Fashion is changing so fast that sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of its novelties. In this article, we will talk about such a wardrobe detail as loafers: what they are and what they are ideally combined with.
What is this?
First of all, you need to decide what kind of thing this is. So, these are shoes, shoes without laces, which outwardly resemble moccasins. However, they also have a certain peculiarity: a sole and a wide heel must be present. Also, an integral part will be a tassel on top of the shoe or a jumper on the tongue, which is just an element of decor and a characteristic feature of this type of shoe. At first glance, it may seem that this is an exclusively part of the men's wardrobe. However, women did not stay on the sidelines, eventually enticing this type of shoe to themselves.
About the word
So, loafers. What is it - figured out. Although for the sake of truth, it must be said that more often these shoes are simply called loafers, missing the letter “y”. In English, this name is written as loafer, but it is translated quite interestingly: “loafer”. This is the meaning of the word loafer.
It will be interesting that thesethe shoes are named after them. After all, it happened for a reason. The fact is that their ancestors were the so-called "slippers" - something similar to the slippers worn by sailors in the port. And since these people could most often be seen in various drinking establishments and, moreover, in a drunken state, the nickname “loafers” stuck to them. They also called them very comfortable and simple shoes, which the residents quickly adopted into their wardrobe - loafers. Officially, these shoes got their name in the early 30s, when Spalding, an entrepreneur from New Hampshire, launched them under this name.
So, a loafer is a type of shoe, we figured it out. However, it is also worth mentioning that there are quite a few different variations of them:
- with tassels;
- with buckle;
- penny loafers;
- Venetian loafers.
And this applies to both men's and women's shoes. They differ from each other only in some elements of decor. In the women's version, loafers can even be high-heeled.
What to wear (tips for women)
Having de alt with the concept of "loafers" (what it is, we explained above), it is also worth understanding what you can wear this type of shoes with. So, these shoes are very practical in everyday life, as they belong to the casual style. Moreover, in any image (if it is well-chosen), she will bring some elegance and even respectability. So, what to wear loafers with:
- If they're flat, better themcombine with tight trousers (an option is possible - with their cropped models). As for skirts, they can be made in almost any cut and fabric, loafers are perfect for all of them.
- If this type of shoe has a heel, experienced stylists say that it is better to wear them under straight or wide-cut jeans. They will also look good with short shorts and a light blouse (if the lady is the owner of slender long legs).
What to wear (tips for men)
We keep talking about shoes called "loafers". What is it - figured out. It is also worth paying a little attention to what it is better to wear them with men. As mentioned above, these shoes are elements of casual style, so they will suit any casual look (it is clear that not a tracksuit). As for business suits, half a century ago, these shoes were not worn with them. It was considered simply indecent. Today, everything is much easier. For example, discreet in their style, penny loafers are perfect for a beautiful men's suit (but not for a tailcoat). Tassel loafers are less acceptable in this situation. However, it is worth remembering: putting on loafers under a formal suit, one should not forget about socks. Wearing them on a bare foot in this case is simply unacceptable.