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.


(Image credit: @the_oluwaseun)

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 icon, 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.


(Image credit: @jen_wonders)

By now we're all familiar with the iconic Gucci loafer, but in recent years there's been even more iterations gaining classic status, like Prada's chunky styles. If this season's street style shots are anything to go by, loafers of all kinds look set to continue as one of the most popular flat shoe trends through 2023. The great news is that you don't have to shop for your favourite pair solely from luxury retailers. 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 loafers. Whichever style you choose, all they need is a simple jeans and shirt outfit to last you for the entirety of spring (and autumn, too, when it rolls around). 


(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

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.

Shop My High-Street Loafer Edit

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Up Next: The 9 New-In Pieces I'm Adding to My Wish List This Week

Opening Image: @cocobeautea

Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.