All Your Loafer Questions, Answered
Earlier this year, we anointed the humble loafer the most crucial shoe of 2023. In hindsight, it was a bold take—but it was also totally true. Men's loafers have been enjoying what we in the business call “a moment” for a while now, and the best of the bunch feel more hyper-relevant than ever before. What other shoe, pray tell, is better suited to this particular time: laceless and comfortable like the slippers you’ve been lounging in for months; sharp and stylish enough for the wild-style summer you’ve been dreaming about for those same months? (Sigh.)
Convinced you need a pair—or five—in your regular rotation? You're in luck: The latest episode of the GQ Recommends Show focuses on exactly that, a font of footwear-related information jam-packed with useful tidbits, practical how-tos, and plenty of styling tips from the experts—namely, us.
Here's the catch: There are a lot of men's loafers to choose from. So to help you out, we whittled down the genre into three price categories you should keep in mind before smashing that buy button—and then rounded up a handful of excellent options from the biggest names in the biz.
Keep scrolling to see how your collection stacks up, and browse a few of our all-time favorite loafers below.
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The Budget(ish) Options
Bass Weejuns have been an icon since the '30s, and when it comes to loafers—or any shoe, really—you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value. More of a tassel guy? Take a page out of Tyler, the Creator's playbook and spring for a pair from the legendary Northamptonshire cobblers at Solovair.
G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns "Larson" leather loafers
Solovair hi-shine tassel loafers
The Mid-Range Options
If there were ever shoes that promised some well-warranted timeline love, Blackstock and Weber's are them. The brand's modern aesthetic melds with handmade quality, though if a suede elephant print feels a little too brash right off the bat for you, Morjas is another great option. The Scandi brand also churns out reasonably-priced hard-bottoms designed for the long haul but in an overall design that leans more understated and classic.
Blackstock & Weber "Mason" horsebit loafers
$375.00, Blackstock & Weber
The Splurge Options
The word "icon" gets tossed around real casually these days, but Gucci's horsebit loafer is the rare shoe actually worthy of the moniker. Each pair is still crafted in Italy, still embellished with the brand's signature horsebit detail, and still ready and raring to swank up every outfit you wear them with. Need some loafers no one else in the group chat already owns? Head straight to Belgian Shoes, the cult-loved Flemish imprint that makes dainty slip-ons favored by uptown retirees and downtown cool guys alike.
$1670.00, Mr Porter
Belgian Shoes "Mr. Casual" loafers
$625.00, Belgian Shoes
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