A brave step...into loafers

First I saw them on Columbine's blog. Hers were from H&M and looked chic and interesting.

Then Fashion Toast nabbed some from Russell & Bromley and my interest developed.

I kept my eyes open for the right loafers - at the right price. And I found them today in the Cruise sale for £30 - reduced from £100! Yay!

Now I have to say I was a little hesitant about shiny black loafers and admired the concept from afar for quite a while. I didn't want to make the same mistake I made with brogues - diving head-first, nabbing up a pair in Zara and promptly getting them home only to think "You're no Alexa Chung luv".

This time however, it's a bit different. I tried them on, danced Michael Jackson style in front of the mirror (clearly did not do this but it would be possible in these shoes) and sort of loved them. Classic and preppy.



What I am wearing here is not necesarily what I would pair them with...I think they call for a flippy little black skirt or dress. Maybe even a little boobage beyond a tailored shirt and trousers/jeans. You definitely need to sex them up a little bit - preppy is fine, plebby is not.

Either way I am happy with my bargain. They feel comfy and oddly, they make me smile. Maybe they remind me of my childhood - after all my dad did wear something very similar in the 80's :)

Shoes: H by Hudson

Found them on sale in Office too - Link! - although more expensive

51 comments:

  1. Love these! I'm sure you'll get loads of wear out of them.

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  2. @Elodie - thanks Elodie. Definitely comfortable. Just need to sex them up a bit :) haha

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  3. Love them! Can't wait to see them in OOTD's.

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  4. I've never been a fan of brogues or loafers - I don't think I'm 'cool' enough too pull them off! From the pics you look like you manage it quite well though!

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  5. @T - definitely! i know exactly the skirt to wear them with too x

    @Lisa - haha i am not cool either. I am willing to give it a whirl though :)

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  6. Gorgeous loafers! Style AND comfort - what's not to love?!

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  7. I love them, its a cute look and comfy:)

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  8. HAAA I LOVE THE "YOU'RE NOT ALEX CHUNG" BIT. MADE ME LAUGH. - yeah, the loafers are gorgeous, sooo lucky to get them for £30 :)

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  9. i got a pair from zara quite a while ago, first thought, 'well it is an 'in' thing now,lets see' but wasnt expecting to fall in love with them..how wrong i was! whenever i wear them i feel classy and happy :) definitely a win imo. urs are gorgeous, try to combine them with shorts and a boyfriend shirt! ull love it even more!

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  10. They look nice and classy! I imagine they'll be easy to dress up and down with x

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  11. They are so cute! definitely something my dad has but feminine! You should try them with a lace dress and a blazer..hmm might be cute..anyways great new blog! im so excited your back :D

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  12. They're gorge Laura, I've been looking for a pair similar to these. Good find! xXx

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  13. @Modavista - you are so right :) haha I love them now

    @Crystal - thanks Crystal :)

    @ciaramcdonough - i know! i was all over them when I saw the reduction. wouldn't have paid £100 but don't mind paying 70% less!

    @Missarch - we are twinnies :) That's exactly the combination I was also toying with in my head :)

    @Evelyn - thanks! I am hoping they will be :)

    @Fashion Wanabe - thank you :) and yes! great combo idea! xxx

    @Onyx - i am sooo glad i snapped them up. the russell and bromley ones are divine as well!

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  14. I LOVE loafers! They can be so chic and casual!
    My personal faves are the ones from Hush Puppy. They're just so soft and comfy - I feel like I have little puppies on my feet.. hihi

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  15. I love how you said you dance MJ in them.. How cute. I know exactly what you mean when you say that you have to wait until you find the perfect pair of shoes that call your name. I'm looking for some oxfords and loafers myself. New to your blog.

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  16. Lol...your Chung comment made me laugh! I, too, look at things that other people wear and wonder if I can pull them off or not.


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  17. These loafers are pretty, the patent shininess takes away some of the masculine edge I think. Look forward to seeing future outfit posts to see what you pair them up with :)

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  18. I am loving loafers lately!! I recently found an amazing pair at a charity shop for only $3. But I am struggling with how to wear them and your suggestion of "sexing" them up is very true. I will def be trying that!

    xoxo Jessica

    http://ruffles-truffles.blogspot.com

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  19. Ill be interested to see how you style these! :) rachinald.blogspot.com

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  20. Im sure they will become a wardrobe staple! Stylish flats are always welcome in my wardrobe, because I just can't do heels! X

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  21. I want a pair! They would be so cute with an over-sized shirt of some sort. I think I am definitely going to be on the hunt for a cute pair to bad winter is right around the corner.

    Farha

    http://aaperception.blogspot.com/

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  22. Can;t wait to see these in an outfit post, love them though :) x

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  23. i found a pair of camel colored sam edelman loafers on sale the other day. somehow, i had the strength to hold back. this post makes me wish i had bought them!

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  24. Gorgeous loafers!!!! And I even like them with what you're wearing :)

    Gem x
    www.twinklebug.com

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  25. I love these! I saw a similar pair at steve madden at emirates mall the other day but they didn't have my size boo :( I think the shiny black colour makes them less Gran more chic, my 52 year old papa wears tan ones so a big no no! xx

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  26. they're lovely - i might have to invest!

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  27. Love the shoes, great for any outfit.

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com

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  28. I envy your courage to pick a loafer and in BLACK leather type! I think that is the hardest kind to sex up. :)

    Can't wait to see your pictures of OOTD and wearing them on.

    xoxo,
    LoveSkinBest

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  29. i love loafers! especially in the fall and spring/summer... the ones you got look so chic and simple yet fancy in a way... i love them!!

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  30. i love those loafers! i had to wear loafers in high school and i completely hated them but these...magically a change of heart =)

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  31. Loafer shoes became popular here few months ago..around Spring..I bought one too but the color is brown and with heels.Now it's summer time here so almost everyone wears flip flops,gladiator sandals etc..
    That loafer is very pretty.It's best with jeans and shorts too..reminds me of my high school years and high school girls here. xxx

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  32. Hey Laura!

    I just couldn't help but notice your watch! where did you get it?

    btw, this post really made me think of these pumps I saw from Nordstroms- its loafers with heels! :P

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/anniversary-sale-womens-shoes?campaign=0718shoelpstory1&origin=sdlp

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  33. actual link sorri!

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/me-too-london-pump/3170318?origin=category&resultback=5732

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  34. So glad you decided to blog again! Favorite blogger Evarrrrr :)

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  35. I wore loafers to school - dorky I know but it was actually a cool thing to wear since preppy was so highly regarded at the time in my neck of the woods. I still love wearing loafers but this time around it's with heels!

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  36. i think they look really nice on you but im not sure i can pull them off, i will stick to ballet flats :D

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  37. They look gorgeous babes x xx

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  38. love them they're so chic, maybe pair them with something super feminine so it all balances out if they reminds you of your dad's shoes a lot.
    but I think the type of material you went for is not something a guy would wear so no worries :) enjoy them & I hope they show up in more pics in the future ;) have a great day Laura xoxo

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  39. Love these! I can't believe what a bargain they were. I've been dying for a pair of loafers for ages, but every time I try them on I look less preppy and more nerdy -- and not in a geek chic kind of way.

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  40. They look great on you! I can't bring myself to wear loafers again, I wore them to death in the 90's! I've come round to brogues, but only the heeled ones like the one's I'm wearing in my latest post, I look stupid with flat brogues lol!

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  41. They look SO comfortable!

    Laura xoxo
    www.whatlauralovesuk.com

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  42. ahhhh. your blog is dangerous for my wallet. I just bought the grey handbag and then stopped into a shoe store and saw cute/cheap black loafers.

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  43. Love the shoes!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  44. Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy you're back with a new blog! now i have to read all the posts that i've missed! Thank you Laura!!!

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  45. May I ask what kind of camera you use? You pictures are amazing...

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  46. I absolutely love them!

    I saw one from ASOS and am definitely planning on purchasing it!

    http://www.asos.com/Asos/Asos-Woven-Insert-Tassel-Loafers/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1445418&SearchQuery=loafers&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=-1&sort=-1&clr=Tan

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  47. "preppy is fine, plebby is not." haha brilliant!
    Personally I like them, and I even like them with what you are wearing (not even remotely plebby!) but I do agree with the sexing them up a little plan!

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  48. Hate them sorry but you could do so much better

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