You’ve heard the term “let’s get this bread” but what about the loafs?
More specifically, loafers. And lots of them. This sock-less, lace-less shoe trend has taken over men’s closets. Can we blame them? Few things are more freeing than bare ankles and slip-ons, no matter the occasion.
It’s a staple of every snappy dresser to have at least one pair of quality loafers to slide on and complete a look. But where to start? With so many options available(and there are a lot), it’s hard to decide exactly which style of loafer fits your lifestyle. Keep reading for tips on how to wear loafers like a boss.
What is a loafer?
It used to be synonymous with slipper but, though still reflective of the loafer's casual roots, the design has evolved to become more than just Sunday footwear - the loafer has slipped its way into formal wear. However, no matter the style, all loafers share these three characteristics:
Here are the three key loafer styles we're looking at:
The texture and material of your shoe can change your look completely. If you are looking to invest in a versatile loafer, suede is our top pick because you can dress it up or down. Leather is a close second as it can also be formal or casual depending on the loafer style. Patent Leather is always the most formal option - if you attend a black tie event, this is the shoe for you.
Which look are you trying to pull-off?
Depending on the style and material, each of these loafers can make or break your look.
The general rule is don't wear socks with your loafers - or at least wear no-show socks. If you simply must wear socks, with the right outfit and the right loafer, it can be pulled off. The key is funky socks, but pay attention to the colours and match the tone of your outfit and shoes. When wearing statement pieces like a bold pattern shirt or sport coat, opt for a smaller pattern on your socks for balance.
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