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|
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 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.