Loafers are a staple that should be in everyone’s shoe collection, but there’s a lot to sort through if you’re looking for the perfect pair. There are also multiple variations of the style: penny loafers, derbies, mules, platforms, and heeled versions, to name just a few of the loafer mutations. To start, let’s talk about what exactly a moccasin is: Lauren Buquetcreator of a shoe brand Labuq, says they are loosely defined as “a laceless slip-on shoe with front stitching.” Another factor that can make your decision even more difficult is the comfort factor. Some styles are quite stiff at first and require a longer break-in period, while other pairs can be clunky or way too tight.
According Paule Tenaillon and Marine Braquetshoe brand designers Nomasei, key features to look out for when shopping for loafers include a flexible sole, an upper that isn’t too tight, and a slight rise so it doesn’t sit too flat. Tenaillon and Braquet also suggest this genius tip for avoiding blisters when buying a stiffer pair: “It’s a good idea to wear them around the house with wet socks to help the leather soften first.” Bucquet is also a fan of this break-in strategy: She recommends wearing socks with them for the first couple outside the house until they get softer, and notes that a high-quality leather will adapt to your foot better over time. So while those buttery ones you’ve been looking at might be more $$, they’re well worth the investment once they’re perfectly fitted to your feet.
While loafers tend to be associated with preppy styles (you’re probably imagining pleated skirts and buttonholes), you really can wear them with just about anything! Bucquet tends to wear hers with jeans and a white t-shirt to slightly elevate an overall casual outfit; Tenaillon and Braquet suggest embracing a 70s vibe by teaming it with lace pants, throwing it with a mini skirt for a more mod look, or adding a pair of bright socks for a total moment.
Our top picks for the best loafers of 2022:
Now that you know all about loafers, here are 23 of the best pairs, with some favorites picked by the designers at Tenaillon, Braquet and Bucquet. There’s a range of styles that are comfortable, designer, trendy and simply timeless, so you’ll know you’ve found your perfect pair as soon as you see them.
these top rated
- Padded sole
- super soft
This Sam Edelman style has over 1,000 reviews and an impressive 4.6 out of 5 star rating. It’s also available in a bunch of other colors and has a horsebit detail to add some polish to a leather loafer. flexible already elegant.
Rave review: “I bought these on the recommendation of my sister (she swears by them), and they are by far one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.”
Seaport Penny Moccasin
- Has memory foam
- Don’t feel stiff
Sure, you can pair Sperry with boat shoes, but the brand also has some great loafers. Case in point: these penny loafers that have over 2,500 reviews and a 4.4 out of 5 star rating.
glowing review: “These moccasins didn’t need to be broken in; they felt perfect the first time I tried them on. They offer more support and cushion than most moccasins, and I still describe them as “walking on pillows.” »
those wide cuts
Irvin Chunky Loafers with Contrast Stitching
- silhouette too chunky for some
If your feet aren’t narrow, try these cute chunky feet that have a wide fit. The contrast stitching makes them stand out a bit more, and the price isn’t bad either!
The Corinne Lugsole moccasin
- Made using less water and energy
- Not available in wide or narrow size
Madewell’s “Corinne” style is one of her best sellers, and it comes in this gorgeous rich brown hue as well as black. It is also made from leather which uses less water and energy than a standard tanning process.
Rave review: “I’ve always loved loafers, but now that chunky loafers are in, I’ve finally found ones that fit me well. These loafers are… chef’s kiss perfection. Walking on the cloud comfortable, stylish and fun.
those square ends
Zak Lambskin Square Toe Penny Loafers
- high quality leather will age beautifully
Spectacular square toe design will get you lots of compliments. Handmade in Portugal, these tasselled loafers are a must-have that also comes in black and red.
White Pompeii Trench Loafers
- Made with recycled materials
The crisp contrast stitching paired with the handmade brass embellishments on the vamp make them special. The heel height is 2.5 inches to give a little extra lift, and the insole has a memory foam lining so they’re always easy on your feet.
Gommino driving shoes
- Come in so many colors
- Rubber stakes help with traction
You can’t talk about loafers without including Tod’s in the conversation. The Italian brand’s “Gommino” speakers probably come to mind when you hear their name. Tenaillon and Braquet recommend the iconic style because they really feel like slippers.
- Padded heel
A d’Orsay style gives you more airflow in hot weather thanks to the cutouts. These Nisolo are available in three other neutral shades and have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.
Rave review: “These shoes are adorable, and I get compliments on everything I have them on. True to size and super comfortable. They were a little stiff to start with, but I wore them around the house for a few hours with a pair of sports socks then they were perfect.
Koko Moc Ivory
A cross between a loafer and a slip-on loafer, this Labucq design has a perfect 5-star rating and they’re surprisingly lightweight.
Rave review: “These are beautiful, well-constructed white loafers to slip on like mules with a low heel. Very comfortable and durable too. I feel classy when I wear them.
the knit ones
- Made from recycled water bottles
- No break-in period necessary
- Style is being archived, will not be available indefinitely
Rothy’s knit shoes are some of the most comfortable on the market, and so are her loafers. These pilots are available in three other shades. And as a bonus: they are machine washable!
- The toe box is a bit narrow
Pull on these babies when you’re late and need to throw something in before you leave your seat. The golden details give them a little sparkle and they will go well with wide trousers or shorts for the summer.
Rave review: “I love them!!! Very sleek and stylish. The leather is very good quality, nice and soft.
The grained leather in this style is so soft and comfortable, and the gold dragon head hardware will make it by far the most luxurious shoe in your closet. It also has a 4.8 out of 5 star rating with over 70 reviews.
Rave review: “I love it!! It’s so comfortable and I love the gold hardware. Such a statement piece.
Whitney Lug Weejun
Bucquet is a fan of Weejuns, especially the black and white style, for their classic look. Many people in the fashion industry also gravitate towards this specific pair because of the day-night versatility factor.
those animal prints
Margaux’s penny loafers are handmade in Spain and are flexible to go with your movements. With nearly 100 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating, they are a great investment.
Rave review: “Fit, comfort, good finish AND style! All at a reasonable price for this great shoe!
those notched soles
Moccasin Cosmo 2.0 Penny
- Made from recycled polyester
- maybe too clumsy
Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have been spotted wearing this specific style on multiple occasions. Made from recycled polyester, you’ll get high wearing these platform loafers.
these patent leathers
Trini Loafer in Patent Caramel
- patent leather can scuff easily
How amazing are these beige patent leather shoes? The ‘chain’ detail is made of the same material and the chunky sole will feel sturdy if you’re walking around all day.
Howard suede loafers
- thinner sole isn’t super forgiving
The logo on these suede shoes is subtle but gives them a nice touch. It’s a designer piece that you can wear over and over again because this chocolate shade will go with so many outfits.
Adrian Arcadia Tassel leather loafers
This dark burgundy shade is so pretty, and if you want loafers that have a bit more movement when you walk, the pom poms on these are just what you’re looking for. These have a 4.4 out of 5 star rating with over 40 reviews.
Rave review: “These are the best loafers I have ever worn. I love the way they look and they last forever. I would recommend downsizing as they run big.
Jordaan leather moccasin
Tenaillon and Braquet recommend these Guccis for their timeless chic, excellent quality and comfort. Yes, they are expensive, but they are kind of a basic shoe that will stay in your closet for life.
For a moccasin with a shiny white heel, this Chelsea Paris model will suit you perfectly. There’s a little tab on the heel so it’s easy to slip on and off and of course the gold chain detail on the vamp adds a touch of sparkle.
- Comes in so many colors
- Molds at your feet
- May run small; take half a size up
Mr. Gemi’s drivers are one of his most popular styles for a reason. They have a 4.8 out of 5 star rating with nearly 1,000 reviews thanks to the soft lining and glove-like fit that molds to the shape of your feet. It’s a sophisticated shoe that’s still casual enough to pair with jeans on the weekend.
Rave review: “Very comfortable and beautiful. Love them! I highly recommend them.”
We love a good classic loafer with contrast stitching; Plus, that crystal button adds just the right amount of whimsy.
90s inspired ones
Logo Plaque Chunky Heel Loafers
Chances are you’ve seen this Prada pair grace your Instagram feed at least once. Fashion influencers are all about themselves right now; Tenaillon and Braquet also recommend them for their very trendy 90s spirit at the moment.
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