The best women’s loafers to buy now


A vintage advertisement for moccasins

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After a series of seasons pushing the boundaries of sky-high platforms, from Valentino’s hot pink metallic knee-highs to Fendi’s heelless revival during Paris Couture Week to a plethora of Vivienne Westwood Victoria’s dramatic moments on the red carpet, SS22 is all about the apartment. Proving that low-heeled styles can be just as dazzling as stacked pumps, the loafer is the shoe. of the day this season.

It was 1847 when British shoemakers Wildsmith Shoes created their first slip-on style, intended as casual wear for the country homes of nobility. With a store in bustling Piccadilly, shoemakers quickly gained a cult following for the style-centric aristocracy and in 1926 Wildsmith was commissioned to create a bespoke shoe for King George V. Following this, the style has gained much more popularity and after a few names. changes and details, the “Wildsmith Loafer” was created. It’s such a popular style in fact that you can still buy a pair today.

Audrey Hepburn wearing moccasins on a poster for ‘Funny Face’, 1957


Meanwhile, in Norway, cobbler Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger was designing his own style of slip-on. Designed for anglers in his hometown of Aurland, Tveranger’s “Aurland shoe” was a leather moccasin-like style. He began selling them to local workers around 1908 and by the 1950s the style, now dubbed “Norwegian Moccasins”, was exported to the United States where they really found their place as footwear to be seen.

It was during this decade that the term “penny loafer” was coined, although its origin is debatable. Some say America’s style-driven youth had started putting pennies in the diamond slot of their Weejuns as a fashion statement, while others say they would bring pennies there to use for phone calls. emergency at the phone booth. Anyway, the name stuck and the craze began. In the 60s Gucci incorporated their horsebit detail, in the 70s they became the businessman’s uniform and in the 90s chunky soles were added as a must-have for girls grunge.

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After a brief encounter in the 2000s when Dior sent models down the runway in brightly colored patent loafers for their AW04 show, the next real resurgence came in the early 2010s. Favored by both internet bloggers to trending indie and the princesses of pop, vintage-inspired loafers became the perfect off-duty ensemble complement for Alexa Chung, Florence Welch and Pixie Lott. However, this was rather short-lived. As with most trends of this era, the rise of fast fashion meant that fashions came and went faster than you could say “Check my Tumblr”.

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With support from Dior, Miu Miu, Prada and Chloé, the penny loafer is set to make its biggest comeback since the 1950s. find themselves at the feet of our favorite starlets. Lady Amelia Windsor did Dior at their couture show earlier this year, Mia Regan slipped into Saint Laurent in Paris and Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza Spencer had the perfect pairing moment contrasting with Roger Vivier.

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Fall for flats again and take the loafer oath this spring. See below Tatler‘s edit of the best pairs to buy now.


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