A guide to five of the best men’s loafer styles to wear this summer
Summertime means that it’s loafer season. And since we’ve still got several good weeks of warm weather ahead of us, I thought it would be a good time to go over some of our favorite loafer styles.
The loafer is a timeless classic when it comes to men’s footwear. There’s something leisurely but elegant about a great loafer.
Here are five of our favorites for summer.
1. Suede Penny Loafers
The penny loafer is one of the all-time greatest casual classics. They pair well with just about any type of trouser – casual or otherwise – including jeans, chinos, or linen pants.
We like a suede pair instead of leather for summer. Suede adds some texture and softens the overall appearance, making the loafer appear slightly more casual. Though it’s just as easily dressed up for work.
2. Horsebit Loafers
The horsebit loafer is sometimes referred to as the “Gucci loafer.” That’s because in the late 1960s, when Gucci “updated” the popular penny loafer with a metal strip across the front in the shape of a horse tack, the brand’s name became interchangeable with the style.
Today, many brands make horsebit loafers. A rubber sole helps balance out the formality of the horsebit slightly, making them a versatile choice for many different types of occasions. A good pair will last for years. I’ve more than gotten my money out of my favorite Allen Edmonds Grand Caymans.
3. Leather Tassel Loafers
Like many of our favorite loafers, the tassel loafer is known for being durable, timeless and versatile. In leather, they’re on the slightly dressier side of the spectrum, which makes them the perfect choice for any classic summer look.
4. Driving Moccasins
Though they were originally designed for driving, the driving moccasin (or, driving shoe or driver) has evolved to be worn daily as well. Characterized by a flat bottom and grippy rubber stud on the soles, they’re quite possibly the ultimate casual everyday loafer. And the iconic Tod’s Gommino is the archetype.
5. Kiltie Loafers
Kiltie loafers are, honestly, a fun little shoe. They’re a little dressy. They’re a little dandy. They’re a pair of loafers for the guy who is confident in his style. A real “shoe guy’s” kind of shoe.
Despite their quirkiness, the kiltie loafer is surprisingly versatile. Wear them to work when your feet feel a little fancy or spice up a casual shorts and polo look on the weekend.
Thanks for reading.
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