Upping your work game this January as part of your “New Year, New You” mantra? Don’t forgot about your footwear! While a pump is generally considered to be the the most “business formal” option, we all know there are times when a pump just won’t do! So, for all of you who either don’t wear heels to work or want a break from your heels let’s talk loafers!
Flat, loafer, oxford? What’s the difference you ask? Well technically a loafer is a slip-on shoe with a small heel that is quite open around the foot and ankle making them easy to slide on and comfortable to walk in. The sole of a loafer is also typically a separate piece of material that stands out from the shoe either due to colour or material. In general, loafers also give off slight menswear-vibes. A flat doesn’t usually have a heel (or if it does, it’s tiny) and the sole is much thinner. I also generally think that they’re daintier than a loafer. An oxford always laces up. TBH though, there’s a lot of crossover which leaves some wiggle room.
Within the loafer category itself, there are different variations: penny, tassel, horse-bit buckle a.k.a “Gucci” (because Gucci was the brand that introduced this style). So, whichever ones you pick, there’s a style for everyone!
Here are some of my favourites, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
SFW Amalfi Pointed Toe Loafer
These are one of those shoes that sort of straddle the loafer-flat line. Because of the heel and menswear-inspired silhouette, I consider these to be more of a loafer.
Available at Hudson's Bay $129*
Aferinna Tassel Loafer
A feminine take on a menswear-inspired classic. Pair these tassel loafers with everything from ankle-grazing trousers to denim.
Available at Aldo $90*
Patent Lace-Up Loafer
Studs give this classic horse-bit loafer a cool-girl edge.
Available at Le Chateau $49.95*
With it's geometric buckle and pointed toe, these are a modern take on a classic "Gucci"-style loafer.
Available at H&M $34.99*
Pointed Toe Penny Loafer
A classic penny loafer with a slightly higher heel and tapered toe. Try pairing this pair with a skirt and a classic blouse or turtleneck sweater.
Available at H&M $39.99*
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.