Loafers are typically seen as the other, more businesslike type of flat—at least when compared to the more feminine ballet flat. Their great aesthetic diversity means that they are beloved by everyone from grandpas to French style bloggers. So how come more women haven’t given their heels a rest and reached for a pair of chic, sleek (not to mention ground-level) loafers? Maybe they think that loafers are too manly, or clunky, or just wrong for work/going out? Thankfully, these stylish pairs are anything but (and yes, you can wear them with dresses and skirts).

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Calvin Klein Wenda Loafer: These oxblood-hued, calf-hair and leather loafers from Calvin Klein are so chic. Pair them with anything from black button downs to a blazer and jeans.

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Madewell The Lytton Loafers: The patent-leather design and elevated heel on these Madewell loafers gives you that extra lift you may be missing out on when you leave the heels at home. Now you’ve got the best of both worlds.

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Swear Vienetta18 Buckled Loafers: These rock-and-roll style shoes are like the biker boots of loafers—and treat them as such. Pair them with your favorite leather jacket, fringed cape, or a killer checked blazer and graphic tee combo.

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Topshop Squeeze Pom Velvet Loafer: These velvety, pom-pom embossed loafers are every girly girl’s dream loafer. If you know you’ll be doing some major dancing this season, give your feet a break and bring these sweet shoes along.

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Matisse Messer Loafer: These patent, navy loafers would go perfectly with a striped long-sleeved tee and boyfriend jeans for an effortlessly French look. Just swipe on your favorite red lipstick and throw on an oversized blazer.

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Donald J Pliner Perforated Metallic Leather Loafer: These loafers combine two stylish trends (metallics and perforation—which is booming in accessories right now) into one comfortable loafer.


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