Why I love the stylish loafer


Loafers have made a big comeback in recent years, and thankfully, are not just for the guys! Whether you call them a loafer, a brogue or a slipper, having a pair in your wardrobe makes you seriously chic.

Bridging the gap between formal and casual, the invention of loafers can be credited to The Alden Shoe Company. Creating a pair at the request of actor Paul Lukas, the slip-on shoes were accessorised with tassel detailing. We commonly associate the penny or tassel loafer with the Ivy League/preppy set, but many 'non prepsters' are equally keen to sport the laceless, low shoe.

Duke & Dexter
Perhaps one of the most exciting new loafer brands is Duke & Dexter. Founded by Archie Hewlett, the British brand specialises in premium shoes for those who appreciate modern, functional and spirited apparel. Designed and made in the UK, the Duke & Dexter range of loafers are innovative in form and function, offering an array of textures, colours, prints and motifs for a truly contemporary lifestyle. Famous fans include Poppy Delevingne, Ryan Reynolds and Eddie Redmayne, who wore a custom pair of loafers to collect his Academy Award.

Another famous fan of loafers, and a favourite of this blog, is our very own Prime Minister, Theresa May. Recognised as a lover of flat shoes, May has some pretty fabulous loafers and brogues in her wardrobe, notably from the retailer Russell & Bromley. May has sported a black suede loafer complete with silver toes and a fancy, glitzy cocktail slipper over the past several months. She has the leopard version of the latter, making her a true loafer fan.

Theresa May's cocktail slippers
I own a few pairs of loafers and embellished slippers. One pair has my monogram on, whilst another has a leather tassel with glitzy detailing on the heel. Another has intricate embroidery, and another embraces my love of leopard and metallic toes.

I wear flat shoes 90% of the time, and they should always be functional and stylish. With such stylish individuals showing that flat shoes don't have to be boring, the humble loafer will always have a place for the fashion fan.

What's your favourite style of loafer? Who do you think wears them well? Share your thoughts in the comments! 

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