From metallic and floral prints to classic leather and patent styles, shop our edit of the most on-trend SS16 loafers...
It’s time to upgrade your shoe collection for the new season with this season’s must-have loafers.
Ok, so we admit that this one isn’t exactly a new trend, but for Spring/Summer 2016, the humble loafer has been refreshed and luxed-up with bold new palettes and fabulous prints, textures and embellishment.
The SS16 loafer revival is pretty much entirely down to Gucci’s masterful Alessandro Michele, who has championed the style classic for many a season. But in true Alessandro style, he’s reworked them with dreamy florals, metallics and pastel-hues this season, and created true objects of desire. A firm favourite among the street style stars and fashion editors, this is one trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
The brilliant quality of a pair of loafers is unquestionably their comfort. But their timeless appeal means you can buy and wear now as well as for seasons to come. So far, so good.
Now, there are two schools of thought when it comes to styling this season’s blokey shoes – contrast the masculinity of the look with boldly printed dresses and midi skirts or embrace the androgyny with cropped, ankle-baring culottes, trouser suits and crisp white shirts.
Whether you wear yours to work, at the weekend or on date night for an androgynous spin, the loafer can do no wrong. Dressed up or down, they just work.
Investment style pairs come from Victoria Beckham, Tod’s and Gucci. And although they’re designer, these style classics actually don’t require a loan unlike some of the season’s other key trends. A few hundred pounds will get you a classic pair of shoes that you’ll love for a lifetime – not least because of their comfort but also for their versatility. Even if you’re channelling the new season fashion eccentric, they’ll still work with denim next season too.
But if you’re looking for a more purse-friendly pair, then the trusty high street has come up trumps. Head to Topshop for a classic off-duty style, & Other Stories for something work-appropriate and then Zara for both a statement-making platform pair as well as the all-time classic penny loafer.
Whatever your style, make sure you have a pair of loafers to team with it.
Click through to shop the best high street and designer styles in stores now…
Love all things high shine? You’ll want to check out this sleek style from Pierre Hardy.
Wear your new tan suede loafers with frayed denim, fine gold hoops and a chunky cashmere knit.
Bold, slip on styles are the look du jour right now, and we’re totally feeling this pair from & Other Stories.
Go for the fash-pack favourite slip on style from Robert Clergie and add instant cool points to your workwear wardrobe.
This season’s dusky pink trend has never looked more appealing than on these Tod’s loafers. Pair with monochrome in the week and stonewash denim at the weekend for maximum impact.
For a more feminine spin on the trend, head to Zara and snap up this block heel pair in a flattering nude hue.
If we could own any pair of shoes this season, these are the ones. The classic Gucci loafers in the colour of the season ? what?s not to love?
Bored of black but still want something versatile? Snake print applied to Russell & Bromley’s classic preppy loafers are the way to go.
Isabel Marant never fails to amaze with her cult footwear hits. Just add slouchy layers for a nonchalant daytime look.
An all-time classic that will literally go with everything in your wardrobe, these Kurt Geiger loafers are a worthy investment, anytime of year. For spring, we’ll be wearing ours with cropped, wide leg denim and a striped shirt.
Designer looking but with a high street price tag, these Zara loafers are the way to go if you?re looking for something a bit more statement.
Patent, with an on-trend block heel and under £50 – there’s nothing not to love about this do-it-all pair.
Take your cue from the designer’s own style and team with minimalist tailoring and longline coats.
This buy-now, wear-forevermore pair will look just as good with a midi dress and sun hat as it will with culottes and a denim jacket. We love.
A firm favourite amongst the fash-pack and Instagram?s biggest stars, these are the sure-fire way to earn serious style points this season. Rear with tailoring to channel the runway spirit.
You really can?t go wrong with this under £40 pair of classic loafers from Zara.