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Loafers are loved by many fashion-enthusiasts the world over for their timeless style and diversity across outfits. Here’s our round-up of responsibly made loafers from better brands.
Lean into the loafer love
Loafers are the perfect blend of comfort and class, and they can look great on anyone thanks to the diversity in styles. From the classic slim-line penny loafer to the recent obsession with a chunky loafer, you’re bound to find a shoe that suits you in this enduring shoe trend. Loafers also work across seasons, pairing just as well with a skirt as your favourite pair of jeans.
Traditionally, loafers were made with conventional leather—but we know the contentious animal-derived material often comes with a host of ethics and sustainability issues for workers, the environment, and of course, the animals themselves. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favourite loafers from brands doing it better, either using responsibly-sourced non-leather materials, or recycled or Leather Working Group certified leather.
Second hand leather loafers are also a fantastic, long-lasting option if you can find the perfect pair for you at your local charity shop or on a resale app like Depop, thredUP, or Vestiaire Collective. But for when you must buy new, discover the rest of our top picks for more sustainable loafers.