Summer Slipper and Loafer Shoes

Before I moved to New York City two years ago, it had never occurred to me that there would be a period of time during legitimate spring (not “spring” in early March, when it’s actually still winter but we’re all sick of admitting that to ourselves) when it wouldn’t be appropriate to wear sandals. Look back, there are really only two seasons in Atlanta (Hot and Not Hot), and by Easter, if not well before, I always found myself scurrying about in sandals. In New York, it’s well into mid April and I’m currently wearing boots. Looking back, all those spring flats that I saw in stores and totally overlooked make so much sense now.

Naturally, I’m now totally obsessed with these footwear options that I ignored for so long, and I’ve been trying to pick a pair for myself for days. If you’re having similar thoughts (and if you’ve made it this far through tales of my childhood, you probably are), then I’d suggest you go for a loafer or smoking flat – they’re the coolest thing going in flats, of course, but they also look particularly great with the skinny, slightly cropped pants that spring brings to stores everywhere. (I also didn’t understand why people needed spring pants and jackets until two years ago. Go figure.) Below, I’ve rounded up the best options that these here Internets have to offer.


Giuseppe Zanotti Snake Print Smoking Slippers
$625 via Neiman Marcus

Giuseppe Zanotti Snake Print Smoking Slippers

Charles Philip Floral Print Flats
$155 via ShopBop

Charles Phillip Floral Print Flats

Christian Louboutin Rollering Spikes Suede Loafers
$1,295 via Net-a-Porter

Christian Louboutin Rollerball Suede Loafers

Gucci Horsebit Loafers
$525 via Net-a-Porter

Gucci Horsebit Loafers

Church’s Flora Gingham Slippers
$410 via Net-a-Porter

Church's Flora Gingham Slippers

Marc Jacobs Colorblock Leather Loafers
$550 via Net-a-Porter

Marc Jacobs Colorblock Leather Loafers

Tod’s No Code Suede Slippers
$525 via Net-a-Porter

Tod's No Code Suede Slippers

Miu Miu Crystal Vernice Smoking Slippers
$775 via Neiman Marcus

Miu Miu Crystal Vernice Smoking Slipper

Prada Madras Metallic Woven Tassel Loafers
$650 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Madras Metallic Woven Tassel Loafers

Matiko Lilo Suede Loafers
$120 via ShopBop

Matiko Lilo Suede Loafers
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