5 Different Types of Loafers for Men and How to Wear Them

5 Different Types of Loafers for Men and How to Wear Them

Jun 08 , 2021


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Before we dive into the different types of loafers for men, let’s discuss how to wear them.

Typically, loafers are made from smooth materials, such as suede or leather and are available in a variety of colours to compliment any outfit and styles.

For example, casual loafers can be worn with a t-shirt and shorts and more formal loafers will look better with a linen suit.

With this in mind, the general rules when wearing loafers are:

  • Smart Casual: we hear smart casual all the time, but what does it even mean?

Well, usually it’s more smart than casual; exhibit simple style and class.

  • Avoid Black Tie: if you want to wear loafers with your suit, then it should be a relaxed suit and not a three piece. For example, a linen suit or a cotton blazer with fitted trousers, finished with loafers will look great!
  • Keep it Basic: when buying loafers, stick with traditional materials like suede, and neutral colours such as brown or black.

The main thing to keep in mind here is that although loafers are versatile, they ultimately signify style awareness.

Let’s take a look at 5 different types of loafers for men.

1. Penny

The penny loafer first came about in the 30s but didn’t become popular until the 50’s.

With their classic traditional style and comfort, the penner loafers offer elegance with ease.

Moreover, they’re usually available in darker colours like black, brown or burgandy.

Some believe penny loafers got their name because some children used to insert pennies into the slot, but others argue this is just an urban legend.

Either way, they still remain a versatile and handsome shoe.

2. Horsebit

Horsebit loafers are easily distinguished by their golden metal strap, shaped like a horse’s snaffle across the top.

Popularisd by Gucci in the 50’s, the horsebit loafer is a classic style with a little extra personality.

Simply, these loafers look best with slacks and because they have worked their way up to more conservative attire, they don’t look quite right with jeans.

Lastly, if you wear horsebit loafers in the summer, then wear them as the Italians do and go sockless, or wear no-show socks. 

3. Tassel

Super stylish, tassel loafers are a favourite when it comes to the different types.

One reason being, is they’re simple yet playful and pair perfectly with a cotton suit or chinos.

Typically, tassel loafers are made from suede, giving you more freedom to adapt to different dress codes.

Again, tassel loafers are available in a wide variety of colours, but look great in beige, brown, navy or khaki.

4. Slipper

In recent years, the slipper loafer has become increasingly popular - and for good reason too.

Not only are they extremely comfortable, the slip on design with a strong leather sole, slight heel and velvet uppers add extreme class, and are a great alternative to traditional dress shoes.

Furthermore, slipper loafers can elevate more casual outfits, especially if you opt for neutral colours.

5. Boat

Boat loafers are defined by their low cut, hand-sewn construction, rubber sole and laces through 2 eyelets, and usually they are made from both canvas or leather.

And, they look best in warmer weather, as part of your casual summer wardrobe.

With this in mind, don’t wear them with socks or to the office!

Instead, save them for picnics, BBQ’s or the beach.

Last Remarks

You should now have a better understanding of what types of loafers to wear for different occasions.

Of course, your personal style falls down to preference but the above are just some general guidelines.

Contact us to find out more.

In the meantime, check our range of loafers for men here.

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