Your boyfriend may rely on his loafers, year-round, to tone down a two-piece suit or add some polish to a pair of chinos — maybe even wearing them sans socks in the summer with his rolled-up A.P.C.s. If you've felt a twang of jealousy every time you've watched him slip into them, don't.
With hundreds of shapes, colors, fabrics, and styles, ranging from smoking slippers and boat shoes to traditional penny loafers (with a twist, of course!), there are loads of options for ladies. We think the loafer is a little less precious than a ballet flat and way more sophisticated than a sneaker — a balanced foundation to any casual summer outfit, really.