The Complete Guide to Buying Loafers

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The Complete Guide to Buying Loafers

Loafers are very popular shoes among women, and they can be found in almost any shoe store. They are comfortable, easy to put on, and very versatile as they can be worn on almost any occasion be it to a formal meeting at work or to a casual dinner with family and friends. These qualities make loafers very popular and they are usually worn throughout the day. Therefore, it is important to choose a proper pair of loafers that not only look good but are also comfortable and long lasting.

There are a few factors that should be considered when buying women' s loafers such as the style, material, comfort, and price. This buying guide discusses these factors and also where one can buy a pair of loafers and how to purchase them from online retailers such as eBay.

What Are Loafers?

Loafers are slip-on shoes, meaning that they do not have any laces and they typically have a lower profile than laced shoes. Originating in Norway, loafers were introduced as casual shoes by shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in the 1930s and they were called 'Aurland moccasins', later renamed 'Aurland shoes'. These shoes were then exported to the rest of Europe and were bought by the visiting Americans there. However, it is not until they were featured in Esquire magazine did they catch the attention of the American public and start gaining popularity.

Loafers and moccasins are often mistaken to be the same because they look very similar. This is not surprising as loafers were actually made based on moccasins. The main difference between loafers and moccasins is that loafers have distinct heels while moccasins do not.

Loafers are typically made of leather including more exotic types such as suede and cordovan, but synthetic leather is also widely used. Although loafers are laceless, they have elastic bands fitted around the top line, so they adapt to any foot and the wearer does not have to worry about the shoes falling off while walking or running. These elastic bands also make it easier for the shoes to be put on and taken off.

The versatility of loafers is proven by their popularity, with people wearing them to work and to casual outings. Although originally made as men's shoes, various styles of loafers for women have caught on and they can be worn as fashionable shoes to go with almost any occasion. Besides looking good and being versatile, loafers are also popular for being very comfortable to wear and therefore can be worn the entire day without causing aching feet.

Styles of Loafers

Over the years, shoemakers have come up with new loafer designs that have now been accepted as unique styles. Listed here are five main loafer designs.

Penny Loafers

Penny loafers were introduced in 1934, and were named Weejuns to sound Norwegian. These loafers had a leather strap on the front with a diamond-shaped hole in the centre. People would later insert pennies or anything shiny into the strap and the name penny loafers caught on. They are still made to look the same as the original ones with some variations and are available as various brands. These loafers are the most versatile as they look great at a formal event, at a casual outing, or even at the office.

Tassel Loafers

Tassel loafers, which were introduced in the 1950s, have tassels on the front. There are typically only two tassels on each shoe but this can vary. The tassels give these loafers a more decorated and casual feel, making them better suited to be worn with flashier clothes or even a pair of jeans. These loafers are better suited to be worn at a casual outing rather than at the office.

Gucci Loafers

Gucci loafers were introduced in 1966 by the famous Italian designer for whom they were named after. Gucci added metal straps in the shape of a horse's snaffle bit on the front of the shoes. The metal straps made these loafers popular among businessmen on Wall Street in the 1970s as the shoes looked elegant and professional, and they still do.

Venetian Loafers

Venetian loafers are the simplest loafer style because they do not have any embellishments. They are plain and functional yet still look good on any occasion. Venetian loafers are very well suited to be worn with casual clothes and even without stalkings. While these loafers are great to wear at casual parties, they can also complement an elegant office outfit.

Dress Loafers

Dress loafers are basically Oxford shoes without laces. They have a classic and elegant Oxford design yet are still perfect for non-formal occasions as the laceless design makes them more versatile. These loafers can be worn in any occasion.

Choosing the Perfect Pair of Loafers

Before buying a pair of loafers, it is helpful to know that loafers are available in many styles so there should be no problem getting one in any particular style. Here is a list of things to consider when buying loafers.

Style

Although loafers are very versatile, each style of loafers is better suited for a certain occasion than other styles. The different styles determine where they are most suitable to be worn to, whether only to the office, to parties, or to both. For example, penny loafers are the most versatile while tassel loafers go well with a pair of jeans. Dress loafers, on the other hand, are a better match for a classic or elegant outfit.

Material

It is also a good idea to look at the material of the loafers. They are usually made of leather. However, synthetic materials are also sometimes used. Patent leather has a great shine and is suitable for shoes that are to be worn at work and parties while suede leather has a napped or fuzzy texture and is more suitable for shoes worn at casual outings. Compared to loafers made of synthetic leather, those made of real leather are of higher quality because they age better meaning that they look better the longer they are kept. Real leather also breathes well and is better at keeping the feet dry and odourless.

Comfort

The main strength of a loafer is comfort. Trying on a pair and walking around is a good idea before purchasing especially if they are to be worn a lot. Some things to look at for comfort in a pair of loafers are the heel height and inner paddings. Loafers with a lower heel height and more padding are more comfortable to wear, but loafers with high heels can also be comfortable if they offer proper foot arch support.

Price

A pricier pair of loafers is usually of higher quality and offers more comfort. Therefore, if they are to be worn very often it is a good idea to consider investing in more expensive loafers. The material used to make loafers also influences the price, with leather loafers being more expensive than synthetic ones. Loafers are widely available in various high-street shoe stores as well as online marketplaces such as eBay. The next section describes how to purchase a pair of loafers on eBay.

Buying Loafers on eBay

eBay has a wide variety of loafers in different styles, colours, and sizes. To search for loafers on eBay, you can start at the eBay home page. If you would like to browse through pages of various styles of loafers before selecting one, you can just type 'women ' s loafers' and a list of all available women's loafers on eBay will appear. You can then browse this list until you come across a pair of loafers that you like. If you want to be more specific with what you are looking for, you can narrow the list of products by applying a filter. The resulting list of items will be a selection of all types of loafers that meet your criteria. If you have a certain colour in mind, you can select it from the 'Colour' list.

After you have selected the loafers that you like, you can check the details of the loafers such as the size, the price, and the seller's return policy. If there is nothing on the page about a return policy, you can contact the seller directly for more information. It is always a good idea to check for a return policy so you can return the goods in case the ones you receive are faulty or do not fit well. Keep in mind that the size of the loafers may differ among brands. Finally, if you are satisfied with your selected loafers, you can proceed to buy them.

Conclusion

Loafers are popular because they are very comfortable and versatile to wear. However, to ensure that the loafers are perfect for each buyer, a number of factors should be considered before purchasing a pair. The first factor is the style as certain styles are better suited for an occasion than another style. Next, it is important to consider the material of the loafers. Real leather is of higher quality and lasts longer than synthetic leather. However, leather loafers are also more pricy. Lastly, it is necessary to try the loafers on before buying them to make sure that their size is right, they fit perfectly, and are really comfortable. If a buyer is hoping to buy a perfect pair of loafers, eBay is a great place to start looking because it offers a wide selection of loafers with different styles, colours, and prices. This makes easy selecting the right type of loafers that suit the preferences of even a picky buyer.

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