Bit Loafer

Bit Loafers

Bit Loafers are, in the pantheon of mens dress shoes, at the top of the list in terms of style and classs. They are a Gucci standby, which says something about their enduring status in the design stakes. Amongst the slip-on shoes in a man's wardrobe, they most certianly should be on his list.

For those not too familiar with the sometimes quite subtle distinctions between the main types of loafers on the market, bits' should present no problems of identification. Their main characteristic is the metal decorative detail attached to the leather band across the instep. This resembles the bit in a horse's bridle - hence the name "bit loafer".

This shoe is absolutely worh considering for a comfortable, easy-to-wear shoe that is the hallmark of style and good design. Loafers are mens dress shoes that are well known for their versatility and usefulness in any man's wardrobe. They can be worn with a suit, to add informality, or sported with casual wear to add a slightly more dressy touch to an outfit.

The metallic bit ornamentation immediately sends out a signal. It suggests spending time at the country club, or perhaps a day at the races, or watching polo. No matter what event you choose to wear them to, the accompanying message is "classy". This shoe's elegance is neither flashy nor especially formal and they work particularyly well with blazers and sports jackets. Suitably color-matched, they can also look good with a lightweight summer suit.

Though the key design elements remain constant from brand to brand, as with all styles of loafers, there are many variations on the principal theme. Toe shape, heel height, sole, material and, of course color, differ from brand to brand, and between different models in any individual range. One thing to bear in mind is the color of the bit detail. Silver or chrome is perhaps the most commonly available, but brass and other colors are also featured. Make sure you choose one that will go with your belt buckle and your watchstrap.

If you are looking for a pair you can wear for elegant, but not fully formal occasions, a well-cut and well-styled pair with a designer label could fit the bill perfectly. If you are looking for something less dressy, you could consider a pair in black or brown suede leather, with a rubber sole. Their longstanding popularity means that many good footwear manufacturers have incorporated them into their range of mens dress shoes. In fact, another great thing about the bit loafer is that even if your budget doesn't stretch to several hundred dollars or more for a designer make, they will still look stylish.

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