Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

We tend to confine these low-slung slip-ons to our wardrobe come wintertime. But a loafer’s for life — not just for summertime…

Winter is hard on our wardrobes. Every year, when the summer sun sets, we’re forced to gather up armfuls of colourful silk blend shirts and loud print swim shorts and bundle them back into hiding. And, in their place, we pull out waterproof coats and thickly-knitted jumpers to combat the dull, dreary season that’s drizzled in.

Well no more. This year, we’re determined to carry across some of our summer clothes into the winter months. And, top of that list, is the humble loafer.

You may not think that these low-slung shoes have any place outside of summer. But, before you kick them off for another year, listen up. Loafers may look most at home on the sun-soaked Riviera, or paired with a linen summer suit — but American heritage brand G.H. Bass are the perfect brand to help you carry this style into winter.

Famed for developing the iconic Penny Loafer almost a century ago in 1936, G.H. Bass are the gold standard of footwear. From their signature leather loafer to the many pioneering collaborations the brand undertakes, their approach to the shoe has led to customers including Paul Newman, JFK and even Michael Jackson. So, if you’re looking to carry your summer wardrobe through to winter, take a look at the perfect loafer line-up to keep you in slip-on style all-year-round.

Party season calls for tassel loafers

First things first: December brings party season to cities across the world. And, when your friends, co-workers and families fire up the festivities, you’ll inevitably have to deal with some tricky dress codes.

Perhaps the most difficult of these is ‘Cocktail’, for which one must imbue their signature flair into a lounge suit. Our recommendation for the best way to achieve this? The tassel loafer. Itself a little flamboyant, G.H. Bass have a stellar selection, in rich colours from burnished cognac to deep black.

Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Easy Weejuns Larkin Tassel Loafer

£100

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Easy Weejuns Larkin Tassel Loafer

£100

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Weejuns Layton Kiltie Loafer

£145

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Slip-on casual loafers for off-duty style

You’ll be amazed by what a simple pair of socks can do. You may have been strolling around in your loafers sock-less this summer, but your off-duty winter moments can also be spent in slip-ons. Just remember to pull on a pair of good quality woollen socks before you step into them.

And G.H. Bass have quite the selection of casual-leaning loafers to choose from. From their classic Easy Weejuns — iconic, versatile, and affordable — in a luscious wine leather, to the new collaboration with Universal Works, the Wedge Larson, there’s a shoe to step into every winter occasion.

Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Easy Weejuns Larson Penny Loafer

£100

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Universal Works Wedge Larson Loafers

£175

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Weejuns Winter Larson Loafers

£135

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Dress up when you suit up with black loafers

And then we come to the even more dreary subject of the winter office. If your hours behind a desk weren’t already dull enough, the colder months tend to mean you have to pull out your heavy-duty boots to wear with your suit instead of the delicate loafers of summer.

But, with G.H. Bass, there are other options. From their Lincoln Tread loafers in black leather, which have chunky, heavy lug outsoles, to the 180 degree stitch welts of the brand’s collaboration with Engineered Garments, these shoes are proof that loafers can be weather — and office proof — all year long.

Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Easy Weejuns Larson Penny Black

£100

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Weejuns Lincoln Tread Black

£145

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Here’s how to wear your summer loafers this winter

Engineered Garments Black Faux Croc

£195

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Want to see more of G.H. Bass’ collection? Learn more about their loafers here…

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