From Chanel to Gucci, These Are the Designer Loafers Our Editors Rate

The appeal of loafers is that they’re stylish and comfortable, but never before have they been quite so covetable as they are now. This is due to the fact that designers are paying just as much attention to this shoe style as they do the rest of their footwear collections, with fashion people lapping up the results. With their classic design and elevated appeal, loafers hit the flat-shoe sweet spot that ballet flats and trainers simply miss. They’re timeless and versatile, so it’s little wonder that they’re fast becoming one of the soundest sartorial investments any of us can make.


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Like so many others, I can track my obsession with designer loafers back to 2014, when Gucci’s now-iconic Jordaan and Brixton loafers amassed what can only be described as a dedicated cult following. From fashion week to work to even wedding days, style devotees wore Gucci loafers anywhere and everywhere, and they've remained high on the It-buy agenda for years. Now, as many of us have shifted our sartorial sensibilities towards comfort, other designers have been keen to cut themselves a slice of the loafer action.


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We’ve seen loafers become increasingly prevalent on the runways, with everyone from Chanel to Prada and Saint Laurent to Bottega Veneta showcasing modern iterations of the classic shoes. From bold styles with gold metal hardware shaped into their respective logos and monogrammed leather to more traditional takes, such as mock croc or patent finishes and tassel adornments, there are multiple designer loafers to suit every mood and aesthetic. This makes choosing the right pair for you a lengthier process—where do you start when contemplating such an important purchase? Well, right here.

Below, I, and my fellow Who What Wear editors, have charted the best designer loafers, including the styles currently trending amongst those in the know. Scroll on to discover the shoes you’ll legitimately wear for the rest of your life.



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Style Notes: With its sleek shape, glossy leather and elevated horsebit clasp, Gucci’s Jordaan might have been the OG designer loafer, but don’t assume it’s over and done with—the style remains incredibly sought-after today.



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Style Notes: One of last year’s defining designer buys, Prada loafers continue to be the loafer of choice for so many industry experts, complete with a stacked sole, iconic Prada plaque logo and instantly recognisable shine. 



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Style Notes: Tod’s loafers have been gaining serious momentum lately. Though the brand typically subscribes to pared-back luxury, for its Kate loafer, it has taken the maximalist approach with a large but flat chain embellishment, which is swiftly becoming iconic in its own right. 



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Style Notes: If you’re already a devout fan of Chanel’s quilted flap bag (who isn’t?), then you’ll be pleased to learn that the brand has used it as divine inspiration for its loafers. Featuring the same iconic quilting and double C emblem, these loafers are something very special indeed. 



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Style Notes: We’ve long been fans of Church’s footwear, but its Pembrey loafer is perhaps our all-time favourite offering from the brand. This designer loafer isn’t shouty or statement like some of the others on our list—it’s quiet and understated and elegant and has an appeal that’s everlasting. 



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Style Notes: Combining the gold-tone LV Dauphine signature clasp with the iconic monogram canvas, these Louis Vuitton loafers are a must for anyone who considers themselves to be a designer shoe collector. 


Next Up: The Timeless Flat Shoe Fashion People Will Never Purge From Their Wardrobes 

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

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.