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Loafers have been having what we in the business call “a moment” for quite some time, but the best loafers for men feel more hyper-relevant now than ever before. What other shoe, pray tell, is better suited to this particular moment: laceless and comfortable like the slippers you’ve been lounging in for months; sharp and stylish enough for the post-vax life you’ve been dreaming about for those same months. Thanks to the Great Loafer Boom of 2021, you’ve never had more options—from heritage menswear brands and big-name designers and tiny startup labels alike—to slide right into for summer.
Especially because there’s not a damn thing in your wardrobe that a loafer won’t work with. Jeans (weird or otherwise), chinos, pants with pleats or without, shorts—especially the shorts of summer—and beyond.
No matter the loafer style you’re after, from classic penny loafers to dressy tassel loafers, we’ve tracked down the 26 absolute best loafers for men—all exhaustively researched, thoroughly vetted, and ready to roll. Find the pair of loafers that’s right for you, slip ‘em on without a second thought, and ascend to verified style god status. It really is that simple.
The Best Bang For Your Buck Loafer
G.H. Bass & Co. “Larson” Weejuns loafers
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. The brand’s casual-leaning style is a GQ fan-favorite beloved by old-school preppy legends like J.F.K. and modern-day loafer aficionados alike. The best way to wear them? Play down their clean-cut origins by pairing them with everything from cuffed Dickies to flower-child faded jeans. For the bargain-savvy shopper, these are about as close as it gets to a near-perfect black loafer that doesn’t compromise on quality and doesn’t call for a short-term loan to afford. In other words: as long as Bass keeps making ‘em, we’ll keep recommending ‘em.
The Best Upstart Loafer
Vinny’s “Romeo” Croc-Effect Leather penny loafers
The best thing about the bona fide loafer boom? Every brand worth its weight in Goodyear welts wants in on the action, from stalwart shoemakers to up-and-coming loafer specialists looking to make their mark in an increasingly saturated space. Our preferred up-and-comer? Vinny’s, the Copenhagen-based brand founded by fashion-world vet Virgil Nicholas right before the onset of the pandemic. Each pair of Vinny’s loafers is a handcrafted riff on a classic silhouette you know and love—all at a price point that belies the level of labor involved. Right now, we’re digging these shiny croc-effect bad boys, finished with a high-quality rubber sole that’ll keep your dogs suitably comfy no matter where your post-lockdown plans take you.
The Best Grail-Worthy Loafer
Gucci 1953 Horsebit Leather loafer
The word “icon” is tossed around real casually these days, but Gucci’s horsebit loafer is the rare piece of design actually worthy of the moniker. There’s a reason the silhouette’s barely changed since it was first introduced in the early ’50s. Gucci loafers are still crafted in Italy, still embellished with the brand’s signature horsebit detail hearkening back to its legacy as a small-time Florentine leather goods operation. Explaining their appeal is easy: not only do they go with everything you already own, they’ll swank up every outfit your pair them with—from the casual-everydays vibe you’ll be bringing back to your re-opened office, to the suit you’ve been jonesing to bust out once the summer wedding circuit picks up in earnest.
The Best Titan of Industry Loafer
J.M. Weston 180 Moccasin Suede loafers
If you’re looking for slip-on shoes that’ll make you feel like you’re on top of the world every time you wear ‘em these are the loafers for you. That’s because J.M.Weston’s most popular shoe is a tour de force of footwear design. Insisting on the 180 manual operations necessary to assemble each pair might sound a tad excessive, but if you’re dropping a rack on a pair of shoes, you expect that level of craftsmanship. Goodyear-welted for easy resoling and done up in a rich shade of dark brown, these are loafers that’ll sync up just as well with your most formal outfits as they will your most casual, from your finest “hostile corporate takeover” power suit to a pair of frayed 501s and your “weekend beater” Rolex.
The Best Tassel Loafer
Alden Snuff Suede Tassel loafer
Tassel loafers are here, waiting, if you want something outside of a penny loafer that’s still got some showmanship. Alden’s signature version is absolute aces: handmade in Massachusetts from handsome snuff suede on a deceptively comfortable leather outsole. You’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of shoes that’ll complement a pair of dark indigo jeans more effectively, or more instantly elevate a creamy pair of linen trousers to the realm of “gracefully aging Italian gentleman.”
The Best Venetian Loafer
Viberg eco veg fallow suede slipper
Venetian loafers are having a moment, and you should absolutely learn what the fuss is about. Construction-wise, they’re similar to the more conventional loafers you’re familiar with, absent a few crucial stylistic flourishes—namely, the straps, tassels, and kilties that typically lend the uppermost part of the loafer some flair. The style has exploded in popularity over the last year, which means it’s high time you discovered for yourself what the fuss is about. Viberg’s durable, Goodyear-welted option is one of the best of the bunch. The brand’s eco veg slippers merge the ease of the house shoes you’ve been wearing for the last year with the timeless style of the dress shoes you’ve been eyeing forever. Strip away all those excess details and you’re left with a loafer that feels—almost paradoxically—even more elegant than its elaborately-adorned counterparts.
Plus 21 More We Love
Jacques Solovière “Jules” Debossed-Logo Suede loafers
Loewe Croc-Embossed Slip-On loafers
Must-cop drop tops.
Paraboot “Reims” loafer
Paraboot’s chunky-soled shoes are a perennial favorite of stylish guys like Tyler, the Creator because of their power to anchor your biggest fits—literally and metaphorically—with ease.
Horatio London “Beaufoy” loafer
Two tones is twice the fun.
Allen Edmonds “Cavanaugh” penny loafer
If you want to fully harness the retro charm of the penny loafer, a moccasin toe is the way to go.
Astorflex Patnoflex loafers
Astorflex takes a classic Venetian silhoutte and adds rubber soles for extra cushioning.
Church’s “Tunbridge” Bookfinder penny loafer
Church’s dressier take on the style might look like a conventional loafer, but on the inside they’re unlined for next-level comfort.
Aimé Leon Dore penny loafers
The cool kid’s loafer of choice.
Jack Erwin “Carmine” penny loafer
Handcrafted in Portugal from Italian-sourced suede, these are loafers that’ll confer instant native status the next time you touch down in Europe—even if it’s your first time on the continent.
Sebago “Dan” loafer (was $180, now 58% off)
The loafers your pops wore to commute to his office every day for decades still look just right for the WFH crowd.
Stefan Cooke Stitched Leather penny loafers
Forget slipping a penny into your loafer’s arch strap—Stefan Cooke throws in a whole button, and adds a contrasting needlework trim for good measure.
Toga Virilis “Polido” loafers
A little silver-tone hardware goes a long way.
Beckett Simonon “Roy” loafers
Don’t let the price fool you: Beckett Simonon’s velvety, water-repellent loafers don’t skimp on the wow factor.
Loro Piana Summer Walk suede moccasins
Loro Piana, the Italian brand synonymous with you-need-to-touch-it-to-believe-it cashmere, makes loafers that are begging to be worn with brightly printed swim trunks and a chest-exposing linen shirt.
Martine Rose Square Toe loafers
Dr. Martens “Adrian” Smooth Leather Tassel loafers
For Doc lovers, details like a double tassel and kiltie fringe—all plopped on top of that signature cushioned sole—have helped loafer wearers look like counter-cultural icons since the ’80s.
Blackstock & Weber “Mason” Horse Bit loafer
As mouth-watering as a thick slab of wagyu beef.
John Lobb “Lopez” Leather penny loafers
That price tag might seem high, but it’s absolutely worth it for the 150 years of finely-honed cordwaining skills you’re paying for.
Marsèll “Gommello” Slip-On loafers
Boss-man loafers, but you’re the boss of, like, a team of graphic designers in Berlin.
Cole Haan Pinch Penny Slip-On Loafer (was $93, now 19% off)
As classic as they come.
Engineered Garments x Tricker’s Golf loafer
Another bold take on the Venetian loafer, via Engineered Garments’ ongoing collaboration with Tricker’s.