We know the future of sneakers is still big business, especially as the resell market continues to mature, but believe it or not there are occasions when you’ll have to set the trainers aside for something more formal. So why not invest in some luxe alternatives that are equally drip-worthy and pass muster at the next function—loafers are the perfect footwear for these occasions.
You can’t discuss loafers without referencing Gucci, whose iconic horsebit loafer dates back to the early 1950s, and is still rakish as ever in today’s sneaker-obsessed footwear dichotomy.
For more formal endeavors, Palm Beach slipper-maker Stubbs & Wootton offers up a unique take on a signature classic—this pair features an intricately embroidered cobra motif that wraps around the slipper.
For extra foot support, these Gucci horsebit loafers feature a heavy-duty lug sole that go as far as you’re willing to take them.
Undeniably the wildest pair in this roundup, Gucci partnered with the New York Yankees to reimagine a leather slipper dedicated to one of the most successful sports clubs in the world.
Finally, Bally offers up a more conservative lug-soled loafer that’s an ideal go-to for a hard-wearing, everyday look.