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Warm weather is almost here (finally!), and it’s time to start thinking about replacing your sturdy snowboots for lighter slip-on shoes to wear in public. Enter the loafer, the most versatile, best-looking “outside” shoe you’ll sport well past summer. The best loafers for men have the comfort and ease of your favorite at-home slipper, and have the style of your favorite dress shoe without all the laces. Plus, it looks great with just about any outfit, whether you wear them under a suit, chinos, jeans, or shorts. Just make sure to pair them with your favorite no-show socks to prevent swamp feet.
These slip-ons have a storied past—dating back to the 19th century Ivy League set—and today’s best loafers come in a variety of styles and fits to wear for practically any occasion. For black-tie outings, opt for classic penny loafers or horsebit loafers that dress up your suits and tuxedos. For nine-to-five looks, try an understated Venetian loafer, which has a streamlined silhouette that looks respectable enough for the office. For longer commutes and errands, brands like Cole Haan have infused their loafers with a sneaker-like footbed for maximum grip and comfort. For everything else? There’s a loafer for that. Ahead, we tried and vetted the 15 best loafers for men to smarten up your wardrobe.
The Best Loafers to Buy Now
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Larson Penny Loafers
The OG loafer, Bass Weejuns have been around since 1936, and its classic style still looks good today. We love its craftsman-like construction that can hold up after years of wear, and at under $150, it provides incredible value. An easy addition to your weekday uniform.
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The Driving Loafer
Rothy’s recent foray into men’s footwear wowed us with their sleek, upcycled shoes that look just as great as they feel, and its driving loafers are no exception. Knit from used plastic water bottles, these slip-ons wear like a second skin with a sturdy grip. Plus, they’re machine washable.
Best Luxury Loafers
1953 Horsebit Leather Loafer
We’d be remiss not to include Gucci’s instantly recognizable loafers, which have been a go-to slip-on for C-level executives. Made to be worn with suits, jeans and everything in between, these shoes are expensive, but we’d argue their versatility and craftsmanship make them a worthy investment.
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Most Comfortable Loafers
Suede loafers were big in the 2010s, and Cole Haan updates these with a multi-layered cushioning that offers plenty of feet support for long urban treks or hours next to your standing desk.
Leather Casual Slip On Loafers
Leather loafers for under $50? No wonder Go Tour’s slip-ons have been an Amazon bestseller. It’s also receive five-star reviews for its soft interior that’s easy to pack on in your carryon luggage.
Pembrey Leather Loafers
Dressy loafers can sometimes feel stiff after hours of use, that’s why it’s worth investing in premium shoe like Church’s Pembrey loafers, which has a lightweight leather exterior with a luxe leather lining that comfortable hugs your sole.
Best Venetian Loafers
The Frances Loafer
Venetian loafers are slip-ons without tassels or straps, and have a simple, elegant design that feels a tad more casual while still delivering plenty of style. This sleek (and affordable) option from Madewell comes with Cloudlift Lite padding for extra comfort.
Navy Velvet Slipper II
Del Toro’s loafers are handmade in Italy, and the final products are always spectacular. Take these luxe velvet slippers, which have a calf-leather lining that fits like a glove, and a rich exterior that instantly elevates any look.
Berkley Penny Loafer
Florsheim’s signature penny loafers provide plenty of style and value, along with a flexible sole that’s more comfortable than other loafers we’ve tried at this price point.
Best Driving Shoes
Spring road trips call for driving shoes that are easy to slip on and wear for hours. Wolf and Shepherd’s Monaco loafer ticks both boxes, thanks to its soft lining that’s comfortable enough to be worn without socks.
This Venetian loafer also benefits from a leather lining and ergonomic footbed that offers incredible support for a dress shoe.
Plushwave Penny Loafer
Dressier than Sperry’s infamous boat shoes, these penny loafers have a lean, mean silhouette while still sporting the brand’s signature cushioning for an ultra cozy fit.
MANUBAR Penny Loafer
Penny loafers that cost under $70? Add to cart.
Adrian Arcadia Leather Tassle Loafers
Just like Dr. Martens’ combat boots, these platform loafers offer lots of style (tassels!) and height.
A lean penny loafer with hand-burnished leather for a luxe finish.
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