Slip Into the Perfect Summer Shoe With This Selection of Stylish Loafers

Best Loafers for Summer

Slip Into the Perfect Summer Shoe With This Selection of Stylish Loafers

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Loafers have been around for centuries and have been worn around the globe in different cultures. According to Joseph Cheaney & Sons, Native Americans invented Makasins (what became moccasins) with the oldest estimated to be made around 3500 BC, while Norwegian fishermen had slip-on shoes similar to modern loafers in the early 1900s (and what G.H. Bass turned into the penny loafer), and the British say they invented loafers in the 1920s as a form of casual shoe for King George VI to ‘loaf around’ in. Though the past is disputed with who invented what first, what’s clear is that the loafer has been a staple for men throughout history.

Fast forward to today, and you see many interpretations of the loafer being worn by your grandparents to fashionable twenty-somethings, ranging from the classic construction to ones with chunkier soles, bold patterns and modern materials. It’s a shoe that came from humble beginnings to be easy to wear and lounge in, became known for its formality and sophistication and now is being made for any and all occasions.

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It’s easy to see why the loafer is still popular: It’s an extremely versatile shoe that is low-cut, easy to slip on, and made in different styles and fabrics to wear throughout the year. It has become a summer staple with its lower profile that exposes more skin for airflow, can be more easily styled with ankle-length pants or shorts and can be thrown on and off for when you’re spending time outside. It’s the perfect summer shoe that can instantly elevate a casual look or class up even the dressiest outfit. Read on for a range of options for a loafer that will suit your needs.

Marc Nolan Adler Penny Loafer

These luxurious loafers are extremely affordable at only $135, especially when the upper is made from a beautiful pebble calf leather. These loafers are made in multiple colorways, but the green, brown and white combination are neutral enough to go with any outfit while standing out in a subtle and sleek way. The chunky lug soles are right on trend without being too thick and provide superior stability and traction. They’re versatile enough to wear with a suit, shorts or even jeans, and the compliments will come pouring in whenever you wear them.

$135 at 

Rothy’s Ravello Loafer

A loafer you can throw in the washing machine? We’re sold. The Rothy’s Ravello Loafer is made from the brand’s signature thread spun from plastic water bottles, meaning it’s extremely sustainable and can be easily washed. You’ll look good without worrying about grass or other stains. The thread gives the loafers a knit look while staying soft and flexible. With a modern design inspired by coastal getaways, these loafers are perfect for any summer occasion.

$189 at 

Camper Twins Loafers

Putting a fun and unique twist on a classic loafer combination, Camper offers these meticulously crafted loafers with slight color variations between the left and right shoe. It’s something so simple that creates an opposite yet complementary visual. The upper is made of super soft calfskin and a rubber/EVA sole; both are in a smooth finish that looks very polished. A truly unique pair, these loafers will be sure to get you tons of compliments every time you step out the door.

$210 at 

M. Gemi Feliz Uomo Loafer

Drivers were invented for wealthy men who wanted a fancy, lightweight shoe meant specifically for driving. The pebble sole goes up the heel to prevent the sole from slipping and protect the leather. This M. Gemi Feliz Uomo Loafer uses true moccasin construction of one piece of suede that molds to your foot for a glove-like fit. This driver comes in multiple neutrals and also vivid colors like this gorgeous jewel green so you can have a versatile pair as well as one to show your personality. Drivers feel a bit more casual than other loafers so they’re perfect for picnics, barbecues or casual lunches while also being refined enough for nice dinners, work or fancy events.

$228 at 

Vagabond Mike Loafer

This is a loafer for today’s man. This contemporary penny loafer is crafted in beige suede and features solid and sleek soles that feel a bit futuristic. The upper goes more traditional with the classic penny loafer slot and stitching. It’s a beautiful blend of the past and present in one monochromatic shoe, so you can feel the traditional elegance while also being fresh and current for any event. 

$220 at

Taft Fitz Loafer

Taft is known for their impeccable leather boots, and their Fitz Loafer lives up to the quality and craftsmanship of their artisans in Spain who make them by hand. This loafer is definitely a heads-will-turn moment, featuring a black-and-white floral pattern with hair-on-hide material which gives a beautiful look and feel to the upper. The cushioned insole and leather lining offer long-lasting support and comfort. If you want to stand out, this is your shoe. If you feel these are a bit too much, Taft has plenty of other options as well.

$295 at 

Ace Marks Penny Loafer

If you want a penny loafer that’s more luxurious, this pair from Ace Marks is for you. The upper is crafted from full-grain Italian calfskin leather sourced from small batch artisans, has calf-skin lining from heel to toe and Blake Flex Construction with replaceable soles. For a premium shoe that you can wear for the rest of your life, these are worth the investment.

$324 at 

Florsheim Postino Patent Leather Loafer

If you’re looking for a truly dressy loafer, this minimal patent leather loafer from Florsheim should be right up your alley. It’s a very clean design without any adornments to allow the glossy finish to really shine. Slip the shoes on, and you’ll feel the comfort of the fully cushioned footbed and rubber sole.These aren’t meant for everyday wear, but they are perfect to add some shiny style to your next formal event.

$130 at

G.H. Bass Larson Pull-up Weejun Loafer

G.H. Bass invented the penny loafer, literally. The Weejun loafer was invented in 1936, putting a stylish spin on a Norwegian farm shoe designed for “loafing in the field” and pennies were kept in the slots for safe-keeping, the cost of a phone call. The brand has since made multiple iterations of the Weejun, and this Larson Pull-Up Weejun Loafer showcases time-honored design with its moc stitching and Apron/Moc toe while being updated just a tad. Its pull-up leather allows it to be dyed this dazzling blue. It’s a classic for a reason, and it still looks just as good today.

$185 at

Cole Haan American Classics Tassel Loafer

The classic tassel loafer has been updated with a chunkier sole that’s responsive and provides more traction. With simple and chic details like the same material suede tassel, storm bead welt, and classic suiting inspired heel detailing, this loafer is classic and polished for the new era. At $110, these are perfect affordable choices for those who want an understated shoe with a bit of flair for dressier occasions.

$110 at

Blackstock & Weber Mason Horse Bit Loafer

Saving the bit for last (yeah, it’s a bad joke). The bit refers to the metal detail across the vamp and is inspired by bits used for horses. Think of it as an intriguing charm for your shoes, because that’s exactly what it is. If you’re into jewelry or just want your loafers to be more fanciful, the horse bit will do just that. These Blackstock & Weber loafers feature a golden bit across many different fabric options like croc embossed leather, suede and pony hair. These loafers really elevate a look and work best with dressier outfits.

$375 at 

Thursday Boots Handsewn Loafer

Looking for boat shoes you can take from the dock to dinner? These handsewn loafers from Thursday Boots mimic the boat shoe and are made from a genuine one-piece handsewn construction mainly seen in more expensive loafers. They’re made from high-quality leather, and have StormKing™ durable rubber lug outsoles for added grip and durability and Poron® antimicrobial shock absorbing insoles for extra comfort. Whether you’re by the sea or far from it, this pair brings the best of boat shoes and loafers together to improve your summer fit.

$145 at

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