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Say What You Want, But Emily Ratajkowski’s Worn Out Loafers Are the Ultimate Fashion Flex

Scuffed and bruised and hanging on for dear life, Emily Ratajkowski’s loafers have lived a long and gruelling existence, their hardships etched into hand-waxed buffalo leather. Wrinkled, deflated and collapsing from the contours of the foot, these former loafers have accompanied the model to the Cannes Film Festival and to H&M activations and on countless paparazzi strolls around Manhattan.

Here is a shoe that has seen things. A benign wizard, a priest with burst capillaries and a taste for sacramental wine, an ageing Mediterranean sitting on a plastic chair in a vest and high-waisted slacks. I would like to wheel them out into a garden and say, “It is enough, please rest”, and let them bake in the sun like a couple of sun-dried tomatoes. These loafers are also the most authentic example of “old money” to have entered the celeb-scape, which is a power move.

For those with extreme amounts of wealth, a raddled item that’s been worn umpteen times is more of a status symbol than a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Monaco Yacht Club”, or something. And that Ratajkowski – who I presume has box-fresh Adidas Sambas on tap – should return to these well-loved (if not disintegrating) loafers, reminds me of how the Olsens give their Birkin bags permission to age. There’s no point being precious about fashion, clothes are there to be lived in.

Shop a selection of model-approved loafers, below. 


Juliol leather loafers

ATP Atelier

Airola leather loafers


Davis leather loafers

The Row

Adam textured-leather loafers

Emme Parsons

Danielle loafers

Tory Burch

classic loafers

Porte & Paire

suede loafers

The Row

Adam textured-leather loafers

Malone Souliers

Bruni leather loafers

Tory Burch

Perrine loafers

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equestrian buckle loafers

Emme Parsons

Spencer loafers

Porte & Paire

leather loafers

Acne Studios

Babi Due loafers

Dear Frances

Driver loafers


coin detail leather penny loafers


Ani ruched loafers

Rag & Bone

Sid textured-leather loafers

3.1 Phillip Lim

Alexa patent-leather loafers

G.H. Bass

Whitney leather loafers

Polo Ralph Lauren

Penny strap leather loafers

Max Mara

tasseled leather loafers


O’brien croc-embossed loafers

The Row

Adam leather loafers

Alexandre Birman

Clarita chunky loafers



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