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The 32 Best Loafers for Women That Are Stylish and Comfortable

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On days when you just feel like being comfortable (aka every day post-quarantine), it’s easy to reach for your best flats or your most comfortable sneakers. But to nail that feel-good effect while elevating your look just a little, consider opting for a pair of stylish loafers, instead.

Simply put, a loafer is a slip-on shoe that leaves the ankle exposed and typically features a low-profile heel. But it comes in many variations, too. Some of the most common loafer silhouettes include moccasins (which harken back to Native American-made styles that inspired the first loafer of the 1930s) and smoking slippers (said original loafer style, which also took its look from silhouettes worn by British royals in the 1800s). Other top loafer models include penny loafers (made famous by Maine shoemaker G.H. Bass) and driving loafers (originally built for driving thanks to their nubbed rubber outsole, but now considered a casual shoe). Some loafers are also mule-hybrids, and may feature tassel details or horsebit-style hardware on the vamp. (The latter is a nod to the design perfected in the 1950s by Aldo Gucci, son of the mastermind behind the luxury brand).

While any silhouette is pretty much timeless, if you’re into keeping up with trends, you’ll want to try the thick-soled versions that are making a return from the 90s and Y2K eras. In fact, every it-girl from Bella Hadid to Katie Holmes has been seen wearing them lately.

“Thanks to brands like Prada, Max Mara and Gucci, the chunky loafer has come back in full force for fall ’21,” says celebrity stylist and costumer fashion designer Tyler Minor. “I think this style really resonates with customers because it’s familiar, not too out-of-the-box, yet still very fashion-forward.”

No matter which look you go for, keep in mind that when shopping for the best loafers for women, choose styles with elevated comfort features, like flexible uppers and ample cushioning underfoot. If you need extra support, try options with molded footbeds and deep heel cups that can help relieve pain stemming from flat feet and plantar fasciitis. (And if you suffer from bunions, seek out silhouettes with wide toe boxes, in addition to those with malleable uppers.) All of these features not only make certain loafers great for everyday wear, but also some of the best styles for work, too.

For shopping made easy, we rounded up the best loafers for women you can buy now. They come courtesy of respected footwear brands, and many are backed by glowing customer reviews. We even included a few of Minor’s favorite styles to consider. Keep reading to shop them.

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G.H. Bass & Co. Whitney Leather Loafers

Best Classic Loafers

  • Colors: Cognac, Black
  • Sizes: 5- 11, including half sizes

This timeless silhouette from famed loafer maker G.H. Bass is a great option for anyone who works in a more formal environment. Taking inspiration from classic menswear silhouettes, the genuine leather style includes penny loafer detailing with a moc toe and low heel. Grab it in cognac or black for a perfect complement to trousers and structured midi skirts.

G.H. Bass & Co. Whitney Leather Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Everlane The Modern Loafer

  • Colors: Black, Camel
  • Sizes: 5- 11, including half sizes

Everlane’s ultra-popular moc loafer returned last year in a new and improved version, and has again earned so much fanfare, it’s already sold out and garnered a waitlist in many sizes. Keeping in line with the brand’s commitment to comfortable, quality basics, the 2.0 take makes The Modern Loafer even better with a roomier toe box, grippier rubber outsole and softer leather upper that’s designed to eliminate the need for any break-in time. Additionally, the style has a tiny braided detail at the rear, slightly thicker stacked heel and additional padding in the insole for extra comfort. According to the website, sizes are expected to restock July 17; we recommend signing up for your desired option ASAP, as history has shown these sell out fast.

What reviewers say: “This is my second pair of The Modern Loafer and I just love them. They are cute, comfortable and you can wear them with or without socks with no issues at all. I usually buy a half size larger when I purchase Everlane shoes, unless it indicates that it runs true to size. Always happy with the quality of shoes and clothing.”

Everlane The Modern Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Everlane


Margeaux The Penny Loafers

Best Penny Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Six suede finishes, including Oyster, Caramel and Garnet, and Leopard Haircalf
  • Sizes: 3-14 and narrow, medium and wide width options

Burgeoning label Margeaux has become a cult-favorite for its cute, comfortable and size-inclusive offerings. Like the rest of the brand’s pairs, the best-selling penny loafer is handmade in Spain with great attention to detail and offered in sizes three to 14, as well as narrow and wide width options to accommodate a vast range of feet. It’s finished in smooth Italian suede and features a flexible, unlined constructions that moves with you and prevents hot spots. Topped off with five millimeters of plush foam padding and available in pretty neutral and jewel-toned finishes, these are meant to be worn everywhere and with everything.

What reviewers say: Comfort, style and quality! I’m in retail and on my feet all day and these loafers pass the test.”

Margeaux The Penny
CREDIT: Courtesy of Margeaux


Louise et Cie Calden Loafers

Best Embellished Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black Leather, Cotton Candy Leather
  • Sizes: 5.5.-10, including half sizes

Louise et Cie has been making beautiful, trendy and affordable shoes since 2013,” Minor says. For a less traditional yet equally versatile take on the loafer, he suggests this pearl-embellished style from the brand — which can easily translate from the office to happy hour. “Try wearing these loafers with a cute black skinny trouser, plain white silk button down and a black blazer for work,” he adds. “Trade the blazer for a leather motorcycle jacket and you’re ready for night out.”

Louise et Cie Calden Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Steve Madden Feather Loafers

  • Colors: 15 finishes, including all-black leather and multi-colored faux snakeskin
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes and select wide width options

Over 1,400 customers gave these low-profile loafers from Steve Madden four or five stars, calling them a new spring wardrobe staple. Available in various bright to basic suede and leather finishes, the minimalist silhouette has a sleek pointed toe and will look great with everything from professional frocks to oversized jeans on the weekends. It’s also a great affordable option, though do keep in mind that if you need ample arch support, these aren’t your best bet.

What reviewers say: A shoe under $100 that doesn’t need to be broken in or worn with Band-Aids for the first few weeks? Just fabulous! The material is so soft and flexible, and they’re perfectly true to size. I wear a size 10, and some shoes can make me look like I have clown feet. These don’t at all. I highly recommend snagging a pair of these!”

Steve Madden Feather Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Nine West Onlyou3 Loafers

  • Colors: Black, Green, Ivory, Medium Brown and Yellow Crocodile
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

Chain details have been trending on the footwear scene, making this sleek pair from Nine West an even more coveted wardrobe addition. The croc-embossed faux leather upper will add texture to any look and comes in neutral tones as well as a cool blue hue if you’re looking to further switch things up. A just under one-inch heel on these helps subtly elongate your frame, too.

What reviewers say: “Fit perfect and are super cute!!! I used them for work and I absolutely love them.”

Nine West Onlyou3 Loafers


Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers

  • Colors: Three dozen colors and finishes, including Saddle Leather and soft Gingham
  • Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes and wide width options

Looking for a classic silhouette that will work from your 9-to-5 to the weekend? Sam Edelman’s Lorraine loafers certainly fit the bill. Perfect to wear with mom jeans and a tee or relaxed suit set, the menswear-inspired style features an almond toe construction, signature front hardware and short block heel (your feet will thank you later for the latter detail). Additional comfort comes in the form of a padded leather insole that should feel soft and pillowy underfoot.

What reviewers say: “I have been searching for the perfect pair of shoes for my commute pre-Covid and honestly after 20+ pairs, I can say this is the best shoe I’ve bought.”

Sam Edelman Loraine
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Dr. Scholl’s Webster Loafers

Most Comfortable Loafers for Walking

  • Colors: Three dozen colors and finishes, including Saddle Leather and soft Gingham
  • Sizes: 6-11, including half sizes and wide width options

Sometimes, you need a loafer that will not only support you during your morning commute or quick trips to the coffee room, but for hours of standing all day. In that case, reach for Dr. Scholl’s Webster loafer. Created with ultimate comfort in mind (and backed by over 1,700 five-star reviews to prove they live up to their promise), the silhouette offers a shock-absorbing insole with anatomical cushioning to reduce foot fatigue. A rounded toe box provides plenty of room for toes to splay, while a flexible, durable outsole boosts traction without weighing your feet down. On top of all that, a rear pull tab allows you to easily slip these on and off without ruining the back of the shoe or enduring painful rubbing.

Keeping in line with the brand’s ethos, the shoes doesn’t skimp on style, either. They feature a chic front strap and are done in both smooth suede and leather finishes.

What reviewers say: “My new job had me walking a minimum of eight to 10 miles a day. I went through three different types of tennis shoes and three different types of dress shoes and these are the only shoes that I was able to wear the entire day. After eight hours, I still felt like I was walking on air. My only regret is not finding these shoes first.”

 

Dr. Scholl's Webster Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Sarah Flint Rosie Shoes

Best Heeled Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black Suede, Taupe Suede, Leopard Hair Calf
  • Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes and wide width options

Although probably best known for its celebrity-approved stilettoed pumps, made-in-Italy label Sarah Flint has since expanded its offerings to include flats and block-heeled silhouettes that retain the brand’s attention to marrying high style and comfort. One its bestsellers, the Rosie loafer includes signature details like three millimeters of extra padding on the footbed and a grippy rubber outsole, plus new additions of a roomy almond toe and an under-1.5-inch block heel. Meaning, the shoe is perfect for those who want a height boost without sacrificing a sweet feel underfoot. Nab it three rich suede finishes or a cheetah-print calf hair option to add some eye-catching texture and pattern to your look.

What reviewers say: “I am always worried whether a shoe will fit because I have flat and wide feet, but the Rosie fit beautifully from the first moment I wore them. Very soft leather and comfortable yet elegant. I wear them at home all day while working from home to feel dressed up!”

Sarah Flint Rosie
CREDIT: Courtesy of Sarah Flint


M. Gemi The Felize Loafers

Best Driving Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Magenta, Sunset Red, Blood Orange, Sunshine, Saddle, Adriatic Blue, Jewel Green, Lavender, Midnight Blue with Black Pegs, Latte, Gray, Black With Black Pegs
  • Sizes: European sizes 35-43

Speaking of Italian craftsmanship, M. Gemi is unique, however, in that its shoes are handcrafted in Tuscany but range from just $90 to $300. Founded in 2015, the brand sells items from small Italian specialty factories straight to shoppers, bypassing major retailers in order to keep prices lower.

And even better news is that the brand’s all-time bestseller, the Felize loafer, is now back in stock. The $198 driving moc is made using one piece of suede that molds to the shape of your foot and features elegant hand-stitching and a soft, genuine leather lining. Coupled with the fact this style is offered in four wear-with-everything hues as well as eight bold tones for those who love a pop of color, it’s bound to be heavy in your rotation. While these are designed to fit like a glove, the brand recommends going up a half size for ultimate comfort.

What reviewers say: “This is my second pair of M.Gemi shoes and first of the Felize moccasin. The Felize is so much more than I expected. So very comfortable and the color I choose — a neutral bone in suede — was just perfect. I am so happy with my purchase and will be back for another pair soon. I did take a recommendation of going a half size up, which worked perfectly for me.”

M. Gemi The Felize Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of M. Gemi


Gucci Princetown Loafers

Best Loafer Mules for Women

  • Colors: Black Leather, White Leather, Red Leather
  • Sizes: 4-12, including half sizes

It’s hard to think about the loafer category without recognizing Gucci. You may remember that the luxury brand’s loafers skyrocketed to popularity during New York Fashion week in 2014, but they’ve actually remained a wardrobe staple among celebrities and aspirational shoppers for over 60 years since their inception. Although the loafers have been updated in many iterations — including with raffia and velvet textures — the brand’s understated leather versions are undoubtedly its most timeless (it’s no wonder the design has remained largely unchanged over time). Whether in a full-length or backless silhouette, their minimal profile with gold horsebit hardware can refine any look — from leggings and a sweater a la Vanessa Hudgens or denim cutoffs and a tank top a la Taylor Hill. Nab the style in classic black to match anything, or choose a pair in a brighter hue like bubblegum pink to make a statement.

What reviewers say: “Initially I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a pair of trendy slides so I settled for a pair half the price. The leather wasn’t as nice and there wasn’t enough padding. I returned them and finally decided to buck up and buy these. So glad I did because the comfort and quality are worth it.”

Gucci Princetown
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Madewell The Frances Loafer Mules

Best Affordable Loafer Mules

  • Colors: True Black, Burnished Mahogany
  • Sizes: 5-7

That said, we think Madewell makes a solid Gucci alternative for anyone who loves the designer look but isn’t willing to splurge. Like the Princetown loafer, the Frances style is backless and dressed in sleek leather. Although it doesn’t feature any hardware, on the comfort front, it does include extra padding underfoot (which is obviously a major plus). And if you’re going for something slightly more casual, this is a great option, as it features a contrast wooden heel and detailing at the midsole.

Essentially, if a designer name and Italian craftsmanship aren’t musts for you, look no further than this noticeably stylish and durable pair.

What reviewers say: “These shoes are so soft inside and outside; I didn’t have a ‘break-in’ period for them. They were a little heavier than I expected, in a good way. The heel and outsole feel nice and solid. The shape of the shoe is really flattering and doesn’t look like a slipper like some mules do.”

Madewell The Frances Loafer Mule
CREDIT: Courtesy of Madewell


Coach Marley Driver Loafers

Also Consider Best Driving Loafers

  • Colors: Champagne, Black, True Navy, Tangerine and Sea Mist
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

Genuine leather loafers often feel stiff at first, but shoppers rave this classic Coach style offers a second-skin fit as soon as you try it on (one customer even says the silhouette is so comfy, they prefer to wear it over tennis shoes). Although also available in matte hues, the brand’s beloved moc toe design now comes with a fresh metallic leather upper for an elevated touch. Gold logoed hardware gives these another sleek edge above the rest. Underfoot, a flexible grooved rubber sole provides traction and a man-made footbed is designed to keep feet happy for hours.

What reviewers say: So beyond comfortable for a leather loafer! Me and all my friends picked up a pair because we’re obsessed with the cushioned soles but classic look.”

Coach Marley Driver Loafers

Sperry Seaport Penny Loafers

Also Consider Best Penny Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black Leather, Cotton Candy Leather
  • Sizes: 5-12, including select half sizes

Having specialized in top-quality boat shoes for over 80 years, Sperry effortlessly brings its polished aesthetic and refined craftsmanship to this staple penny loafer.  Thousands of customers come for its classic details like contrast stitching, but stay for the undeniable comfort it offers due to a full-length memory foam insole, leather sockliner and flexible strobel construction for a second-skin feel. Underfoot, a rubber outsole boosts traction and durability so you can wear these for years to come. Grab them in suede, or matte or patent leather.

What reviewers say: “These shoes exceeded my expectations. They’re very sharp and professional looking and didn’t require any breaking in; they felt perfect the first time I tried them on. They offer more support and cushion than most loafers, and I keep saying they offer the feeling of ‘walking on pillows.'”

Sperry Seaport Penny Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Calvin Klein Leonie Loafers

Best Logoed Loafers

  • Colors: White Logo, Black Logo, Espresso Logo, Black, White
  • Sizes: 6-11, including half sizes

Embrace logomania this spring in these branded loafers from American heritage brand Calvin Klein. The perfect contemporary meets classic silhouette, the driving moc is done in CK-embellished leather with a decorative front strap and rubber outsoles for traction. For supported steps, these also come with a lightly padded footbed.

What reviewers say: “Very expensive-looking shoes that go nicely with jeans or a more dressed up look. I am a size medium and this shoe fit exactly right.”

Calvin Klein Leonie Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Rothy’s the Loafers

Best Sustainable

  • Colors: Navy, Olive Camo, Black Solid, Mocha Spot, Linen Double Stitch, Ecru, Desert Cat, Tide Pool
  • Sizes: 5-13, including half sizes

After testing out Rothy’s buzzy knit flats, we couldn’t be more excited that the label has expanded into other footwear categories — including loafers. The one silhouette Rothy’s offers, a simple smoking-style loafer, takes on the company’s signature support features. These include a removable, cushioned insole and soft, breathable knit upper that molds to the shape of your foot. Not to mention, the pair is eco-friendly and machine washable.

And we aren’t the only ones who love them. Perhaps the most popular loafers on our list, these are backed by over 10,000 reviews and an average 4.7-star rating.

Keep in mind that the brand’s shoes don’t stretch out too much, so when ordering, make sure the fit is not overly snug.

What reviewers say: “I decided to give Rothy’s a try after my co-worker recommended the shoes Wow!! Just wowwww!! When I wear flats, I usually get foot cramps once in a while from walking, but with these it’s like walking in house slippers. They’re so comfortable and look professional enough for office wear.”

Rothy's the Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Rothy's


Prada Leather Logo Platform Loafers

Best Women’s Chunky Loafers

  • Colors: Nero (black)
  • Sizes: 5-11.5, including half sizes

Prada’s chunky loafers first gained traction in fall 2020, and their popularity among the fashion crowd shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the brand’s lug-soled version is one of Minor’s favorite styles. The silhouette is recognizable for its thick, tooth-like outsole and supple leather upper with a signature logo keeper detail.

“Prada has done well in designing fashion-forward, quality loafers,” says Minor. “This style would pair  beautifully with a simple black dress, black leather moto jacket and a cute ankle sock.”

Prada Leather Logo Platform Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus


Franco Sarto Balin 2 Loafers

Best Affordable Chunky Loafers

  • Colors: Black, Khaki
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

For a more affordable take on the chunky loafer trend, Minor is also a fan of this style from Franco Sarto.  It features a penny loafer-style upper with a 1.5-inch platform sole and flexible, cushioned footbed to keep you feeling just as good as you look. In addition to black, the style is also offered in a cool khaki green that can add an unexpected twist to autumnal outfits (like a classic white tee, jeans and oversized flannel combo).

Franco Sarto Balin 2
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Birdies The Starling Loafers

  • Colors: Taupe, Ocean, Heather Gray Sweater Knit, Black Sweater Knit, Oatmeal Sweater Knit, Cider Floral, Amber Faux Fur, Black Velvet, Latte Suede, Cheetah Calf Hair
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options

Birdies may only have been around since 2015, but in just a few short years, it’s gained a massive following. This is arguably thanks to Meghan Markle, who put the brand on the map after wearing its debut style, The Starling, for multiple royal engagements. Today, the style remains the brand’s most popular, with over 3,600 customer reviews and an average five-star rating.

This editor also counts herself a fan of the silhouette, which is one of the most comfortable dress shoes you can buy. Offering the ultimate mix of high style and function, these smoking loafers offer a sturdy sole and the brand’s signature seven layers of cushioning hidden inside a silky, quilted insole. I own the version with a leopard print calf-hair upper — which I love, as it can easily add intrigue to a basic all-black outfit — but the style is also available in monochromatic leather, suede or velvet depending on the look you’re going for.

And even if you don’t have an A-list sized budget, these are still accessible to most, priced at just $140.

What reviewers say: “I purchased these so I could walk all day on my European vacation without packing a huge pair of sneakers. SO comfortable. I can walk miles with no blisters or hot spots. The latte color goes with everything; I wore them with jeans and dresses.”

 

 

Birdies The Starling
CREDIT: Courtesy of Birdies


Tory Burch Charm Leather Loafers

Best Loafers with Collapsible Heel

  • Colors: Black
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

We already rely on Tory Burch for her refined everyday and workwear apparel, so it only makes sense that the brand’s loafers are worth adding to our carts, too. Alongside a shiny goat leather upper, this style is made extra elegant thanks to a golden logo charm at vamp that helps you show your love for the designer brand. And from the inside, a supple leather lining is made to offer a sumptuous step-in a feel. Notably, the style also features a collapsible heel, making it easy to take on and off or even wear as mule if you so desire.

Tory Burch Charm leather loafers
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Naturalizer Lorna Loafers

Also Consider Best Loafers with Collapsible Heel

  • Colors: 20 finishes, including Black Leather and Gingersnap Suede
  • Sizes: 4-12, including half sizes and narrow, wide and x-wide options

Comfort is an integral part of the Naturalizer brand, who specially designs its shoes to contour to the shape of a woman’s foot. So, it’s no wonder one the label’s classic loafers made our list of the best loafers for women. Perfect for anyone who wants a versatile, no-frills design, the minimal Lorna silhouette boasts feel-good tech like a slip-resistant outsole and contoured insole with arch support.

What reviewers say: “I have a very narrow foot so it’s hard for me to find flats and loafers that 1. come in a narrow width 2. are comfortable to walk and work in all day and 3. don’t rub giant blisters. Immediately out of the box these fit like a glove and are super comfy and stylish. I feel like Cinderella!!”



Lauren Ralph Lauren Briley Moccasin Loafers

  • Colors: Black Super Soft Leather, Deep Saddle Tan Super Soft Leather
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

There are few brands more synonymous with sharp loafers and overall preppy style than Ralph Lauren. Among its selection, the Briley loafer is top-rated. Available in classic black and brown, the leather moc-style silhouette features classic details like a square toe, raised stitching and a gripped rubber outsole. For added sophistication and wearability, the shoe features a metal bit and bow detail over the vamp, plus a lightly cushioned insole to pad your steps.

What reviewers say: “The rounded toe makes has ample space! I love how the stitching around the top and golden stirrup detail make these shoes both casual and dressy. The inside is very soft, plush and has a great built in arch support and the bottom provides solid traction for walking. I’ve been wearing these at home and at work, and find them very comfortable.”

 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Briley Moccasin Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Zappos


Ganni Black Jewel Loafers

Best Designer Embellished Loafers

  • Colors: Black
  • Sizes: Italian sizes 35-42

One of our favorite designer takes on the embellished loafer comes courtesy of popular Danish label Ganni. Ideal for those looking for something slightly more subtle, these offer the right amount of bling with a crystal-cut accessory on the vamp. For an exceptionally unique finish, they also feature a stacked, off-set leather sole and minimalist contrast stitching. We love the idea of pairing them with socks, a mini skirt and blazer to nail Gossip Girl-style vibes, but they’d really go with just about anything.

Ganni Black Jewel Loafers
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Clarks Juliet Palm Loafers

  • Colors: Black Suede, Black Interest Synthetic, Black Leather, Caramel Leather, Praline Leather, Navy Leather, Pewter Leather, Burgundy Leather, Beige Leather, Ivory Leather
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and narrow and wide options

From the brand who makes some of the best shoes for standing all day, Clarks’ Juliet loafer features layers of proprietary Cushion Soft padding coupled with an OrthoLite footbed for lasting, targeted support. Meanwhile, subtle elastic goring helps minimize break-in time and a one-inch stacked heel gives you a slight height boost without sacrificing the shoes’ wearability.

In terms of aesthetics, this is a great pick for anyone who wants something slightly unconventional but not too flashy. Complete with a squared off toe and asymmetrical vamp, the leather style comes in classic colors like black and caramel — but is also available in a striking pewter finish.

What reviewers say: “I’m a third year medical student and just started rotations. We have to wear business casual and my feet were killing me after having to stand eight to 10 hours everyday. I’d come home and literally just lay in bed because it hurt to walk. I’ve only had these for one day but they made so much of a difference that I can’t not gush over them. My feet are a tad sore but I don’t have any swelling and I was able to actually do chores after work.”

 

 

Clarks Juliet Palm Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Charles and Keith Fay Buckled Chunky Penny Loafers

Trendiest Loafers

  • Colors: Green, Dark Brown
  • Sizes: 5- 11

Singapore-based fashion retailer Charles and Keith is always on-point with its affordable yet trendy silhouettes, and these faux leather penny loafers from the company are no exception to the rule. A super chunky lugged sole offers a chic boost of height, while a squared off toe and gold buckle hardware give these even more modern appeal for completing Insta-worthy ‘fits. This writer immediately fell in love with the shoes’ unique look upon unboxing them, and wasn’t left with any achy arches after wearing them for hours to the office and after-work drinks. The only downside: These loafers don’t come in half sizes, so it’s best to size up if you’re in between sizes (this writer also used heel pads when sizing up to fill any excess space in the heel that could lead to rubbing and blisters.)

Charles and Keith Fay Buckled Chunky Penny Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of Charles and Keith


Tods Kate Chain Detail Genuine Shearling Driving Shoes

Best Shearling Loafers

  • Colors: White Tobacco, Off White, Off White/ Light Green
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes

Like your favorite pair of women’s slippers, all-over shearling loafers are some of the coziest styles to reach for when temperatures start to drop. Tod’s Italian-made version combines the best of elegance and plushness, done as an outdoor-ready driving loafer with a thick gold logo chain accent. The genuine shearling finish is sourced from Spain and covers the style entirely from the inside out. Need we say more?

Tods Kate Chain Detail Genuine Shearling Driving Shoe
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Andre Assous Phili Faux Fur Weather Resistant Loafers

Also Consider Shearling Loafers

  • Colors: Black/Natural, Cureo/Natural
  • Sizes: 6-10

Another great shearling option, this Andre Assous pair also takes on the chain accent trend, but offers it up in a chunky, mixed media loafer instead. The faux white shearling lining and accents pop against the otherwise tonal leather upper, while a thick lugged outsole gives these a chic yet functional edge. To top it all off, the shoes are weather-resistant, so they won’t get ruined when exposed to light rain. If you live in a wet climate or are simply worried about an all-over shearling style getting dirty pretty quick, these are a nice alternative. And priced at under $250, they’re a luxe mid-price point option perfect for those who aren’t ready to splurge on a designer silhouette.

What reviewers say: “I was surprised at how light these are, but not cheaply made at all. They’re very warm, soft and cozy and fit true to size — except on me, the middles tend to bow out when I walk just a little. It does bug me, but not bad enough that I feel I need to return them. They’re gorgeous shoes, really.”

Andre Assous Phili Faux Fur Weather Resistant Loafer
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Vionic Beach Laguna Loafers

Best Loafers for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Colors: Frosty Spruce, Azure, Black, Dusty Cedar
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

Created in partnership with a podiatrist, Vionic’s shoes are not only great for people who crave everyday comfort but those with foot issues like plantar fasciitis. This is largely due to their signature three-part design, which includes a deep heel cup for enhanced stability, plush forefoot cushioning and a formed midsole with arch support. And as an added bonus, unlike styles from many other orthopedic brands, these are quite fashionable, too.

And on summer afternoons that call for something super casual, Vionic’s Beach Laguna loafers are a go-to. The breezy slip-on has a breathable cotton canvas upper and woven sole that feels so perfect for the season. Along with promoting proper foot alignment, these are also machine washable for an easy refresh and super lightweight, making them the perfect travel companion. Whether you’re heading to the office or packing for a trip to explore a new city, these belong in your arsenal.

What reviewers say: “These are so comfy for my feet! I have little to no arches and plantar fasciitis and these help me with foot pain. They are lightweight and flexible.”

Vionic Beach Laguna Loafers
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Dirty Laundry Heeled Loafers

Also Consider Best Heeled Loafers

  • Colors: Black, White
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes

As we mentioned before, chunky loafers are in, and ’90s girls are making a case for them in many forms. For a fun boost of height, try a chunky, tall heeled loafer. This version from Dirty Laundry offers a fun mix of grunge and prep with its lugged outsole and stable block heel. Even better? The styling options are endless; you can pair it with everything from mom jeans and an oversized blazer to an elegant frock. And, it doesn’t hurt either that customers say these shoes are super comfortable and run true to size.

Dirty Laundry Heeled Loafer
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Aerosoles Betunia Slip-On Loafers

Best Quilted Loafers

  • Colors: 23 colors and finishes, including Black Quilted, Leopard Tan and White lace
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options

Quilting is all over the hottest handbags these days, and we think the design looks so elegant yet eye-catching on a pair of loafers, too. This option from comfort brand Aerosoles offers that coveted puffy look while being packed with plenty of cozy features, such as a plush memory foam insole and shock-absorbing rubber outsole (it’s no wonder over 800 Amazon reviewers gave this style four or five stars). Uniquely, the silhouette is made using Aerosoles’ signature Stitch N Turn method, in which the shoe’s upper is directly attached to its outsole, then the shoe is turned right side out and the footbed is added to ensure ultimate flexion and zero break-in time.

What reviewers say: “These are my go to work shoes. Lots of cushioning and the M width fits my slightly wide foot well. The quilted black and the animal prints are very cool and the bottom molded sole is discreet enough to not look “old lady.” I get compliments on them frequently.


Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafers

Best Tassel Loafers

  • Colors: Burgundy Patent, Black Leather, Ink Navy Leather, Black/Camel, Burgundy Leather, Brown Suede, Forest Leather, Black Suede
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options

This chic style takes the menswear-inspired tassel loafer and gives it some edge with a chunky lug sole and contrast detailing. The Franco Sarto shoe also comes in smooth and distressed patent leather, which gives it extra street style finesse. (We can easily imagine these with a mom jeans and crop top or midi skirt and oversized knit sweater this fall). And it’s just as comfortable as it is stylish, complete with a padded footbed, flexible sole and roomy almond toe. Among over 1,300 five-star reviews on Amazon, one customer even noted these kept her light on her feet all day while working in a classroom.

What reviewers say: “I got a number of compliments on them, and they are so comfy. I ended up wearing them for the first time on a day where I had to do a lot of walking, and these shoes were so great — no pain/pinches/blisters. They can be dressed up or dress down, based on what you wear.”

Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer
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Frye Kenzie Venetian Slip-On

  • Colors: Gray, Red, Rosewood, Cognac, Berry Multi, Jeans
  • Sizes: 5.5-11, including half sizes

Quality leather footwear is Frye’s forte, and these loafers from the brand certainly live up to the standard. A slightly distressed hide sourced from Italy gives them an old world feel and a sharply pointed toe makes them effortlessly elegant. Customers on Amazon also give this pair top marks for its noticeable comfort features, including a soft leather lining, lightly cushioned footbed and flexible leather outsole with a rubber insert in the forefoot and heel for added durability and traction.

What reviewers say: “I was a little worried that they would feel narrow due to the pointed toe, but after one day of wear, they’re super comfortable to work in all day. They’re currently my favorite shoes and I want to order more.”

 

Frye Kenzie Venetian Slip-On
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How to Wear Loafers

When it comes to styling the best loafer for women, you do have more leniency. In fact, pretty much anything goes these days.

“If you want to channel Cher Horowitz, pair a fun argyle sock with them, a cute mini skirt and a cropped sweater,” suggests Minor. “For something a little more understated, wear your loafers with a simple trouser, fun graphic tee and cardigan. Loafers are even cute with a sheer ankle sock and shorts.”

Going for a patterned loafer, like one done in the increasingly popular cheetah print?  It’s easy to pair those with other neutral-colored pieces in your outfit. But if you’re feeling a bit more daring, choose a bright primary color to amp up the oomph effect.

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