Loafers have recently become very popular in men’s fashion and for good reason too. They’re very versatile shoes that can be worn on many occasions, let’s take a look at some different styles of loafer and how to wear them.

In case you are new to loafers, a quick definition. Loafers are slip-on shoes that do not have any lacing or straps and have either a small heel or no heel. Really simple. They were inspired by Native American moccasins but today they don’t resemble them much at all.

There are countless types of loafers but here are the ones that you’ll likely see available.

Penny Loafers

These shoes have a leather strap across the front of the foot that features a slot big enough to hold a penny. The reason for this little slot was because children used to put pennies in the slot, but that seems to be more of an urban myth than fact.

So how do you wear them?

These are often worn with a casual outfit. Jeans and chinos work extremely well with penny loafers and if you’re careful, you can pair them with a suit. Shorts are also an option in summer. The real question though is whether or not to wear them with socks which is a matter of debate. I think you can go either way with socks these days so it’s really up to you neither are wrong. Wear socks in winter and no socks in summer if you want.

Tassel Loafers

Tassel Loafers simply have decorative knotted or frayed laces across the top. These are my personal favourites. These have a very European look to them if that’s what you’re after.

These are great for your office business casual looks but are great for casual looks similarly to the penny loafer. Much of what was said about the penny loafer will apply to the rest of these shoes.

Horsebit Loafers

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The horsebit loafer really bridges the gap between casual and dress shoes and some feel that these shoes should absolutely not be worn with socks. Again, feel free to experiment. These shoes were created by Gucci in 1953 so it’s a bit of a flex to wear these.

Kiltie Loafers

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Kiltie loafers are similar to tassel loafers but have that little bit more to them. These were once decreed as an ‘old man’ shoe but recently that has been turned around to become one of the more punk versions of the loafer. These go great with fitted trousers or suit pants, think like a 60s mod and style accordingly.

Slipper Loafers

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These are the simplest and sleekest version of the loafer that most closely resemble moccasins. These can be styled depending on the material that they’re made of. If you go for suede, then keep it to casual looks. If you want to wear them with a suit, then make sure you go for black leather. Again, socks are optional.