You might say it all started when a man from Italy had a quirky idea. When Gucci’s Alessandro Michelle introduced a pair of leather backless loafers with a footbed covered in shaggy fur, it didn’t take long for this cozy mule to reach cult status, appearing on the feet of trend-setters like Kendall Jenner, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller, not to mention fashion editors around the globe.
Of course, a backless fuzzy mule isn’t the only way to rock the loafer trend. Bold colours, metallics, heels, and pointed-toe styles are all top of mind this season, and offer a great counterbalance to the ultra-feminine lace-up flats that became ubiquitous over the past year. We can already picture their substantial soles and menswear-inspired design as the ideal equalizer to the floaty pleated midi skirts at the top of our spring shopping list. (Go figure, Gucci inspired that comeback, too!).
Here, we’ve rounded up our top picks for you to shop now...
A penny loafer in black or brown leather might feel dated, but give it a fresh, Alexa Chung-approved spin with a pair of cropped denim flares and a silk blouse.
From top: Tory Burch leather, approx. $382; toryburch.com.au. Tony Bianco leather, $179.95; tonybianco.com.au. Country Road leather, $159; countryroad.com.au.
A heeled loafer makes a great alternative to your go-to block heel pumps for the office—try them with a shift dress or fluted hem skirt.
From top: Asos, $61; asos.com. Chloé velvet, $1,090; at net-a-porter.com. Gucci leather, $885; gucci.com.
We hate to play favourites, but the backless mule-loafer hybrid may be our top pick of the season. We can’t wait to wear these with a pair of vintage Levi’s and a printed tee.
From top: Marni leather, $628; at matchesfashion.com. Sam Edelman leather, approx $206; at neimanmarcus.com. Raye leather, approx $241; at revolveclothing.com.au.
Turn heads with a bright metallic or patterned pair of loafers that will instantly make anything you wear 40 percent cooler. (It’s science, we promise).
From top: Gucci leather, $782; at matchesfashion.com. Topshop leather, approx $110; topshop.com. J.Crew leather, approx. $517; jcrew.com.
A pointed-toe loafer makes a great option for those looking for a more feminine take on the trend.
From top: Jimmy Choo leather and fabric, $729; at mytheresa.com. Nicholas Kirkwood suede, approx $497; at farfetch.com. Nine West leather, $139.95; ninewest.com.au.