A prime piece of summer footwear, the loafer gives a pitch-perfect, effortless Continental vibe, ideal for relaxed summer dressing. From summery strolls, to office wear, this is a brilliantly versatile shoe which looks superb with some of this season’s biggest trends. Here’s how to wear them well…


1. Wear them with… no socks


For a truly relaxed, Continental feel, the only way to go is sockless. Giving a casual, “just back from the Loire” look, a barefooted loafer look is a subtle style statement which adds a completely new feel to any outfit. In hot summer weather, going sockless is a blessing and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a shoe which lends itself as well to a no sock look as the humble loafer.


2. Wear them with… tailored shorts


Once again giving off that whole “summer house in the Dordogne” vibe to perfection, a tailored short and loafers combination is a style classic which is particularly en pointe for summer 2015. Tailored shorts are a big trend this summer and loafers are one of the easiest ways to style to look – just slip on and go for versatile, on-the-money style. Pair with a button down shirt for a smarter vibe, or wear with a chilled out t-shirt to keep things casual.


3. Wear them with… cropped trousers

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Like tailored shorts, cropped trousers are spot on summer 2015 fare. Again, a simple loafer is the ideal accompaniment, creating serious suavity with consummate ease. Tricky to wear with socks, cropped trousers really do call for a low-profile shoe which can be worn sockless with style – that exposed ankle is an SS/15 men’s style essential.


4. Wear them with… a rolled cuff


If you’re not ready to go all the way with a cropped trouser, a rolled cuff is a good compromise. Again giving that of-the-moment bared ankle style, a simple roll pared with a loafer can take jeans and chinos up a peg or two, whether you’re keeping thingscasual or adding contemporary edge to a more formal look.


5. Wear them with… a summer suit


Amazing with jeans and a t-shirt, loafers look equally great as part of more formal attire. To wear loafers well with a suit, don’t attempt to go all the way with a three piece. This will create a real formality clash. Instead go for a classic, well-tailored blazer or sports coat with a slim fit and combine with smart jeans or chinos to polish up your loafers good and proper.

Are you a loafer man? Take a look at the Base London loafer collection online. Do you agree with going sockless? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group.