Loafers are a footwear classic, and they're great for women who prefer not to wear high heels, or actually can't wear heels
, but still want to look chic and polished. They're also one of the hottest shoe trends for spring 2013
For a look at some of the season's most stylish loafers, be sure to check out the picks below.
Cole Haan Monroe 'Penny' - Penny Loafers in Spring and Summer Colors
These women's loafers are probably exactly what you think of when the word "loafer" pops into your mind: they've got top stitching, classic penny loafer styling, and loads of casual personality.
Offered in light blue, aqua, yellow, orange, and loads of other great warm weather and neutral colors, these women's flats would be great with everything from jeans to a suit. (Buy Direct)
Sam Edelman 'Jones' - Casual Suede Loafers
You see the moc-stitching, and think these loafers are totally casual -- which they are. But then you see (and feel) the soft suede uppers, and you know that even on your most dressed-down days, these loafers will make you feel special. In fact, they're the perfect way to turn a white t-shirt and your favorite old jeans into a cool and chic casual outfit.
I've fallen hook, line and sinker for the mint green version of these penny loafers, but they're just as dynamic in aqua, fuchsia, black, brown, and sand. (Buy Direct)
Nine West 'Panto' - Chic and Affordable Loafers for Women
Reasonably-priced at less than $55 per pair, these simple loafers from Nine West are oozing casual confidence, and offer an affordable way to step into the season's ultra-hot "smoking slipper" trend -- and they come in so many colors and patterns that there is truly something for everyone. (Buy Direct)
Robert Zur 'Petra' - Colorful and Cool Woven Driving Loafers
Perfect for poshing-up casual days, these lovely loafers feature classic driving-styled soles and moc stitching on their uppers. But far and away, my favorite things about these women's loafers are the woven vamps, and the vast array of color choices -- oh, the color choices! versatile choices. All the best colors for spring and summer 2013, and then some: orange, turquoise, pink, green, white, the list goes on and on. And, any of them would be right at home with jeans or casual pants. (Buy Direct)
DV by Dolce Vita 'Gilly' - Trendy Smoking Flats for 2013
Perfectly epitomizing 2013's smoking flats trend, these vivid loafers would add a stylish bit of pop to jeans or leggings, and their suede uppers absolutely scream "fall fashion." If the fuchsia version is screaming a little too loudly for your tastes, then you'll be happy to know that these streamlined flats also come in black and electric blue. (Buy Direct)
French Sole FS/NY 'Indelible' - Women's Loafers with Cap Toes
Ooh la la, how could you not
feel chic in these cap-toed loafers from French Sole NY?
If the black and white color combination weren't enough to make you feel posh, then surely the cap toes and contrasting heels should do the trick.
And even though the black and white version is absolutely spot-on as one of the season's top trends, you also don't want to miss these lookers in pink/black -- they're so pretty and luxurious-looking. And, either version would be great with leggings or capri pants. (Buy Direct)
Tommy Hilfiger 'Katrina' - Slim, Feminine Loafers
These women's loafers are a bit more streamlined and feminine than a lot of other styles, but they're still classic enough in style that they'd see you through years to come. With smooth leather or linen-textured uppers and vamp hardware, these chic shoes come in black, luggage brown, pastel blue or pink -- so you can choose from multi-seasonal versatility, or on-trend and perfect for warm weather. (Buy Direct)
Betsey Johnson 'Bliiingg' - Loafers with Rhinestones
If words like "standard," "basic," and "classic," just don't tick the boxes for you, then you might enjoy these rhinestone-dotted loafers from Betsey Johnson. Cute and eye-catching in black, blue, or blush, these pretties ring up at just under $90, and would be ideal for adding spark to a pair of basic black leggings or jeans. (Buy Direct)