How many of you wear loafers?

Thought this were mainly meant for older people, but as a SA, I would see other SAs and Analysts wearing them (usually Ferragamos or Gucci)

What do you think about them? They're pretty expensive... around $500

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Aug 11, 2012 - 4:40pm

Wore Ferragamo loafers as an analyst - picked up another pair recently (also Ferragamo) - I'd say it's OK for analysts, but probably pushing it for SAs. Also the rest of your outfit has to match it - wearing $500 'gamo loafers with an ill-fitting shirt and a Timex watch just looks strange - to be clear, I'm not saying you need to go out and buy a Patek and get all your shirts custom, but you get my drift.

Aug 11, 2012 - 5:04pm

Did you generally only wear during spring and summer? How did Ferragamos handle the everyday commute outside and on the subway, etc.

Aug 11, 2012 - 5:27pm
Did you generally only wear during spring and summer? How did Ferragamos handle the everyday commute outside and on the subway, etc.

based in SF - we don't have winter.

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Aug 11, 2012 - 8:20pm

Loafers with shorts - not suits

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:02am

Can I just wear loafers? (Originally Posted: 04/14/2011)

I'm not really into Oxfords. Generally, feel like they're for old men. I wore loafers everyday (incl with suits) at my SA at a top MM firm this past summer and was hoping to do the same at my BB for FT.

Is this a massive no no or is it OK?

Something like these in black:…

Sep 7, 2012 - 11:06am

Depends on the bank/group. No one wants to be that guy who always looks like a scrub if your MD is anal about these things.

I wore loafers but always kept a pair of regular lace-ups under my desk... actually most of the time people in my group didn't wear shoes while working. But if your group is formal (but really, what group on the street is formal nowadays?), then I'd steer clear of loafers.

Sep 7, 2012 - 11:09am

doesnt really matter. i just recommend that your first few days on the floor pay attention to what shoes people wear (mostly 2nd years and above) and emulate that.

the loafers you showed above are fine

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:11am

I am not scheduled to begin until the summer, however, just have a feeling that wearing Ferragamo and Gucci loafers as an analyst is akin to french cuffs – age and status inappropriate. And I say this as someone who loves horsebit loafers. Is my intuition wrong here? Realize the OP's loafers are not flashy at all BTW.

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:15am

I rarely wear socks in my loafers.

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:16am

Too early for bit loafers? (Originally Posted: 08/13/2014)

I am starting out in audit in public accounting (NY metro area) as was wondering if it was too much for a first year associate to wear bit loafers. I know in accounting no one is probably going to look at my feet, but still I don't want to be noticed for the wrong reasons. Thanks!

Aug 13, 2012 - 8:39pm

Well, loafers are the new in thing my friend, I mean for casual wearing you cannot choose a better option, you can pick something that gives of a semi casual look and you can get away with wearing them even to some not so important formal dinners at least I do :) You should totally get yourself a pair.

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:18am

Either no one cares or they like nice shoes and will like them.

Rock both the Gucci Horsebit loafer and AE Verona at my job

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Sep 7, 2012 - 11:20am

Loafers for work? (Originally Posted: 07/05/2015)

Hi, I know this question might sound idiotic but I had to ask.

I'm an incoming 1st year analyst, and was wondering if loafers were acceptable to work?
I've been googling a lot, and there was really no consensus on this one.

P.S. Furthermore, is leather sole a must? (e.g. I was thinking of something like Ferragamo Loafers with rubber sole (since it was one of the more common shoes from the company that I interned with).

Aug 15, 2012 - 7:13pm

I have a pair of gucci horse bit loafers that has worn well over the years...i am not big on "shoe bling" but I think they qualify as pretty classic. I would not however wear any loafers with a suit to a job in banking that is busness formal...loafers are casual shoes. Cole Haan is a good choice if you want to spend a bit less...shoot out to the outlets and you can get good pairs of Cole Haan very cheap and some have some good styling. Stay away from tassle loafers.

Sep 7, 2012 - 11:21am

Why don't you wear your dress shoes at first, and see what the environment is like?

Aug 15, 2012 - 10:46pm
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