyear welt sole, which allows them to be resoled as they wear down, they’re ideal for preppy dressers.
Available at J.Crew, priced £198.
4. ASOS Loafers In Suede
Not convinced that loafers work with casualwear? This pair by ASOS should change your mind.
The shoe’s soft suede upper and tassel and beaded detail combine to produce a relaxed pair of loafers that are suitable for everyday wear.
Team with distressed jeans, a vintage T-shirt and a pair of clubmasters for a laid-back, bohemian-inspired look.
Available at ASOS, priced £45.
5. Suitsupply Brown Loafers
Amsterdam’s Suitsupply is a seasoned pro at turning out gentlemanly classics with a contemporary twist, and its footwear range is no exception.
This brown pair of slip-ons comes crafted from part Italian leather, part soft silk-linen, for a unique textured finish that will complement any modern tailored ensemble – just be sure to keep your trouser leg skinny and slightly cropped to show them off in all their glory.
Available at Suitsupply, priced £199.
6. Aldo Beoda Loafers
Timeless, classic and versatile, black leather loafers will make a welcome addition to any modern shoe collection.
Featuring a round toe, rubber sole and classic tassel detailing, this pair by Aldo will quickly become a go-to for any warm-weather occasion – whether it’s a night out or dress-down Friday in the office.
Available at Aldo, priced £80.
7. John Lobb Lopez Leather Penny Loafers
This exclusive British brand usually only makes its high quality shoes to order, but thankfully you can now snap up ready-to-wear designs online via Mr Porter.
Producing the finest men’s shoes since 1849, high quality craftsmanship and timeless design come as standard with John Lobb. These subtly-mottled loafers are sure to live in your footwear collection for years to come.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £780.
8. Marks & Spencer Suede Snaffle Loafers
These grey suede snaffle loafers by high street institution Marks and Spencer offer a subtle differential to the ubiquitous brown and black versions on the market.
Try pairing with a lightweight beige suit or white trousers this season for a modern and sophisticated approach to smart-casual dressing.
Available at Marks & Spencer, priced £65.
9. G.H. Bass Tassel Loafers
G.H. Bass hails itself as the creator of the original penny loafer, with its iconic ‘Weejun’ model made famous by fans such as Michael Jackson.
However, it’s the American brand’s tasselled Larkin silhouette that caught our eye this season, coming in a rich burgundy high shine leather and featuring a contrast black sole.
Wear them with turned-up selvedge denim or a pair of khaki chinos for a look straight out of the Ivy League.
Available at ASOS, priced £125.
10. Office Bow Weave Slip On Loafers
Made entirely from leather, these woven slip-ons by Office give off strong summer vibes and are ideal for holidaying.
Team with a pair of tailored shorts and a relaxed short-sleeved shirt and you’ll be looking warm-weather-ready in no time.
Available at Office, priced £44.99.