03/29/2012 07:22 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Loafers Are The Go-To Shoes For Spring: Here Are 11 Stylish Pairs (PHOTOS)

Loafers bring back memories of my dad in the '80s: salmon-colored pants, an oxford shirt and penny loafers were his uniform. The comfortable shoes used to be the epitome of preppy: adorned with tassels or any sort of horse-bit, they signaled that you were about to do some serious relaxing, most likely with a cocktail in hand.

The cool girls (we're talking about you, Beyonce) have now embraced loafers, and I'm left wondering where my Bass Weejuns ended up. Loafers are the ultimate combination of comfort and laziness (no laces! no buckles!). Whatever the incarnation -- soft leather moccasins, smoking slippers or penny-loafers -- everyone needs a pair. Add them to a typically sexy outfit, and you've got an unexpected twist that will have people thinking, "Wait, I had a pair of those." Whether you wear them with cropped pants and retro sunglasses, or with a flirty skirt and button-down shirt, you've just found your go-to shoes for spring. Bonus: they're all under $100.


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