Loafers are meant to be used for a very specific context. This, in part, is why you generally won’t see them worn as much as your average pair of formal leather boots or any other men’s shoes. But that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have a pair on hand. Loafers are among the few types of shoes that go perfectly with a relaxed but semi-formal vibe.
Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Won’t boat shoes do just as well? The answer, generally speaking, is no. They come off much in the same way wearing a pair of men’s sneakers with a suit does. Sure, you can do it. Some can even do it really well. But for the most part it is just something to be avoided. So if you’re looking to get yourself a pair of laceless loafers for wearing with a summer suit, or maybe a pair for wearing with a casual outfit – look no further than our list. We’ve pulled together some of the best to keep you looking sharp and feeling summery all year long.
Cole Haan Howland Penny Loafers
Made with genuine leather and featuring a synthetic sole, this penny loafer will keep you looking sharp and feeling comfortable throughout the day. For an added bit of comfort and versatility, the shoes boast a back driving heel as well as perforated arch support on the inner sole.
Nisolo Chamberlain Penny Loafers
For those who are looking for a more traditional outsole on their loafers, these ones from Nisolo are the right pick. The shoes has a stacked heel, nubuck leather sole, and an interior insole built for comfort.
Jack Erwin Abe
Handcrafted in Spain and featuring a reinforced, stacked heel, this full grain calfskin loafer is just as at home in a cafe as it is in the board room.
Quoddy Toast Suede Penny Loafer
J.Crew Ludlow Penny Loafer
Want a great pair of loafers that will last year-in and year-out? This pair from J.Crew is the ticket. The upper on these are sourced from Italy, and the lining from Wisconsin – making them both a worldly and comfortable pair. To top it off, these loafers feature a Goodyear welt construction. That means they can be resoled again and again.
Paul Smith Simmons Tasseled Loafers
If the penny loafer isn’t exactly your thing – then the tasseled loafer might be. This one from Paul Smith features a fun, brightly colored insole and exterior tassels. More than just featuring a totally unique, albeit understated color-way, these shoes are also wicked comfortable. The interior of the shoe boasts a smooth leather lining that, with time, becomes incredibly soft.
Car Shoe Driving Shoes
If your idea of the perfect weekend is to get behind the wheel and do some driving, these might be the summer loafers for you. With a suede upper and an outsole that features rubber lugs all the way up to the back of the heel – they’re a solid pick that’ll provide all the grip and style you’re looking for.
Tod’s Gommino Driving Shoes In Suede
These hand-stitched velvet suede driving shoes are something to behold. And thanks to their pebble rubber outsole – they’re ideal for putting the pedal to the metal. Rather than featuring a slot for putting a penny or a pair of tassels – these boasts an attractive but somewhat understated tie. It’s the small details that count.
Want Les Essentiels Marcos Loafers
Made with a calfskin upper and featuring a substantial outsole, these loafers made in Portugal have an attractive but non-traditional look to them. The shoe is equipped with a foam midsole with a contrasting stripe, and a rubber outsole for a combination of comfort, grip, and style.
Feit Hand Sewn Slipper
It may be a stretch to call these loafers, but they’re definitely attractive enough to be worn in formal situations. The upper of the shoe is made from a one-piece leather upper and is hand stitched at the heel. After time, the shoe will mold to the shape of the wearers foot – making it a one of a kind summer shoe.
Alden Monroe Penny Loafers
A great, American made loafer made with a brushed dark calf leather, a dark crepe sole, and Goodyear welt stitching – it’ll remain comfortable and attractive for as long as you’re willing to take care of it. All things said a really quality made shoe you’ll be proud to wear around on weekends and casual Fridays.
O’keeffe Excalibur Leather Tasselled Loafers
A pair of tasseled loafers made from a high quality Mahogany leather. Constructed by hand and highly limited in number, you can expect them to be both incredibly well made and hard to come by. For those who are looking to build out an outfit as bespoke as they can manage – these are the perfect shoes.
Rubinacci Leather Trimmed Denim Loafers
Another pair that don’t necessarily come off as traditional loafers, but are summer, formal, and fun all the same. Rather than featuring a leather upper, these loafers boast an indigo denim that adds an interesting texture and splash of color to lighter outfits. To top it all off, the interior leather lining of the shoes are built to grow softer and more supple with each wear.
Rancourt Co Shell Cordovan Pinch Penny Loafer
American made hand-built shoes. It is honestly hard to think of anything that gets much better than that. Made with genuine Horween Shell Cordovan, these loafers are near the pinnacle of quality. Unlike any other on this list, these are actually made to order and built by hand in Rancourt and Co’s Maine shop.
If a more minimalist look is what you are going for, these loafers from the Parisian shop Berluti are for you. The shoe features a soft sole for more comfort throughout the day, and the leather upper boasts a supple, glazed look to it.
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