The loafer is a shoe imbued with history. First designed in 1847 as a house shoe for King George VI, the loafer has since become one of the most widely known shoe styles ever thanks to its versatile styling options. With no laces, the loafer is an easy slip-on shoe usually made of polished high-quality leather which opens up the sphere of formality when it comes to styling.

+

In the world of loafers, G.H. Bass & Co. loom large. The brand has made some of the world's finest loafers since 1876 thanks to a focus on premium materials at a great price. We think 2020 is going to be an unusually big year for the loafer, as we become more open to outfits that display disparity between different components. However, while the loafer does present a wealth of options when it comes to picking your outfit it’s important not to go too far, so we’ve put together a guide on how to wear a loafer.

+
Wine Leather Larson Penny Loafers

1. How To Wear The Penny Loafer

The penny loafer is probably the most well-known style of loafer. The strap that runs across the top of the shoe was developed as a pocket to keep a penny safe for your morning shoeshiner. Penny loafers are a restrained style which makes them the easiest to wear. We’re styling G.H. Bass’ luxurious wine leather loafers with Han Kjobenhavn’s Black Lean Fitted Jeans for a casual look that ticks a few formal boxes too. Oh, and when it comes to loafers, don’t forget to pay attention to your socks, Escuyer’s Burgundy Melange Socks will be the perfect transition between wine leather loafer and black jeans.

+

2. How To Wear Tassel Loafers

This is our summer selection. Whereas many leather shoes are glued to their sole, the light leather uppers of G.H. Bass’ Larkin Loafers are hand-stitched to the soles which ensures durability. On top of the quality, this shoe will be the finishing touch for summer outfits that have a strong mediterranean vibe. 

+
Tan Suede Palm Springs Lincoln Reverso Loafers
+
Tan Suede Palm Springs Lincoln Reverso Loafers

3. How To Style Statement Loafers

The loafer with attitude. Featuring tassel and moccasin detailing, Layton II is for the days that you want to look sharp, stylish and confident. We think this style looks best in all black because the design already has its edge built in. YMC’s Deja Vu Trousers will compliment the Layton II’s strong personality. Roll up the loose fitting trousers a little bit to show your socks and give the loafers some room to breathe.

Styling loafers is an ever-changing field, one which moves with the times and which – right now – is more open than ever. Be creative when experimenting with your loafer looks, but remember: as always from our side, less is more.

+

Shop and explore all G.H.Bass loafers and shoes at OPUMO

Time for a change? Check out these 4 bedroom design ideas.