I don’t know about you, but if there’s one shoe style you’re guaranteed to catch me wearing all year round, it’s the loafer. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the value of a comfortable, versatile flat shoe, and whether it’s a bare-legged and sunny spring or a chilly winter, a pair of loafers are the wise investment that your wardrobe needs. Sure, heels might look good, but unless you feel like a carrying a constant supply of plasters, they aren’t built for all-day wear, so a flat shoe that can be both dressy and casual will always rise to the occasion.
Although we’re no longer confined to the lockdown that made the most of laidback dressing, we can still appreciate the benefits of an outfit that can be as cosy as it is chic, and everyone from influencers to A-listers are stepping out in easy loafers this season. But what are the latest styles to pop up on our radars for the year ahead I hear you ask? Fear not dear reader, I’ve done the research for you.
One thing is clear, and it’s that 2023 is reverting back to the classic penny loafer–sleek, chic and understated (and with less of the bells and whistles of the 2022 take). Chunky soles are traded in for slimmer silhouettes, and tassels, studs and embellisment are shelved for luxe hardware. Good news then, for the original Gucci Horsebit Loafer that is enjoying a fashionable renaissance. It’s also the perfect moment for a well-timed new launch from Jimmy Choo, as the Diamond Tilda Loafer is brand new for the brand and already selling out in some sizes (more colourways too please, Jimmy Choo!)
Choosing to invest in a luxury pair is wise considering the cost-per-wear, but there are also plenty of high-street highlights for every budget too, so in short, you’re spoiled for choice. Should you be looking for the perfect shoe to wear with jeans, a comfortable flat shoe to wear with everything, or the answer to “what should I wear to the office that will work for my evening plans too?”, keep scrolling. You’ll find 6 of the biggest loafer trends for 2023, and some chic loafer outfit inspiration to guide you through the season ahead too. Happy reading.