In recent years, the interest in men's shoes has increased, while the consumers are often well-read about the history and the craftsmanship behind different shoe models. We have taken a closer look into the loafer, a shoe model that has found a permanent home in the elegant summer style of men across the globe.
Some of these gentlemen like the late Sergio Loro Piana, found it to be more comfortable to wear their loafers without socks during the summer. Others wouldn’t dream of it. During the ‘50s young Ivy League students wore their loafers with white socks. Recently, we've seen the return of the white socks by the likes of Oliver Dannefalk, co-founder of the Swedish knitwear brand Rubato.
In any case, a good quality loafer can elevate almost any outfit and we have chosen five brands and models that allow you to have fun and wear them just the way you like it.
Edward Green Piccadilly
Edward Green has been the home of English luxury leather shoes since 1890. This classic penny loafer became a versatile wardrobe staple with both linen suits and rolled-up chinos; socks or bare feet. Famous wearer: Alessandro Squarzi
Crockett & Jones Cavendish
One of Northampton, England's most famous footwear makers, Crockett & Jones craft beautiful and thoroughly British handmade shoes. Cavendish is a tassel loafer that has established itself as one of the finest versatile shoes available today. Famous wearer: Andreas Weinås
Alden LHS Penny Loafer
One of the most beloved and well-respected footwear brands in the entire world, Alden is one of the few shoemakers that continue to craft their shoes and boots in the US. The unlined penny loafer, also known as LHS, or Leisure Handsewn, is the perfect shoe for both vacation and office use. Famous wearer: Michael Hill
Loro Piana Summer Walk
Based in northern Italy, Loro Piana produces superlative textiles and luxury goods using the world's finest, rarest raw materials. This is both the deck shoe that can be worn with a suit and the suede moccasin that can be worn at sea. Famous wearer: Sergio Loro Piana
Morjas Penny Loafer
Goodyear welted shoes in Morjas factory in Almansa, Spain. This penny loafer is expertly crafted on a single leather sole for the maximum level of elegance. A round, classic toe with a balanced waist creates the ideal design of a penny loafer. Famous wearer: Luca Rubinacci
Loake is a British shoemaker, founded in 1880, family-owned and still located in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Offering a smart-casual option for the warmer months, this is a distinctive shape only found with the Eton loafer, providing a great versatile style that looks as great with a suit, as they do near the sea. Famous wearer: Oskar Salomonsson