Sometimes, classically stylish footwear becomes buried on these pages in place of hyped sneaker collabs and colorways. And while you’ll no doubt have seen every fashion house’s overdone iteration of the chunky sneaker in seasons past, there have been plenty of nods to smarter footwear in recent seasons.
At the top of the formal footwear pyramid, a stand-out pair of loafers will speak louder than any derby, Oxford or brogue can. Offering the best in both comfort and flair, the slip-on style is the perfect shoe to smarten up when your sneaker rotation simply can’t step up to the plate.
Whether you’re treading red carpet or are simply trying to elevate an otherwise more casual ’fit, we’ve rounded up some of the best styles to turn heads with this spring. From fashion-forward designs by 1017 ALYX 9SM — which feature a signature harness-style closure — to classic buffed leather penny loafers by Junya Watanabe, these are the shoes that’ll be shining up your collection for years to come.
But you don’t have to break the bank to smarten up your footwear this spring. Coming in at under $200, affordable stores such as COS and Massimo Dutti have come through with wallet-friendly renditions of the loafer, while a particular highlight at only $110 comes from Dr. Martens take on the staple.
Scroll on to peep all our picks of the best loafers available online.
$200 — 400
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