There's a lot to love about men's loafers. With the elegance of a dress shoe but the ease and comfort of a slipper, the classic menswear staple is one of the most versatile styles of shoe, lending itself just as easily to formal outfits as to more casual looks.

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A brief history of men's loafers

The first modern loafer was supposedly created in 1926 by London shoemaker Wildsmith for King George VI, in response to his request for a casual slipper-style shoe that he could ‘loaf’ around in. A few years later, Norwegian shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger developed a style of farm shoe called the ‘Aurland moccasin’. It was this style that inspired the creation of the first penny loafer by American footwear brand G.H. Bass & Co. They named their version the ‘Weejun’, as a playful nod to its Norwegian origins.

Fast forward a few decades and loafers have rightfully earned pride of place in many a man's wardrobe. There is a wide variety of loafer styles on offer today – from preppy penny loafers and horse-bit loafers (popularised by Gucci) to classic Belgian loafers and the slightly more flamboyant tasseled styles.


How to wear men's loafers

The beauty of the loafer lies in its inherent versatility. This is a shoe that will look great with just about anything. Wear your loafers as you would traditional dress shoes like Oxfords or Derbies, on formal occasions or to work with smart tailored trousers and a sharp blazer. Alternatively, take them down a notch with selvedge denim jeans and an overshirt for an effortless off-duty look. Add a sweatshirt for an updated take on luxury sportswear or a classic mac coat for sixties-inspired style.

And when it comes to the age old question of socks or no socks – there are no hard and fast rules. For the sake of comfort, we recommend socks in winter (keep them classic – no outlandish prints or patterns), but in summer, feel free to go sans socks or buy a pair of invisible socks to help wick away sweat.

The best men's loafers in 2024

Pini Parma Taupe Loafers

Discover Italian craftsmanship with Pini Parma's Taupe Loafers. Made in Italy, these suede wonders offer unmatched comfort with a 100% leather insole and natural rubber outsole. The unlined design ensures a perfect fit over time; just size down by half for a cozy, stylish look.

Yearn LOF 814

Elevate your casual style with the Yearn LOF 814 Classic Loafer, hand-welted for flexibility and comfort. Its light brown hue, waxed shoelaces, and Italian leather sole exude timeless elegance. Perfect for any occasion.

Aurélien Navy Voyager Loafer

Dutch label Aurélien doesn't cut corners when it comes to craftsmanship. Its meticulously made Voyager Loafers are crafted from from supple suede made from 100% French calfskin, with smooth leather linings and a suede trimmed sole. The result is a quietly luxurious pair of men's loafers that will subtly enhance any outfit.

Myrqvist Chestnut Suede Fårö Loafers

Handmade in Portugal from luxurious suede and boasting Goodyear welted construction, these tassel loafers for men epitomise Swedish footwear label Myrqvist's unwavering commitment to high quality craftsmanship. The easy-to-wear tan hue makes them ideal for year-round wear. Try them with a linen suit for an effortless summer wedding look.

KLEMAN Dalior 2 Loafers

KLEMAN is best-known for its functional worker shoes (especially its iconic PADROR style), but its artisanal expertise also extends to other styles – like these sleek leather penny loafers. Crafted in France and designed to stand the test of time, they're guaranteed to be your go-to smart shoes all year round. Wear them with cuffed jeans and a crisp white tee or take things up a notch with unstructured tailoring.

Velasca Dark Brown Smooth Calf Leather Cuntaball Penny Loafers

This penny loafer from Italian footwear label Velasca is stylish yet sturdy, thanks to a durable Vibram rubber sole. The smooth full grain leather and versatile vintage brown colouring makes for a luxurious and timeless shoe that will serve you well for years. Style them with chinos and an Oxford shirt for an elegant business casual look.

Oliver Cabell Chestnut Driver Loafers

Oliver Cabell's take on the classic driving shoe is undeniably elegant and utterly comfortable. Made from luxurious Italian suede, it features a sturdy rubber outsole and micro foam footbed for ultimate support and durability. Team with a breezy linen shirt and chinos for a relaxed riviera look.

G.H. Bass & Co. Cognac Leather Penny Loafers

Creators of the original penny loafer, G.H. Bass & Co. remain experts in the art of loafer craftsmanship. This sophisticated brown leather dress style is as classic as they come. We're particular fans of the rich cognac colour, which emanates timeless retro appeal.

Church's Pembrey Calf Leather Loafer

These sleek leather penny loafers from esteemed British shoe brand Church's perfectly bridge the gap between smart and casual. The Goodyear construction and soft yet sturdy unlined interior – not to mention trend-transcending style – means they're guaranteed to stand the test of time.

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