It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: summer. The days are as long as they get throughout the year which means more time spent outside the house. Whether you’re enjoying a picnic during the day or an evening cocktail hour, this is another season for you to leave a lasting impression anytime you leave home.

And for many of us, that means it’s time to rethink our closet and freshen things up a bit. So - if you’re looking for the best summer loafers for men and women alike this year, buckle up. We’re going to unveil this year’s top contenders that you need in your wardrobe. 

From formal picks for wedding season or late-night clubbing to casual selections for outdoor brunches and backyard gatherings, we’ve got something for everyone down below. We can’t wait to see how you rock these yourself. But before we get into all that, let’s quickly touch on what you should look for in the best loafers for summer 2023.

What to Look for in the Best Loafers for Summer

There’s so much to love about summer - the warm weather, the long days, and all the activities that come along with it. But - there’s nothing worse than spending a day in misery as your feet suffocate and sweat. So, carefully selecting the right materials and styles cannot be overlooked if you want to enjoy your summertime loafers to the fullest.

That’s why below, we’ll highlight what separates summer-approved loafers from the rest - including style recommendations for this particular season. First, here’s why we recommend suede.

Light, Breathable Materials Like Suede

Don’t get us wrong - we’re guilty of sacrificing comfort for the sake of style every now and then. But when it comes to your loafers, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to deal with unbreathable, overly hot materials preventing you from enjoying your time to the fullest.

That’s why when it comes to finding the best loafers for summer, we recommend suede. It’s a lighter and more breathable alternative to heavier choices like leather or velvet - which are wonderful types of loafers in their own right. We recommend these for cooler seasons like spring, fall, or winter.

What’s more, suede also has a luxurious feel and texture that adds an extra element of sophistication to any outfit. Pairing a sleek and stylish suede loafer with a linen or cotton suit can give you the perfect summer look that exudes confidence, charisma, and personality. We’ll offer more style tips for your summer loafers later. First - let’s talk embellishments.

Simpler Designs With Fewer Embellishments

Part of the fun with loafers is that they come equipped with an array of details and embellishments - like tassels. And these are great for many seasons and specific occasions - but they can be a bit much for most summer looks. 

Remember - this season is all about being effortless, relaxed, and stylish. So choose loafers that complement your personality without overwhelming your outfit. A clean and simple design can help draw attention to other elements of your outfit. 

Opt for Brighter Colors 

In terms of colors, we recommend embracing the warmth of summer and opting for brighter colors. That’s not to say darker colors don’t have their time and place this time of year - but you’ll find yourself wearing lighter & brighter colors much more frequently as they keep your feet comfortable. 

Whether you opt for a bold, eye-catching shade like electric blue or a more subdued yet still bright color like coral, your loafers should add an extra pop of color to your outfit and help you stand out from the crowd. Summer is the season of vibrancy and good energy, after all! 

What are the Best Summer Loafers for Men & Women This Year?

Now that you feel a bit more confident shopping for summertime loafers, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. We’re going to introduce you to the best summer loafers for men and women this year. 

With these picks in your closet, you will be prepared for any events or occasions that come your way - dressing to impress. And the best part? All of these are available right here at Del Toro - home of the best Italian shoes online.

What Separates Del Toro’s Loafers From the Rest?

What makes Del Toro your trusted source for the best summer loafers this season? Simple. Our commitment to creating the perfect balance of comfort and style is unmatched. When you shop with us, you get the best of both worlds: loafers that elevate your look and feel amazing all day long

This is only possible because we continue to honor the traditions of Italian shoemaking - using the finest materials and handcrafting the shoes with precision and attention to detail. The end result is a true work of art that you’re proud to show off. You’ll find yourself just looking for reasons to pull the loafers out of the closet!

And now, we’re ready to introduce you to the best men’s summer loafers this year. You’re not going to want to go through the season without at least one of these by your side!

The Best Men’s Summer Loafers This Year

Our selection of Italian loafers for men is second to none. We have a wide array of leather and velvet styles just waiting to be discovered - but below, we’ll offer our favorite suede recommendations to help you beat the heat while looking your best:

  • Men's Sage Suede Milano Loafer: It doesn’t get much brighter and more vibrant than these - which practically pop off your feet. The luxurious Italian suede will help you make a statement as you step out this summer.
  • Men's Black Suede Milano Loafer: We know you don’t necessarily envision yourself in black during summer - but some occasions/outfits call for it nonetheless. Because these are crafted from breathable suede, you’ll still feel comfortable despite the darker colorway. 
  • The Fed: Men's Litquidity Suede Milano: Want to feel good about upgrading your summertime wardrobe? A portion of the proceeds from this style are donated to support the emergency response in Ukraine. This collaboration with our favorite finance personality is inspired by the $100 bill, and this style will look money on your feet this summer.
  • Men's Birch Suede Milano Loafer: The neutral hue of these birch loafers works marvelously to elevate your look in virtually any setting. Whether you’re strolling on the beach or kicked back by the pool enjoying drinks with good company - you can’t go wrong with these. They work well in the fall too, so you’ll get your money’s worth out of these.
  • Men's Cognac Suede Milano Loafer: The light cognac colorway is a wonderful choice for summer evenings spent outdoors or daytime lounging indoors. Wherever you wear these - and however you wear them - you’ll excuse elegance, sophistication, and style. 

The Best Summer Loafers for Women Right Now

Ladies can get in on the fun too, as we offer an amazing selection of women’s Italian loafers. These feature unmatched attention to detail and will feel comfortable on your feet all summer long. We have even more summer styles for you than the guys, too:

  • Women's Begonia Suede Milano Loafer: Nothing says summer like vibrant pink hues - and this colorway has no shortage of that! These are going to be in your regular rotation this summer anytime you want to capture attention in a room. They’re as eye-catching a loafer as you’ll find.
  • Women's Sandstone Suede Milano Loafer: While this colorway is certainly more mellow than Begonia, it’s not short on personality itself, either. The neutral tone is much more versatile as you can pair it with seemingly anything.
  • Women's Sage Suede Milano Loafer: Just as we recommended the men reading along add this bright sage colorway to their closet, we encourage you to do the same. Trust us - you’re going to find yourself going back to these gorgeous, charismatic loafers time and time again.
  • Women's Sky Leather Milano Loafer: If you’re feeling extra bold and want your feet to pop, these bright-white loafers are an exceptional choice. You can get really creative pairing this one with patterned socks too.
  • Women's Pony Hair Zebra Milano Loafer: Now - if you want something with a darker base that still breathes light, this is the pick for you. This elegant, striking black suede and pony hair zebra print pattern will have you scoring compliments every time you step outside.

Tips for Wearing Loafers in Summer to Maximize Comfort & Style

We could keep going on and on about all the best summer loafers in store for you at Del Toro. This was just a small peek into what’s available in our full collection - so don’t hesitate to look further into our catalog and find your favorite styles for summer 23! 

But now, we want to empower you to look and feel your best when you wear our loafers with a few comfort & style tips. Here is some inspiration for your summer looks:

  • Casual Look: Pair your loafers with a short-sleeved button-down shirt and shorts for a casual look. Stick to a muted color scheme to keep things simple, or mix and match complementary colors to add some flair. For those rare cool summer evenings, you can consider wearing loafers with jeans and a shirt. We have more casual loafer outfits in store for you in our blog as well.
  • Business Casual: If you're looking for something a bit more formal, pair your loafers with tailored trousers and a crisp, lightweight dress shirt. Make sure the colors coordinate well and avoid anything too flashy to maintain a polished look.
  • Dressy Occasions: For more formal events, opt for a lightweight suit or dress pants and a blazer. This can be a great opportunity to show off your stylish loafers while still looking put-together and professional. Learn more about matching loafers and suits in our blog.
  • Go Sockless: When it's hot outside, the last thing you want is to be wearing socks and adding additional layers to your feet. Loafers are the perfect shoe to wear sockless, giving your feet some breathing room and allowing you to show off your ankles. You can wear socks with loafers when temperatures cool down. For now, just use foot powders in your shoes to prevent odor/moisture buildup.
  • Don’t Neglect Sizing: Moreover, the fit of your loafers is crucial for both comfort and style. Make sure your loafers are snug enough to stay on your feet but not so tight that they cause discomfort. We have a complete guide on how loafers should fit along with Italian shoe sizing in general if you’re not sure which size is right for you. In general, though, we recommend you go down a half size from your normal loafer size.

Now, when it comes to pairing your loafers with the rest of your outfit, keep a few things in mind:

  • Avoid overly busy patterns or loud colors that will compete with your loafers.
  • Stick to lightweight, breathable fabrics that won't make you too hot in the summer sun.
  • Consider the occasion and dress appropriately.
  • Don't be afraid to mix and match textures and colors, as long as they complement each other well.

By following these tips, you can effortlessly elevate your summer style with a pair of stylish loafers - while keeping yourself comfortable along the way.

Wrapping Up Our Guide to the Best Summer Loafers for Men & Women

You came here looking for the best loafers for summer, and we hope you now feel capable in not just choosing the right style - but wearing them comfortably and confidently. 

You can learn more about how to style loafers in our blog if you’d like. And for an even cooler look this summer season, consider our velvet slippers. Otherwise, it’s time to consider all the options we’ve shared with you today and pick your favorite - or perhaps favorites!

So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to the luxurious handmade Italian shoes you deserve at Del Toro today. The best summer loafers for men and women are here in our catalog waiting for you.