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Our Favorite Loafers for 2021

This no-fuss shoe delivers big on style.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Favored in the '40s and '50s by Ivy League types, loafers are no longer just for men in popped collars. A gender-neutral style, loafers are a great choice whether you're looking to dress up denim or a suit. This laceless shoe is a versatile and surprisingly timeless piece, and it's back in a big way: For Spring 2021, brands like Chanel, Loewe, and Versace sent different iterations of this modest shoe down the runway. Looking for some inspo? Take a cue from our Accessories Director and style with a fair isle sweater, straight-leg jeans, and Gucci socks. Alternatively, our Fashion Assistant adds edge by pairing with cropped leather pants, sheer lace socks, and layers of gold jewels. Whether you prefer '90s minimalism or are more inspired by the '80s King of Pop, there's a loafer that's right for you.

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1 Laney Weejuns
G.H. Bass ghbass.com

Fun fact: Penny loafers were worn in Norway in the 1900s. Bass named this style the "Weejun" after its Norwegian roots, according to the MoMA's Items: Is Fashion Modern?

2 Ruby Loafers
Jack Erwin jackerwin.com

Pair this pretty pair with a white dress for a breezy summer look. 

3 Raiguer Slingback Loafers
Hereu farfetch.com

Looking for a different variation? Try this slingback style from Hereu for a wardrobe update. 

4 GG Wool Loafers
Gucci mytheresa.com

This espadrille style from Gucci will give your look a laid-back feel. 

5 Phoebe Lug Sole Loafers
Villa Rouge shopbop.com

Try a lug-sole pair for a bit of an edge.

6 Chain-Embellished Leather Loafers
Porte & Paire net-a-porter.com

Pair this chain version with culottes and a fitted cardigan. 

7 Max Loafer
Chelsea Paris chelseaparis.com

This glossy python pair goes perfectly with a light-wash jean.  

Editor's Pick
Hays Crocheted Loafers
Gabriela Hearst mytheresa.com

This crochet pair from Gabriela Hearst is at the top of our wish lists.  

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