Versatility is a word that gets bandied about these days in fashion, and with good reason. Knowing you can wear an item in multiple ways is to know you’re getting some extra bang for your buck.
But mostly, that just means molding the rest of your outfit around a single garment, like a jacket or a sweater that can be remade in the style of the collegiate quad or the corner office, depending on its context.
Some intrepid designers have taken it a step (heh) further, designing pieces that, themselves, are able to transform. Perhaps the easiest and most revelatory type is the fold-able heel shoe, a loafer that can go from formal to casual with the mere raising and lowering of a small flap of fabric.
It’s a shoe trend seen from designers as far-ranging as conceptual Margiela, flashy Fendi, and mass retailer Zara, this is a trend that has some serious legs, and as the weather heats up, this is just the sort of office-to-off-duty malleability you’ll want your favorite footwear to have.
Here’s a few of our favorite options of this spring’s freshest menswear shoe trend:
Loewe Leather Penny Loafers, $494, matchesfashion.com
Alexander McQueen Black Skull Foldover Loafers, $860, ssense.com
Zara Black Leather Moccasins With Foldable Heel, $99.90, zara.com
Maison Margiela Mocassins in Leather, $940, maisonmargiela.com
Gucci Leather Horsebit Loafer, $650, gucci.com
Fendi Loafer, $1,150, fendi.com
(Executive Director and Fashion Consultant/Stylist S.A Clothier)
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