Shy in 2017, the loafers were not able to convince the crowds. Worn today by famous models on the runway, the slip-on shoes are given a second chance. But nobody knows yet if they will be elected “trend of the year”. For the moment, they accomplish the three compulsory criteria: a passage on the catwalk, a spotlight, a famous name tag attached to them.
Their history starts with Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband) who wanted comfortable, but at the same time elegant indoor shoes. Several fashion houses (Foster and Son, Bowhill and Elliott) started to manufacture this type of shoes and kept the model in their catalogs for decades.Then, during the twentieth century, with the beginning of globalization, Americans discovered loafers and adopted them up to the Kennedy family. On TV, celebrities used to give their shows or make their public appearances proudly wearing this new kind of shoes. At that time, few women seem to follow the trend.
After many years of popularity in the USA, but also in Europe as comfortable walking shoes, loafers are currently struggling to come back into fashion and impose themselves as an elegant asset. Indeed, in late 2008 and especially in the fall of 2009, loafers, moccasins and other flat, simple, chic and closed footwear re-emerged on the shelves. Major brands have quickly proposed “luxury” and “design” versions of slippers or loafers, appropriate for city wear and to modern times.
Frustrated in 2017, the loafers prepare their blow for the 2018 spring-summer trend. They can already be seen on the feet of fashion queens and they are the new IT-shoes to adopt. They are a real specimen. Neither moccasins, nor actually slippers, loafers are both stylish and comfortable outdoor footwear that go with all styles and for all situations. Improved version of ballet flats or a reviewed style of moccasins, loafers combine elegance and comfort. A wide range of models are available in fluorescent colors, zebra, leopard or glitter so that we do not know where to turn and what to choose.