The Classics—with a Twist
BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION
When we say loafers have gotten “meaner,” we’re saying designers have added newfangled tweaks to old-school casual loafers. The result is the new species you see here.
CHANGE EVERYTHING BUT YOUR SHOES: ONE PAIR TWO WAYS
Traditionally, loafers are strictly casual. You wear them with khakis to the bar or on casual Fridays. The red-pants look above is loafers in their natural habitat. The right? That’s new. Loafers now have a dressier silhouette that makes them work with a suit. (As long as they’re not dingy or—don’t do it!—square-toe.)
RAISE YOUR OFFICE GAME
This Wouldn’t Fly Five Years Ago
Loafers with a suit was against the rules. Loafers with a double-breasted suit? Get outta here! But guess what: It looks fresh now, because it breaks those old rules. (You want the shoes to be spit-polished.)
A note: suit + loafers = socks required. Just make sure they’re ribbed. (Loafers show a lot of sock, so you need the texture.)
NOT ALL LOAFERS SHINE
Someone once said that suede is winter-only—and someone lied. Nothing contrasts with a pair of white jeans or a khaki suit (or anything else you wear) better than a pair of suede loafers. Plus, there won’t be any snow on the ground to get them all soggy.