Men’s Penny Loafers Are Back in a Big Way
Ditch your sneakers for these classic loafers
Sarah Ben Romdane
As fashion has become more casual—with sweatpants, cycling sunglasses and hoodies taking over the runways of every big fashion house—we’ve all unanimously traded in our smart shoes for smarter sneakers. What was once looked upon as the sign of a mid-life crisis has now become the epitome of chic, sneakers aren’t just known as the shoe du jour, but de rigueur.
But with the lines between streetwear and luxury becoming increasingly blurrier, brands and styles that were once deemed seemingly “out of touch” are now millennial favourites and the loafer is the perfect example of this subtle 360. Last year, Gucci’s now-cult loafers (which would previously look more fitting on an Ivy League collegiate) were spotted on every rapper from Gucci Mane to Lil Uzi Vert. Then cult London skateboard brand Palace released a myriad of penny loafer iterations in every colourway from teal snakeprint to brushed marigold.
With streetwear brands hijacking the once-preppy shoe, there’s no better time to up your shoe game than to snag a pair before they get too over hyped. MILLE rounds up 5 of the best loafers in-store now.
Palace Loafer Blue Snake Print
Looking for something to finish off your casual look? Make a statement in Palace’s penny loafers in bright blue snake print.
860 UAED / 235 USD
Dr. Martens & Stüssy Penton
Stüssy and Dr.Martens are back with another tasty collaboration. The brand alignment is seamless. The combo of Stüssy’s street-cred and Dr.Martens classic designs makes for a soon-to-be iconic design that comes in four colour ways: green, black, cherry-red and a crisp monochrome iteration.
860 UAED / 235 USD
Suicoke Black Velvet Loafer
Loafers have never felt so cosy.
1065 UAED / 290 USD
Gucci Black Web Horsebit Loafers
Released in the 1950’s, Gucci’s legendary loafer has become the go-to shoe for effortless elegance. You literally can’t help but feel yourself when wearing them.
2185 UAED / 595 USD
Burberry Black Bedmore Loafers
These classic glossy black loafers are a timeless must-have.
2535 UAED / 690 USD