Summer footwear typically consists of canvas sneakers, espadrilles, flip-flops and loafers. The latter are my go-to almost year-round, however; in the summer I feel that it’s appropriate to add a little “punch” to your slip-on kicks. Without stepping into smoking slipper territory with stitched emblems of crowns and such, adding a loafer with a contrasting tassel can add style, depth and some needed character to what “could be” an otherwise boring shoe. The two pair of loafers in the feature are the Johnston & Murphy Ellington Suede Moc Toe (available online here & here). Be sure to check out both looks for a bit of style inspiration as your venture into the world of contrasting tassel loafers (plus both pair are on sale).
You can shop these looks at the bottom of each page.
Tan Ellington Moc Toe Contrast Tassel Loafers – Johnston & Murphy | Custom Mohair Suit – Black Lapel | Cutaway Collar Shirt – Hugh & Crye | Silk Tie – Max by VJ | Dean Sunglasses – Warby Parker | Master Time Watch – CT Scuderia
The Tan Color Family Contrast
If you consider yourself a style novice or even a traditionalist, one of the easiest contrasting tassel combination to execute is in tan/brown where tan is the base shoe color. Conversely, if you’re looking for a true classic, opt for a shoe with a cinnamon brown base with tan tassels. Below are a few tips for rocking the light style like the ones featured here;
- As with this look, use this shoe as your accent color. Traditionally, you’d wear a camel leather loafer with a blue-grey suit, however; you can achieve a similar and more worldly look with this combination
- To add some uniformity to the look, pairing a watchstrap in the same color-family as your tassels will do the trick
- If you’re not a suit guy, a pair dark wash jeans or white or blue chinos pair well with these loafers
- For the suited guy, rock these with grey, navy or a khaki suit (for that all khaki everything look)
Royal Blue/Lead Suede Ellington Moc Toe Loafers – Johnston & Murphy | White Alpha Khakis – Dockers | Custom Blue/Tan Mini Check Linen Jacket – J.Hilburn | Printed Pocket Square – Monsieur Fox | Cotton Cutaway Collar Shirt – H&M | Dean Sunglasses – Warby Parker
HUES OF BLUES
Let’s be real, people will definitely expect you to drop the line “Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes” when you’re rocking these. And, truth be told, they better not step on these kicks. Below are some tips to finding the right pair and rocking them like a boss.
- You’ll want to avoid loafers that have white contrasting tassels when the base color is blue (unless you’re going for the nautical look)
- If you’re a suited guy, pair these loafers with khakis & greys
- If you want to experiment with a mostly blue look, opt for a linen suit. The texture of the linen suit with be a suitable contrast for the smooth suede of the loafers
- For the non-suit guy, trying white, khaki, grey and navy trousers. If you’re going to rock navy pants, mix up your color palette in regard to your shirt/blazer combo
- Since grey is the least represented color in the shoe, think about a solid grey pant or a blue pant with grey chalk striping (see my friend Angel Ramos for an example)
- Putting together looks with gradients of blue adds some depth outfit without looking monotone. To avoid an overly matchy outfits, use neutral trousers to break up the blues (ie use this look as a reference)