The Loafer Pump
There’s been a sort of nerdy-librarian-chic trend that I’m just loving. Cardigans (but in wild patterns or with contrasting colors), blazers, Oxford shirts, hair in buns, and high necklines. Part of that trend is the re-emergence of the loafer, in all kinds of silhouettes. Today we feature the high-heeled loafer.
These beautifully restrained loafer pumps from Anne Klein feature a 3 inch heel with a 1/2 inch platform, resulting in a very walkable 2.5 inch heel. AK makes a great shoe–I’ve had several pairs and they are comfortable and durable. Plus, endless.com is offering free two-day shipping (some restrictions apply) on these bad boys.
I’ve admired these heels from Nine West for at least a year. I love the bright yellow suede against the cognac leather and the stacked platform. My hang up? That heel is just too high for me. A 4.5 inch heel (even with a 1 inch platform) puts me over 6 feet tall and I don’t want to scare small children. But if you love a height boost, these are a classy, trendy way to accomplish it.
Some much more restrained heels in these Ellen Tracy kicks. These are 100% leather (and real calf hair on top of the toe), so the price is very reasonable. Plus, that chunky heel and round toe make them comfortable and perfect for a work day.
Okay, hate the brand name–is that a double entendre?–but these are sort of a nice departure from the other styles here. That sort of perforated piece of leather on the top of the foot? Called a kiltie. Typically you see it with mens loafers and it’s accompanied by a tassel on top, so it’s called a tasseled kiltie. What on earth will you do with that information? I have no idea. Anyway, this kiltie is grommetted which gives it a harder edge and adds some interest.
Another pair of loafer pumps that will pump your height sky-high. These are even more comfortable due to the rubber grippers on the sole. Available in Luggage, Black, Navy, and Natural, in mainly larger sizes.
Bringing the heels down again, we’ve got these more conservative loafers from Michael Kors, at deep discount. At left, the unfortunately named Cement, and at right, the sadly named Luggage. But the colors are marvelous, aren’t they? Classy and beautiful, and likely to match almost everything in your wardrobe.
And finally, a simpler loafer in terms of detail, but in an interesting color–Silky Mooreland (i.e., forest greenish)–and texture–suede. I’m not familiar with this brand, but they’re European and they use Italian leather, so this price is unreal. Also available in black if this color is too hard to style.
What say you to the loafer pump trend?