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Monday, October 1, 2012

Light in the Loafers

For me, the jury is still out on loafers.  Don't get me wrong- I like them on other people.  But every time I try them on with an outfit, I can't help but think that ballet flats would look cuter.  Maybe I spent too many late high school/ early college years wearing the stretchy JCrew/ Steve Madden platform version (you know what I am talking about), and they have forever scarred any hopes of loafer love for me.

I bought this Tory Burch version of penny loafers last year, and I have yet to wear them.  I try them on, but then I inevitably revert to ballet flats.

However, when I see pictures like this, I like what I see.

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And this.

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And these:
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Still more:
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Do you wear loafers over ballet flats?  I'd love to hear your tips for making loafers work!

12 comments:

Lisa Mende Design said...

I tend to like ballet flats more however, loving those leopards at the bottom, who are they by?

Julie said...

I can't do it either. They look so cute on other people, but not on me. If I'm wearing flats, they are ballet flats.

Nutbird said...

The key is: Bass Weejuns or knockoffs just don't have the style we need. The toes turn up. They also fit high on the instep. The mint green ones have a more stylish cut and probably don't have the rolled seam. They call that something funny. The next picture with the 3 colored shoes might be cut too low, even though they are Cole Haan. Cole Haan hasn't been very good lately with their loafers, the last and the length from the toe to the instep is funny. I have Cole Haan loafers that must be 10 years old. I keep having them resoled. I like needlepoint ones, but they have to be a good brand. Belgian shoes are great, but hard to find and the sizing numbers are different. I have several pairs of tassel loafers, either Ralph Lauren or Cole Haan or Joan and David. Just keep looking. The fit is the most important. If they fit, they will probably look good. Forget the original penny loafer. My husband still wears them. These models probably aren't getting a good fit also. Ann I am crazed about good shoes, sorry

Amy Vermillion Interiors said...

OOOH I love me some loafers Sarah! I actually wear both ballet flats and loafers..love the sherbet cole haans

Melissa said...

I love loafers-- my feet are much more elderly than the rest of me and ballet flats irritate my planter's facitis (or however you spell it.) I'm in the market for a new pair (or three) and I will use this is a shopping list....thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just started wearing them, and I like it. They provide better support than ballet flats and just feel more substantial. I just bought Cole Haan black leather w/ a black suede upper. Nice feminine shape, too. (not clunky)

Betsy said...

I have the Gap calf-hair loafers and love them. I think the trick is to wear them with (barely) cropped pants. You would look so cute in them- you always do!

designchic said...

I wear them both, but adore loafers...love the Cole Haans!!

Kathleen said...

I love the animal print ones pictured. With the loafer there is more material over the toes and you get to see the pattern better, which I like.

Jess | the Jess Journals said...

I LOVE my leopard print loafers! I find them more comfortable than ballet flats in that they are more structured, so they kind of just hold it all together better, if that makes any sense? Great collection of photos! Your brown loafers would look great with cuffed dark skinny jeans and a button down I bet! :)

Sara Sandifer said...

I'm having the same debate - bought the JCrew tassel loafers in black/brown and ever time I put them on I end up going w/ my revas instead. But loafers are so cute, hypethetically!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

I must admit that I was also on the fence about loafers for me, but I was loving them on everyone else! I just got this pair and I have already worn them once and I'm in love! I like that they are more of a subtle loafer...

http://www.zappos.com/aldo-ostlie-brown-haircalf

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