A slip-on shoe that’s smart enough to wear to the office? It’s the holy grail of footwear, surely, but it’s not as hard to find as you might think.
These Paul Smith loafers are our best slip on shoes for work thanks to their sleek almond shape and premium construction: buttery soft suede, supple leather insoles that are said to make breaking in as painless as possible, and an overall minimal design that really shows off the quality build.
For a new twist on the espadrille, these TODS shoes hit the mark for casual weekend wear.
Their streamlined shape and premium suede upper leaves them looking a little closer to a loafer than you’d reckon for a skate shoe, but with just a hint of raffia for that classic espadrille style, a chunkier sole and a striped ribbon trim just off the vamp, they strike just the right balance: a throw-on-and-go shoe that still looks polished.
Former skaters, rejoice. While we’re big proponents of the idea that you can’t age out of the Vans slip-on, if it’s a more grown-up look you’re after, we suggest foregoing the checkerboard and trying these all-black slip-ons instead.
This unisex shoe’s style is still iconic, the chunky rubber sole is still as comfy as you remember, and it’s still a thrill to be repping that little label, but with the added bonus of having a match-all shoe for off-duty dressing.
Now that fashion bloggers aren’t old enough to remember yuppies, we think it’s probably safe to channel ‘80s power dressing again, and a great place to start is with these Gucci Roos.
There’s a lot to be said for the classic one-colour horsebit loafer, of course, but it’s back for 2018 with a brand new twist courtesy of a flashy checked tweed upper, and it ticks a lot of boxes. Use to brighten up a monochrome ensemble, or pattern clash, if you’re feeling brave enough.
Vans not quite your speed? For those of a preppier disposition, there’s a great alternative in the form of these Polo Ralph Lauren slip on shoes.
They come in a refined navy and tan colourway, with leather branding at the heel that’s both flash and functional, forming part of the padded colour intended to keep the shoe from rubbing, and the upper is a breathable pique textured for interest.
The elasticated inserts make it easy to squeeze your foot in and keep it there – oh, and it’s got a ruddy great horse on it.