vintage essential grey prada loafer on white background

Photography_ Jon Ervin

Styling_ Gabrielle Marceca

Text_ Hanna Canham

Slip them on and off you go. Shoes that are made for ease, from slippers to moccasins, penny, tassel or classic Loafers. Inspired by fisherman's footwear and made popular in the 1930s, The Loafer is practical, timeless and deserves a place in every modern wardrobe. 

Loafers had a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s, and again in the 1980s and 1990s so go to these decades for quality leather loafers in different styles. Find soft slippers from the 60s, chunky hardware embellished versions from the 80s and square-toed and sleek designs from the 90s. 

Brands to look for: Bally, Church's, G.H Bass Weejuns, Gucci, Hermes, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Liz Clairborne, Manolo Blahnik, Margiela, Prada, Repetto, Robert Clergerie, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Todds

Key decades: 1960s-1990s

Fabrics: Leather or suede 

Color: Black, burgundy, browns, white, creams

Style notes: Style with a suit, jeans and ribbed socks or a cosy coat.

When buying vintage shoes quality is everything, opt for real leather and Made in Italy when possible. To get the most out of your Loafers, have a shoe repairer apply Topy-soles before you wear them.

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