Maybe it’s an after-effect of the pandemic, but right now there are some micro-trends that we can actually get behind. Trends like cozy half-zip sweaters and designer chunky loafers. Loafers have always been a favorite of mine, but with designers like Prada and Gucci sending platform loafers down the digital runways this year, they’re now a full on obsession.
A lug-sole is a great way to get some height without sacrificing comfort, and they can make any outfit feel a little bit dressier. These LAST loafers are a part of my everyday uniform, complete with jeans and a blazer. This pair from Freda Salvador is even snazzier thanks to design details like a braided Velco strap and silver studs.
J.Crew knows how to make a great loafer, whether it’s this black tasseled pair that will put an extra pep in your step or these smoking slippers. A driving moccasin in a classic camel from M.Gemi is an effortlessly elegant choice. Aeyde’s tan suede fabric and sleek, modern shape turn the simple loafer into something really special. Porte & Paire’s white pair is a refreshing update, complete with gold curb chain and rounded toes (the black is really good, too). Walnut brown penny loafers from Margaux are an updated classic, with foam padding for extra comfort.
Patent leather is a high-gloss, high-drama addition to any outfit. Jeffrey Campbell’s penny loafer in black patent leather is about as perfect as you can get. The flatform sole and equestrian-inspired buckle on this pair of shoes from Paul Green are the kind of designer details that are hard to resist.
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