There are some fashion items that will never, ever date. Timeless classics, they’re instantly recognisable and will forever be stylish.
One such item are Gucci loafers, which have so far stood the test of time since the first pair were created in 1953.
Aldo Gucci came up with the idea of the now iconic loafer, after noticing it’s popularity amongst the most affluent Americans.
Taking the equestrian theme of the brand and adding a dose of sleek sophistication to the loafer, Gucci introduced the version we know and love today – complete with the famous Horsebit.
2023 will mark the loafer’s 70th birthday, and it’s still going strong. In 2022, there are a wide variety to choose from.
Prefer a chunky sole? Gucci’s lug sole loafers give the preppy piece an edge, but the sleeker style is still particularly popular.
Some of the best dressed people on the planet have been seen wearing them, including Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, Harry Styles and Rihanna.
As someone with expensive taste, I know the struggle of not being able to justify such a big purchase all too well.
Gucci isn’t cheap. A pair will set you back more than £600.
Leather Lug Sole Horsebit Loafer, £805, Gucci – Buy Now
Gucci Jordan Leather Loafer, £645, Gucci – Buy Now
As you’d expect, there are now an abundance of high street lookalikes that come in at less than £100 and have a Gucci feel.
Here are a few I think you’ll love from brands including & Other Stories, Urban Outfitters, Schuh, Mango and more.
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Equestrian Buckle Loafers, £129, & Other Stories – Buy Now
& Other Stories’ equestrian buckle loafers capture exactly the same vibe as Gucci’s, but come in at under £150.
Harper: Black Leather Loafers, £149, Air & Grace – Buy Now
Simple but classic, Air & Grace’s iteration captures Gucci’s pair perfectly.
UO Black Cleo Chunky Loafers, £55, Urban Outfitters – Buy Now
These loafers from Urban Outfitters have a chunkier sole, giving you some height. If you prefer edgier shoes, these are a good bet.
Wide Fit black Lawrence loafer flat shoes, now £24.99, Schuh – Buy Now
If you want to jump into the chunky-sole trend, this is another great pair.
With winter rolling around, you can pair Schuh’s loafers with jeans and an oversized knit.
Leather moccasin with track sole, £59.99, Mango – Buy Now
Chic and super comfortable too, you can wear these with everything from jeans to suits.
Metallic Accent Loafers – Black, £59, Charles & Keith – Buy Now
These loafers look precisely like the ones Gucci sells for hundreds, but for a fraction of the price.
Goldfinch – Black, £85, Dune London – Buy Now
Gucci also has a selection of printed loafers, and so does Dune.
Gallagher – Black, £90, Dune London – Buy Now
The chunkier, the better as far as I’m concerned. Dune has another killer pair.
Metal bar loafers black, £25, Accessorize London – Buy Now
These metal bar loafers are definitely a fall staple.