With the doldrums of winter behind us, we can look forward to the most delicious of spring promises: the bare ankle. Though not quite open-toed season yet (May does still warrant cool, soggy weather on an average), the liberation of a bare ankle outdoors is nothing short of revelry.
When loafers originally hit mainstream consciousness in the 1940s and 50s, it was common practice to slip dimes into the half moon slits on their tops – the price for a pay phone call at the time, should the wearer have needed to make one in a pinch. As time wore on, the dimes were replaced with more lustrous and eye-catching copper pennies.
Despite this adornment, loafers were still traditionally a pretty plain design. After all, they are the kind of shoes that are so unanimous they can literally be worn by men and women from the ages of one to one hundred. And really, that’s the beauty of them; they are fashionable while still maintaining a strict functionality.
Today, loafers exist in every colour and style imaginable. They will chicly carry you from early morning meetings through to evening patio drinks, and all without an ounce of discomfort. And what could be a better way to balance out a spring wardrobe filled with florals and pastels than a pair of androgynous footwear?
The only question now is which style will you pick? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.