Best loafers for women to wear in 2022

The perfect middle ground between formal footwear and casual sneakers or sandals, loafers are the savior of intelligent simple – without needing a new pair of feet at the end of a night in heels.

With a history dating back to the 1930s and a fan base that includes everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to Kate Moss and Zoe Kravitz, loafers are a closet essential that transcends space and time. Now beloved by fashion editors and street stylists alike, they’re a surefire way to elevate your style with minimal effort.

Alessandro Michele brought them back into the spotlight in 2015 with his appointment as Gucci’s creative director, when he revived the brand’s eclectic 1970s heyday aesthetic – which included puffy, backless horseshoes.

Over the past seven years, iterations have come and gone, from G.H. Bass’ classic flat style that, paired with wide-legged jeans and knitwear, would channel a preppy look that even Lady Di would be proud of to Prada’s chunky platform designs that would elevate even a tracksuit with a trench coat when worn – literally and figuratively.

Whether you prefer a style with metallic hardware, a tasseled design that originated as a boat shoe, or a penny loafer named for the slot in its belt for storing coins – originally designed to pay a cobbler or store money in a payphone emergency – we’ve curated a selection to suit every taste and budget.

Vagabond Cosmo 2.0 Loafer

Swedish brand Vagabond, which began life in the Seventies as a men’s footwear brand, is a pro at the chunky aesthetic. These penny loafers are no exception. In a black polished leather and an outsole measuring 45mm, these will give you some serious height as you stomp the streets in style.

G.H.Bass Weejuns Penny Loafers Wine Leather

G.H. Bass’ iconic Weejuns were first designed in the 1930s and have remained the same for over 100 years since – it doesn’t get more timeless than that. Featuring rich wine-colored high-gloss leather, hand-stitched construction, and a leather outsole, this pair looks best with indigo or cream jeans – you can enhance the preppy vibe with argyle socks. And if burgundy isn’t to your taste, there are countless colors to choose from, so you can find the right one.

Camper Walden Loafers

Any Bottega Veneta fan will know that colored loafers are all the rage, so why not do it with the Camper’s blue style? Paired with neutrals, black and white, and a bit of white athletic socks, these will add interest to your look. They are not precisely blue suede shoes, but they’re close.

Prada Monolith pointy brushed leather loafers

Are you wearing …… Prada loafers? Yes, I am. Well, that’s not exactly the line from “The Devil Wears Prada,” but it’s indeed becoming the day’s update.

The holy grail of all loafers, Prada’s iconic design is sought after by fashion editors and street stylists alike. Adorned with the Italian fashion house’s iconic triangular logo plaque and a chunky sole that exudes luxury, this shoe will add a touch of elegance to any outfit.

Office Filters Snaffle Loafer Mules

For a more feminine style, opt for Office’s backless designs. In beige leather, they work well with dresses or cream jeans, and if you’re usually partial to sandals, they’re the perfect transitional option. At £50, it’s a no-brainer.

JW Anderson Shearling Chain Loafer Mules

First shown in the brand’s Fall 2020 menswear show, JW Anderson’s chain loafer mules have become one of the most-wanted styles from the house.

If wearing your slippers in the real world is on your wishlist, then this shearling style is the one for you – or if the fluff is too much, there are countless options available with the iconic chain hardware, so we’re sure there’s a style you’ll be adding to your basket.

Russell & Bromley Cleopatra 3 Ring Loafer

A reinvention of the British brand’s classic loafer, Russell & Bromley’s Cleopatra is given a modern update with metallic hardware, a low block heel, and subtle braided welts making for a bright, feminine silhouette. Available in six styles, from tweed to pearl-embellished to mock crocodile, there’s something for everyone.

Miista Serena Charcoal Loafers

With a small heel, distinctive square toe, and distressed design details, Bethnal Green-based Miista has given the classic loafer a 2022 makeover. Finished with ultra-cushioned memory foam insoles, calf leather lining, and leather outsoles with rubber details for added grip, you’ll be able to strut your stuff all day long.

Grenson Lyndsey Loafers

While the heritage brand Grenson dates back to 1866, the brand has designed some of the most modern formal shoes on the market, and these loafers are a prime example. While they may look like a heavy number, the chunky Commando sole is lighter than air, creating a feathery shoe with a prepaid punch. Pair them with jeans and a chunky knit for a cozy winter look.

Clarks Orinoco 2 Loafer Chestnut Leather

With an archive that dates back before loafers were invented, Clarks is a brand that knows its way around a pair of the classic shoes. Combining timeless style with a modern cleated sole and chunky heel, the chesnut leather loafers are a happy hybrid for those who want to test a sturdy sole for the first time.


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