Loafers are a popular casual shoe for men and women. At Lands’ End, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of loafers women simply love to wear – in premium materials like fine leather and soft suede.
What are loafers?
The name ‘loafers’ originates from men’s shoes produced in the mid-1800s for use indoors – specifically in large country houses, where simple slippers would not be substantial (or smart) enough for the job. A London shoemaker coined the name ‘loafers’ in a design for casual house shoes for the reigning monarch, George 5th.
Nowadays, loafers is the general name given to any casual, lace-free, slip-on shoes. Many loafers for women tend to be in a moccasin style, with feature stitching. Some have a ‘penny slot’ design across the front (often referred to as penny loafers), and others come with leather tassels.
How did penny loafers get their name?
The origin of the name is a cause of much discussion, but there seem to be two main theories. The first dates back to the 1930s, when 2 pennies were enough to make a phone call – and these could be secreted in the decorative ‘slots’ on the front of the shoes for emergency use.
The second theory, from the 1950s, is that students in the USA used to put coins in their loafers simply as a fashion statement. Either way, these are still the most popular style of loafers women choose today.
Lightweight Comfort = loafers women love!
One of the most popular loafers available at Lands’ End is a member of our Lightweight Comfort family of casual footwear. The clue’s in the name – because these shoes include the latest Lands’ End Comfort Step technology. This combines a highly-cushioned footbed with a super-light foam sole. The premium suede uppers come in a choice of vibrant colours so you can choose a pair to go with every outfit!
Other types of loafers for women available at Lands’ End include classic-style penny loafers in premium full-grain leather with a 2cm/¾in heel. Smart enough to wear with business attire or on formal occasions, these don’t stint on comfort – with a soft faux-suede lining and leather-covered, generously cushioned insole.
Or, for something a bit different, take a look at our Suede Comfort Mules. With large suede tassels and moccasin stitching, these are ever-so-stylish with a casual vibe. The robust rubber sole means they’re fine for outdoor use – and for comfort, they come with the same cushioned footbed, covered with quilted leather.
Shop the full range of Lands’ End loafers for women today – with 100% satisfaction guaranteed and free exchanges if they’re not a perfect fit.