Let’s talk about loafers, the fabulously comfortable (always important for me as a permanently-injured-of-foot human) yet simultaneously stylish foot covers that are quite the trend currently.
It’s funny, though it appears in this sketch of crazy Henry VIII, famous for his ability to murder wives, that he is sporting loafers, according to good old Wikipiedia they were not officially fashioned in England until 1847 (Crazy Henry was around at the turn of the 16th century)
While reading an article from the Christian Science Monitor from the 1980s I happened upon this quote that I love from “Preppy is trendy”author Phyllis Feldkamp:
“With its Fair Isle sweaters, cable-stitch cardigans, its penny loafers, oxford cloth button-downs, reversible wrap skirts, and Lacoste shirts, the prep-school look — or what designer Ralph Lauren calls “Brooksy Ivy” — has been doing just fine, thank you.”- Feldkamp
This isn’t the first time loafers are cool again guys. Fashion is on the mad repeat. She also references duck boots, down vests and monogrammed bags (though she refers to them as “button-on covers,” not sure what that means). Who are we trying to kid; we just aren’t that original… Nevertheless, this demonstrates the loafer look is a timeless classic. To give ourselves some credit, we have updated and modernized to the extreme. And added tassels. Tassels on everything is my motto right now.
This photo demonstrates a modern, updated twist on a pair of loafers I recently purchased from Madewell on super sale. I absolutely love the tassels and the easy ability to dress them up or down. Loafers have manifested in all sorts of styles these days, another popular style includes the slipper with prints on them (see below).
This photo is from the men’s Prada collection as displayed by @savvyslippers (check out their IG for some fantastic shoe posts, mostly menswear)
Loafers are so styling right now, one of my best blogger friends IGer @loafersoflondon’s entire premise is dedicated to them. (Check out her blog at londonloafers.com for edgy meets preppy meets fallinlovewithherstyle) This photo is from a recent post.
Whether you are powering out at the office, vigorously taking notes in class 😉 or just lounging in your slippers at home, loafers are one of those constantly recycling trends that are here to stay.