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Slip on loafers! They could be the most versatile flats in your closet, great for work and play. Here at TFG we have rounded up the loafers women LOVE that are both comfortable and stylish!
Best Loafers for Women
Written By: Laura Pulling
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So simply put, what are loafers? Loafer shoes are a slip on style, without laces or fastenings. They are usually flat, or have a very low heel, which makes them super comfortable and great for a city trip involving some sightseeing!
In years past, loafers were a very high priced item, such as Gucci women’s loafers but not so today! There are numerous brands that cater to budget-focused, comfort-minded ladies. In terms of when to wear them, they make terrific early spring, late summer, and fall companions as you transition out of the hotter season.
So whether you’re dashing for the subway in New York, or strolling along the Champs-Élysées, classic loafers make a great footwear option for travelers. The key is to choose the most comfortable and cushioned ones to take on your trip And bonus, they’re versatile to pair with a ton of outfits, but also small enough to pack flat in your carry on!
So check out our TFG picks that are not only comfortable but will have your feet feeling like you’re walking on a cloud!
Best Womens Loafers
Tory Burch Miller Suede Loafers Women
A brand that’s a huge TFG fan favorite, these Tory Burch suede penny loafers are sure to be a hit! With the signature gold metal embellishment detail, they are stylish and come in a variety of colors and cool-looking hardware.
Reviews say they are super comfortable with one even saying it was “like sliding my foot into soft butter”. Plus they can be worn with absolutely everything, “Suede is year-round and this shoe pairs with dresses, pants, and jeans and so it is the PERFECT staple in any closet. It’s comfy, classy, and versatile.”
Clarks Ashland Bubble Leather Tassel Loafers
Reviews for these Clarks brown tassel loafers espouse how comfortable they are, and with a brand like Clarks, you know it’s true! These ladies loafer shoes are made with flexible construction in leather that is buttery soft, and an OrthoLite footbed which cushions your sole like a pillow.
One wearer shares, “I have a very high arch and have tried many loafers, and then I found Ashland Bubbles. They’re comfortable, have arch support, and are handsome.” While another raves, “I absolutely love the look and feel of this shoe! I find that the older I get the more important comfort is to me. It’s nice to find that I don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort!”
Amazon Essentials Womens Pointed Loafers Flat
For a budget buy, check out these cheap loafers for womens from Amazon Essentials. Lots of users love that they are similar to more expensive brands, like Gucci loafers women may buy due to the designer name, but without the premium price tag. These pointed loafer flats come classic color options, such as black and tan, but you can also spice it up with metallic gold, and we adore this cute leopard print, which can add a pop of pizzazz to a simple outfit.
Readers share, “A leopard loafer women love, including me! Shoes are incredibly comfortable and required zero ‘break-in’ time.” While another agrees with the comfort level but warns to break them in first! She explains, “They are definitely comfortable enough for office out of the box, but you may not want to go sightseeing with them right away. The tightness went away after the first wear. I will for sure be picking up the other colors for workwear!”
Women’s leopard print shoes are the NEW neutral!
Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer
Wearers rave that they “love these classy loafers” from Sam Edelman which look very similar to much more expensive, designer loafers womens styles. With the classic bit bar and rounded shape, they’re a sophisticated design made from soft leather, synthetic upper (if you go for a funky design), and a cushioned insole for added comfort. They’re available in so many colors and patterns—and we love this!
One user shares, “They can be dressed up or dressed down. They’re comfortable and versatile!” Another gushes, “These shoes fit true to size and are extremely comfortable. I have them in almost every color!”
Eastland Patricia Leather Penny Loafers Womens
These Eastland women penny loafers come in literally every color under the sun, so you can find your perfect pair to liven up your wardrobe. This style has a rubber sole that is non-slip and flexible but may not be the best if you’re walking around traditional European cobbled streets as they are a little thin and flat.
Reviewers share that it is a “Great looking shoe and very comfortable”, while others say, “I just ordered my second pair, these are some of my favorite shoes.” Some users say they have issues with sizing, with these colorful loafers running too big or too narrow, so check the size chart carefully. But once they’re worn in they are ‘butter-soft’.
Anne Klein Hadler Loafers Womens
If you’re looking for something a little funkier, try these Anne Klein fashion loafers! Available in truly unique design options of cork, stripes, and snakeskin, (along with the classic black loafers women need too) wearers can’t get enough of how comfortable these shoes are straight from the box! A perfect loafer for jazzing up a capsule travel wardrobe in a city chic style.
One shares, “Too cute for words!! Goes with everything. Best part is total comfort. Typical exceptional Anne Klein quality,” and another adds, “I bought these cute loafers two weeks ago. They are so comfortable and look great. I have had so many compliments on how cute they are. A must-have!”
Cole Haan Nantucket Black and White Loafers Womens
For a more casual weekend-style loafer shoe, check out these Cole Haan Nantuckets. They have a wide contract rubber sole, which gives them the comfort of a sneaker, but with the classic loafer styling. Inside, they boast a removable cushioned insole and padded sock lining for added comfort. We love the classic monochrome contrast effect on these womens loafers, black color with a white trim, but it looks equally as good in the many other shades available (check out the Vintage Indigo shade!).
One wearer took hers traveling and explains, “These have been the best shoes for me! I have the black leather loafers women and also the chambray blue. I broke each pair in minimally before taking both pairs to Paris for a week. I mostly alternated days for each pair but clocked 30+ miles walking and 5 miles biking in one week without a single blister. The sole inserts are removable so I was able to wash them with hand soap in the hotel when needed on the trip. They aren’t as comfortable as tennis shoes but it was worth the trade-off to look less like a tourist and feel a little more stylish while traveling.”
Dr Scholl’s Maverick Women Loafers Bar
Dr Scholl’s is a name that is synonymous with footcare, so hearing that these womens loafer shoes are anything other than comfy would be shocking! The classic style has a cute metal accent bit, and you can see how the heel and ankle padding is ready to mold to your foot for cloud-like softness in every step. Grab them in black, burnt orange, or a gray loafers womens style.
Wearers rave about both the comfort level and how stylish these types of loafers are. One wearer shares, “Bought these for the office and I already knew Dr. Scholl’s was a great brand. Didn’t know they have loafers and wore them as soon as I got them in. so cute and goes really well with a lot of outfits I have.”
Everlane Day Loafer
Everlane loafers are made from Italian leather that is just oh-so-soft and looks great with absolutely everything! As well as a cushioned insole, they also have an elasticated back, to save those nasty heel rubbing incidents when you’re exploring the alleyways of Paris. Plus they come in a ton of on-trend shades!
Wearers adore them, both for their style and comfort, with one gushing, “The comfort of this shoe is only exceeded by its beauty. It is one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn for all-day wear. The leather molds to the shape of the foot so that the shoes feel as good as your favorite slippers while looking smart and elegant enough to go to the office or out on the town.”
Cute and comfortable flats are an easy way to dress up an outfit!
LifeStride Zee Casual Loafers Womens
For a modern take on the traditional ladies penny loafers, have a look at this LifeStride Zee modern loafer. The patent leather strap dresses them up a little, with a Velocity Memory Foam cushioned footbed for all-day comfort that cradles your foot.
Users love these shoes and call them the “best loafer flats for comfort and style”. Another explains, “Comfortable shoe, although a little stiff at first. Nice cushioned walking sole. Colors are deep and rich. Sizing is true.”
Hush Puppies Aidi Women Loafer Slippers
Just by looking at them, you know these Hush Puppies womans loafers are going to be the closest thing in your closet to slippers. Made from soft nubuck, these leather slip on loafers have a supportive EVA footbed that hugs your feet and is unlined, for a softness that molds to your foot like a glove.
One review shares, “Most comfortable shoe I’ve had in my adult life. I’ve had them for ten years now and never ever want to part with them,” while another raves, “Fit and comfort is excellent for this shoe. I feel like I’m walking on air.”
Børn Tok Women’s Leather Loafers
If you’re looking for a classic penny loafers womens style, look no further! These Børn Tok shoes have that vintage look and would work as well with sweater dress as it would with structured slim trousers. They have a cork-blend midsole for extra cushioning and removable cushioned insole with arch support too!
One user says of these, “Great shoe. VERY comfortable. Interesting style variation on the standard loafer, and well made.” While another explains, “I looked everywhere for good quality, old-style penny loafers. These are beautiful, classic, and slightly vintage looking. I will own them forever!”
Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer Shoes Woman
I love a patent leather shoe, and these Franco Sarto black patent loafers womens styles are a wonderful concoction of style and comfort. The chunky sole has a thick platform and slight heel, for sturdy wear, and the tassel detailing adds femininity to what could be a masculine vibe.
Wearers love these shoes! They share, “These shoes are perfect. 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 did a lot of walking, and these shoes were so great—no pain, pinches, or blisters. They can dress up or dress down, based on what you wear.”
But they also recommend wearing footie socks with them as they tend to get a bit hot inside without.
These are our tried and tested reader recommendations for the world’s best travel shoes!
Madewell Elinor Brown Penny Loafers Womens
These Madewell loafers are exactly as the brand suggests, well made! The classic styling of these brown loafers for women combined with a small heel works well for the office or teaming with skinny jeans for a day of shopping. Plus the slightly more sturdy sole makes them a great transitional shoe for spring and fall, when it’s a little wetter or cooler out.
One wearer shares, “I’m so glad I discovered this brand! They are comfortable straight out of the box; the footbed is lightly padded and has great arch support. Really like the tan loafers the most.”
Giani Bernini Dailyn Memory Foam Italian Loafers
For a marshmallow-soft fit, check out these from Giani Bernini summer loafers (but obviously you can wear these in fall too). They are made with a foot-molding memory foam sock that has extra cushioning at the heel, plus natural arch support. The soft leather upper comes in different colors and styles, but also as regular fit or womens wide loafers too.
Users love this shoe and explain that they are soft and rave about their sheer comfortableness. One says, “Soft, supportive, and OH SO Comfortable. I highly recommend this shoe and will be looking for this brand in the future.,” while another raves, “They are the most comfortable stylish shoes I’ve ever bought. I hate buying shoes because it’s hard to find shoes to properly fit my feet. They look great and are very durable in all types of weather, they feel like you’re walking on air.”
Anne Klein Varina Black Heeled Loafers
If you need women’s black loafers with a bit more formality, check out the Anne Klein Varina low loafer heels. These have a 1-inch heel to give some height but not too much—just enough to add some elegance.
These lovelies boast a square-like toe box that gives a bit of room, a 90-degree flexibility that moves with you, and there are dual lightweight foam layers that are cushioning and shock-absorbing. The rubber sole will also give you a decent grip on surfaces.
Excellent for an out-of-town conference or other instances. One wearer says of these, “Very comfortable and great for the office or with some jeans,” and another raves about them, “This pair of Anne Klein shoes are pretty comfy and I like the fact that it has a square-ish toe. So I don’t feel squeezed or uncomfortable at all.”
Vionic Womens Leather Loafers
For a style that will also put a spring in your step, take a look at these Vionic casual loafer shoes.
A highly popular TFG reader brand, these pretties are made of nubuck, with a rubber sole for good traction, and a removable EVA footbed. The cute leather lacing gives these womens moccasin loafers a little classic touch. Comes in lots of adorable colors; you could adapt this to different looks (tights, no-show socks, etc!), and pairs well with so many bottoms!
Wearers rave about these, with one saying, “I love these shoes and wear them all the time. They break in pretty quickly. I have plantar fasciitis and these provide excellent support,” another one reiterates, “I love these loafers! High quality and fit as expected. I have ongoing foot pain and struggle to find attractive shoes that also have sufficient arch support. They look great with jeans, slacks, or a cute skirt. I’ve gotten several compliments on these shoes.”
If you ADORE Vionics, also check out our review on their Kirra sandals!
Rothy’s Shoe Loafer
This is a super popular brand for their sustainability practices because their shoes are made from recycled water bottles. The Rothys loafer is a second fave to their ballet flats (which we did a review of). These are designed to be comfortable right out of the box due to the knit shape meant for total comfort, and the heel is crafted to not slip or rub against your foot.
An excellent late summer into early fall pick, people LOVE these cute womens loafers! One says, “ Very comfortable right out of the box and just beautiful print. Got the Botanicamo. This is my first pair but will definitely not be my last!” Another user raves, “Second pair of Rothy’s I’ve purchased and I’m so happy I did. Comfortable, easy to wear all day, and love that I can wash them.”
Want more flat, comfy shoes? Read our review on the Tory Burch Minne flats!
Women’s Loafers Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Womens Loafers|
|Tory Burch Miller Suede Loafers Women||“Suede is year round and this shoe pairs with dresses, skirts, pants and jeans and so it is the PERFECT staple in any closet. It’s comfy, classy, and versatile.”||Check Price|
|Clarks Ashland Bubble Leather Tassel Loafers||“I absolutely love the look and feel of this shoe! I find that the older I get the more important comfort is to me. It’s nice to find that I don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort!”||Check Price|
|Amazon Essentials Womens Pointed Loafers Flat||A leopard loafer women love, including me! Shoes are incredibly comfortable and required zero ‘break in’ time.”||Check Price|
|Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer||They can be dressed up or dressed down. They’re comfortable and versatile!”||Check Price|
|Eastland Patricia Leather Penny Loafers Womens||“Great looking shoe and very comfortable”||Check Price|
|Anne Klein Hadler Loafers Womens||“Too cute for words!! Goes with everything. Best part is the total comfort. Typical exceptional Anne Klein quality,”||Check Price|
|Cole Haan Nantucket Black and White Loafers Womens||They have a wide contract rubber sole, which gives them the comfort of a sneaker, but with the classic loafer styling.||Check Price|
|Dr Scholl’s Maverick Women Loafers Bar||“Bought these for the office and I already knew Dr. Scholl's was a great brand. Didn't know they have loafers and wore them as soon as I got them in. so cute and goes really well with a lot of outfits I have.”||Check Price|
|Everlane Day Loafer||“The comfort of this shoe is only exceeded by its beauty. It is one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn for all-day wear."||Check Price|
|LifeStride Zee Casual Loafers Womens||“Best loafer flats for comfort and style”||Check Price|
|Hush Puppies Aidi Women Loafer Slippers||“Most comfortable shoe I've had in my adult life. I've had them for ten years now and never ever want to part with them,” while another raves, “Fit and comfort is excellent for this shoe. I feel like I’m walking on air.”||Check Price|
|Børn Tok Women's Leather Loafers||“Great shoe. VERY comfortable. Interesting style variation on the standard loafer, and well made.”||Check Price|
|Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer Shoes Woman||“These shoes are perfect. 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 did a lot of walking."||Check Price|
|Madewell Elinor Brown Penny Loafers Womens||“I'm so glad I discovered this brand! They are comfortable straight out of the box; the footbed is lightly padded and has great arch support. Really like the tan loafers the most.”||Check Price|
|Giani Bernini Dailyn Memory Foam Italian Loafers||Soft, supportive, and OH SO Comfortable. I highly recommend this shoe and will be looking for this brand in the future.,”||Check Price|
|Anne Klein Varina Black Heeled Loafers||“This pair of Anne Klein shoes are pretty comfy and I like the fact that it has a square-ish toe. So I don't feel squeezed or uncomfortable at all.”||Check Price|
|Vionic Womens Leather Loafers||“I love these shoes and wear them all the time. They break in pretty quickly. I have plantar fasciitis and these provide excellent support.”||Check Price|
|Rothy’s Shoe Loafer||“Second pair of Rothy's I've purchased and I’m so happy I did. Comfortable, easy to wear all day, and love that I can wash them.”||Check Price|
How to Wear Penny Loafers
Loafers are casual and comfy, they are dressier than a sneaker, but still allow you hours of sightseeing without worrying about foot pains and aches!
If you’re wondering how to wear loafers, women can get away with teaming them with all kinds of outfits, from dresses and leggings to jeans and trousers, so they are great for a city break from early spring, late summer, and through to fall when you want to pack light.
Do You Wear Socks With Loafers?
This depends entirely on the look you’re going for. Some designers team a sock with a more structured women dress loafers with a slight heel, but for the softer leather designs featured you can go barefooted, as they are designed to mold to your foot.
If you do go “sockless”, you might prefer to try no-show socks. They protect your shoes and avoid you from having sweaty feet.
Are Loafers Business Casual?
Yes! Women loafers shoes are great for the office, yet are comfortable enough for a commute. Perhaps stick with more ‘toned down’ hues, such as deep emerald green or womens black loafers, and stick to a more structured fit with a small heel, rather than the soft leather types.
Plus you can style them from day to night, so post-office drinks can transition well too!
How to Pack Loafer Womens Shoes
Now that you’ve picked out the loafer of your dreams, it’s time to pack them! Maybe you want to store your shoes after wearing them on the plane or choose to wear a different pair home, start by selecting a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage. See more in the video below.
Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!
Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it’s crucial to put your shoes first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it stands sideways, so it’s important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit.
What do you think are the best loafers for women? Share your faves in the comments below!
For more travel shoes, please read:
- Cute and Comfortable Womens Walking Shoes For Travel
- Most Comfortable Flats for Women
- Best White Sneakers for Jetsetters
- Best Ankle Boots for Fall (travel with them through Spring!)
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