A trademark of Michael Jackson, albeit in patent leather, the penny loafer has come to symbolize the King of Pop and his look. A classic style that derives inspiration from the moccasin, the loafer now comes in a multitude of variations. Thanks to brands like Dr. Martens who have introduced a loafer with their classic AirWair sole, and Yuketen, whose version resembles its moccasin cousin with a pony skin upper and a crepe sole, there are now styles for all occasions. And now that the temperatures are rising, loafers are the perfect alternative footwear when your Air Max are causing some unfavorable odors to emanate from your feet and you don’t want to subject your workmates to the unsightly view of your toes slipped between a thong sandal.
Dr. Martens – Adam Loafer
Dr. Martens have updated their take on the loafer using their trademark AirWair air-cushioned sole. Featuring a smart navy blue suede upper and a leather lining, it combines the best in style and comfort. Buy your pair now from SOTO.
Mark McNairy – Contrast-Sole Suede Tasselled Loafers
In textbook Mark McNairy style, he contrasts his usual contemporary craftsmanship with unusual, striking details. Here he pairs a navy blue suede upper and tassel with a sunshine-yellow rubber sole, immediately uplifting the look. Get a pair now from MR PORTER.
Yuketen – Penny Loafer Leopard
These Yuketen loafers lend themselves to a much more casual aesthetic. With a brown leather and bold leopard-print pony hair upper and a crepe sole, they’re definitely not for the faint of heart but instead bring the distinct rugged American style of Yuketen to the loafer game. Buy them now from Tres Bien.
Common Projects – Suede Loafer
Common Projects are known for their contemporary minimalism, if you can use that description for a pair of shoes. And these loafers are no exception, with a supple suede upper atop a neutral-colored crepe sole. You can buy them now from Need Supply Co.
Tricker’s – Chelsea Tassle Loafer
If you’re feeling bold, this pair from Tricker’s is a good way to go. The traditional company was founded in Britain in 1829 and is renowned for using only the best materials with a team of craftsmen who apply their skills to hand-making each pair. Buy these from ASOS.
Good Guys – Brubeck Loafer
Good Guys is a new Parisian brand making only 100% vegan-friendly shoes. On top of their environmental declarations, the shoes are well-made and good looking. As the company puts it, “Cherishing the past but embracing the future,” by updating classic styles with a modern twist. Buy this pair from colette.
Adieu Paris – Type 10 Loafer
Throw yourself into summer with this pair of teal blue suede loafers, both of which you can only really get away with when the sun is shining and the risk of rain is minimal. Featuring a rubber sole and contrast piping, you can buy this Adieu Paris pair now from thecorner.com.
Thom Browne – Suede Tassel Loafer
New York-based designer Thom Browne made a name for himself specializing in made-to-measure suiting with a distinctive style and fit. This he has now translated into his ready-to-wear collection, which includes this pair of Kermit the Frog green suede loafers. Get them from Roden Gray.
Saint Laurent – Black Leather Studded Loafer
Since Hedi Slimane has been at the helm of the newly-titled Saint Laurent Paris, the clothes have taken a decidedly more rock-aesthetic turn. This pair of loafers in patent leather with studding are solid proof of that and something Michael Jackson would probably be proud to own. Buy them now from Rail.
Bass Weejuns – Larkin Loafer
Bass Weejuns are the last name in preppy penny loafers. These ones in classic black leather feature the distinctive moc-stitched toe and a cushioned, ventilated comfort insole. Nice. Get hold of them at Present London.