This season, the streets have really been filled with the best loafers of all shapes and colors. We’ve spotted everything from classic loafers to acid green lugs. Whether you tend to stick with the classics or like to take fashion risks, there’s a style for everyone — we mean it.
We broke the preppy footwear trend (it’s the perfect alternative to best autumn boots) into eight categories to help narrow your search. Each selection includes timeless classics as well as envelope push designs. Pair them with a oversized blazer and force to take your college look to the max or add an edge by leather jacket or some shoulder pads and electric color. Scroll in to see our list of the best loafers for fall 2022.
If you’re a stickler for the classics, penny loafers might be the shoe for you. Identifiable by the horizontal leather strap running across the middle of the shoe with a small insert just large enough to fit a dime, these shoes have been a wardrobe staple as early as the 1930s. From traditional style From Church tradition to the slime green version of the Miu Miu, there are countless options to wear this classic in the fall of 2022.
Like penny loafers, tassel loafers have been closer to the sun only a few times — close to 70, if we’re being specific. As classic as before but a little more flared, fringed loafers are just as important as a wardrobe staple.
For a slightly sleeker – but still timeless – look, shop our pick of loafers without all the bells and whistles. Minimalist loafers can’t be more perfect this fall.
Sneakers with heels
Take your look a notch (or a few inches) up with a pair of heeled loafers. They’re the perfect style to spruce up your office look or give your outfit a smart touch. No other shoe helps you transition from day to night as easily as this.
For those who don’t like the hassle of wearing shoes, driving loafers are your best bet. With almost a slipper-like quality, this shoe doesn’t constrict or need to be put on. We love this classic look with a pair of Koio. Or, for something a little more secretive, this pair from Khaite will do.
Coming close to second for the most comfortable loafer style, we have skates. These backless options are effortlessly chic yet comfortable. Style them with Jeans for a casual vibe or with a maxi skirt if you want to sport a taller look.
Last stomping shoe. Glide through any type of terrain without a second thought in a pair from Paloma Barcelo. Looking for a brighter style? We recommend this option from Camper.
Lug Sole Loafers
For those looking to take it up a notch, loafers will be your new favorite. The perfect blend of prep and punk, this style is a must for individuals who like to play with contrasts.
Emma Sutich is the second assistant Editor-in-Chief at ELLE Magazine. She thinks listening to electronic music, wearing black, and stopping for something sweet are always good ideas.