Summer time and the weather is fine. Instead of grabbing my flops, boat shoes, or canvas kicks you will often see me wearing a pair of loafers. In the business world, most men wear loafers because they seem more casual and automatically bring a level of comfort to whom ever may be wearing them, but, they still say “Hey, I am wearing dress shoes”. For me loafers add a level of “dressiness” to most outfits (dressy or casual) that I wear because I tend to wear loafers with a sleeker silhouette, avoiding wide square toes and hybrid shoes (half sneaker and half loafer). These particular loafers are “short” wingtips with a fair amount of broguing. All of these elements give these suede loafers some great character and make them more than just a shoe, but a tiny works of art. (All Photography is by Michael Anthony Photography)
A nice suede loafer is very versatile. As you can see pairing them with a pair of white jeans really grounds the look. You will notice that I am going sockless in these photos. Personally, I prefer to go sockless in the summer because I like the look and it is very comfortable. Loafers “fit” the sockless style well because they tend to be a form-fitting style of shoe than a lace up. With loafers being more form-fitted, you will not have to worry about friction against your skin because their will be no movement.
After work loafering
Oxblood colored leather tassel loafers are becoming the most popular style of shoe on the market. The deep red color mixes well with grey, blue, denim and khaki so these are definitely a great addition to your wardrobe. Leather loafers work very well with suits, so if you office environment is relaxed enough (atleast during the summer) you can still go sockless and not seem unprofessional.
Remember, if you are going to wear a linen suit expect the sleeves and legs to wrinkle (that is the one down fall of linen). On the bright side with the extreme heat that we’ve been having on the east coast, a linen suit will keep you cool during the day and the night. With this particular look I went with a tan leather loafer to keep with the light summer feel of this particular outfit. If you want to make a statement that will never go out of style, take a pair of tan leather loafers and match them up with a navy suit. The colors of tan and blue will pop against each other. During this summer, if you have any weddings on the books, you can pull off a look similar to this with a tan leather loafer. The look will say, “this guys knows how to dress well in the summer and his shoes are on point with that complimentary summer color”.
Thanks for Reading.
- Guide to Going Sockless With Esquire and Brooks… (putthison.com)
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM