Loafers have a rich history, having been first created by the Spaulding family of New Hampshire in the early 1930s. Naming them loafers, a general term for the slip-on shoes, this name is still used to this day. Over the years, the loafer has evolved – with the introduction of the penny and tassel loafers in the mid-20th century and in the 1960s the Gucci loafer appeared with a metal strap across the front in the shape of a horse’s snaffle bit. At the start of the 21st century, a revival of penny loafers occurred, with the shoe appearing in a more rugged version, closer to the original concept, as either moccasins, or espadrilles, both of these styles being very low or flat without heels.
Today, there is a wide offering of different takes on this classic style, making them ideal for wearing with anything from jeans to chinos and even a suit. With the absence of laces and the ability to slip on and off, and the use of a wide variety of materials, loafers are a perfect shoe for virtually any occasion. They combine versatility and comfort and are a must-have item for any wardrobe. Check out what our editors have chosen as their favorite loafers for fall.