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  • Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion Writer, MR PORTER

Fancy but never frivolous, fun but still formal: tasselled loafers have been a pleasingly hybrid component of the male wardrobe since they first appeared in the mid-20th century. Although they were originally associated with preppy East Coast style, the tension between the stalwart quality of a man's shoe and the jaunty nature of the tassel lends them a faintly roguish air. There's something about tasselled loafers that says, I'm secure enough in my confidence and judgment to adorn my feet with decorations that serve no practical purpose whatsoever. With summer approaching, we can't wait to wear them without socks, with everything from a lounge suit to shorts and a polo shirt. Click through the gallery above to see some of our favourite pairs this season.

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