Posted on: January 10, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Loafers have a rich history dating as far back as the 1920s, however, Gucci propelled the flat style into the spotlight with the release of its iconic Horsebit loafer circa the 1950s. It’s since become a distinguishable fashion item, thus maintaining its appeal. Jane Birkin donned its popular styles frequently since the ‘60s and the style implements remain the same—a contrast buckle, barely there heel and supple leather. The Gucci effect is still prevalent today as its inspired a wave of premium and high-street offerings, including The Row and Prada.

As a result, black loafers are available as part of many permanent collections irrespective of the season. It’s also evident in many variations including moccasins, penny loafers and chunky lug-sole styles. The gold adornment has become synonymous with loafers but there are offerings that lean towards menswear with a clean cut finish and raised profile.

As an enclosed shoe, loafers can transcend many seasons. They also suit many occasions and ensembles. Although they’re synonymous with androgynous styling, they can lend an edgy juxtaposition to skirted and dressy looks (with white socks, for example) and are suitable for workwear and off-duty days alike.

There are many iterations of the classic loafer that exist. Some bear fashion-forward elements, whilst others are heavily influenced by the equestrian style with the iconic metal horsebit detailing While we may be progressing to rounded-toe ballerinas, there’s something timeless and understated about the androgynous style of black loafers, making them well worth the acclaim.

Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best black loafers, from high street to high end. Take our word for it, it’s a piece you won’t regret investing in.

A slim-fitting moccasin with gold hardware. It’s a great introduction into wearing loafers.

I have these loafers and always get so many compliments on them.

If typical loafers aren’t your thing, you may enjoy COS’s scrunched offerings inspired by 1930s penny loafers.

Comfy, chic and will go with just about everything in your wardrobe.

Boden’s statement snaffle loafer is crafted from responsible sourced leather.

When looking for affordable basics head to M&S (who are renown for their classic footwear). This season, they’ve treated us to yet another suave (albeit chunkier) offering.

You only have to look at the photos to see how supple these loafers are.

This style could quite easily compare to its designer counterpart and it’s such a reasonable price-point.

Arket always impresses when it comes to footwear.

Look no further than Reformation if you’re seeking mid-price high quality footwear.

A squared-off toe lends a jaunty feel as compared to the typical rounded styles.

This style includes a collapsible back feature, so it can be worn one of two ways.

A.EMERY’s down-to-earth iteration is one for people who are less fond of platform soles.

The sharp square toe and raw edges make this pair stand out from traditional styles.

If you like men’s style loafers, refer to Sebago’s androgynous designs.

The pick for minimalists who appreciate the subtle details.

You needn’t worry how to style these. Pair these chunky sole loafers with just about anything—from jeans to dresses.

The craftsmanship of Tod’s footwear is exquisite. 

It’s all in the small details—like the glossy leather and the brand’s monogram stamped at the back.

I don’t often come across whipstitched loafers but they’re certainly fashion-forward.

The loafer that started it all, just as popular years on.

These croc-effect loafers really stand out.

This season’s update to Gucci’s cult Horsebit loafer. This time it comes with a low heel and an interlocking G leather strap.

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