DayStyles Guide to Men's Loafers Aug 15, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Loafers are a classy and comfortable shoe that can work with a variety of outfits. While loafers generally have a minimalist design, the way you style a loafer is extremely important! If you’re going to invest in a pair of loafers, you want to do them justice.
The Penny Loafer
The Penny Loafer is one of the most traditional styles of loafers you can find and is a safe bet if you need a pair of shoes that are minimalist and elegant. Since the 50s, these shoes have become an American staple and can now be found in many colors and textures to fit every man’s individual taste.
The Gucci Loafer
This is probably the most distinctive type of loafer you can purchase, with the metal clasp along the front. You do have to be careful when choosing the right Gucci loafer because they come in a rainbow of different hues. If you’re just starting your loafer collection, opt for colors that are neutral and easy to work with, such as browns, navy blues, and blacks.
The Tasseled Loafer
This type of loafer is a touch more playful thanks to the individual tassel on each shoe. It can be made in leather, patent leather, and even suede depending on your style and your outfit. The tasseled loafer is a dedication to beautiful European style and classic Italian menswear. You can pair these loafers with a well-fitted suit or a pair of slim chinos, and they work especially well if you purchase them in beige, brown, navy or khaki.
You may think black is the most versatile color when it comes to loafers, but you’re wrong! Opt for a dusty brown color if you really want to be able to match anything. They suit a wide range of palettes and can be both dressed up or dressed down. Navy is also another color to consider when purchasing a pair of loafers because navy compliments so many other colors such as white, beige and emerald. Burgundy is similar to navy and compliments a wide variety of colors too, and if you’re looking for something more neutral, a beige loafer will complement tanned skin.
The decision to switch a pair of sneakers for upscale casual shoes could be the best thing you can do for your outfit, but the trick is to keep them at a happy medium between not-too-casual and not-too-formal. If you want to keep things casual, opt for lightweight materials such as suede to pair with your daywear. You can also choose more summery colors to keep them looking a bit more casual - and it will help keep them appropriate for day wear! For a semi-formal or formal look, opt for colors that compliment the suit you’re going to wear. Keep your shoes in the same color palette as the rest of your outfit and stick with materials such as leather or patent leather, as they dress up an outfit more than suede would.
You can find loafers in pretty much any color you can think of, but they also come in a variety of materials as well. Suede is the most versatile material that you can purchase loafers in (but be very careful not to get them wet). Leather is another great option to either dress an outfit up or down depending on the actual style of the loafer, and patent leather is a great way to add a little shine to a formal outfit without going overboard. With class and comfort, loafers will become your go-to shoe in no time.