What Are the Hipster Loafers?

British television presenter Alexa Chung sports black patent leather loafers at London Fashion Week.

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The sometimes fashionably-enigmatic hipster manages to combine chic and unconventional clothing with seemingly little effort. Known for their skinny slacks, shabby-chic hair and retro-inspired footwear, celebrity hipsters include the likes of Alexa Chung, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Moss. Their footwear tends to be just as unconventional -- the loafer being one of many in the hipster arsenal. Modern varieties include everything from patent leather to platform hybrids.

Slick Leather

Put away the spit shine and the polish, gals: Patent leather hipster loafers are the shiny shoe that just keeps on giving. Indeed, the same footwear that was worn by young girls in the 1950s is commonly worn by full-grown hipsters, circa now. These flat, shiny slip-ons still feature the slotted band across the vamp -- just in case you are inspired to accent your shoes with coins. Contemporary forms of the penny loafer come in an array of colors, so there is one to match any urban-cool outfit.

Animal Spirit

Those city slickers in need of higher purr content in their fashion wardrobe can always opt for animal-print loafers. This hipster footwear is comfortable, sometimes furry and can definitely upgrade a pair of distressed jeans. Channel your inner spirit animal by selecting zebra-, leopard- or tiger-striped shoes. True to hipster style, the animal-print shoes are everything you could want in a loafer: They are flat, comfy and sleek -- in a very safari-chic sort of way.

Sky High

Who says a hipster loafer can’t reach new heights? Channeling the late 1960s, the platform loafer is just a hop, skip and a jump to fashionably groovy. Two- or 3-inch platforms are often accompanied with a chunky heel -- making them slightly more comfortable than the everyday stiletto. Platform hipster loafers come in a variety of textures from bright-colored suede to shiny metallic. For the bold borderline-glam hipster, these head-turning shoes can work well with a mini dress. Just remember to tone it down with a denim jacket and a pair of quirky sunglasses — for some hipster street credibility.

Fringe Wonders

Ever think you would see the day that the world of hipster and preppy would meet? Well, the two styles have been combined to create something distinct and hipster-worthy. This fashionable loafer hybrid is perfect for the urbanite who has a bit of upper-crust sensibilities. These soft leather -- sometimes suede -- shoes are often found with a heel and include a fringe tongue on the vamp of the shoe. Pair these loafers with a printed dress, opaque colored tights and retro glasses for a hipster look that has some ladylike appeal.

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