Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
If you are looking for a good pair of shoes for your semi-formal outfits then Horsebit Loafers are a great choice. They’re classic, simple, and easy to fit into your footwear rotation. While they might not be the style everyone reaches for they are a great option next time you are looking to expand your shoe shelf by a notch.
1) Rancourt: Horsebit Loafers
Rancourt‘s Horsebit Loafers are one of the best entry options into the world of horsebit loafers. They come in a wide range of colors, feature handsewn moccasin construction, and are finished with a nickle-plated brass horsebit. While there are certainly more extravagant horsebit loafers out there, these are a great representation of the style as a whole.
Available for $340 from Rancourt.
2) Grenson: Hamilton Bit Loafer
If you are interested in joining the horsebit loafer trend but aren’t completely sold on the style then Grenson‘s Hamilton Bit Loafer is an excellent option. It’s relatively affordable while still featuring quality detailing: calfskin leather, leather lining, and handsewn apron.
Available for $189 from End Clothing.
3) Carmina: Uetam Horse Bit Loafer in Shell Cordovan
Carmina‘s makes some of the best dress shoes around, but many of us consider their more casual offerings to be where Carmina really shines. While their Uetam Horse Bit Loafer in Shell Cordovan is far from informal, it best serves a slightly dressed up or business casual level of formality. Made from unlined Horween shell cordovan, these shoes feature a beautifully polished horsebit, JR Rendenbach outsole, and Goodyear Welt construction to ensure they’re around for years to come.
Available for $790 from Carmina.
4) Oak Street Bootmakers: Bit Loafer
Despite their primary focus being on boots, Oak Street Bootmakers‘ Bit Loafer are easily one of their most attractive offerings. Made from top quality leather from the likes of Horween and C.F. Stead, these made in the USA loafers feature a polished brass horsebit, handsewn construction, and leather sole with dovetail heel. Whether you’re heading to the office or Sunday brunch, these loafers have you covered.
Available for $362 from Oak Street Bootmakers.
5) Yuketen: Moc Ischia
Yuketen‘s Moc Ischia horsebit loafers are an excellent choice if you are looking for a traditional pair of horsebits. Made on a classic loafer last last, these show are made in Italy with moccasin construction, calf leather outer, leather lining, and leather outsole. If you are looking for a preppy loafer that you can dress up or down then you should seriously consider them.
Available for $462 from Yuketen.
Plus One – Gucci: Princetown Shearling-Lined Backless Horsebit Loafers
There can be no list of Horsebit Loafers without Gucci—after all, they designed and were made famous by them. While they have plenty of great, classic horsebit loafers their Princetown Shearling Lined Backless Horsebit Loafers are a fun, over-the-top option. Made from top quality leather with a gold horsebit, leather sole, and shearling lining, these shoes are the ultimate crossover between slipper and loafer.
Available for $995 from Mr. Porter.