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40 best loafers for women | THE 2024 quiet luxury shoe trend

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Last Updated on December 5, 2023 by Eve Dawes

Loafers for women are making a big come back for 2024. Here’s the comfortable flats we’re eyeing

Loafers for women have always been a classic but were back in fashion in a big way in 2023 and set to stay in style for 2024. With quiet luxury trending and celebrities and models everywhere wearing them, they’re one of the trending flats for Summer along with ballet shoes. What are the best loafers for women for 2024? What are the best designer loafers for women? Which classic designer womens loafers are worth the splurge and which are the trending styles for 2024 to update your shoe shelves with. Here’s the low down on everything you need to know about these chic shoes and the best loafers for women for 2024 from Chanel to Steve Madden.

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Valentino black womens loafers Photo FWRD

What are the best loafers for women in 2024

You can go 2 ways with womens loafers trend in 2024: quiet luxury or logomania. Both are currently trending but classic styles rather than large names and logos won’t date like logos or chunky soles will. That’s why the best loafers for women in 2024 and always in my opinion are understated classic styles that you’ll be able to wear until they wear out. Even after the trend is over.

If you’re torn between getting mules or loafers you could always get backless loafers which combine the best of both worlds. They’re great for slipping on for everyday, vacations and if you have a narrow heel.

Sam Edelman Vs Gucci loafers | Splurge or save on designer loafers for women

For luxe for less, these white leather loafers for women (pictured below) from Revolve are under $150. They come in white or black and have stylish and classic gold horse bit accents. The leather is a little stiff to start with and needs some breaking in. I also find they run slightly big so you may want to size down. They also come in a closed heel option which I also find run big.

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White mule loafers for women Sam Edelman

People compare the Sam Edelman aesthetic to Gucci loafers a lot which I can see. They might look similar so if you’re looking to save not splurge they’re a great option. However, you can feel the difference and the Gucci loafers for women are definitely a lot softer and more comfortable.

  • Gucci leather is softer
  • Similar aesthetic
  • Sam Edelman Loraine loafers cost a lot less.
  • Gucci also offers a convertible style where the heel can be worn up or folded down which I’m really tempted to get in white. They also come in black leather.

The best designer loafers for women

For designer loafer brands for women, Chanel, Valentino and Gucci make some of the best styles in both patent and semi-matte leather. If you prefer more of a statement, bold logo shoe, Saint Laurent and Fendi both have some cool styles out right now.

For a more luxurious look, the best designer loafers for women are simple patent or matte leather loafers with a regular sole and simple gold hardware add a polished look to any outfit. Whether thats a blazer, jeans and crips white t-shirt or Summer dress. Look for styles like the black leather Chanel loafers below that won’t date as fast as the chunky sole varieties.

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Chanel womens loafers

Although chunky soles are still in style and if you want a height boost or a loafer that’s more fashion forward a chunky sole or platform loafers like this pair from Ganni are a great option.

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Valentino Garavani women’s loafers

Best classic style loafers for women

If you’re looking for a classic womens loafers that you can wear on repeat year after year Chanel loafers or Gucci loafers offer some of the best styles. They don’t just look good, they feel good too. If you can’t decide between white or black think about what time of year you’re likely to wear them the most and what you’ll wear them with.

Personally I really like white for Spring and Summer and black for Fall and Winter. By sticking to neutrals in either leather or suede, they’ll coordinate with more things and be less likely to date.

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Saint Laurent flats | Photo FWRD

What’s the best style of loafers for women

The best loafers for women comes down to personal style but are normally classic, versatile styles that you’ll get the most wear from. These are some super versatile styles that can be worn with the back folded up or down to make into backless loafers. For the most timeless look, invest in either classic black or white flat loafers with a normal sole. This was you can wear them even after the loafer trend is over.

Lug soles are still in style but on their way out. So if you do want to get a lug sole or platform style I’d suggest not splurging on them but going for less for luxe styles at this point and don’t expect the trend to last as long as classic flat versions. For a cool, preppy and polished look, patent leather loafers with gold hardware like a horsebit on the upper are perfect for creating preppy looks which are still very much in style for 2024.

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Revolve chunky sole loafers under $200. They also come in black

If you’re looking for a lighter color pair for Spring or Summer, there’s lots of chic cream and white loafers for women around this year which I’m loving for their brighter, fresher aesthetic. If you prefer color or don’t care if they’re out of style in a season, these pink croc embossed flat loafers, Ganni pink mule loafers or hot pink velvet Steve Madden flats are cute and fresh for Spring, Summer and Fall.

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Color Pop | Pink Velvet Womens Loafers

Style these hot pink velvet loafers with jeans, summer dresses, or matching shorts and blazer sets to add color. They look more expensive than they are and they’re on sale for under $150. Sizes run from 6-10 (including 1/2 sizes).

Shop the flat womens loafers.

Best pink loafers for women

For my chunky sole and pink lovers, this baby pink style adds texture and height.

Shop the pink croc embossed lug sole chunky sole loafers

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Shop the best loafers for women in 2024

The women’s loafers trend is a hard one to mess up unless you go for something really out there! Especially if you stick to classic styles in quality leather that combine both function and style. Because flats are generally worn for comfort, it’s worth investing on the best quality material within your budget so that they don’t rub or feel stiff.

Here’s my top pick for the best loafers for women from the best designer loafers in the softest leather to styles under $100. Obviously I had to include sparkly, rhinestone options since everything sparkly is in for 2024 and incase you wanted a more glam option for the evening.

The Sam Edelman loafers I reviewed (at the top of this article) are one of the best selling more affordable loafers for women as they often get compared to Gucci with their gold horsebit detailing. However, I personally found the leather a bit stiff and couldn’t get the sizing to work for me. Because I’d wear loafers for long days walking around cities, I didn’t want to settle.


Are loafers in style for 2024?

Yes, womens loafers are in style in a major way for 2024. Especially with quiet luxury and preppy looks being in. The trending loafers for women for 2024 range a lot. The most important thing to remember with this trend, whether you go for platforms, chunky lug soles or classic styles in patent, matte leather or suede is to make sure they’re comfortable. A shoe never looks fashionable if you’re hobbling around in them.

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Alexander Wang black patent platform loafers

Celebrity Style

As seen on:

  • Kendall Jenner in NYC.
  • Zoe Kravitz a few times in Saint Laurent Le Loafer monogram flats.
  • Dua Lip in backless loafers.
  • Bella Hadid
  • Jennifer Anniston
  • Candice Swanepoel on ‘Next in Fashion’.

What are women’s loafers?

Loafers are slip on shoes that don’t have any fastenings or laces. Usually they’re made of leather or suede. Classic loafers are flat but more recently there have been chunky soles, heels and platform loafers on the scene. People love loafers as they’re more dressy and stylish than womens sneakers and work for both casual and more chic looks.

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Black leather backless ladies loafers

Loafers for women outfit ideas

The best loafers for women should be an easy and versatile flat shoe to style. They tend to give a more chic and polished vibe than a lot of other flats like flip-flops or sneakers. You can honestly style them with most of your everyday closet from jeans, t-shirts and blazers to pretty spring and summer dresses or even suits for when you want something more comfortable than your heels.

Loafers for women celebrity styling inspiration

Women’s loafers are everywhere for 2024. Take styling inspiration from these celebrities for an effortlessly chic look:

  • Hailey Bieber in designer loafers with white slouchy socks and slip dresses.
  • Kendall Jenner in women’s loafers, midi skirt and bralette. Switch the bralette for a bodysuit or tank top if you want more coverage.
  • Lily Collins in a Summery yellow dress and chunky black loafers.

Should you wear socks with womens loafers?

If you’re going for a classic look, “No”. However, if you’re going for a more fashion forward loafers outfit for 2023, then yes to wearing socks with womens loafers. Sock, loafers and a pleated skirt are right on trend for 2023, as seen on Hailey Bieber. Socks are definitely more of a passing fashion trend but very much in style this season. If you’re worried about sweaty feet, wear them with a pair of sweat wicking insoles.


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Eve Dawes is a fashion & lifestyle blogger with an eye for accurate fashion & shoe trend forecasting. She share the best shoes, footwear reviews, how to wear, when to invest & when to save & the latest shoe trends.