We often talk about the wild year that a sneaker has had, referencing its high-profile collaborations or exclusive colorways. Loafers don’t get as much credit, but that’s not to say they haven’t had a year to remember. Perhaps we pay them less attention because they’ve been a staple for at least a century. Whatever the reason, it’s unfair.
So, let’s pay them some attention. Loafers are truly timeless, bridging the gap between disparate worlds in the menswear galaxy with ease and sophistication. From the feet of Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Nast to Tony Soprano and his entourage, loafers speak to us all. They say, “Slow things down, don’t enter that raffle, just wear me for the next 20 years.” And we’re starting to listen.
Speaking of timeless, Church's has been putting the highest-quality loafers on feet since 1873, and while the materials have changed slightly, the styles remain the same. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? That adage rings true for Church's loafers and we’ve rounded up 10 pairs that prove it.
Shop our favorite Church's loafers below.
Although a rounder toe often affords the possibility for less formal outfits, some prefer a more structured silhouette. Parham comes with a square toe to the beautifully flowing, long body. Eschewing tassels or any other overt detailing for clean simplicity, though, this pair styles with everything.
Church's Loafers come in several different forms, but the most popular and arguably the most versatile is the penny loafer. The Farsley Loafer is made from bookbinder leather and features hand-stitching throughout for classic Church’s quality. A rubber sole modernizes the shoe and offers increased comfort.
The understated upper of the penny loafer makes it a go-to when it comes to reinventions. Capstone boasts a traditional penny loafer upper complete with the pocket to the vamp, but the rugged, chunky rubber sole unit updates the style with a bold, contemporary silhouette,
Many of Church's loafers err on the side of formality with immaculately polished leather uppers. Pembrey R2 takes a more relaxed tack with grained leather uppers and detailing to the heel counter. With just a few, subtle changes, Church’s transforms the style into everyday wear without losing any elegance.
Dawley is a penny loafer like you’ve never seen before. The vamp is flipped upside down, completely altering the appearance of the upper. Minimal detailing to the rest of the shoe places the focus firmly on the vamp while a leather sole rounds out this subverted classic.
Burgundy leather with a fiumé finish will always catch eyes and hearts. Throw in some tassels for good luck and you’ve got Tiverton R, a loafer that styles as easily with a full tweed suit as a pair of jeans.
Skip lacing wraps the heel and holds tassels in place atop the Kingsley 2, one of the sharpest loafers on the block. A polished black upper tells you all you need to know about this OG of the game. Kingsley 2 is for the days you want to shine.
Blue leather always catches us off guard. The dark navy upper is the gift that keeps on giving. In the dark, Tunbridge appears essentially black, but every flash of light reveals a hidden story. This classic penny loafer features Church's leather sole — one for the purists.
Willenhall is one of those shoes that just hypnotizes. We could stare at this shoe for hours, just because it’s built so damn well. The flawless leather upper boasts just enough understated detailing to stand out, and it’s all put together with unrivaled precision.
Church's isn’t known for breaking the rules. In fact, Church's provided one of the first rules books in the world of loafers. That makes it all the more exciting when something like the Pembrey Met comes along. This classic penny loafer is treated to intricate stud detailing throughout the upper. It’s enough to give the shoe attitude without overpowering your looks.
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