It’s 2017 and you should be dressing like it.
Dress loafers are always a smart bet, but this time of year (that would be high summer), they’re also your summer wedding secret weapon. You can wear ’em sockless—or with no-show socks if you’d like—which will help keep you cool. They’re also easy to slip in and out of depending on your post-reception plans (we mean jumping in a pool or something, get your mind out of the gutter). You can wear them to the rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and at lunch the day after and no one will notice.
The classics colors (black, brown, tan, oxblood even) will anchor any suit you wear them with, but if you’re looking to turn up this summer, you’ll want to look outside the traditional range of styles. Meet the new class of fancy loafers in uncommon colored leather, baller menswear prints, and two-toned panelling. Each is rare enough to garner oohs and ahhhs (and where’d you get those?) from your fellow partygoers. But they’re not just for formal affairs, these personality-rich loafers look just as cool worn with your favorite pair of jeans or chinos.
The dress shoe universe is full of tricked out slip ons right now from fur-lined mules to luxe-ified Crocs, which can make shopping for the right pair a challenge. The point is to make a bold statement without falling into a trend for trend’s sake kind of purchase. You’ll want to stick with popular loafer silhouettes like penny loafers or Gucci Horsebits, leaving the creativity to the shoe’s decoration. Here are a few next wave men’s loafers we like right now.
This season’s trendiest uncommon color for loafers is navy blue, but olive green, off-white, or tumeric yellow are fire too and will get just as many eyes on your feet.
$1,300, buy now at farfetch.com
Like Hawaiian shirts bold patterned shoes are a great way to show you’re ready to party this summer. But choosing the right pattern is key—especially if you’ll be wearing them to an event as formal as a wedding. The best patterns are ones you might find on a bold tie: paisley, dots, stripes, and various florals. And remember to stay far away from cutesy animals and other novelty prints.
Gucci, $650, buy now at farfetch.com
In GQ‘s May Issue Hasan Minaj showed you how to win every summer wedding in multi-colored suits, modern takes on the tuxedo, and some high-class dress shoes. Here he’s wearing a pair of two-tone brown on brown Ermenegildo Zegna Couture loafers. But you can get the look in graphic black and white for a fraction of the luxury price. A note about multi-colored loafers: two colors will suffice. You don’t want to look like you just stepped out of a clown car, so keep it to tonal pairs or high contrast neutrals.
G.H. Bass, $110, buy now at ghbass.com