Can you think of anything more classic than a loafer? Probably not. The perennial flat shoe favourite has been around for pretty much forever and it’s not going anywhere fast.
In fact, loafers are pretty much the coolest they’ve ever been, ever since Alessandro Michele revived the classic Gucci horsebit style. The fur-lined backless versions, the new slicker shape - they've got everyone excited again.
The best thing about the loafer is they’ve got sass; with all that history behind them, they’re a classic-but-cool power shoe. The ideal walk-to-work footwear. (Shop more commuter shoes.)
As our resident flat shoe expert, En Brogue's Hannah Rochell, says: 'Loafers are great because they are just so convenient. You get the easiness of a slip-on skate shoe combined with the smartness of a brogue. What's not to love? I always wear mine with turned up jeans and sometimes add a masculine sock for a touch of Eighties Man Chic.'
Though you can’t go wrong with a classic penny loafer, a horse bit style or even a tassel, the loafer has been done up – in velvet, two-tone and animal print.
Gucci is of course the #loaferdream, but if you can't justify the £410 price tag, there are a lot on the high street. We’re all obsessing over Uterque’s — the only decision is gold or brocade floral.
Topshop’s loafer offering is strong this season too, with them streamlining the shape so it’s more Gucci than geeky.
If you’re usually a B+W girl and want to branch out with your loafers, go for a silver or gold pair. Any fan of metallics will know, what you lack in versatility (which really isn’t much as they work as a neutral) you make up for in snazziness.
For tips on how to wear your loafers, just look to the street style elite – they’re best worn with raw hem jeans or cropped trousers to give them the attention they deserve (especially if they’re a fun bow shoe).
Whether you're looking for a tassel, a snaffle or a classic penny, here are our top picks of what's in store right now... And shop our edit of the best backless loafers here.