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#MenStyleTips 3 kinds of loafers and how to wear them

The loafer is a timeless and skillful blend of comfort and flair. Loafers are often widely underrated. The laceless look makes them practical, and with plenty of options to work for everyone’s taste.

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The loafer is a timeless and skillful blend of comfort and flair. Unlike the Oxfords, loafers are often widely underrated. The lace less look makes them practical, and with plenty of options to work for everyone's taste.

Loafers are made using one of two fabrics: leather or suede, each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Leather loafers have a sleek and shiny finish that work for smart looks, like a full suit or smart-casual tailored separates combination. Meanwhile, Suede should be specially reserved for the spring/summer months. Here are the 3 types of loafers:

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Penny loafers

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Penny loafers

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1.) The Penny Loafer: This is a preppy footwear classic. “The beauty of the penny loafer is its versatility; the shoe can be dressed up or down easily and works with most outfits,” says Gilad Yogev of G.H. Bass & Co. it works for both summer suiting and casual or smart-casual looks.

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Tassel loafers

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Tassel loafers

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2.) The Tassel Loafer: It shows off an elegant, dressy shoe design with practicality. Today, the most famous model is the cordovan. Unlike most leather shoes made from calfskin, cordovan loafers are crafted using a layer of a horse’s rump. Cordovan is also the least porous of leathers, and so highly sought after, which is why they cost about $700 for a pair by Brooks Brothers.

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Horsebit loafers

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Horsebit loafers

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3.) The Horsebit Loafer: This is the definitive dress loafer. A brand which does them very well is luxury Italian label Gucci. With a brass strap in the shape of a horse’s snaffle, the Horsebit takes its hints from equestrian wear. The Horsebit's attraction is its refinement. The Horsebit finishes off a formal look quite well.

Here are a few hints for wearing the loafers:

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Suit with loafers

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  • You should always make sure that your pant break should be slight at the top of your loafer so that the look appears sharp and you reveals the detail of the shoe.
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Try a modern look

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  • For a modern look with the loafers, try a slim, tapered trouser or a cropped style for a modern edge.
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Summer look

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  • For a more simplistic but easy, cool summer look, pair a linen shirt with a pair of light-coloured cotton chinos and a pair of suede tassel loafers.
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Go sockless

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  • During the summer, which in Nigeria is all year round, you should consider exposing your ankles by going sockless. To prevent from odors, you can either employ invisible socks or dust your feet with a little talcum powder.

Let us know what you think of these tips and include any more you may have in the comment section.

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