As footwear trends come and go, this stylish slip-on shoe has remained a quintessential piece of the gentleman's wardrobe. The loafer started with humble beginnings in the 1930s. They crafted by Norwegian shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger who was inspired by Native American moccasins and the slip-ons worn by Norwegian fishermen.
Gaining popularity in Europe, it was adopted into the prep subculture by Ivy League university students in America. Since its inception into high society, the loafer was revised and developed into the sophisticated design we recognise today. Amassing popularity due to its comfortable feel and minimalist design, the loafer is a staple of stylish men from the likes of David Beckham to Michael B. Jordan and the late Gianni Agnelli.
Whether at your next rooftop pool party, dinner date or boardroom meeting loafers will complement your style.
Loafers with Shorts
The collegiate origin of the contemporary loafer is paid homage too with this signature look. Worn with shorts, the versatility of the loafer is on display as it adds an element of elegance to traditionally informal attire.
Pair your loafers in loose fitting pool shorts and a plain t-shirt to instantly up-style a simple casual outfit suitable for pool parties and cafe outings.
Searching for a more formal ensemble to wear your shorts with? Loafers with fitted chino shorts, a button up shirt and suit jacket create a distinct summer formal look you can wear to the showground.
Generally, we recommend going sock free when wearing slip-on loafers with shorts - invisible socks are a good option here too.
Loafers with Jeans or Chinos
Interchangeable with any pair of sneakers normally worn with jeans or chinos, loafers combine to create an image that features opulence while remaining relaxed and minimal.
For a sophisticated smart-casual appearance, pair you loafer with well fitted jeans and relaxed shirt. This comfortable outfit is well suited for travel and casual dates.
Add a blazer with crisp chinos, for an effortless semi-formal look perfect for dinner with clients and wedding receptions.
Loafers with Suit & Trousers
Pushing the boundaries on traditional ideas of formal wear, worn correctly the loafer is a chic addition to the classic suit.
For a nonchalant attitude to formal attire, combine your loafers with slim trousers cropped above the ankle and without socks. A matching blazer and tailored button up shirt complete this ensemble and will attract attention at your next networking gala.
Finally, the humble loafer can even be worn in the office! A common misconception states that due to their causal heritage, loafers can't be worn in conservative environments like the workplace. Today we put that fallacy to bed.
Follow these 5 simple rules and your loafers will complete a uniform that commands respect from job interviews to boardroom meetings.
- Keep your loafers well-polished and clean
- Stick to traditional loafer colours like black and brown
- Wear black loafers with black or grey suits and brown loafers with navy or grey suits
- Make sure your loafers match the colour of your belt
- Wear socks that match the colour and pattern of your tie, pocket square or suit. To be safe, stick to simple colours.
Now that you have outfit inspiration it is time to take on the world. How will you wear your loafers?