I blame Patsy Stone, Miranda Priestly and Wilhelmina Slater. The image of fashion editors strutting around in 100mm high stilettos stems from those celluloid caricatures. Sunglasses and a supercilious attitude were de rigeur. Now? Skyscraper heels feel as out of date, irrelevant and modern as a side-parting. Instead, the fashion pack have fallen for flat shoes and day-to-day, alongside a pair of fashion trainers, you’ll find fashion directors relying on the best loafers. Pretty often it’s a Gucci loafer.
Gucci’s loafers were a staple accessory during the brand’s 1970s heyday. Rocked with no sock, they could be louche or preppy and their gender-free mood made them a hit with men and women. Loafers dipped in and out of fashion for decades but came back with a bang when Alessandro Michele took over as Gucci’s creative director in 2015. Since then there have been slip-on, backless and stack-heel versions in brocade, logo’d lurex, raffia and a rainbow of leather. The Jordaan style is the most timeless and a worthy investment if you have been saving over lockdowns #1, #2 and #3.
Having a similar resurgence are thicker soled styles that were the ultimate in cool during the mid-Nineties and fit with fashion’s current retro obsession.
Of course you can still find the fash-pack in heels on occasion (although there haven’t been too many opportunities for ‘occasions’ recently.) And everyone likes options so we will never give up on high heels completely… but right now, loafers are hitting the sweet spot.
A pair of loafers will be smart enough for when we need to head into the office and yet are relaxed enough for a picnic in the park. They look awesome with a tracksuit, trench coat and baseball cap to nail that influencer aesthetic but also work with a puff-sleeve party dress, headband and ankle socks. Their moccasin-influenced shape is as comfy as slippers, too.
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