Types of loafers

Loafers are the most loved shoe style among men today because of their versatility, ease to put on, comfort and elegance. It’s one of those basic shoe styles that has so many variations that teams up with so many varieties of outfits without much effort.

Here we bring to you about both loafers and slip-on. (Slip-ons are just like loafers but without the moccasin-like seam that goes around the forefoot).


  • Loafers are incredibly versatile. A single pair can sometimes work for a lot of outfit styles.
  • They are easy to put on and off. With no lacing or time taking fastening, you can just slip them on.


  • Fitting can’t be adjusted like in shoes with laces or buckles. 
  • Extra attention has to be given to the socks because it’s a low-cut shoe.


Tassel loafers

Tassel is a decorative bunch of threads, cords, or leather strips hanging over the instep area.

Saddle loafers

Saddle loafers have a broad strap going across the instep sometimes also with metallic ornamentation.

Penny loafers

Penny loafers have a characteristic penny cut within the saddle.

Horsebit loafers

These have a metallic accessory with 2 metallic loops bridged together, going around the instep.

Kiltie loafers

These have fringes that flow down the instep.

Belgian loafers

These have a hidden elastic piece below the apron component of the shoe. It helps to maintain the grip of the foot with the shoe.

Venetian slip ons

These are minimalist style slip-on with no adornment at all. It’s a style simply elegant.

Slip on monks

These have non-functional straps & a buckle system that looks like a monk. But it actually is a loafer because the monk strap in this case is for decorative purposes only.

brown loafers


The material makes a loafer suit a particular occasion. The same shoe in different materials can make them look completely different from each other and ideal for completely different occasions.


Loafers were not originally meant for formal wear but it has evolved so well that it fits wonderfully with such outfits now. Go for smooth finished leather. Venetian, saddle, and penny are the most suited styles for formals.

Casual loafers

The most loved material for casual loafer is suede today. Tasseled suede loafer or velvet loafer suits a variety of casual outfits. Slip-on monks also team well with casual attires. Also, a simple tasseled loafer also serves the purpose really well.

Loafers as dress shoes

Full brogue loafers or wingtip slip-on make a great pair for dress shoes.

Tassel patent loafers also are a good choice with a tux.

Loafers as ethnic shoes

Velvet slip is adorned with hand embroidery on top is always in demand during the wedding season. Slip-on made with beautiful woven fabrics like jacquard are also great if they match our outfit.

Antique style loafers

Hand patina shoes give a very elegant look to the shoe. It takes a lot of time and skilled craftsmanship to create such effects on the shoe.

Points to remember

  • While styling a loafer, your trousers should always be on the shorter side and never too flowy. The bottom edge of trousers should never touch the topline of the loafer.
  • Yes this style is very easy to put on and off but don’t be too harsh on them. Always use a shoe horn to put them on and use your hand when you get them off the foot. This is because if the shoe loses its shape and elasticity from the counter (the heel part)the shoe starts to come off while walking.
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