8 Different Types Of Men’s Loafers and How To Wear Them

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Men’s loafers come in different styles and forms, and it’s quite challenging to pick the right loafer with the best outfit. You need not worry as we are here to help you out with this tough decision, and make you look like a fashionista when you are dressed up. Whether it’s an outfit that involves shorts, jeans, or formals, loafers come in handy to enhance your overall appearance if you wear them correctly. Whether you crave to have a closet with each type of loafers, or someone looking to shape it out by just having one pair, this guide will help you in either way.

1. Penny Loafers

Formality: Casual/ Semi-Formal
Style: Strap running horizontally across the top of the loafer.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Autumn, Spring, Summer

Penny loafers are minimally designed and deliver straightforward elegance with enduring ease. This design debuted in the 1930s but wasn’t too popular till the 1950s. There are stories saying children used to insert pennies into the slot from which the name was derived, but others believe that’s just an urban legend. The handsome shoe is usually colored in espresso, burgundy, black, and brown and remains simple, and can be worn with jeans, chinos, and suit.

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2. Horsebit Loafers

Formality: Casual/ Semi-Formal
Style: Buckle across the top of the loafer.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Spring, Summer

The horse-bit loafers get their name because of the golden metal strap shaped like a horse’s snaffle that sits on the top. It was initially designed by Gucci for the equestrian crowd but took off very quickly to the rest of the world. These stylish shoes are perfect if you want a retro look with a sophisticated vibe.

3. Tassel Loafers

Formality: Casual/ Semi-Formal
Style: Tassel affixed to the top of the loafer.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Autumn, Summer

It’s believed the shoe was created when an actor named Paul Lukas brought a pair of Oxfords with tassels on them to a New York shoemaker, asking them to craft something similar. Lukas then brought his request to the Alden Shoe Company, which incorporated the tassel with a slip-on loafer, and the new design was born. Although this style isn’t a massive success just like many others in this list, the loafers are good enough to be used to date. It comes in suede or leather which delivers a classic sartorial flair.

4. Kiltie Loafers

Formality: Casual/ Semi-Formal
Style: Kilt style finishing on top of the loafer.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Autumn

What was once an old man’s type of shoe has now become the sartorial requirement of every stylish man’s shoe cupboard. Although many people would not like this style, the Kiltie is a loafer that every connoisseur would understand. The tassels are added to protect the instep and prevent the laces from snagging. A pair of Kiltie’s with fitted trousers or suit pants and a nice coat would be great for the fall.

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5. Driving Loafers

Formality: Casual
Style: Pebbled rubber outsole, laces on top.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Spring, Summer

As the name suggests, the driving loafers were created for everyday use and they feature small rubber pebbles that cover the sole and extend to the back of the heel, which provides amplifies comfort and convenience. It’s that kind of shoe which is left by the front door for when you need to duck out to the shops. The design is timeless and the original ones don’t feature a lace, but newer shoes come with laces for added style.

6. Slipper Loafers

Formality: Casual/ Formal (depending on material)
Style: No finishings on top, one-piece material with minimal stitching.
Everyday wear: No
Season: Autumn

The origin of the slipper loafer dates back to the 1900s and is perhaps the closest to the original incarnation of the loafer. These are the ones you could wear with both suit or shorts. A pro tip, when opting for a more casual style, avoid leather and opt for a lighter-colored suede material. But if the plan is to pull these out with a suit, only go for black and choose either leather or patent material for extra style.

7. Boat Loafers

Formality: Casual
Style: Rubber outsole, laces on top.
Everyday wear: Yes
Season: Spring, Summer

Originally designed by Prada, the boat loafers are for the younger men or the men looking to stay young forever. This is called the ‘boat,’ because of the rubber sole that provides extra traction on the wet boat decks. They were invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry, an avid sailor who cut sipes into the rubber soles of his shoes to provide extra traction on wet boat decks. To get the most looks out of this, try wearing it with linens and don’t wear socks.

8. Espadrille Loafers

Formality: Casual
Style: Woven/ rope midsole with rubber outsole.
Everyday wear: No
Season: Spring, Summer

This rope-soled flat loafer is ideal for casual wear and sits on number eight because it’s only worn by a very few. The espadrille is among the few shoes that shouldn’t be touched by stylish men, and it teeters on that fine line between acceptable and awkward. If you are among the handful of those who are willing to try it out, you could certainly go ahead with a plain pair of khaki shorts and button-ups.

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Do’s and Dont’s when you wear loafers

Like everything else, you need to follow a set of rules if you wish to wear loafers and get the best look out of it.

If you are looking to wear loafers with a suit, you must make sure that it’s not a three-piece suit. However, it would be perfect with a relatively casual suit, such as a tailored linen suit, or maybe a cotton blazer with fitted trousers. We suggest you go for a dark-colored pair of loafers with simple details and quality fabrics.

Secondly, consider the material and color of the loafers, no matter which type you are going with. Keep it simple by sticking with materials like suede, and in common colors like black or brown. You must also take care of suede loafers to prevent them from wearing off.

Wearing loafers with jeans is a stylish approach, yet it needs to be done the right way. Make sure the length of your jeans is on the shorter side and the jeans fit you perfectly. Consider wearing contrasting colors such as light brown loafers with black or dark blue jeans.

Via: Manofmany.com

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