A staple for the modern gentleman, the loafer has become suitable for both formal wear and casual occasions.
Being laceless, they’re practical, and with plenty of styles on offer – from traditional versions to luxuriously finished horsebit loafers – there’s something to suit every taste.
But how do you wear this stylish shoe for different occasions?
Here’s what you need to know when styling your loafers this summer.
If you need to look impressive for an occasion, the patent loafer is for you. The patent loafer works great for formal events, such as weddings where you can wear them with a suit. This summer, pair some black patent loafers with a slim fit black suit and a crisp shirt, and your summer wedding outfit will be sorted.
Our pick: Lorenzo Sheep Skin Black
The simplest and arguably the most sophisticated of the bunch is the penny loafer. They look smart, professional and can finish off an outfit with class.
Penny loafers can be worn to the office or to formal events, and work best with a suit. The classic style of the penny loafer compliments the lines of a well tailored suit. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t be worn with your favourite pair of shorts too.
Our pick: Senador Touch Havana
Suede is a great fabric for loafers, so long as you keep them in mint condition. Like most other loafers, these work well with suits, however, suede loafers partner better with lighter suits so you’ll need to opt for lighter fabrics. The lightness of the fabric will partner well with the lightness of the suede material.
Heading for a summer holiday to Greece or Spain? Coloured suede loafers are ideal holiday evening shoes.
Our pick: Tavares Suede Navy
Snaffle Trim Loafer
A modern classic, the snaffle trim loafer features an added trim across the front creating a sense of fun and personality. This loafer is a great choice for your smart casual events this summer.
When wearing snaffle trim loafers, you should keep the rest of your outfit simple as the snaffle detail will make the shoes the main feature.
Our pick: Cajuru Caramel
Just like loafers, driving shoes are an essential part of summer attire.
Driving shoes with rubber-grommet soles were originally invented for men who wanted extra grip while driving seriously gorgeous Italian roadsters.
Today, driving shoes can be paired with shorts and a polo shirt for a more casual look, or with a suit and tie for formal outings. Driving shoes can be brushed up and made to fit with your personal style.
Our pick: Palmares Nubuck Indigo