Loafers and Slip-Ons: favorite styles for spring/summer season
Men use to say that men`s shoes are poor in the diversity of designs. That`s not right! There are so many styles to try, experiment with, fall in love with. Many models are just underestimated by men. Loafers and slip-on shoes, for example, are an excellent alternative for the spring and summer hot days but not every man dares to try them. In Italy, the fashion heart of Europe, you can see these styles on every second man you see on the street. Just trust the Italians and give them a chance too.
Get to know better the characteristics of the Loafer:
1. It is a lace-less shoe style
2. It is a low design with exposed ankle
3. It has a separate sole
4. Its upper vamp has a moccasin-like construction
5. Sometimes loafers feature an extra piece of leather, called a saddle
Moccasins and loafers have many similarities but there are a few key differences:
1. All loafers have a separate sole; this is not the case for moccasins
2. Loafers have a low heel unlike the moccasin
3. Unlike moccasins, loafers lack embroidery
Slip-Ons and Loafers
Many men and women mistake slip-ons with loafers. As the name suggests, you can slip on the shoe just like a loafer but it looks more like a regular brogue or oxford design. Made in the same shape as lace-up Oxfords, but without the laces, these shoes have elasticated inserts on the side which allow easily removing. This cut is most popular in Britain.
How to wear loafers?
There are two approaches you can use with the loafer, a casual one or a formal one. Let`s start with the casual look. When you are lounging or want a relaxed look, loafers are there for you. During spring and summer, a good pair of shorts is the perfect match for these shoes. On top, you can sport a nicely fitted t-shirt. A linen shirt whether it’s tucked in or left loose will also pair wonderfully.
Making formal vision with loafers is simple and there’s one rule to follow. The simpler the loafer is, the more formal it is. Designs with tassels, for example, are usually best for casual and business casual outfits. Brown loafers look great with a navy suit, white dress shirt, and red tie. If you have a black suit, black loafers will pair it perfectly.