Loafers are the perfect shoes for ladies who love comfort, style, and convenience, offering up a chic flat shoe option, their design makes them really easy to slip-on and wear all day long without hurting your feet. Plus, their timeless silhouette means you can wear them throughout every season, year after year and still remain oh-so stylish.
With a range of colours, styles, heel heights, and materials, loafers are the most versatile shoes a lady can own. Perfect to slip on for casual weekends, or equally, great for adding that smart touch to your more formal outfits. Find your next favourite pair of women's loafers!
The History of Loafers
What we know as loafers today originated in Norway in the 1900's, affectionately called 'weejuns'! Students travelling to Scandinavia saw fishermen wearing moccasin shoes, they took their inspiration to the US where they added a strap across the top of the shoe, and this is where the loafer was born – the penny loafer to be exact!
Over the last century, loafers have gained global status and have evolved to become the most-loved footwear staple amongst ladies and gents, demonstrating that classic style really can stand the test of time.
Women’s loafers are most often made of leather, suede or ornate fabrics such as brocade that slip on the feet. Most loafers, even those chunky styles are much easier to style than most people tend to believe. You can even wear socks with loafers to give them an extra dose of je-ne-sais-quoi!
How to Style Women's Loafers
Unlike other shoes, loafers are a little tricky if you will. The key to styling the shoes correctly is more about picking the right outfit and then finishing it off with your favourite pair of loafers. With that being said, let’s go through the different ways you can style loafers; from simple street style to classic office-friendly looks.
Perhaps the easiest way to style loafers is by pairing them with your favourite street-style outfit. Pull on your favourite pair of dark-coloured skinny jeans, slip into a simple white t-shirt, pair it with a leather jacket, and finish the outfit with a pair of patent loafers. Seems simple enough right? Not to mention comfortable!
Socks or No Socks?
Socks or not seems to be a big debate among those who wear loafers, those who style them, and those who have a general interest in fashion. The majority of people tend to side with wearing loafers without socks, but there seem to be a few acceptable exceptions. The combination of loafer and sock is an iconic duo in pop culture, made famous by Michael Jackson and his famous combination of black patent loafers and white socks. But you don't have to be the king of pop or a professional moonwalker to dare this combo.
The ultimate companion for smart tailoring from loafer experts. A brand synonymous with unrivalled comfort and quality, Carl Scarpa ensures your tailoring edit is finished with smart polish courtesy of the Petal Black Leather Loafers.
Lovingly crafted from a croc print patent leather upper which beautifully compliments the bright yellow-gold tones of the hardware. Finished with a treaded outsole, these stunning loafers are fully leather lined for all-day comfort and breathability.
Complete with classic Horsebit detailing, they strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine and guarantee a sleek finishing touch to smart and casual looks alike.