Sandal trends come and go every summer, with one or two styles making it big for a season before teetering off. Same goes for boots — one year, all anyone can talk about are lug soles, the next, cowboy boots, and so forth. All to say: In footwear, a silhouette rarely makes it past its designated season. That isn’t the case, though, with loafers, which, since stepping out of the shadow of Wall St. brokers and prep school kids, have become a staple in many people’s year-round wardrobe. (Birkenstocks are another year-round favorite.) But despite their seasonless appeal, we’ll always equate loafers with fall and back-to-school fashion, meaning that now is the time for you to either jump on board the loafer train, or, if you’re anything like me, continue adding to your already overflowing collection. 

This fall’s loafer selection took a step down from last year’s, which were ultra-lifted and more grunge. Designers like Martine Rose are now offering up backless styles with metal hardware, while Ganni put a feminine spin on the traditionally masculine shoe by embellishing the brand’s fall lineup with flower-shaped gemstones. Logo styles courtesy of Prada and Telfar add a fresh take on the heritage style, and collapsible heels by Loewe and Maison Margiela offer unprecedented versatility. Colorblock styles, bold animal prints, high heels, and more — these fall loafers are not the ones you grew up wearing, which is all the more reason to introduce them now. 

Ahead, click through to shop this season’s finest loafers.

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G.H. Bass & Co. Whitney Colorblock Weejuns, $, available at G. H. Bass & Co

Ganni Jewel Moccasin, $, available at Ganni

Dr. Martens Adrian Tassle Loafer, $, available at ASOS

Zara Animal Print Open Back Loafers, $, available at Zara

Martine Rose Curb-Chain Square-Toe Leather Mules, $, available at Matches Fashion

Pêche Ako Loafers, $, available at Pêche

Mango Leather Heel Loafers, $, available at Mango

HEREU Alber Tread-Sole T-Bar Leather Loafers, $, available at Matches Fashion

H&M Faux Leather Loafers, $, available at H&M

Brother Vellies Library Loafers, $, available at Brother Vellies

Telfar Black Logo Loafers, $, available at SSENSE

Nomasei Nono Loafer, $, available at Nomasei

Steve Madden Taylored Loafer, $, available at Nordstrom

Church’s Cameron Leather Loafers, $, available at Farfetch

Maison Margiela White Slip-On Loafers, $, available at SSENSE

& Other Stories Buckled Leather Heeled Loafers, $, available at & Other Stories

Labucq Kitty Black, $, available at Labucq

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