Fashion

Complete Your Winter Wardrobe With These Timeless Shoes

Versatile, comfortable and chic - we're hailing 2024 as the year of the loafer.

As of late, we have been thanking the fashion gods for the fact that flat shoes are very much back en vogue. While we’re loving the ballet flat renaissance, our favourite everyday sneakers, and even kitten heels for something fancy, there are times when we crave something timeless and sophisticated, suitable for any weather or occasion.

The loafer has long been a go-to shoe for the style-conscious. Originally inspired by Norwegian fisherman’s footwear (as if you needed another reason to love Scandi fashion), this shoe emerged in the 1930s as a choice for men seeking an alternative to classic dress shoes. Over time, the style transitioned into womenswear, gracing the runways of fashion powerhouses like Gucci and Prada in the 1980s.

Today, you’ll find a pair of loafers in the closets of sartorialists everywhere. Their androgynous silhouette adds a touch of vintage elegance to any outfit. From Dakota Johnson to Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner to Olivia Rodrigo, these shoes have undeniably secured their place in the fashion hall of fame. 

The magic of the loafer lies in its versatility, with designs that have evolved to include an array of styles, colourways, and silhouettes. Keep reading to discover our top picks that we’re adding to our carts ahead of the cooler season, but don’t worry you can wear these bad boys year-round. 

2024’s top 3 pairs of loafers

  1. Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $64, Oz Hair & Beauty
  2. SoSublime! Hydro Repair Serum, $39.95, Unwritten
  3. Anti Frizz Duo, $81 (was $90), BondiBoost

The best loafers to buy in Australia in 2024 

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Aere Leather Penny Loafers

$160 at The Iconic

If it’s a classic, black penny loafer you’re after then this elegant pair from Aussie label Aere may be the perfect fit. They offer a sleek, easy-to-style silhouette that pairs with anything and the soft leather moulds to the foot, meaning they’re extra comfortable. 

Style notes: 

  • LWG-leather upper and lining
  • Rounded toe 
  • Also available in brown 

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Topshop Cole Premium Leather Square Toe Loafers

$147 at ASOS

These Topshop loafers offer a similar silhouette, but with a square toe and a slight heel, they exude a more edgy and unique vibe. Pair them with your favourite mini skirt and some crew socks to fully embrace the academia aesthetic.

Style notes: 

  • Slip-on style
  • Made from real leather 
  • Square toe 

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Penny Loafer Pumps

$96 at Charles & Keith

Love the loafer look but want something with a bit more oomph to it? Don’t be afraid to add a heel to the classic style like these ones from Charles & Keith. The heel adds a more feminine flair to the style, perfect for pairing with flare jeans and mini skirts. We’ve also seen this look worn by the likes of Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung and Bella Hadid if you need further convincing. 

Style notes: 

  • 7-cm heel height 
  • Platform sole 
  • Also available in dark brown 

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Chain Detail Loafers 

$59.99 at H&M

The latest loafer style to take the style set by storm is a two-tone black and white style, they exude a vintage charm that adds a unique allure to any outfit, a trend we absolutely adore. This pair also has a bold gold chain to further take it up a notch. 

Style notes: 

  • Lug platform sole 
  • Satin linings 
  • Decorative tab

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Stradivarius Loafers in Deep Burgundy

$60 at ASOS

If you’re looking to move beyond neutral tones but prefer to keep it understated, consider this exquisite burgundy loafer by Stradivarius. Featuring the timeless elegance of a classic loafer silhouette, this shoe offers a subtle yet sophisticated deep purple hue, making it a perfect choice for adding a touch of colour to your wardrobe.

Style notes: 

  • Contrast black sole
  • Gold embellishment 
  • Flat sole 

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Fredric Black Leather Monk Strap Loafer

$229 at Wittner

For a style that’s truly unique, consider these classic black loafers featuring a statement monk strap. The small heel, gold detailing, and refined shape make them suitable for both casual and formal occasions. We’ll be pairing them with suit pants for a polished look or with a mini skirt and tights for a more playful ensemble.

Style notes: 

  • Black box leather
  • Unique monk strap
  • In-built padding

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Aere Leather Loafers 

$160 at The Iconic

If you’re looking to brighten up your winter wardrobe, consider opting for white loafers. It’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing winter blacks all season long, so white loafers can add a refreshing touch to your look.

Style notes: 

  • Also available in black
  • Horsebit embellishment 
  • LWG leather 

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Trailblazer Loafers 

$340 (usually $400) at Alohas

If sustainability is at the top of your priority list whilst shopping for new shoes, you’ll love these chunky platform loafers from Alohas. Not only are they super stylish, with a thick lug sole and platform but they’re made using sustainably sourced real leather. Alohas have an on-demand system for selling their footwear to ensure nothing goes to waste – which is something we can get behind. 

Style notes: 

  • Cow leather 
  • Made in Spain or Portugal and designed in Barcelona 
  • Available in four other colourways 

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Carletta Flats 

$64.95 at Novo

For more casual styling, try out a slip-on pair of loafers that are perfect for throwing on with your jeans as you run out the door to run errands. They’re comfortable, easy and most importantly very chic.

Style notes: 

  • Available in three other colourways 
  • Gold chain detail 
  • Square toe and backless design 

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