6 of the best men’s loafers

Loafers are one of the shoe styles every man needs. Defined by their low construction and lace-less upper, they are traditionally worn as a more louche alternative to the Oxford or Derby. Thanks to their slip-on nature, loafers lend themselves well to off-duty ensembles, but if cut from a fine piece of leather they look equally dapper when paired with a suit. In short, this inimitable style is as versatile as any shoe out there. Here are 6 of the best men’s loafers.


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These loafers bare all the hallmarks of a classic. With plaited tassels, brown burnished leather and a Goodyear-welted sole, they’re a timeless investment.

Matisse Loafers, £275 from Herring


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For many, Gucci’s Horsebit loafers are the Holy Grail of the slip-on shoe. It’s easy to see why, as their slim silhouette, trademark buckle and butter-soft leather give of an effortless Italian charm.

Gucci Horsebit Loafers, £410 from Mr Porter


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If you’re just going to buy one pair of loafers, then we’d recommend the penny. Named so because people used to store a penny in the ‘saddle’ of the upper of the shoe, the penny loafer is synonymous with a number of sub-cultures, including the Mods of the 1960s.

Classic Penny Loafers, £149.99 from Sebago


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With their thick, double soles, tassels and fringes, these slick loafers will add a daring edge to your style. Finished in a dark oxblood leather, they are versatile too.

O’Keefe Cambridge Leather Loafers, £495 from Mr Porter


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Perfect for spring and summer, a pair of suede loafers are a weekend go-to. Wear them with rolled-up chinos and a tailored linen shirt and you’ve got yourself the perfect smart-casual outfit.

Scott Loafers, £200 from Grenson


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This Crockett & Jones pair lie on the formal end of the spectrum. Impeccably cut from luxurious calf leather, they will finish off your 9-5 suit with aplomb.

Crockett & Jones Merton Loafers, £375 from Selfridges

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