What Are Loafers?
Loafers are a classic slip-on style of shoe that does not feature laces or other fastenings. They are typically made of leather or suede and shaped like a moccasin with a flat heel. Although they began as casual shoes, loafers are today worn with a variety of outfits for a range of occasions, including many that are formal.
Most people will tell you that wearing loafers means no socks. Frankly, both looks (socks or sans sock) work, it’s just a matter of how you do it. When going “sockless”, we suggest no-show socks. They are the easiest way to protect your shoes and avoid sweaty feet. If you decide to forgo socks altogether, consider a foot powder and not wearing the loafers more than 1 day in a row to allow them to dry out properly. Perhaps the most stylish shoes of our time, loafers are the ultimate in refined, classic footwear for a range of reasons. Easily able to be dressed up or down and flattering in an assortment of materials, loafers are the staple that is here to stay. You shouldn’t feel guilty about investing in this shoe style, given they’re minimalistic and easily adaptable for different looks and seasons. Be aware, however, that the way you style loafers is incredibly important. I also wanted to share that my Sarto Forza Loafer is from Franco Sarto and these collections are available at Nordstrom.
Next time you’re wondering whether to pull the trigger on a fresh pair of loafers and you’re faced with a “can I pull this off?” moment, the answer is YES. You now know the basics. Start here, and allow your loafer game to grow naturally.