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High heels are to women what loafers are to men. As in, they’re a wardrobe staple. The demure style doubles as the perfect casual dress shoe for the office or everyday, low-key occasions, yet it still has an elevated look about it that makes it work as an evening or tuxedo shoe for fancier fetes.
“Loafers are inherently versatile as they can be paired with both formal- and casual-wear,” Bailey Moon, a New York-based celebrity and personal stylist who counts The Gilded Age‘s Morgan Spector as his client, tells Town & Country. “It’s the perfect transitional shoe from day to night, and also when sneakers feel too casual and dress shoes feel too stuffy.”
“The slip on design and soft leather material are intended for maximum comfort and seasonless wear,” adds Moon. “It’s a mainstay shoe that is just as relevant now as it was decades ago, and a classic and sleek option that comes in a variety of soles, colors, and design.”
Below, Moon advises on the best men’s loafers to buy now and wear forever.
“I love what J.Crew has been doing with their menswear offerings,” says Moon. “These loafers are a riff off the 1930s penny loafer that was popular with college students. The small slit at the front of the shoe allowed enough space for a penny in each shoe. The rubber sole adds extra comfort for extended work day-wear.”
One reviewer says: “I have a review back in Summer for a brown pair of these loafers. Well, I loved that pair so much that I picked up another pair in black. My original Camden loafers are great and I still find that pair incredibly comfortable and versatile. So I got the black pair and am equally as pleased with those. They are sleek looking and can dress up any outfit.”