The Classic Flat Shoe Fashion People in London and Paris Reach For Every Spring

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If the last few years have been good for anything, it's the prolific rise of the flat shoe. During lockdowns, which seem like a lifetime ago, we suddenly had no use for heels—and although we're now back to normality with plenty of excuses to enjoy impractical shoes once again, the place in our fashionable hearts for flat shoes has remained.

From Mary Janes to ballet flats, Birkenstocks to trainers, it seems like every month a new flat shoes is rising to the top of the trend charts. But there's one timeless style that constantly sits at the top of all our editors' wish lists, and that's loafers. 

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With their classic charm and minimalist versatility, loafers, from the original Gucci Horsebit Loafer to the more modern, chunky-sole versions from Prada, are still an undeniably appealing addition to our wardrobe. If you choose (wisely) to invest in a luxury pair, you can be sure the cost-per-wear will tick down steadily over the many years you own them. But there are also some excellent, more affordable, iterations on the high street now too. Just be sure to opt for real leather and they'll age gracefully alongside you. 

Keep scrolling, and you'll not only find a thorough (trust us, we've scrolled through them all) list of the best loafers out there for 2024, but also some chic loafer outfits to inspire you for the season as well. You're welcome!

Classic Loafer Outfit Ideas:

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Okay, I'm adding this look to my outfit inspo pile ASAP.

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Loafers with socks softens up the tailored look. 

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Bare ankles with loafers and jeans is such a chic, French-girl approved way to wear them. 

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Every fashion girl owns a pair of loafers. They look especially stylish paired with a trench coat. 

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This is a masterclass in using loafers for a modern tailored look. 

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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.