23 High-Street Loafers That Rival Their Designer Counterparts


There’s something immensely satisfying about a classic item of clothing you likely already have in your wardrobe being declared a new trend. Whether it’s a beige trench coat, or a wide-leg trouser, clearly, these sorts of items don’t need the additional PR. However, just like a silver-screen actor who wins a long-overdue Oscar, it’s nice to take a moment to appreciate those wardrobe heroes that have survived the decades. And this season, it’s the humble loafer’s turn to enjoy the spotlight.

With a history that stretches back to 1926 (reportedly first created as a household shoe for King George VI), the loafer might’ve started out as a menswear staple, but fast-forward 95 years, and it’s a shoe that has been well and truly embraced by womenswear designers. Prized for its streamlined minimalism and unisex appeal, it has become a go-to for adding polish to everything from denim to dresses.

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Thanks to Prada, chunky soles became the popular silhouette for spring/summer 2021, and if this season’s street style shots are anything to go by, its popularity is set to continue through 2023. You’ll find plenty of affordable options from high-street brands such as & Other Stories and Arket, I personally can’t resist the minimalist charm of COS’ modern loafer, but wherever you find “the ones”, there’s always something so chic about the simplicity of a leather loafers paired with jeans and an oversized white shirt.

So if you’re looking for an easy shoe to add polish to your spring outfits, I would strongly recommend a loafer. I have pairs that are nearly 10 years old, which I bring out every year and still look as good as the first time I wore them. Whether you’re a platform-sole lover or crave a chunky chain detail, keeping scrolling to see and shop my edit of the best high-street loafers to buy now.

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& Other Stories Equestrian Buckle Loafers

The perfect loafer does exist. 

H&M Chunky Leather Loafers

All these penny loafers need is a chunky kit and a pair cropped jeans to show them at their best. 

Vagabond Alex W Loafer

I love the clean white colourway and contrast sole. 

M&S Collection Chunky Flatform Loafers

A chunky, minimal loafer for everyday wear. 

Mango Leather Loafers with Chain

Suede is an equally chic alternative to patent leather. 

COS Chunky Leather Loafers

The boxy, square toe makes these loafers feel much more modern. 

Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafer

Take a walk on the wild side in fun leopard print. 

& Other Stories Colour Block Leather Loafers

Just imagine how cool this two-tone pair would look with a sharp suit. 

Russell & Bromley Cleopatra Loafer

The perfect shoe for black and grey denim. 

H&M Chunky Buckle-Detail Loafers

Every wardrobe should have a versatile pair like these. 

H&M Suede Loafers

This shape is so elegant. 

Reiss Black Ainsley Leather Loafers

A relaxed slip-on-meets-pump that guarantees comfy wear. 

Zara Leather Track Sole Loafers

Add a little extra lift with a chunky block heel. 

Vagabond Brittie Loafers

Vagabond are loafer experts, and the cocoa colour and basket weave detail set this pair apart from the rest. 

Boden Pointed Toe Penny Loafers

A chic cream and modern pointed toe? Sign me up. 

Karen Millen Leather Croc Snaffle Loafer

Before you add them to your basket in black, consider the khaki green. They’ll lift a simple outfit and make it feel instantly fresher. 

Arket Leather Loafers

Yes, they’re great for spring and summer, but you’ll wear these all winter too. 

& Other Stories Squared Toe Leather Loafers

The croc-effect and buckle detail have this pair looking incredibly designer. 

Dune London Gravitate

It’s easy to see why this playful pair are currently one of Dune’s bestsellers.

Toast Sturlini Loafers

Just add a slouchy, ribbed sock and you’ve got an easy (and comfortable) pairing. 

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