Loafers are hot again. For some this classic wardrobe staple never fell out of favour, but for the extremely fashion conscious among us the loafer was always the coward’s choice when there were so many stilletto’s to choose from.
This season, however, loafers and moccassins are back with a vengeance. Ever since Cate Blanchett graced the screen as Katherin Hepburn in all her East Coast glory, loafers have been restored to their former status as a stylish accessory. Worn under a pair of wide-legged trousers or a pair of jeans, loafers give the wearer that timeless, classic look.
If you begin at the high-end, you can never go wrong with a pair of Tod’s loafers. The excellent quality ensures a shoe that will stand the test of time, which is desirable considering the price tag. If what you want is something less dressed up and preppy, the many moccassins and driving shoes currently on offer are bound to catch your interest. Of course, Tod’s has always had the monopoly on the driving shoes (the soles of which have been fitted with rubber studs for added grip) but many other brands are now presenting their own versions. Chloé has a gorgeous pair in the softest leather, available in blue, green or white, but at a whopping GBP 205 you may want to look for something cheaper. In that case look no further than the high street. Office offers a pair of suede moccassins in black, pink or tan for a mere GBP 29.99.
Moccassins are the lighter version of the loafer. The leather and the sole are flexible and the fit comfortable, designed to mold to the wearer’s feet. MiuMiu has introduced the American Indian style moccassins, with beading and tassles, which have been widely copied. They look fantastic under a mini or a pair of jeans. Whichever pair you chose, you will feel ultra hip in this season’s must-have accessory.