Why Block Heel Loafers Are The Season’s Smartest Transitional Shoe

While winter’s doldrums may be behind us and the calendar confirms spring has arrived, it’s not exactly sandal season quite yet.

Indeed, the in-between seasons are often the hardest to navigate and dress for. It could rain, snow and sunshine all in a day, after all. Or on the day you expect showers and wear wellies accordingly, it’s suddenly clear skies. You get the picture.

Thus, the block heel loafer has broken through as the transitional that’s most up to snuff right now. Walkable, but with just the right about of coverage and lift, they have a lot going for them and are easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.

For a sharp, work-ready take that’s just as good with tailoring as with tattered denim, there’s Saint Laurent’s loafer version of its popular babies style, on sale now.

Saint Laurent Babies patent leather loafers, $485

Pierre Hardy applies the year-round versatility of leopard print to a fetching suede loafer with his signature twisted geometric block heel.

Pierre Hardy leopard print suede loafer, $419. Bergdorfgoodman.com

How’s this for a hybrid? Fabio Rusconi combines a slingback, a loafer and a block heel in a sophisticated silver tone.

Fabio Rusconi slingback mettalic pumps, $257. Lanecrawford.com

Even Church’s, whose offering is ever-classic, updated its stalwart kiltie and tasseled loafers with a block-heel and lug sole for added oomph.

Church’s Neema patent leather loafers, $595. Mytheresa.com

At Gucci, creative director and remixer extraordinaire Alessandro Michele infused a staid square-toe loafer with whimsy in spades via charming patchwork and colorplay.

Gucci leather block heel loafers, $995. Mytheresa.com

Chloé also twisted this classic style, which was last popular in the ’90s, by covering its version in glossy python. Just add the season’s essential cropped flare trousers or denim and you’re all set.

Chloé zip-detailed python loafers, $1575. Net-a-porter.com
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