Posted on December 27 2022
As I slip into my new brown Belgian loafers, a thought dawns on me - what truly makes one pair of shoes so vastly different from another? Sure, the shape of the toe or the height of the heel can alter the overall aesthetic, but for me, it's all about the upper material. And let me tell you, the options are endless.
First up, we have the classic choice: leather. There's nothing quite like a pair of shiny, black leather Belgian loafers to complete a classic formal outfit. Whether you're headed to a fancy dinner or a casual meeting with friends, leather Belgian loafers are a tried and true option. But it doesn't have to be the standard polished calf leather, let's not forget about the beauty of a softer, more distressed leather. Distressed leather add a touch of casual cool to any outfit, perfect for a laid-back summer barbecue or a relaxed day at the office.
Next, we have the textural delight that is suede. Suede Belgian loafers are a great way to add some interest to your footwear game. A rich, chocolate brown pair can elevate a simple jeans and sweater combo. A navy blue suede pair is an ideal complement to brownish and neutral tone ensembles, while a lighter blue pair adds a pop of color to a monochrome outfit. Colored suede Belgian loafers as a whole are an opportunity to introduce your unique burst of personality, though this may come at the expense of versatility. Just be careful in wet conditions - suede and water do not mix.
Belgian loafers made of patent leather are a striking choice for people who feel like making a statement. For a special occasion or a night out on the town, these glossy beauties are ideal. Just be ready for a little additional sparkle because patent leather tends to draw notice (and maybe even a few fingerprints).
Belgian loafers made of linen are a great choice for warmer times. These loafers are ideal for a summer day in the city or a beach holiday because they are lightweight and breathable. Just make sure to brush them well before wearing them, as linen has a propensity to wrinkle.
So, the next time you put on a pair of Belgian loafers, give the upper material some thought. The appropriate upper may make all the difference in how you appear, whether you choose traditional leather, textured suede, dazzling patent leather, or airy linen. Happy loafing.