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Chanel Loafers - Everything you need to know

This image is of Chanel Loafers and and Tweed Chanel Flap
Finding the perfect pair of shoes online can sometimes be overwhelming. You have a whole different set of challenges like looking for the size, knowing whether or not the sizes for Chanel shoes run small or if they are even comfortable.
Here, you will earn everything you need to know about Chanel loafers for women. I will run you through, sizing, comfort, how they compare to other designer shoes and high end loafers so that you can have a well rounded knowledge on this category of Chanel footwear!

I noticed that information on Chanel ballet flats is popular and readily available, but there seems to be a gap on the info available for Chanel loafers, so I hope you are able to use this as you holy grail guide to this format of Chanel slip-ons!

Size:

The first thing we need to discuss is that Chanel women's shoes run small. When shopping for designer shoes, it is common knowledge that brands tend to make their shoes small. The difference with Chanel footwear compared to other designer shoes is that it not only runs small, but it also inconsistent from model to model even within the same category. The discrepancy comes from the type of leather on the designer loafer, as well as the fact that the shoes are still finished by hand, which makes some of them fit perhaps a little more snug or narrow depending on the model.

More on the leather, the general rule of thumb is that patent leather designer shoes fit smaller than other leathers. This is because the leather is coated and therefore more constricted. Lambskin leather for example, will have a more natural fit and the leather will stretch faster than patent leather. A common complain is that patent leather is sometimes a less comfortable choice depending on the high end shoes shape because it is stiffer.

Another factor is that the Chanel footwear sized varies based on US shoe sizing standards, but it is important to note that it actually pretty accurately sized following French sizing. So if you convert your shoe size to french shoe size, and go based off of that size, rather than your US size, you should be far better off in choosing.
One last note on sizing, some shoes are made more narrow than others. For example, Chanel sandals are made pretty narrow, and offer a wider variation of the shoe. If you require a wider version for your foot shape, you need to look for the size that has a C next to it, example, 40C. The C indicates this Chanel sandal, loafer, heel, etc, is made wider. Now keep in mind, the ones that are marked C are pretty much comparable to a normal shoe width, and not necessarily a specially wider shoe. The exception to this rule is Chanel Espadrilles. These designer slip-ons are very soft flexible, and probably the widest and closest resemblance to a US sizing standard.

Comfort:

So where does this leave us for Chanel loafers compared to other slip-on models Chanel has to offer? Loafers are not quite as narrow and small as Chanel ballet flats are made, but not as wide and flexible as Chanel espadrilles.

Now that we know how Chanel women's loafers compare to other Chanel slip-on style footwear, what about compared to other high-end loafers? A popular comparison may be to the Loro Piana Summer Charms Walk loafers, the Gucci Horsebit loafers - a classic loafer choice, or right now Prada offers a really great and trendy loafer. Let's take a look style wise and comfort wise.

I believe there are a couple key differences between the Chanel loafers and the other high-end designer loafers offered on the market. The difference is Chanel loafer's are more of an elegant and pretty reimagined version of classic loafers.
With most other high-end loafer options, they keep to the classic loafer design, the masculine penny loafer style, a chunky sole, you can picture it. even the cool fashion girl loafer options like the Prada one or Miu Miu loafers still feature the classic loafer elements but with varying levels of chunkiness or heel height.
Chanel women's loafers offer a more feminine approach to the loafer design. You certainly do not need to fear the traditional old man vibe with these beauties! The shape overall is finer, and more sleek and elegant. They have more creative details, embellishments, longer lines, no chunky sole, and and more of a softer adaptation of a loafer. I have three beautiful example of Chanel loafers in my shop for you to see as an example

Comfort wise, loafers are the best. When I was in high school, with my school uniform I had to wear school shoes and we got to choose from either black leather loafers or black leather mary-janes, and I loved them both and wore them every single day, so I know how comfortable loafers are supposed to be. Classic loafers, compared to high-end loafers like Loro Piana loafers are incredible. Amazing walking shoes, ultimate comfort. Now compare this to Chanel loafers, you still get comfort, they are comfortable and a great fit, you can certainly wear them all day long, for the work day, to the office, to night, but perhaps wouldn't pass for as a heavy duty city walking shoe. Mainly because of the thin sole compared the classic loafer, but the overall fit if you find your correct size is a very comfortable fitting shoe.

Style:

Style wise, because this is in my opinion the most beautiful women's loafer there is, I would style this with honestly everything and anything. With casual jeans and a t-shirt, with a dress, style is up or down really. I love the versatility of loafers because they really polish up any look and make you look so smartly put together. What I like so much about Chanel women's loafers is you have the effortlessness and timeless style that you get out of the Chanel ballet flats, but with a little more structure! 
To conclude, Chanel loafers are a superstar footwear choice! Once you get the size right, they will be comfortable, stylish and even trendy with all outfits. You really can't go wrong and I highly recommend these gems of shoes!
Shop the shoe section at Bags for Breakfast to discover our selection of Chanel loafers.

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