If there was a prize for 2020‘s most redundant item of clothing it would surely be the stiletto. With parties cancelled and weddings postponed, the high heel has been relegated to the dusty depths of our wardrobes, along with the likes of bikinis and workwear. Yep, it’s been a rough old year for the party wear staple. However, there is a silver lining to the stiletto’s near-extinction, and it’s the prolific rise-and-rise of the flat shoe. 

From Birkenstocks and brogues, to shearling slippers and combat boots, never before has there been such a demand for flats, and never before has the selection been so eclectic. With social restrictions remaining in place for the time being, 2021 is set to be no different. With its classic charm and minimalist versatility, loafers are the latest in a line-up of flat shoe styles that have adorned the feet of fashion’s finest over the last 12 months. Thanks to the continued reign of the Gucci horsebit loafer, and the more recent iterations from Prada and Chanel, the loafer is looking like an undeniably appealing addition to our spring capsules.

While the selection from designer brands is plentiful (see Gucci, JW Anderson and ATP Atelier), there are also stylish options to be found on the high street. In true Scandi style, Arket has opted for a more streamlined, fuss-free silhouette which is bound to look good with denim, or for a more statement-making finish check out the chunky styles from & Other Stories and Monki—just pair with 2021’s mini skirt. Personally, I love wearing my G.H. Bass monochrome loafers with tailored trousers and slouchy knits for a comfy yet polished WFH look. Scroll down to see how fashion girls are wearing theirs and shop my complete edit of loafers I’m loving right now.

For a more unusual spin, try a pair of loafers in bright gold a la Linda Tol.

Every fashion girl fawned over Prada’s logo loafers this season. 

Jen Azoulay shows how good a simple pointed loafer can look with wide leg jeans.

Minimalist fashion-lovers, such as Alexis Foreman, are fans of the loafer due to its streamlined silhouette.

I’m so into the knee-high-socks-and-loafers pairing as seen on Sylvie Mus.

For spring-ready dressing, just add patent loafers to straight leg jeans and a beige knit. 

G.H. Bass’ monochrome loafers instantly stood out to me, and I use them to add personality to my wardrobe basics.

Okay, I’m adding this Shot From the Street look to my summer outfit inspo pile ASAP.

Up Next: Spring/Summer 2021 Trends: The Most Important Fashion Looks You Need to Know

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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