Loafers have been a fashion favourite since the 1950s. For spring, they come updated in backless and slingback designs, plus a range of colours, prints and even high-shine metallics. Want to try the trend? From Audrey Hepburn channelling Beatnik cool in Funny Face to Kendall Jenner’s burgundy platforms during NYFW, let these style icons inspire your next loafer-led look…
1. Audrey Hepburn
In the 1956 film Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn famously dances in the androgynous-cool uniform of the times: a roll neck, cigarette trousers and loafers; all black, of course. Take this look into the 21st century by changing up the colour, but keep the shade the same.
2. Françoise Hardy
Sixties siren Françoise Hardy is the epitome of French nonchalance. Here, she plays with preppy, proving socks and slip-on shoes can work if you keep the rest of your outfit simple. Swap the shorts for a skirt and the knee-highs for sheer ankle socks for a contemporary twist.
3. Jodie Foster
A young Jodie Foster pairs her loafers with flared trousers, the shape of the seventies. Today, the style on the street is to reinterpret Jodie’s combo via cropped flared denim and backless loafers, much like the pair on our next icon…
4. Alexa Chung
Some say she’s the instigator of the loafer’s stylish return: Alexa Chung is today’s champion of the boy-meets-girl mix. Here, she references Jane Birkin by pairing her slip-ons with a white dress. Lose the coat come summer and you’re sorted.
5. Mary-Kate Olsen
CFDA award winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were wearing flats on the red carpet way back in 2004, and the latter is especially a fan of loafers as a smart partner to oversized outfits. Work two trends in one by wearing your shoes with a statement-sleeve shirt under a long vinyl coat.
6. Kendall Jenner
Puffer jacket? Check. Pinstripes? Check. Exposed ankles? Check. Kendall Jenner ticked all the trend boxes at last month’s New York Fashion Week. And to top it off, she’s sporting a pair of platform loafers – streets ahead and so now.