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Gucci loafers have become a luxury capsule wardrobe staple loved by fashion people, influencers and celebrities alike. In fact, we can pinpoint the moment their status as a modern classic began to skyrocket to September 2014, during which time they became the unofficial uniform of fashion month. They’ve been the most coveted designer accessory ever since. However, what you might not have realised is that the Gucci loafer is actually 70 years old this year, and has been a mainstay in the wardrobes of those in the know since its inception. 

After World War I, the man who would go on to create one of the world’s foremost luxury brands, Guccio Gucci, was working at The Savoy in London. During his time at the establishment, it soon became apparent to him how important equestrianism was to those in the English aristocracy—the racing, the polo, how their lives seemed to revolve around it. When he launched his own namesake leather goods business, he already knew the lucrative potential designing pieces with equestrianism in mind could hold. 

Style Notes: French actress and style icon Brigitte Bardot wears her Gucci loafers with knee-high socks, cropped white jeans and a thin-knit jumper circa 1965. 

Fast-forward to 1953 when his son, Aldo, launched the Gucci loafer—a simple leather shoe embellished with a metal horse bit. It wasn’t long before the shoe was granted the jet-set seal of approval. In the ’60s and ’70s, it became a go-to shoe for style icons Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. If you’re an avid Who What Wear UK reader, you’ll know fashion circles don’t come more esteemed than that.  

Style Notes: French star and muse Jane Birkin wears her Gucci loafers with white flares and a lace crop top while attending Cannes Film Festival with her partner Serge Gainsbourg in 1970. 

Style Notes: A young Jodie Foster wears her Gucci loafers with turn-up jeans, a printed tee and a baker boy cap in 1976. 

Today, Gucci loafers have proven their timelessness, surviving not only years, but also moments in and out of the fashion ‘spotlight’. The classic, comfortable accessory is nothing if not a smart investment that can elevate any wardrobe—whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist. The most iconic styles have to be the original 1953 horsebit, which has barely changed since its inaugural design, and the more modern reimagining (but no less classic) Jordaan that has an altogether more streamlined look. I picked a black pair of these for my first designer investment purchase over five years ago and I still wear them on repeat to this day.

These days there are so many iterations of Gucci loafers to suit your own personal style—from velvet and raffia textures to bright colours, oversized logo prints and backless silhouettes. The brand reinvents its hero piece every season, adding new print options or a chunkier sole, keeping the loafers relevant and always effortlessly cool. It just goes to show that some things will never go out of style. 

Keep scrolling to see our gallery of Gucci loafer outfit inspiration. Then, shop our edit of the best pairs to invest in now.

Style Notes: This show-goer spells it out with these new logo loafers. 

Style Notes: Jennifer Aniston is often seen sporting Gucci loafers in classic black hues as she runs errands in New York and L.A. 

Style Notes: Sienna Miller knows that well-chosen accessories can elevate any outfit, which is likely why she opted for a pair of Gucci loafers in bright red. 

Style Notes: Gucci loafers are a street style staple. 

Style Notes: There are even heeled versions for those who prefer a bit of height. 

Style Notes: A modern iteration which incorporates the brand’s interlocking G logo motif. 

Style Notes: The chunkier lug-sole style have been particularly popular over the last couple of years. 

The ultimate classic. 

Iconic flats that will last a lifetime.

These are so fun.

I love the white version. 

These spell it out. 

If you don’t love black, opt for this rich brown. 

These feel traditional but still cool. 

Choose between wearing these backless or not. 

White feels so fresh. 

If you love to make a statement, you’ll love these. 

I love how easily these will pair with your winter whites. 

We’ve always got time for a bit of sparkle. 

You’ll get so much wear out of these. 

The print on these is simply dreamy. 

Maximalists will love these. 

You can’t deny the appeal of Gucci’s retro green and red webbing. 

If you love Gucci’s quilted bags you’ll love these. 

These scream quiet luxury. 

So very chic.

Great with tailoring. 

These are a more subtle take on logo-mania. 

These feel very “old money”. 

The chunkier style are so cool. 

I love this new jumbo logo. 

Big fan of the GG logo. 

White loafers always brighten up blue jeans. 

A two-tone take. 

Statement but still classic. 

If you prefer a slightly heel, these are still comfy to wear. 

These are newly back in stock, so be quick!

Elegant but still fun. 

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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