It's rare for a shoe to be both universally flattering and timeless at once, but that's exactly what the loafer is. Unlike pumps, sandals, or espadrilles, loafers virtually go with anything and are perfect for any occasion.
Need to head out for an errand? Not sure what to wear for that last-minute brunch out? Or perhaps you need a reliable workwear shoe? Just slip them on and go. Loafers provide the answer to everything simply because of their polished and professional look. And you don't need to be a certain age to begin wearing them. Plus, they tick all the boxes in anyone's checklist: They're comfortable, durable, and can be worn multiple times without looking monotonous.
Here, we list down seven different loafers for you to choose from. Cop one that works for your personal style the most!
1. Gucci Jordaan Horsebit Loafers
Jordaan Horsebit Loafers, $669.81 (approximately P33,960), GUCCI, net-a-porter.com
Gucci loafers boast of a storied history, having been launched in 1953 and immediately associated with the "Jet Set." Since then, they have been one of the most timeless shoes in the market. It's been refashioned into various designs but the horsebit detail remains. The Jordaan loafer stays true to the brand's heritage while adding a modern twist in the form of a sleeker silhouette. We personally love the monogrammed design because the canvas print is a true classic!
2. Tod's Crocodile Effect Loafers
Crocodile Effect Loafers, $581 (approximately P29,457), TOD'S, farfetch.com
Brandished with the iconic Tod's Double T plaque and rubber studs at the back of the shoe, these jet-black leather loafers are the perfect everyday footwear that can transition from day to night. Whether you wear them with trousers or jeans, you're sure to look posh in this pair. Plus, the all-black colorway is a sleek version of the distinct Tod's loafer look (the rubber studs simply blend in the background).
3. Tod's Crocodile Embossed Penny Loafers
Crocodile Embossed Penny Loafers, $419 (approximately P21,243), TOD'S, farfetch.com
Penny loafers are characterized by the leather strip on top with a toe shape slimmer than regular loafers. Although the shoe is typically associated with the preppy fashions of the '80s, they definitely work for any style preference. To veer away from the nostalgic though, we suggest you cop a pair in a nude color like this bright tan one—it's a modern take on the classic white, and you can easily match it with any of your office looks.
4. Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Moccasin
Gancini Moccasin, €650 (approximately P36,621), SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, ferragamo.com
Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo is known for its emblematic Gancini logo, a single horseshoe clasp first featured on handbags in 1969. Later on, it evolved into the two-horseshoe clasp that found its home in the brand's many leather shoes, especially its loafers. Owning a pair with such an iconic symbol is a wardrobe keepsake, and the logo-emblazoned jacquard print is great for elevating any casual outfit.
5. Loewe Soft Loafer
Soft Loafer in Black, P43,000, LOEWE, loewe.com
At first glance, these black loafers may seem a little plain, but its this simplicity that makes it versatile. Also, the devil is in the details: It's made with soft, buttery leather, so you're sure it will last a lifetime. For workwear, you can style these with culottes or pleated skirts. To make them more exciting, you can even wear them with colorful socks or tights (in a tasteful print or color, of course) and match it with a miniskirt!
6. Chloe Laser-Cut Logo Loafers
Laser-Cut Logo Loafers, $689 (approximately P34,932), CHLOE, farfetch.com
This cream-colored pair from Chloe features a laser-cut herringbone-like texture with a gleaming C-logo on top, a discreet detail for those who aren't into the monogram trend. It's a feminine take on the loafer's masculine quality, so you could easily incorporate these into your summery outfits. It can even spice up a simple jeans and T-shirt look.
7. Celine Luco Maillons Triomphe Loafer in Polished Calfskin
Luco Maillons Triomphe Loafer in Polished Calfskin, $920 (approximately P46,644), CELINE, celine.com
Featuring Celine's Triomphe symbol in gold, these polished loafers are the epitome of 'classic loafers'—it's even complete with the traditional fringe detail on top. Unlike black loafers that have a slightly austere appeal to them, brown-hued shoes give off a vintage vibe, making them the perfect pair you can eventually pass down as an heirloom.