Spring is near, which means the sun is almost out and so are our feet. Soon, our ankles will be liberated from socks and boots, while our toes will most likely remain locked up as we await summer. For some, this in-between season calls for a pair of dad-like chunky sneakers served up by Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga. But for those with more classic tastes, it's time to get reacquainted with the comfortable, collegiate-inspired, versatile loafer.
Loafers often get associated with fall and then forgotten at other times of the year, but for the past few seasons, designers have reworked the sturdy flat spring-appropriate bright pastels, crisp whites, cool metallics and animal prints. Some versions feature studs, tassels or scalloped edge detailing for a bit of seasonal feminine flair. We partially have Alessandro Michele to thank for the loafer comeback, having transformed the shoe from a wealthy elderly male staple to a highly sought after slip-on for the fashionable masses. The success of his Gucci fur-lined loafers and plush velvet slides has prompted numerous shoemakers to add their own unexpected finishes to the footwear, thus providing a new array of loafer options.
Ahead, shop 23 loafers that will start you off on the right foot for spring — and will take you all the way through fall.
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