Why we love them: The cool iterations of the loafer have solidified it as a new favorite in our closets. Since Fall, the silhouette's had a resurgence as a sometimes edgier, sometimes preppier alternative to the ballet flat.
How to wear them: Loafers are both easy to take to work and slip on off-duty. Add them to printed trousers and a blazer for your nine-to-five, then finish your jeans and t-shirt combos with a cool version on your days off. We especially love how they look with preppy-sweet pieces like a pleated miniskirt and a slouchy knit top.
Photo: Rachel Comey Spring 2012