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A loafer is any type of shoe that doesn’t have a lace over a tongue like the oxford or derby. It’s a slip-on shoe that often comes with a tassel, mask, bit, or accessories to replace lacing. It is another staple of the classic gentleman.

Loafers are lightweight footwear due to their thin soles as compared with an oxford. It appears with a cleaner front as it’s made without lace and tabs that contain eyelets covering a tongue. The elegance of a loafer is determined by the low level and light sole, and with a perfect material without blemish.

No matter your profession or style, there’s a good chance that you keep a brown loafer much closer than your oxfords on the weekends. While a pair of oxfords may be able to stand almost any dress occasion, for your first dress shoe, you can’t go wrong with a solid dark brown loafer. In fact, they’re the most practical all-around shoe you can buy. They go well with your navy suit,  jeans, or colored chinos.

When trying on and wearing a loafer, always use a shoehorn, and understand that if it’s made of  calf leather, it will stretch over time. You’ll be much safer to start with a tight fit for your loafer.

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If you have to purchase a dress shoe for the first time but are not sure what to start with, you can’t go wrong with a dark brown, low cut, leather sole loafer. It’s the most versatile shoe you can buy. Not to mention the elegance.

Invest in  ankle socks and  socks that look almost like (if not the same) color of the loafer, including plain without patterns. Alternatively, use a sock to match the exact color of the trousers. The reason is that  loafers are cut to expose the skin around your ankle. A signature of the Italian gentleman (the inventors of loafers). The less you show the more elegant you look. So keeping it simple will create that same effect as though you were not wearing socks.

Don’t confuse it with a slipper or slip on.

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