Anti-Trend, Chic and Looks Great with Jeans—This Flat Shoe Will Be a Spring Hit

In my humble opinion, no shoe style is more deserving of a place in your spring wardrobe than a pair of penny loafers. With the sole of a boot and the shape of a ballet flat, these iconic leather slippers offer the functionality and styling versatility that a springtime shoe calls for. Cut from hardy leather, penny loafers retain a polished edge and a distinctly grown-up feel. Whilst you might remember them from your history teacher's rotation, this season the fashion set have been getting their hands on the classic style en mass.


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Whilst penny loafers are peaking in popularity right now, they're far from fresh on the scene. Debuted by legacy brand G.H. Bass in 1936, which crafted its loafers based on the popular Norwegian moccasin slipper, the style took on its name in the '60s, as school children began to store pennies in the small slot at the font of the shoe.


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Since then, penny loafers have ebbed and flowed in popularity, taking a bit of a backseat whilst the adorned loafers made popular by Gucci and Chanel had their time in the spotlight, though the original style was never really "out". In fact, it has since thrived as a mainstay in the rotations of so many of our favourite celebrities (hello, Hailey Bieber) and now, fashion people are gravitating towards penny loafers once more for their unparalleled ability to whip a casual outfit into shape.


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Whilst the elegant shape looks supremely smart in a glossy black finish, new-season styles champion deep burgundy and brown hues that complement the classy feel of the shoe. Style them simply with your favourite blue jeans or wear with wide-leg trousers or a billowy skirt. Some pairs even come with a pretty penny in situ, whilst others are completely pared-back, which only adds to their versatility. 


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To shop the fresh spring shoe trend that fashion people are backing, read on to discover our edit of the best penny loafers to buy now.


News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Previously freelance commerce writer at British Vogue, Natalie’s experience spans journalistic and styling roles, which have seen her work on shoots for publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK and write for publications including British Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller. With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news and trends for Who What Wear UK, with a particular focus on celebrity style and emerging fashion trends.