How to Wear and Style Loafers

Looking to add some loafers to your footwear rotation? We put together a list of tips with some help from Blackstock & Weber founder Chris Echevarria.

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Don’t get us wrong. We still love sneakers. We wear them pretty much every day. But having some versatility in your footwear rotation certainly doesn’t hurt. For a lot of people, a nice pair of loafers are that alternative. 

We don’t just mean having a black leather pair tucked away in your closet strictly for that fancy dinner date or a wedding. You can wear loafers casually just as easily. And with the wide variety of styles on the market these days, it’s made tossing a pair of loafers on with a pair of jeans or even some nylon shorts in the summertime a bit less daunting. 

If you’re someone thinking about buying their first pair, you may be wondering where exactly to start. It isn’t as simple as ordering a pair in your usual sneaker size and taking them for a spin. There are some general rules of thumb to consider. Look no further. We’ve got you covered. To provide the best advice we can, we tapped Chris Echevarria to assist us. Echevarria, who founded Blackstock & Weber in 2017, is making some of the best loafers on the market today. He's been wearing loafers ever since he was a kid going to church with his grandmother and kept a pair in his footwear rotation ever since. Nowadays, he's integrated them into his more casual wardrobe. His brand is helping more people do the same with its out-of-the-box executions that have included animal prints and white tennis ball fabric. He’s helping to show consumers that loafers are much more than just a classic formal shoe. 

“I wanted to create this brand because the way that we have been marketed loafers was just limiting,” says Echevarria. “You can dress them up a little bit or you can dress them down. Most people go as far as to say, ‘Sneakers are dead,’ and I'll never say anything like that. I'm a big fan of sneakers. But I think that there are other options out there. It doesn't always have to be the sneaker that you pick up out of your closet. It can be the loafer.” 

To learn everything from how to find the proper size to the right upkeep, check out our tips below. 

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There's a Pair for Any Budget

Don't Be Afraid to Dress Them Down

Socks or No Socks?

Give Them Time to Break in

Experiment With Unconventional Colorways

Loafers and Jeans? Don't Knock it 'Til You Try it

Keep Things Classic and Dress Them Up

Loafers Are Good in Any Season

Keep Them Clean, But Don't Obsess Over it

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