Best loafers for men: Gucci, GH Bass & Co., and more
Of all the style stars to appear in our first post-pandemic summer lookbook, the loafer undoubtedly shone more than the rest. Moccasins were the shoe needed to transition from the house slippers we had worn all of 2020 (i.e. the year of the sofa). With slip-on appeal and slip-on comfort, the effortlessly stylish moccasin has patiently shown us that we can get dressed again with minimal effort. And we can do it our way. Men’s moccasins are flexible. They’re happy to be paired with light shorts, ripped jeans, pressed chinos, and woolen dress pants you need to dust off for this year’s incredibly busy wedding season.
With the wide variety of styles that fit under today’s moccasin umbrella, from classic pennies and tasseled moccasins to backless drivers, the shoe named after the act of strolling could very well set off. a street style challenge. So we’re here to help you with our 10 picks of the world’s best moccasins, from the most famous traditional shoe makers to the rising brands you’ll want to follow. Ready? Adjust? Drag.
1. GH Bass & Co. Logan Flat Strap Weejuns
Chances are, the list of the best moccasins includes a pair of Bass Weejuns. They are about as classic as it gets and available at a great price. The famous Maine shoemaker presented the Logan as a more modern scratch than the original and avant-garde penny moccasin he invented. The brand’s craftsmanship dates back to 1936.
[$110 ; ghbass.com]
2. Vinny’s Le Club Black Croco
This Copenhagen-based brand took to the stage just before the pandemic, in an effort to represent the “classic shoes of tomorrow” – and it turns out to be a series of deeply stylish moccasins. Go from dusk to dawn in the shiny ‘crocodile’ version of Le Club slip-ons, which come in neutral tones with a soft calfskin lining and a durable yet lightweight Vibram rubber sole.
3.George Cleverley Bradley III Pebble Grain Suede and Leather-Trimmed Penny Loafers
For the ultimate in British craftsmanship, slip on a pair of these suede-trimmed pebble-grain leather loafers. They are still handcrafted by the virtuoso shoemakers of Northampton, which has been the hub of the UK footwear industry for hundreds of years.
4. Jack Erwin Decker driving moccasins
Jack Erwin’s Decker Moccasin fits like a glove (uh, a sock?) Is designed with a slim, tailored fit. It is fully lined with leather inside and armed with high density micro-foam for comfort worthy of a cloud. This stylish, budget-friendly choice features a rubber outsole for added durability.
5. Officine Creative Airto suede moccasins
Officine Creative uses its proprietary “leather time machine” – a device that mimics human touch – to produce killer shoes that feel broken right out of the box. The brand’s line of moccasins ranges from chunky moccasins to super-flexible suede moccasins, but we love the thin-soled Airtos for everyday wear.
6. PS by Paul Smith Springfield Driving Moccasins
Crafted from a single piece of supple leather, these riding moccasins provide solid flexibility with every step. A leather drawstring topped with silver hardware wraps around the ankle to maintain a snug fit. Plus, a lugged rubber outsole grips the sidewalk like a suction cup.
7. Gucci Mens Leather Horsebit Loafers with Web Band
What if Gucci‘s iconic loafers weren’t far removed from the original 1950s design? We wouldn’t want it any other way, and that includes bit detail and the red and green web stripe, two iconic embellishments that continue to define the aesthetic of the Florentine fashion house. This particular pair is designed with a foldable heel that reads a little less preppy when pulled down.
8. Paul Stuart Hope Slip-On Loafer
Made in Italy, Paul Stuart’s Hope Slip-On moccasins have a slipper-like feel and silhouette, available in supple, black and polished leather with an almond moccasin toe. The suede tassels and grosgrain trim at the heel definitely reinforce the chic factor, but it’s still a casual shoe at heart.
9. Sebago Classic Dan
Sebago might be a boating shoe enthusiast, but he envisioned the Classic Dan as a thoroughbred moccasin sharp enough to make dad look like a style icon. The Maine brand, however, has not strayed from the wharf. They added durable, waterproof natural leather soles and a leather sock liner so you can wear them barefoot all year round.
10. Kenneth Cole Nolan Penny Loafer
Kenneth Cole’s Nolan penny loafers get high marks for comfort, thanks to a thoughtful range of features. There is a cushioned sockliner with a shock absorbing gel foot pad. There’s also a rear tab for easy on and off (your shoehorn’s nemesis). Grab a pair in versatile greige to take away for any event, from a beach wedding in Malibu to an après-ski night in Aspen.
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