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.