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On days when you feel like dressing comfortably, it’s easy to reach for your best outdoor-friendly slippers or your most comfortable sneakers. But to nail that feel-good effect while elevating your look, consider opting for the best loafers for women instead.

Simply put, a stylish loafer is a slip-on shoe that exposes the ankle and features a low-profile heel. But it comes in many variations, too. Some of the most common loafer silhouettes include moccasins (which harken back to Native American-made styles that inspired the first loafer of the 1930s) and smoking slippers (said original loafer style, which also took its look from silhouettes worn by British royals in the 1800s). Other top loafer models include penny loafers (made famous by Maine shoemaker G.H. Bass) and driving loafers (originally built for driving thanks to their nubbed rubber outsole, but now considered a casual shoe). Some loafers are also mule-hybrids and may feature tassel details or horsebit-style hardware on the vamp. (The latter is a nod to the design perfected in the 1950s by Aldo Gucci, son of the mastermind behind the luxury brand).

While any loafer silhouette is timeless, if you’re into keeping up with trends, you’ll want to try the chunky-soled versions that are making a return from the 90s and Y2K eras. In fact, every it-girl from Hailey Bieber to Naomi Campbell has been wearing them lately, proving the shoe isn’t going anywhere in 2023.

“Thanks to brands like Prada, Max Mara, and Gucci, the chunky loafer has come back in full force for fall and winter,” says celebrity stylist and costume fashion designer Tyler Minor. “I think this style really resonates with customers because it’s familiar, not too out-of-the-box, yet still very fashion-forward.” Plus, the shoe is an excellent option for customers who want dressed-up styles that complement their hybrid lifestyles.

No matter which look you go for, keep in mind that when shopping for the best slip-on loafers for women, choose styles with elevated comfort features, like flexible uppers and ample cushioning underfoot. If you need extra support, try options with molded footbeds and deep heel cups to help relieve pain stemming from flat feet and plantar fasciitis. (And if you suffer from bunions, seek out silhouettes with wide toe boxes, in addition to those with malleable uppers.) All of these features not only make certain loafers great for everyday wear but also some of the best styles for work, too.

For shopping made easy, we rounded up the best loafers for women you can buy now. They come courtesy of respected footwear brands and glowing customer reviews. We even included a few of Minor’s favorite styles to consider. So keep reading to shop for them.

Top Women’s Loafers for 2023

G.H. Bass & Co. Whitney Bax Leather Loafers

Best Classic Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black/Black, Black/White
  • Sizes: 5- 11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Leather

This timeless silhouette from famed loafer maker G.H. Bass is a great option for anyone who works in a more formal environment. Taking inspiration from classic menswear silhouettes, the genuine leather style includes penny loafer detailing with a moc toe and low heel. Grab it in cognac or black for a perfect complement to trousers and structured midi skirts.

What reviewers say:I’ve been buying Bass Weejuns for years and. have them in various colors. They are the most comfortable and versatile shoes you can buy and the price is right. The pair I recently bought from Macy’s has not disappointed, and it’s great to see that Bass still maintains its high standards and quality. I highly recommend these shoes.”

Everlane The Modern Loafer

  • Colors: Black, Camel
  • Sizes: 5- 11, including half sizes
  • Materials: 100% Leather Upper, Natural Rubber Outsole

Everlane’s ultra-popular moc loafer returned last year in a new and improved version, and has again earned so much fanfare, it’s already sold out and garnered a waitlist in many sizes. Keeping in line with the brand’s commitment to comfortable, quality basics, the 2.0 take makes The Modern Loafer even better with a roomier toe box, grippier rubber outsole and softer leather upper that’s designed to eliminate the need for any break-in time. Additionally, the style has a tiny braided detail at the rear, slightly thicker stacked heel and additional padding in the insole for extra comfort.

What reviewers say: “This is my second pair of The Modern Loafer and I just love them. They are cute, comfortable and you can wear them with or without socks with no issues at all. I usually buy a half size larger when I purchase Everlane shoes, unless it indicates that it runs true to size. Always happy with the quality of shoes and clothing.”

Everlane The Modern Loafer

CREDIT: Courtesy of Everlane

Margeaux The Penny Loafers

Best Penny Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Six suede finishes, including Oyster, Caramel and Garnet, and Leopard Haircalf
  • Sizes: 3-14 and narrow, medium and wide width options
  • Materials: Italian suede upper

Burgeoning label Margeaux has become a cult-favorite for its cute, comfortable and size-inclusive offerings. Like the rest of the brand’s pairs, the best-selling penny loafer is handmade in Spain with great attention to detail and offered in sizes three to 14, as well as narrow and wide width options to accommodate a vast range of feet. It’s finished in smooth Italian suede and features a flexible, unlined constructions that moves with you and prevents hot spots. Topped off with five millimeters of plush foam padding and available in pretty neutral and jewel-toned finishes, these are meant to be worn everywhere and with everything.

What reviewers say: Comfort, style and quality! I’m in retail and on my feet all day and these loafers pass the test.”

Margeaux The Penny

CREDIT: Courtesy of Margeaux

Vionic Mizelle Loafers

Best Embellished Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black, Dark Brown, Cream
  • Sizes: 5.5.-10, including half sizes
  • Materials: Leather

For a less traditional yet equally versatile take on the loafer, opt for this chain-embellished style which can easily translate from the office to happy hour. It features a sleek silhouette, pointed toe, and synthetic footbed to offer all-day comfort. Try wearing these loafers with cute black skinny trousers, a plain white silk button-down, and a black blazer for work.

What reviewers say: “I can’t say enough good things about these loafers. The leather is beautiful and they are SO incredibly comfortable–I actually gasped when I put them on. Perfect for a day on your feet at work or running around town. I typically wear a 7.5 (sometimes a 7, sometimes an 8, depending on brand/style), but based on feedback I found on these shoes on another website, I sized down to a 7 and the fit is perfect.”


Steve Madden Feather Loafers

  • Colors: 15 finishes, including all-black leather and multi-colored faux snakeskin
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes and select wide width options
  • Materials: Faux leather, suede sole

Over 1,400 customers gave these low-profile loafers from Steve Madden four or five stars, calling them a new spring wardrobe staple. Available in various bright to basic suede and leather finishes, the minimalist silhouette has a sleek pointed toe and will look great with everything from professional frocks to oversized jeans on the weekends. It’s also a great affordable option, though do keep in mind that if you need ample arch support, these aren’t your best bet.

What reviewers say: A shoe under $100 that doesn’t need to be broken in or worn with Band-Aids for the first few weeks? Just fabulous! The material is so soft and flexible, and they’re perfectly true to size. I wear a size 10, and some shoes can make me look like I have clown feet. These don’t at all. I highly recommend snagging a pair of these!”

Nine West Onlyou3 Loafers

  • Colors: Black, Green, Ivory, Medium Brown and Yellow Crocodile
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Faux leather, Thermoplastic Elastomers sole

Chain details have been trending on the footwear scene, making this sleek pair from Nine West an even more coveted wardrobe addition. The croc-embossed faux leather upper will add texture to any look and comes in neutral tones as well as a cool blue hue if you’re looking to further switch things up. A just under one-inch heel on these helps subtly elongate your frame, too.

What reviewers say: “Fit perfect and are super cute!!! I used them for work and I absolutely love them.”

Nine West Onlyou3 Loafers

Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers

Best Women’s Loafers for Work

  • Colors: Three dozen colors and finishes, including Saddle Leather and soft Gingham
  • Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: 100% synthetic

Looking for a classic silhouette that will work from your 9-to-5 to the weekend? Sam Edelman’s Lorraine loafers certainly fit the bill. Perfect to wear with mom jeans and a tee or relaxed suit set, the menswear-inspired style features an almond toe construction, signature front hardware and short block heel (your feet will thank you later for the latter detail). Additional comfort comes in the form of a padded leather insole that should feel soft and pillowy underfoot.

What reviewers say: “I have been searching for the perfect pair of shoes for my commute pre-Covid and honestly after 20+ pairs, I can say this is the best shoe I’ve bought.”

Sam Edelman Loraine

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Dr. Scholl’s Webster Loafers

Best Women’s Loafers for Walking

  • Colors: Three dozen colors and finishes, including Saddle Leather and soft Gingham
  • Sizes: 6-11, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: 100% synthetic

Sometimes, you need a loafer that will not only support you during your morning commute or quick trips to the coffee room, but for hours of standing all day. In that case, reach for Dr. Scholl’s Webster loafer. Created with ultimate comfort in mind (and backed by over 1,700 five-star reviews to prove they live up to their promise), the silhouette offers a shock-absorbing insole with anatomical cushioning to reduce foot fatigue. A rounded toe box provides plenty of room for toes to splay, while a flexible, durable outsole boosts traction without weighing your feet down. On top of all that, a rear pull tab allows you to easily slip these on and off without ruining the back of the shoe or enduring painful rubbing.

Keeping in line with the brand’s ethos, the shoes doesn’t skimp on style, either. They feature a chic front strap and are done in both smooth suede and leather finishes.

What reviewers say: “My new job had me walking a minimum of eight to 10 miles a day. I went through three different types of tennis shoes and three different types of dress shoes and these are the only shoes that I was able to wear the entire day. After eight hours, I still felt like I was walking on air. My only regret is not finding these shoes first.”


Dr. Scholl's Webster Loafer

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Sarah Flint Rosie Shoes

Best Women’s Loafers for Wide Feet

  • Colors: Black Suede, Taupe Suede, Leopard Hair Calf
  • Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: Leather, Triple-dyed Italian suede sourced from LWG Gold-rated manufacturer

Although probably best known for its celebrity-approved stilettoed pumps, made-in-Italy label Sarah Flint has since expanded its offerings to include flats and block-heeled silhouettes that retain the brand’s attention to marrying high style and comfort. One its bestsellers, the Rosie loafer includes signature details like three millimeters of extra padding on the footbed and a grippy rubber outsole, plus new additions of a roomy almond toe and an under-1.5-inch block heel. Meaning, the shoe is perfect for those who want a height boost without sacrificing a sweet feel underfoot. Nab it three rich suede finishes or a cheetah-print calf hair option to add some eye-catching texture and pattern to your look.

What reviewers say: “I am always worried whether a shoe will fit because I have flat and wide feet, but the Rosie fit beautifully from the first moment I wore them. Very soft leather and comfortable yet elegant. I wear them at home all day while working from home to feel dressed up!”

Sarah Flint Rosie

CREDIT: Courtesy of Sarah Flint

M. Gemi The Felize Loafers

Best Driving Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Magenta, Sunset Red, Blood Orange, Sunshine, Saddle, Adriatic Blue, Jewel Green, Lavender, Midnight Blue with Black Pegs, Latte, Gray, Black With Black Pegs
  • Sizes: European sizes 35-43
  • Materials: Leather, gommini rubber sole

Speaking of Italian craftsmanship, M. Gemi is unique, however, in that its shoes are handcrafted in Tuscany but range from just $90 to $300. Founded in 2015, the brand sells items from small Italian specialty factories straight to shoppers, bypassing major retailers in order to keep prices lower.

And even better news is that the brand’s all-time bestseller, the Felize loafer, is now back in stock. The $198 driving moc is made using one piece of suede that molds to the shape of your foot and features elegant hand-stitching and a soft, genuine leather lining. Coupled with the fact this style is offered in four wear-with-everything hues as well as eight bold tones for those who love a pop of color, it’s bound to be heavy in your rotation. While these are designed to fit like a glove, the brand recommends going up a half size for ultimate comfort.

What reviewers say: “This is my second pair of M.Gemi shoes and first of the Felize moccasin. The Felize is so much more than I expected. So very comfortable and the color I choose — a neutral bone in suede — was just perfect. I am so happy with my purchase and will be back for another pair soon. I did take a recommendation of going a half size up, which worked perfectly for me.”

M. Gemi The Felize Loafers

CREDIT: Courtesy of M. Gemi

Gucci Princetown Loafers

Best Loafer Mules for Women

  • Colors: Black Leather, White Leather, Red Leather
  • Sizes: 4-12, including half sizes
  • Materials: Leather

It’s hard to think about the loafer category without recognizing Gucci loafers for women. You may remember that the luxury brand’s loafers skyrocketed to popularity during New York Fashion week in 2014, but they’ve actually remained a wardrobe staple among celebrities and aspirational shoppers for over 60 years since their inception. Although the loafers have been updated in many iterations — including with raffia and velvet textures — the brand’s understated leather versions are undoubtedly its most timeless (it’s no wonder the design has remained largely unchanged over time). Whether in a full-length or backless silhouette, their minimal profile with gold horsebit hardware can refine any look — from leggings and a sweater a la Vanessa Hudgens or denim cutoffs and a tank top a la Taylor Hill. Nab the style in classic black to match anything, or choose a pair in a brighter hue like bubblegum pink to make a statement.

What reviewers say: “Initially I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a pair of trendy slides so I settled for a pair half the price. The leather wasn’t as nice and there wasn’t enough padding. I returned them and finally decided to buck up and buy these. So glad I did because the comfort and quality are worth it.”

Gucci Princetown

CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom

Madewell The Corinne Lugsole Loafer Mule

Best Affordable Loafer Mules

  • Colors: True Black, Dried Maple, Pale Oyster
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Materials: Leather sourced from a tannery that achieved a Gold Rating from the Leather Working Group (LWG)

That said, we think Madewell makes a solid Gucci loafer mule alternative for anyone who loves the designer look but isn’t willing to splurge. Like the Princetown loafer, the Corinne style is backless and dressed in sleek leather. Although it doesn’t feature any hardware, on the comfort front, it does include extra padding underfoot (which is obviously a major plus). And if you’re going for something slightly more casual, this is a great option, as it features a chunky lug sole and contrast detailing at the midsole.

Essentially, if a designer name and Italian craftsmanship aren’t musts for you, look no further than this noticeably stylish and durable pair.

What reviewers say: “I’ve always been a fan of loafers and slides/mules! Combining the two?!? Yes please!! I had a pair of mule loafers about 20 years ago! These are so much nicer AND I got them on sale! Yay! The lug sole is retro-cute and surprisingly comfy! I bought the tan, nice color. These will be great for summer into fall! The only thing is I went up half a size because I have a bit of a wide foot.”


Coach Marley Driver Loafers

Also Consider Best Driving Loafers

  • Colors: Champagne, Black, True Navy, Tangerine and Sea Mist
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Leather upper, rubber sole

Genuine leather loafers for women often feel stiff at first, but shoppers rave this classic Coach style offers a second-skin fit as soon as you try it on (one customer even says the silhouette is so comfy, they prefer to wear it over tennis shoes). Although also available in matte hues, the brand’s beloved moc toe design now comes with a fresh metallic leather upper for an elevated touch. Gold logoed hardware gives these another sleek edge above the rest. Underfoot, a flexible grooved rubber sole provides traction and a man-made footbed is designed to keep feet happy for hours.

What reviewers say: So beyond comfortable for a leather loafer! Me and all my friends picked up a pair because we’re obsessed with the cushioned soles but classic look.”

Coach Marley Driver Loafers

Sperry Seaport Penny Loafers

Also Consider Best Penny Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black Leather, Cotton Candy Leather
  • Sizes: 5-12, including select half sizes
  • Materials: 100% Leather

Having specialized in top-quality boat shoes for over 80 years, Sperry effortlessly brings its polished aesthetic and refined craftsmanship to this staple penny loafer.  Thousands of customers come for its classic details like contrast stitching, but stay for the undeniable comfort it offers due to a full-length memory foam insole, leather sockliner and flexible strobel construction for a second-skin feel. Underfoot, a rubber outsole boosts traction and durability so you can wear these for years to come. Grab them in suede, or matte or patent leather.

What reviewers say: “These shoes exceeded my expectations. They’re very sharp and professional looking and didn’t require any breaking in; they felt perfect the first time I tried them on. They offer more support and cushion than most loafers, and I keep saying they offer the feeling of ‘walking on pillows.’”

Sperry Seaport Penny Loafer

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Calvin Klein Leonie Loafers

Best Logoed Loafers for Women

  • Colors: White Logo, Black Logo, Espresso Logo, Black, White
  • Sizes: 6-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Faux leather

Embrace logomania this spring in these branded loafers from the American heritage brand Calvin Klein. The perfect contemporary meets classic silhouette, the driving moc is done in CK-embellished leather with a decorative front strap and rubber outsoles for traction. For supported steps, these also come with a lightly padded footbed.

What reviewers say: “Very expensive-looking shoes that go nicely with jeans or a more dressed up look. I am a size medium and this shoe fit exactly right.”

Calvin Klein Leonie Loafers

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Rothy’s the Loafers

Best Sustainable Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Navy, Olive Camo, Black Solid, Mocha Spot, Linen Double Stitch, Ecru, Desert Cat, Tide Pool
  • Sizes: 5-13, including half sizes
  • Materials: Knit from Rothy’s signature thread, which is spun from plastic bottles

After testing out Rothy’s buzzy knit flats, we couldn’t be more excited that the label has expanded into other footwear categories — including loafers. The one silhouette Rothy’s offers, a simple smoking-style loafer, takes on the company’s signature support features. These include a removable, cushioned insole and soft, breathable knit upper that molds to the shape of your foot. Not to mention, the pair is eco-friendly and machine washable.

And we aren’t the only ones who love them. Perhaps the most popular loafers on our list, these are backed by over 10,000 reviews and an average 4.7-star rating.

Keep in mind that the brand’s shoes don’t stretch out too much, so when ordering, make sure the fit is not overly snug.

What reviewers say: “I decided to give Rothy’s a try after my co-worker recommended the shoes Wow!! Just wowwww!! When I wear flats, I usually get foot cramps once in a while from walking, but with these it’s like walking in house slippers. They’re so comfortable and look professional enough for office wear.”

Rothy's the Loafer

CREDIT: Courtesy of Rothy’s

Prada Leather Logo Platform Loafers

Best Chunky Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Nero (black)
  • Sizes: 5-11.5, including half sizes
  • Materials: Leather

Prada’s chunky loafers first gained traction in fall 2020, and their popularity among the fashion crowd shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the brand’s lug-soled version is one of Minor’s favorite styles. The silhouette is recognizable for its thick, tooth-like outsole and supple leather upper with a signature logo keeper detail.

“Prada has done well in designing fashion-forward, quality loafers,” says Minor. “This style would pair  beautifully with a simple black dress, black leather moto jacket and a cute ankle sock.”

Prada Leather Logo Platform Loafers

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Cushionaire Pierce Slip On Loafers + Memory Foam

Best Affordable Heeled Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black, Wheat
  • Sizes: 5-11, including wide-width options
  • Material: Vegan leather

For a more affordable take on the heeled loafer trend, try this style from Cushionaire. It features a penny loafer-style upper with a 2-inch heel and flexible, cushioned footbed to keep you feeling just as good as you look. In addition to black, the style is also offered in a timeless beige that can pair with any minimalist or maximalist ensemble.

What reviewers say:These shoes are adorable and comfortable. I ordered a 7W and I am a true size with medium to wide feet. I would describe these as narrow. They have a little give so they’re still comfortable for me but certainly not wide. However, quality is great for the price and they are so cute!”


Birdies The Starling Loafers

  • Colors: Taupe, Ocean, Heather Gray Sweater Knit, Black Sweater Knit, Oatmeal Sweater Knit, Cider Floral, Amber Faux Fur, Black Velvet, Latte Suede, Cheetah Calf Hair
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: Premium suede, calf hair

Birdies may only have been around since 2015, but in just a few short years, it’s gained a massive following. This is arguably thanks to Meghan Markle, who put the brand on the map after wearing its debut style, The Starling, for multiple royal engagements. Today, the style remains the brand’s most popular, with over 3,600 customer reviews and an average five-star rating.

This editor also counts herself a fan of the silhouette, which is one of the most comfortable dress shoes you can buy. Offering the ultimate mix of high style and function, these smoking loafers offer a sturdy sole and the brand’s signature seven layers of cushioning hidden inside a silky, quilted insole. I own the version with a leopard print calf-hair upper — which I love, as it can easily add intrigue to a basic all-black outfit — but the style is also available in monochromatic leather, suede or velvet depending on the look you’re going for.

And even if you don’t have an A-list sized budget, these are still accessible to most, priced at just $140.

What reviewers say: “I purchased these so I could walk all day on my European vacation without packing a huge pair of sneakers. SO comfortable. I can walk miles with no blisters or hot spots. The latte color goes with everything; I wore them with jeans and dresses.”



Birdies The Starling

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Vagabond Alex W Loafers

Best Suede Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black, Brown
  • Sizes: 35-42
  • Materials: Suede, rubber

There’s no shoe we trust more for autumn than these suede loafers from Vagabond. This Swedish fashion company has been around since 1973 and has unique knowledge of shoemaking. These brown loafers for women feature a softly pointed toe and the prettiest shade of plush brown suede. The stitched and embroidered details and the contrast sole on this loafer make it a must-have.



Naturalizer Emiline Loafers

  • Colors: Tumble Leather, Black Snake, Navy, Beige, Black Leather, King Fisher
  • Sizes: 4-12, including half sizes and narrow and wide options
  • Materials: Faux leather

Comfort is an integral part of the Naturalizer brand, who specially designs its shoes to contour to the shape of a woman’s foot. So, it’s no wonder one of the label’s classic loafers made our list of the best loafers for women. Perfect for anyone who wants a versatile, no-frills design, the minimal Emiline silhouette boasts feel-good tech like a slip-resistant outsole and contoured insole with arch support.

What reviewers say: “I have a very narrow foot so it’s hard for me to find flats and loafers that 1. come in a narrow width 2. are comfortable to walk and work in all day and 3. don’t rub giant blisters. Immediately out of the box these fit like a glove and are super comfy and stylish. I feel like Cinderella!!”


Lauren Ralph Lauren Briley Moccasin Loafers

  • Colors: Black Super Soft Leather, Deep Saddle Tan Super Soft Leather
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Genuine leather

There are few brands more synonymous with sharp loafers and overall preppy style than Ralph Lauren. Among its selection, the Briley loafer is top-rated. Available in classic black and brown, the leather moc-style silhouette features classic details like a square toe, raised stitching and a gripped rubber outsole. For added sophistication and wearability, the shoe features a metal bit and bow detail over the vamp, plus a lightly cushioned insole to pad your steps.

What reviewers say: “The rounded toe makes has ample space! I love how the stitching around the top and golden stirrup detail make these shoes both casual and dressy. The inside is very soft, plush and has a great built in arch support and the bottom provides solid traction for walking. I’ve been wearing these at home and at work, and find them very comfortable.”


Lauren Ralph Lauren Briley Moccasin Loafer

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Proenza Schouler Leather Lug Sole Loafers

Best Designer Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black
  • Sizes: Italian sizes 35-42
  • Materials: Patent calfskin leather

One of our favorite designer takes on the loafer comes courtesy of Hailey Bieber’s beloved shoe. These Proenza Schouler loafers offer the right amount of timeless sophistication with glossy black leather. For an exceptionally unique finish, they also feature a stacked, off-set leather sole and minimalist contrast stitching. We love the idea of pairing them with socks, a mini skirt, and a blazer to nail Bieber’s chic street-style vibe.


Clarks Juliet Palm Loafers

  • Colors: Black Suede, Black Interest Synthetic, Black Leather, Caramel Leather, Praline Leather, Navy Leather, Pewter Leather, Burgundy Leather, Beige Leather, Ivory Leather
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and narrow and wide options
  • Materials: 100% Leather

From the brand that makes some of the best shoes for standing all day, Clarks’ Juliet loafer features layers of proprietary Cushion Soft padding coupled with an OrthoLite footbed for lasting, targeted support. Meanwhile, subtle elastic goring helps minimize break-in time and a one-inch stacked heel gives you a slight height boost without sacrificing the shoes’ wearability.

In terms of aesthetics, this is a great pick for anyone who wants something slightly unconventional but not too flashy. Complete with a squared off toe and asymmetrical vamp, the leather style comes in classic colors like black and caramel — but is also available in a striking pewter finish.

What reviewers say: “I’m a third year medical student and just started rotations. We have to wear business casual and my feet were killing me after having to stand eight to 10 hours everyday. I’d come home and literally just lay in bed because it hurt to walk. I’ve only had these for one day but they made so much of a difference that I can’t not gush over them. My feet are a tad sore but I don’t have any swelling and I was able to actually do chores after work.”



Clarks Juliet Palm Loafer

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Jeffrey Campbell Velviteen Bit Loafer

Best Red Loafers for Women

  • Sizes: 5- 11
  • Colors: Tan Bone, Brown Gold, Red Gold, Pink Gold, Gold, Black Croc Gold
  • Materials: Faux leather

Jeffrey Campbell is always on-point with its affordable yet trendy silhouettes, and these red leather loafers from the company are no exception to the rule. A black sole offers a chic contrast to the red upper, while an almond-shape toe and gold buckle hardware give these even more modern appeal for completing Insta-worthy ‘fits. The classic loafer is super lightweight and has a padded footbed for all-day comfort. For a stylish work-to-dinner look, style these with leather pants and a cashmere sweater.


Tods Kate Chain Detail Genuine Shearling Driving Shoes

Best Shearling Loafers for Women

  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes
  • Materials: Lambskin, shearling

Like your favorite pair of women’s slippers, shearling-lined loafers are some of the coziest styles to reach for when temperatures start to drop. Tod’s Italian-made version combines the best of elegance and plushness. It features a lug sole, a thick gold logo chain accent, and leather and suede accents. Whether you wear socks or not, your feet will feel cozy and look stylish.


Dr. Martens Adrian Smooth Leather Tassel Loafers

Best Casual Loafers for Women

  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Materials: Leather

Dr. Martens has many iconic shoe styles that add an edge to any outfit, and Adrian Loafers are one of them. These shoes feature the premium quality and smooth leather Dr. Martens fans know and love with the infamous slip-on design. They also have an air-cushioned sole and Goodyear-welted lines that are heat-sealed at 700°C and reinforced with the signature welt stitch. To top it all off, the shoes are weather-resistant, so they won’t get ruined when exposed to light rain. And priced at under $150, they’re a luxe mid-price point option perfect for those who aren’t ready to splurge on a designer silhouette.

What reviewers say: “I have been wanting these beautiful shoes for two years and finally them for myself as a college graduation gift! They are very comfortable and soo stylish. I am going to have these for a very long time. Every time I wear them I think of the hard work and dedication it took to get my degree!


Koio Bari Loafers

Best Women’s Loafers for Narrow Feet

  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Colors: White, Glossed Black
  • Materials: LWG Silver-certified Italian leather

Koio is a luxe Italian shoe label best known for its sleek, minimalist sneakers loved by A-listers like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Emily Ratajkowski. However, the brand has a great variety of loafers for all different types of dressers. The Bari Loafer is one that shoppers can’t get enough of because of its straightforward design. It features a platform sole, cushioned foam insole, and Italian handcrafted LWG Silver-certified leather. So if you’re looking for a pair that delivers comfort, ease, and height while offering traction, these are the loafers for you.

What reviewers say:Enough height but not too much, so we’ll made and instantly comfortable. IMO way better than the more expensive/flashy brands versions.”


Vionic Beach Laguna Loafers

Best Women’s Loafers for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Colors: Frosty Spruce, Azure, Black, Dusty Cedar
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: EVA sole, canvas upper

Created in partnership with a podiatrist, Vionic’s shoes are not only great for people who crave everyday comfort but those with foot issues like plantar fasciitis. This is largely due to their signature three-part design, which includes a deep heel cup for enhanced stability, plush forefoot cushioning and a formed midsole with arch support. And as an added bonus, unlike styles from many other orthopedic brands, these are quite fashionable, too.

And on summer afternoons that call for something super casual, Vionic’s Beach Laguna loafers are a go-to. The breezy slip-on has a breathable cotton canvas upper and woven sole that feels so perfect for the season. Along with promoting proper foot alignment, these are also machine washable for an easy refresh and super lightweight, making them the perfect travel companion. Whether you’re heading to the office or packing for a trip to explore a new city, these belong in your arsenal.

What reviewers say: “These are so comfy for my feet! I have little to no arches and plantar fasciitis and these help me with foot pain. They are lightweight and flexible.”

Vionic Beach Laguna Loafers

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Dirty Laundry Heeled Loafers

Best Heeled Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Black, White
  • Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: Faux leather, synthetic sole

As we mentioned before, chunky loafers are in, and ’90s girls are making a case for them in many forms. For a fun boost of height, try a chunky, tall heeled loafer. This version from Dirty Laundry offers a fun mix of grunge and prep with its lugged outsole and stable block heel. Even better? The styling options are endless; you can pair it with everything from mom jeans and an oversized blazer to an elegant frock. And, it doesn’t hurt either that customers say these shoes are super comfortable and run true to size.

What reviewers say: “These are so fun. They seem like such a throw back to the ’90s and I love the height of the heel. It is pretty chunky but the shiny material gives it a more feminine quality.”
Dirty Laundry Heeled Loafer

Aerosoles Betunia Slip-On Loafers

Best Quilted Loafers for Women

  • Colors: 23 colors and finishes, including Black Quilted, Leopard Tan and White lace
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: Faux leather

Quilting is all over the hottest handbags these days, and we think the design looks so elegant yet eye-catching on a pair of loafers, too. This option from comfort brand Aerosoles offers that coveted puffy look while being packed with plenty of cozy features, such as a plush memory foam insole and shock-absorbing rubber outsole (it’s no wonder over 800 Amazon reviewers gave this style four or five stars). Uniquely, the silhouette is made using Aerosoles’ signature Stitch N Turn method, in which the shoe’s upper is directly attached to its outsole, then the shoe is turned right side out and the footbed is added to ensure ultimate flexion and zero break-in time.

What reviewers say: “These are my go to work shoes. Lots of cushioning and the M width fits my slightly wide foot well. The quilted black and the animal prints are very cool and the bottom molded sole is discreet enough to not look “old lady.” I get compliments on them frequently.


Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafers

Best Tassel Loafers for Women

  • Colors: Burgundy Patent, Black Leather, Ink Navy Leather, Black/Camel, Burgundy Leather, Brown Suede, Forest Leather, Black Suede
  • Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes and wide width options
  • Materials: 100% Leather

This chic style takes the menswear-inspired tassel loafer and gives it some edge with a chunky lug sole and contrast detailing. The Franco Sarto shoe also comes in smooth and distressed patent leather, which gives it extra street style finesse. (We can easily imagine these with a mom jeans and crop top or midi skirt and oversized knit sweater this fall). And it’s just as comfortable as it is stylish, complete with a padded footbed, flexible sole and roomy almond toe. Among over 1,300 five-star reviews on Amazon, one customer even noted these kept her light on her feet all day while working in a classroom.

What reviewers say: “I got a number of compliments on them, and they are so comfy. I ended up wearing them for the first time on a day where I had to do a lot of walking, and these shoes were so great — no pain/pinches/blisters. They can be dressed up or dressed down, based on what you wear.”

Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer

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Frye Kenzie Venetian Slip-On

  • Colors: Gray, Red, Rosewood, Cognac, Berry Multi, Jeans
  • Sizes: 5.5-11, including half sizes
  • Materials: 100% leather

Quality leather footwear is Frye’s forte, and these loafers from the brand certainly live up to the standard. A slightly distressed hide sourced from Italy gives them an old-world feel, and a sharply pointed toe makes them effortlessly elegant. Customers on Amazon also give this pair top marks for its noticeable comfort features, including a soft leather lining, lightly cushioned footbed, and flexible leather outsole with a rubber insert in the forefoot and heel for added durability and traction.

What reviewers say: “I was a little worried that they would feel narrow due to the pointed toe, but after one day of wear, they’re super comfortable to work in all day. They’re currently my favorite shoes and I want to order more.”


Frye Kenzie Venetian Slip-On

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The Different Types of Loafers for Women

This season there are many fresh iterations of women’s loafers, from designer styles to nostalgic versions channeling the ’90s and ’00s. Think chunky silhouettes with lug soles and eye-catching embellishments like oversize buckles to sleek metal adornments and daring colors.

  • Penny Loafers: Penny loafers, defined by their horizontal strap called “saddle” across the instep, has a long history that dates back to moccasins worn by Native Americans, hunters and gatherers. However, today they purchased to create an elegant style moment with their ever-so-slight heel. They’re a great option for first-time loafer wearers because they’re versatile, and there are endless options, from Vagabond Shoemakers’ classic black silhouette to the G.H. Bass & Co. Whitney Bax Leather Loafers.
  • Classic Designer Loafers: A designer loafer is a failsafe investment because they combine the enduring quality of luxury materials with the timelessness of a loafer silhouette. Many designers have their chic styles; however, Gucci and Tods’ are the most notable for their classic appeal and ability to be worn casually or in more refined settings. Their loafers are also available in many styles and colors, making it easy to freshen up a wardrobe.
  • Lug-Sole Loafers/Chunky Loafers: Sturdy lug-sole loafers are this season’s most coveted take on the classic shoe. While they may have a robust and rebellious sole, they’re surprisingly easy to style and a simple way to update your new-season look. The best part? These shoes tend to have excellent traction. So, if you’re ready to get on board, look to labels like Dr. Martens, Prada, or Proenza Schouler.
  • Driving Loafers: The driving loafer has a soft, slip-on silhouette similar to a comfortable ballet flat. While it was designed to provide drivers with an alternative pair of shoes to avoid wearing out the soles on their formal loafers, the shoe today is more worn for style. Iterations by Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo are iconic wardrobe staples, while Coach and Tory Burch offer a freshened-up take on the comfortable classic.
  • Heeled Loafers: Heeled loafers are great for those who prefer added height in a feminine-forward way. This style exudes the preppy sophistication that heel devotees crave, whether paired with sharp tailoring or fluid silhouettes. Gucci, Prada, and Marc Fisher’s minimalist designs are a stylish finish to tailored separates, while Dirty Laundry and Cushionaire’s platform designs know how to make a statement with chic dresses.
  • Backless Loafers: If you want to test the loafer look, try backless loafers, also known as mules. Since they have no backing, they’re easy to slip in and out of and great for those who are always on the go. While they have slipper-like comfort, they’re still smart enough to pair with your 9-to-5 uniform. Additionally, this style is a style solution for tricky in-between ankle-length pants.

What to Look For When Shopping for Women’s Loafers

  • Materials: Like comfortable walking shoes, the best loafers for women should be built with high-quality materials that guarantee comfort and a worthy investment. For the upper, consider finding loafers that feature soft leather since it is breathable, which is important if you wear your loafers without socks. When it comes to the sole, look for a more structured sole for flexibility, durability, and traction. Rubber is an excellent material since it’s better for those on their feet all day.
  • Support: Get your hands on loafers with arch support if you deal with common foot problems. New York-based podiatrist Dr. Parker M Gennett says your shoes should have “a stiff heel counter, firm, protective sole and torsion stability,” adding that “if you can twist the shoe like a pretzel, it’s probably not a good option.” If you have flat feet, look for loafers with stiffer elements, such as insoles and orthotics. If you have high arches, choose more flexible and cushioned shoes to help absorb shock.
  • Style and Use: While one of the best things about loafers is that there are many different styles to choose from, it can also make shopping overwhelming. Since there are penny loafers, heeled loafers, driving loafers, loafer mules, slipper loafers, and more, consider when and for what occasion you will be wearing these shoes. For example, penny loafers may be the most suitable if you want a semi-formal option for the office; however, if you want to swap out your strappy stilettos for something more prim and proper, then a heeled loafer may be for you.

How to Wear Loafers: Loafer Outfit Ideas

When it comes to styling the best loafer for women, you do have a lot of room for creativity since pretty much anything goes these days.

  • Loafers with skirts: Skirts are a major yes when it comes to loafer outfits. Not only can the uniform help you nail the preppy aesthetic, but it’s also a seamless way to achieve a crisp and put-together look. The best part? Whether you opt for a pleated mini or a silk midi skirt, you can’t go wrong. “If you want to channel Cher Horowitz, pair your loafers with a fun argyle sock, a cute mini skirt, and a cropped sweater,” suggests Minor.
  • Loafers with trousers: Despite being a staple for work uniforms and formal events, loafers can help make trousers street-style appropriate. “For something a little more understated, wear your loafers with simple trousers, a fun graphic tee, and a cardigan,” says Minor. This casual combo is one you’re bound to see everyone sporting from season to season.
  • Loafers with shorts: Combining classic flats with shorts — denim or leather — is a simple way to add polish to an otherwise super casual staple. Since they sit below the ankle, they ensure that they won’t cut off your leg but rather elongate them. Minor suggests finishing off the look with sheer ankle socks when it comes to styling them.
  • Loafers with a dress: If you want to switch up your typical jean uniform, pair a dress with loafers. All dress silhouettes, from maxi to mini, are ready to collaborate with this timeless and seasonless shoe. When working with a feminine-forward flowy maxi dress, we recommend teaming it with chunky loafers for an edgy and fun contrast. However, if you have a formal mini blazer dress, accessorize it with sleek loafers such as office-ready penny loafers.
  • Loafers with jeans: After wearing jeans exclusively with boots in the winter, switch it up by teaming your jeans with loafers. Whether you prefer baggy jeans, straight-leg jeans, high-waisted jeans, or skinny jeans, this failsafe bottom and shoe pairing is the perfect fallback option when you’re unsure what to throw on for the day or night.
  • Loafers with leggings: The revival of ‘80s fashion makes a case for why leggings should be considered pants, especially stirrup iterations. So take note from many street-style tastemakers and simply loop the stirrups underneath the heel and add a button-down or blazer. Your result will be a business-casual ensemble fit for the office or brunch.

How We Selected the Best Loafers for Women

Footwear News has been a leading authority in the footwear industry for over 75 years. Our experts know how to research, source, and test the best shoes for all activities and occasions. Several writers and editors at Footwear News spent many hours researching and combing through hundreds of customer reviews and tapped several top doctors, surgeons, and foot experts to help determine the best loafers for women. This writer and the team at FN also went straight to the sources, requesting shoe brands to submit multiple shoe styles for consideration while cross-comparing them with various foot types to narrow down our top picks for women’s loafers. They also considered the top-standing and walking loafers within various workplaces and types of flooring. As new shoes are released throughout 2023, we will continue to update this guide to the best loafers for women to deliver the most up-to-date recommendations and tips to enable you to focus on the day ahead — and not your achy or blistered feet.

Meet the Authors

Sam Peters was the senior style commerce editor at Fairchild Media Group (FMG). She previously oversaw Footwear News’ shopping vertical for three years, where she became an expert on the latest footwear trends and innovations by testing and reviewing shoes in a wide range of categories — from athletic to streetwear styles and cute loafers for women. Peters wrote the original guide to women’s loafers.

Nikki Chwatt is the Style Commerce Editor for Fairchild Media Group where she writes and edits shopping stories for Footwear News and WWD. Prior to her current role, she wrote countless buyer’s guides, trend stories, and reviews on fashion and beauty products, including shoe-focused stories for women. You can find her in stylish loafers when she’s running errands around New York City on the weekend or attending showroom appointments to check out the latest footwear trends during the work week. Chwatt wrote the updated version of this story featuring best loafers for women with trend information, new products, and additional information to help you find your perfect loafer.

Meet the Experts

Tyler Minor is a celebrity stylist, entrepreneur, and designer. His keen eye for fashion has allowed him to take his abstract ideas and bring them to life in many renowned publications, including Vogue, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Magazine, iMute Magazine, Country Weekly, People, and many others. His talent has also landed him jobs with clients and celebrities such as HBO, Amazon, Zappos, Dillard’s, Trisha Yearwood, The Food Network, The Swon Brothers, Big and Rich, Jesse James Decker, Eric Decker, Motley Crue, Tanya Tucker, Runaway June, Thompson Square, Ruby Amanfu, Lindsey Elle, and  Rascal Flatts just to name a few.

Dr. Parker M Gennett is a Binghamton, NY- based podiatrist certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board. With degrees from the University of Arizona, the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and DVAMC Palo Alto/Stanford University Medical Center, he also serves as a diplomate of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He has over 25 years of well-rounded practice at the Foot & Ankle Care Center with full staff privileges at Lourdes Hospital and United Health Services.

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