Classic or trendy, they are an essential part of every man’s wardrobe.

[On cover: S/S 2019 Pal Zileri’s catwalk and Fratelli Rossetti’s shoes]

Although they have never gone entirely out of fashion, right now loafers are enjoying a real comeback and, according to many trend-setters, are even gaining ground on the sneaker.


The men’s shoe par excellence, this season’s loafer comes in a variety of materials that include woven leather, suede, canvas and python- and croco-printed leather. There are brands whose success story is closely linked to the loafer, as in the case of the iconic Fratelli Rossetti Brera loafer, first produced in 1968 and, in various different forms, still very much a part of every new collection.

With or without tassels, with a hard leather sole or in a car-shoe version (to find out more, have a look at our shoe dictionary under the heading Moccasin, Loafer or Car shoe), unlike other types of footwear, the loafer is perfect for wearing without socks – particularly with the lightweight, unlined models with perforated uppers that are now fashionable.