The warm air of summer brings with it a sense of relaxation that calls for a wardrobe that's both simple and stylish. That applies to your footwear as well, and there is no other shoe that says "simple and stylish" quite like the classic loafer. When shopping for shoes for men this summer, consider this flexible style that is equal parts comfort and chic.
All About the Loafer
Characterized by lack of laces, the slip-on loafer is a "low shoe" that exposes the ankle and fits loosely around it, making it easy to slip on and off. Loafers usually have a strip of leather, called a saddle, across the vamp of the shoe. The loafer is a close cousin to the moccasin, with similar construction on the upper vamp, but includes a few distinctive differences. The loafer has a defined heel and separate soles, while moccasins usually don't have either. They also lack the ornamentation that defines moccasins, such as embroidery or beading. That simple, yet stylish ease is what makes the shoe so popular even today.
Ornamentation on the saddle of the shoe characterize the different variations of the loafer. The penny loafer is a classic style with diamond-shaped cutouts on the saddle. The Gucci loafer has a buckle across the saddle, and the tassel loafer features a leather tassel.
Conal Footwear carries several stylish examples of the versatile footwear, perfect for summer workdays, weekend lake excursions, and evening weddings. Our most popular styles include the following:
From the Ferro Aldo collection, Sidney is a dashing plaid print loafer with contrasting texture. These shoes are comfortable and versatile, transitioning easily from the office to an evening night on the town. Available in your choice of brown or gray-blue tartan with a wide leather strap across the top, this shoe would elevate a t-shirt and chinos or cuffed slim-fit jeans for effortless summer style.
Mario from the Delli Aldo brand is a versatile summer loafer that would work equally well with a seersucker blazer and linen trousers or a pair of shorts and polo. The classic lines of the apron toe with contrast stitching look casual, while the strap across the top with metallic hardware detail adds a touch of elegance. The stack heel is just enough for a dash of cool summertime sophistication.
The loafer is the perfect summer shoe, moving easily from day to night with a