The 17 Best Loafers for Men To Wear All Summer Long

The 17 Best Loafers for Men To Wear All Summer Long

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A LOAFER is the most versatile, best-looking “outside” shoe you can sport all the way through summer and into fall. The best loafers have the comfort and ease of your favorite at-home slipper, while also taking on the style of your favorite dress shoe (without all the laces). What’s great is the shoe can be worn with everything from a suit, to chinos, jeans, or shorts.



  • Best Overall

    Larson Penny Loafers
    Bass Weejuns

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  • Best Luxury Loafers

    1953 Horsebit Leather Loafer
    Gucci

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  • Amazon’s Choice

    Leather Casual Slip On Loafers
    Go Tour

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  • Best Everyday Loafer

    Patnoflex
    Astorflex

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  • Best New Loafer

    Baleen Blue Sabah
    Sabah

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These type of slip-ons have a storied past—dating back to the 19th century Ivy League set—and today’s best loafers come in a variety of styles and fits to wear for practically any occasion. If you’re attending a black-tie function, opt for classic penny loafers or horsebit loafers that dress up your suits and tuxedos. For nine-to-five looks, try an understated Venetian loafer, which has a streamlined silhouette that looks respectable enough for the office. For longer commutes and errands, brands like Cole Haan have infused their loafers with a sneaker-like footbed for maximum grip and comfort.

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Have another type of use in mind? There’s a loafer for that. Ahead, we tried and vetted the 17 best loafers that will help smarten up your wardrobe. Just make sure to pair these bad boys with your favorite no-show socks to prevent swamp feet!

Best Overall

Larson Penny Loafers

  • Wallet friendly
  • Long lifespan
  • Wide array of colors and patterns available
  • Classic silhouette
  • Highly durable

The OG loafer, Bass Weejuns have been around since 1936, and its classic penny loafer style still looks great today. Their craftsman-like construction can hold up even after years of wear, and at under $150, it provides incredible value. An easy addition to your weekday uniform.

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Best Luxury Loafers

1953 Horsebit Leather Loafer

  • Timeless style
  • Long lifespan
  • Premium comfort
  • Versatile in styling

We’d be remiss not to include Gucci’s instantly recognizable loafers, which have been a go-to slip-on for C-level executives. Made to be worn with suits, jeans and everything in between, these shoes are expensive, but we’d argue their versatility and craftsmanship make them a worthy investment.

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Amazon’s Choice

Leather Casual Slip On Loafers

  • Over 3,900 five-star Amazon reviews
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Easy to break in

Leather loafers for under $50? No wonder Go Tour’s slip-ons have been an Amazon bestseller. It’s also receive five-star reviews for its soft interior that’s easy to pack on in your carryon luggage.

Best Everyday Loafer

Patnoflex

  • Under $200
  • Soft premium leather upper
  • Weather resistant rubber sole
  • Versatile in styling

Venetian loafers are slip-ons without tassels or straps, and have a simple, elegant design that feels a tad more casual while still delivering plenty of style. The Patnoflex loafer benefits from a leather lining and ergonomic footbed that offers incredible support for a dress shoe.

Best New Loafer

Baleen Blue Sabah

  • Under $200
  • Unique silhouette
  • Wide array of colors available
  • Long lasting

While Sabah Shoes is still relatively new (established in 2013), these handmade Turkish are certainly not. Made from soft nubuck leather, these loafers break in wonderfully and will age with style. Sabah’s are a solid changeup to the traditional loafer we think of in Western culture.

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Suede loafers were big in the 2010s, and Cole Haan updates these with a multi-layered cushioning that offers plenty of feet support for long urban treks or hours next to your standing desk.

Road trips call for driving shoes that are easy to slip on and wear for hours. Wolf and Shepherd’s Monaco loafer ticks both boxes, thanks to its soft lining that’s comfortable enough to be worn without socks.

Another sleek Venetian option. We love how The Fyre cut these from oiled vintage leather, which will help the loafer break in tastefully over time.

Crafted from full-grain calfskin leather sourced from a golf-rated tannery in Italy, these loafers exude classic style. Artisanal features like a Blake stitch construction and a Vachetta leather lining move these loafers into the upper echelon of footwear, all-the-while staying surprisingly reasonable on price.

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For those looking to stand out from all the blacks and browns, these fine suede penny loafers are a subtle flex. They aren’t too flashy, and they’ll match with a lot of what’s already in your wardrobe.

Rothy’s recent foray into men’s footwear wowed us with their sleek, upcycled shoes that look just as great as they feel, and its driving loafers are no exception. Knit from used plastic water bottles, these slip-ons wear like a second skin with a sturdy grip. Plus, they’re machine washable.

Adrian Arcadia Leather Tassle Loafers

Just like Dr. Martens’ combat boots, these platform loafers offer lots of style (tassels!) and height.

Dressy loafers can sometimes feel stiff after hours of use, that’s why it’s worth investing in premium shoe like Church’s Pembrey loafers, which has a lightweight leather exterior with a luxe leather lining that comfortable hugs your sole.

Del Toro’s loafers are handmade in Italy, and the final products are always spectacular. Take these luxe velvet slippers, which have a calf-leather lining that fits like a glove, and a rich exterior that instantly elevates any look.

Dressier than Sperry’s infamous boat shoes, these penny loafers have a lean, mean silhouette while still sporting the brand’s signature cushioning for an ultra cozy fit.

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Penny loafers that are on sale for $75? Add to cart.

A lean penny loafer with hand-burnished leather for a luxe finish.

How We Selected

For the past 18 months, we consulted with Men’s Health‘s editors and writers on the best loafers for men. Experts, including our Deputy Editor of Commerce Christian Gollayan and our Gear and Commerce Editor John Thompson, put a number of loafers to the test and evaluated their style, function, price point, and durability. We also considered top-reviewed loafers with high praise on e-commerce websites we trust.

Deputy Editor, Commerce
As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com.

Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

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