The 5 Best Loafer Brands
FIRST PUBLISHED ON LYST.COM - November 2017
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While loafers might not be your everyday go-to, they're certainly an essential that should be in every man's wardrobe. More comfortable than a pair of brand new Oxfords, a carefully chosen loafer can easily transform a wedding or interview outfit from dowdy to dapper. We've taken a look at the 5 best loafer brands you should invest in to get your shoe game up to scratch.
1. Crockett and Jones
Even through the loafer is associated with Americana dressing, it actually originates from the snappy dressers in Norway before it was then manufactured for style-lovers worldwide. Making quality leather shoes since 1879, it's no wonder Crockett and Jones is still leading the pack when it comes to loafers. With its factory located in Northampton, the heartland of England's shoe manufacturing heritage, Crockett and Jones creates impeccably crafted leather and suede designs ranging from the classic Penny loafer style to tasseled fronts and welted soles for off-road perfection.
2. G.H. Bass
Established in Maine,USA in 1876 veteran loafer maker G.H. Basshas been making quality loafers since 1936. George Henry Bass' mission was to perfect the classic loafer style, dubbing his creation the Weejun - which has been sported by loafer-fans ever since. From formal, evening pairs to smart-casual boat loafers, G.H. Bass continues to be a stalewort of slip-on style.
3. Brooks Brothers
For classic style, head straight to Brooks Brothers and its range of formal loafer designs. Specialising in rich, textured leathers, Brooks Brothers know how to blend luxury seamlessly into a traditional silhouette - just take a look at the range of pebble leather or alligator Penny styles.
Despite being the most modern of all the designers in this list, Gucci has earned its place as a go-to brand for impeccable loafers. Founded in 1921, under Alessandro Michele's direction, Gucci has gone from strength to strength, becoming a staple for statement crocodile, suede and nubuck leather loafers. Finished with the recognisible Gucci horsebit or interlocking GG detail, these styles are perfect for red carpet events and wedding outfits. Try the now iconic backless Princetown loafer for power dressing at its best.
Established in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Massachusetts, Alden quickly became the reputable place to buy shoes in New England. Having perfected factory methods, Alden is the only shoemaker in the area to have stood the test of time. With a range of tan, rich mahogony tones and black loafer styles, Alden's designs are ideal for the office.