Like many of you, I’ve retired all my heels this year for, well, obvious reasons. Comfort is now my top priority when getting dressed, and I’m especially discerning when it comes to which shoes I’m going to wear. No surprise then to see that a number of comfortable (but still very chic) flat shoe trends have emerged this year. The number one among them? Loafers. Maybe it’s because they add a polished vibe to any outfit, maybe it’s because they’re practical and easy to wear, or maybe it’s because they’re a perennial favorite that will never really go out of style. Whichever the reason, they’re the dominating flat shoe trend of the moment, and I’m so here for it.
If you’ve been eyeing the trend but haven’t found a pair you love just yet, then look no further than the 21 best loafers for women that I’ve pulled together here. I’ve curated a selection from some of my favorite retailers, and the styles range from on-trend chunky loafers to pretty chain-embellished loafers and classic penny loafers. In other words, you’re sure to find a pair you love, no matter your taste, budget, or any other factor. I know I’ve already fallen in love with each of these.
Simply continue on to see why these are my favorite loafers of all and get inspired by a few outfit ideas along the way.
Chunky loafers are 100% the coolest flats you can wear right now. Meet the It shoes of the season and a favorite among fashion’s trendsetters. Add ankle socks and you’ve completed the ultimate prep-school vibe. Between the chain detail and the croc-effect finish, I’d assume these were a designer pair. I’ve had my eye on this pair for a minute now and am tempted to finally take the plunge. Hold on—these are the coolest shoes I’ve seen in a while. I like that these are classic, but the contrast stitching and lug sole make them feel current. Black loafers are great, but this yellow hue feels especially fresh. (They do also come in black.) These strike me as a cool vintage find. Would it really be a story about loafers without a mention of Gucci’s iconic Horsebit pair? Yes, the anklets come with the shoes (!), and yes, they’re removable. Just one of the dozens of colors this wallet-friendly pair is offered in. Exactly how I’d style this pair, too. The shoes from this brand always impress me with how comfortable and quality they are. If you’re not a big fan of designer logos, this equally beautiful Prada pair might be more your speed. It doesn’t get any more classic than the original penny loafers. I’d snag these soon if I were you—the style is constantly selling out at Madewell. As seen above, these pair so well with ankle socks and jeans. While menswear-inspired loafers are what’s dominating, this softer style is also striking. These are so much fun. You’ll own this simple pair for years to come.