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Backless Loafers That Are Way Less Expensive Than Those Gucci Ones

And just as cute.

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A women curled up in a chair in backless loafers. Photo: Dear Frances

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Much like slingbacks, backless loafers are really great transitional shoes for this time of year: They combine classic loafers, mules, and slides all in one shoe. You can probably trace the style’s popularity to last fall, when Gucci rolled them out in all different colors and patterns. But because I don’t have Gucci money (do you?), I’m grateful for all of the seemingly endless options out right now — for nearly half the price or less.

Retailers like Aldo and Zara have their own budget-friendly iterations that don’t scream literal knockoff, and contemporary names like Dear Frances and Sol Sana are delivering unique options with embroidery and fur accents.

Regardless of which pair you pick up, there’s no doubt they’ll be Monday-through-Sunday approved, perfect for work and play. They're comfy, versatile (mini skirt? culottes? jeans? Yes to all of the above), and literally couldn’t be any easier to put on. We’ve rounded up a handful of pairs we’ve got our eyes on, with options starting at $35.

blue backless loafers with contrast strap
Dear Frances Lounge Loafer, $395
Steven Valent Flat, $100
black backless loafer
Zara Mule Loafer, $35
Botkier Clare Slide, $128
Rachel Comey Wedge Mules, $391
Freda Salvador Keen Handwoven Mule, $262
Black loafers
Jennie Ellen My Boo Loafers, $156
Cole Haan Piper Loafer Mule, $140
St. Agni Hugo Loafer, $177
burgundy backless loafer with fur
Sol Sana Tuesday Slide, $149
Charles by Charles David Emma Loafer, $98
black suede loafer
Cecelia New York Amara Slides, $200