I never thought I would say this, but the shoe this season for me is…the loafer. Black patent loafer to be exact. Normally an office shoe to be forgotten, the loafer is seeing a resurgence in a big way, thanks to the updated and fugly-pretty loafers by Stella McCartney which have been selling out all over the place. Seeing some recent street style at this past NYFW made me reconsider the possibilities of the loafer. First and foremost, they are comfortable (yay), they can provide a modest heel depending on the style, and the patent leather brings a bit a shine to any outfit! And it is quite versatile: it can be dressed up or down, with dresses or boyfriend jeans. Now some may file this under the normcore trend like Birkenstocks, but I feel like the loafer is different. It actually has a purpose as a sturdy office shoe, and has never really enticed controversy. It's accepted by women (and men) of all professions and levels. This fall just sees it interpreted in a more modern way, with different textures and metals, chunky soles and heels, and sleek pointy toes. I will definitely be putting this on my fall need list!
Here are a few loafers currently on sale, and some street style inspiration as well.
1: H&M Leather Monkstrap Shoes | 2: Matisse Messer Loafer via DSW | 3: Whistles Frances Pointed Loafer via ASOS | 4: Aldo Alita | 5: ASOS Midas Loafer | 6: Mango Link Leather Loafer
Photos found on Pinterest.