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Your Ultimate Loafer Guide

11th April 2021

WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT

From minimalist styles to chunky soles, this is the flat shoe to wear this spring.

Prada logo loafer
Paris street style

 Prada’s logo loafers continues as the shoes of the season. Perfect loafers seen on the streets of Paris.

Loafers are a universal symbol of casual refinement. The go-to shoe for the well-heeled lady who lunches (even if it’s just at Pret). In recent years, they’ve also had a bit of a fashion upgrade, with contemporary profiles and chunky soles lending them a luxurious edge. We’ve already sworn our love for ladylike loafers this season, but that’s only one version of this surprisingly versatile shoe. From minimalist to maximalist, they offer endless wardrobe possibilities – all served up with a comfy sole. Here are some of our favourites. 

THE MODERN LOAFER
This season, Bottega Veneta, Acne and contemporary label By Far have shown us how a traditional loafer can be reimagined for the modern woman. Clean lines, minimalist silhouettes and surprising finishes coalesce in perfect harmony. Polished but relaxed, they prove that you don’t need to wear heels to look grown-up or elegant. So chic it almost hurts.

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THE CHUNKY LOAFER
Wallstreet meets the go-to shoe of a 1990s schoolgirl. Prada, Martine Rose and Ganni’s modern take on the nostalgic white-collar loafer prove that business doesn’t mean boring. Whether they’re styled with elevated sweatpants and a tailored blazer or a slinky satin slip, masculine shapes and exaggerated proportions give these thick-soled shoes fashion heavyweight status.

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THE CLASSIC LOAFER
In many ways, one need look no further than Gucci for the ultimate classic loafer. The Italian fashion house made their name with horsebit hardware and the perfect silhouette. Right now, cult style Sylvie is top of every traditionalist’s wishlist from here to NYC. Alternatively, look to Tod’s and Prada for old-school elegance, St Laurent for sultry Le Loafers, and Loewe for artisanal heritage.

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