The term loafer has evolved considerably over the years. The formal definition is a leather moccasin like look with a low flat heel. Men’s loafers often include more than just the moccasin look but also low heel slip on dress shoes. The women’s loafers category remains more true to the classic definition, but with at least 350 different styles of women’s loafers choosing the right brand for you can be quite a challenge. Discussed in this article are the top brands in the women’s loafer category.
Aerosoles – Aerosoles is the largest contributor to the women’s loafers category with nearly 40 different loafer styles. Prices range from 50 to 70 dollars a pair.
Naturalizer – Naturalizer brand loafers are very similar in style and look to aerosols. The one deviation is that about 1/3 of their more than 30 styles come in a medium or high heel. While this is not traditionally a feature of loafers, it is common in today’s footwear market. Expect to pay between 60 and 80 a pair for Naturalizer loafers for women.
Bass – Women’s bass loafers are more similar to Aerosoles loafers than Naturalizer loafers but the fact is that there is little difference in look between any of the various major loafer brands. Bass loafers remain true to the low heel and moc toe and price between $50 and $120 a pair and there are about 35 styles available in the current catalog.
Bella Vita – Bella Vita Loafers differ from the other major brands in having a rubber sole rather than wood or leather and the tread on most of their styles is deeper than the more formal brands such as Bass. In addition, Bella Vita has introduced the buckle accessory over the instep of their loafers that make their look more modern and fashionable. The entire collection of 30 loafer styles ranges between 60 and 80 dollars a pair.
Annie – Annie loafers have the look and feel of a fine women’s slipper. All 16 current styles are made from soft leather and have fabric interiors making them extremely comfortable and very casual. Every style has the same price, which happens to be $54 on our site but may vary on other sites.
While many women’s brands make loafers, there are no brands that completely dominate the category as there are not that many ways you can change the style and have it remain in the category. Other major contributing brands include: Rockport, AK Anne Klein, Hoopoe, Sebago, Etienne Aigner, Amalfi by Rangoni, Aetrex, Anita Shoes, Walking Cradles, Sperry Top-Sider, Donald J Pliner, and Comfort Plus.
Women’s loafer I view more like a commodity. Namely, most brands offer a very similar look and feel and any one will do. Additionally, most brands price their shoes in the same range making price less of a factor when choosing between brands. Unless you are loyal to a particular brand, the best thing to do when shopping for women’s loafers online is to find a general category is to find a general category and just browse.