Part house slipper, part preppy staple, the trusty loafer is the transitional silhouette to rule them all.
And if — like some of Highsnobiety’s editorial staff — you’re not the biggest fan of the recent influx of slides, flip-flops, sandals, and whatever other casual, toe-revealing footwear, investing in a solid pair of loafers for that classy flex is a must.
With that in mind, we have collated some of our favorite pairs. From summer-ready editions from Toga Virilis, bold takes from BODE and Lemaire, through to classics in the form of Gucci, Loewe, and more, be sure to check them all out below.
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Off-White™ Sponge Loafers
It'd make sense to start this roundup with a classic loafer but where's the fun in that? This Off-White™ loafer features the brand's now-signature sponge sole for a modern take on what's essentially a very classic upper.
G.H. Bass & Co. Cactus Loafers
When it comes to loafers, G.H. Bass is about as safe a bet as bets come. The brand basically popularized loafers and it's still pushing the envelope in 2022. The latest development is here — a loafer made with cactus leather. Yes, cactus leather. This dark green iteration is really doing it for us.
Gucci Interlocking G Loafers
It's no secret that Gucci is basically the gold standard in loafers. The brand has been making its high-end leather loafers for longer than you've been alive, so it makes sense that they're some of the best in the game.
Loewe Croc Loafers
With a step-down heel, these Loewe loafers can be worn as mules or loafers. The front side of the design is treated to a glossy croc finish to ensure that even when they're slipped on, they're still the boldest in the room.
Saint Laurent Le Loafer
Looking to a classic penny loafer build, Saint Laurent keeps things old-school here. A white leather upper is detailed only by the YSL logo to the vamp.
Lemaire Slip-On Shoes
Lemaire reengineers the traditional loafer. Getting rid of the vamp and replacing it with a split down the center of the foot, Lemaire brings a creative new edge to the old-time classic.
BODE Embellished Loafers
Emily Bode does something similar with these Embellished highlights. Gold-tone hardware complements a two-part upper which leaves more room than normal to see the socks so make sure they're on point.
Dr. Martens Adrian Tassel Loafers
While most loafers are characterized by black or burgundy uppers, Dr. Martens opts for a brighter red hue to give these Vintage Adrian Tassel Loafers a bit more pop for the summertime.
Maison Margiela Commando Loafers
Luxury leather uppers sit atop a lug sole on this pair of Maison Margiela loafers. It's typically unorthodox from the label and it gives you a range of options for styling this pair up or down.
Toga Virilis Loafers
Toga Virilis' highly decorated loafers are, in one sense, quite classic. Aside from the wealth of metal additions, this pair relies on a perfectly shaped full-grain leather upper. Like loafers always have.
Eytys Otello Loafers
Eytys takes a break from bold sneakers to offer up one of our favorite pairs of loafers this season. Croc-effect leather works hand in hand with a slimline sole for a seriously sleek finish.
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