Loafers are in. Well, they’ve never been not in but this season, they’re definitely in. And I’ve never owned a pair. I wore boat shoes in school, polished black to match the school’s requirements of black, flat shoes but they were flimsy and definitely not as high quality as the classic Dubarrys that everyone wore.
In Autumn, I am glued to boots. The minute it begins to feel cold, I have my boots on. Riding boots, ankle boots, Chelsea boots – I have them all, in a range of colours (black AND brown) and once on, they don’t come off until March. I could own seven pairs of Chelsea boots, every single one black, and not get tired. But this year, I found myself wanting something different.
Working in an office has given me a new eye, and appreciation, for the smart-casual work aesthetic. You know, what’s now Normcore after Normcore became a little less boring. I’ve begun to come around to the idea of a pair of smart shoes that I can wear to the office that aren’t heels, boots, or worse – heeled boots.
So I’ve been scouring online to see what’s out there and here’s what I’ve found. Now, I know Office dominate this list. Many places have got the classic loafer but I wanted colour and Office had them. Hail Office for they truly are the kings of colourful, practical shoes.
Top Right: Tod’s T-Bar Loafers. A classic, elegant, minimalistic black kind with Tod’s signature gold bar. Definitely a foundation in starting a collection – they’d even make Penney’s jeans look expensive. Will go with anything and everything. Available at Brown Thomas. €470.
Top Left: Office Fate Loafer in Burgundy. Soft, leather, colourful but demure. Perfect when you want a break from black but still want to show off your Autumn colours. Available at Office. £69.
Middle: GUCCI Princetown Dragon Satin Slides: Really, these are Princetown Slippers and probably aren’t the most practical but there are far too beautiful to not include. Satin embroidered finish, leather body incredibly detailed, and a little expensive. Too good to wear really, unless you’re taking shade on a warm day in a country that never rains. I mean, could you imagine these in the rain? In Ireland? You’d might as well be pouring money down the drain. 10/10 still would buy though. Available at Brown Thomas. €890.
Bottom Left: Office Possum Bow Loafers: These are a modern take on the classic loafer that are perfect for any kind of day, whether it be lounging at home or out and about. No bling but no less chic. Perfect for when you’re wearing just jeans and “a nice top”. They come in nude, off-white, and black. Available at Office. £69.
Bottom Right: Office Destiny Trim Loafers: Now, if you don’t have time to shop around and are looking for the perfect shoe you can get in a million colours, these are for you. I like to think of them as a the New Balance of loafers – once you find the perfect fit, you can get multiples in varying colours and styles to look like you know your shit about shoes. They come in pink suede as shown, leather, red patent, mustard yellow, and even embroidered:
How’s that for a GUCCI lookalike? Available at Office. £69.
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