Tyler, the Creator finally gave us his new single, Lumberjack, last night and praise be, there’s a video to boot. Like all Tyler projects, the cut goes heavy on the style front and there’s a hell of a lot to unpack in terms of sartorial standouts. One of them is his continued championing of loafers.
As you’ll see below, there are a lot of fit moments to discuss in a video that only just tops the one-minute mark. There’s advocacy for nail care. There’s a garish zebra print shirt. There’s even a rather unseasonal appearance from the Ushanka hat.
But the highlight look arrives 45 seconds in. Bodying the summer evening wardrobe, Tyler pairs the aforementioned zebra print shirt with a pastel blue cardigan matching his hat. That lesson in loud print/subtle colors continues with a pair of simple brown shorts.
Making a return to a longtime footwear favorite of his, Tyler wears a pair of black penny loafers with a blue sole, showing how they can still work well in warmer weather, without the backup of longer formal pants. As always, he swears by the power of the white sock.
Despite them being more than 100 years old, loafers still don’t really seem to get the attention they deserve outside of the formal menswear sphere. A lot of people seem unsure on how exactly to style them, and I’m pretty sure that’s down to their misuse by many, particularly the yacht bros wearing them with no socks. Thankfully, Tyler is once again provided us with pointers on how to do it right.
If you’re wearing your loafers with shorts, then the right choice of legwear is vital. Sports shorts are an absolute no-go. Banker-on-holiday beige chino shorts, too. Pick pretty much anything else and you’ll be fine. Cord shorts are a fine example, and one worn by Tyler on many occasions as well as by Harry Styles in Venice recently.
Anyway, we’ve picked out some pieces to get Tyler, the Creator’s Lumberjack look with below yourself, from the ultra-loud shirt down to the loafers.
Shop summer loafers inspired by Tyler, the Creator below.
J.M. Weston x Highsnobiety Loafers
Fresh from the third installment of our Not In Paris exhibition and its gift shop is this collaboration loafer by luxury French brand J.M. Weston and yours truly. Crafted in high-quality suede and leather, the emerald shoe arrives with two vintage Franc coins — a true collectible. The color also looks stunning with white socks, à la Tyler.
Prada Logo Plaque Loafers
Prada’s famous triangle plaque has had another resurgence in recent years, mostly due to the huge success of its nylon line. Here, it gets slapped on a beautiful leather loafer that’s made from the fashion house’s signature Spazzolato leather. This is fire.
Tyler himself has often been spotted in Dr. Martens loafers, usually identified by their famous contrast stitching. We’re pretty sure he’s wearing a pair of Docs in the Lumberjack video, though it looks like an unreleased edition.
G.H. Bass & Co. Weejun Loafers
(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
G.H. Bass is credited for bringing the loafer as we know it to the US, way back in 1936. So if you want to invest in an OG iteration of this classic, then this is the one. The black and white colorway of the Weejun has long been a favorite of those into the prep look — one that’s been well reclaimed by Tyler for a few years now.
Church’s Willenhall Loafers
As fine footwear goes, it doesn’t get much better than Church’s. Now owned by Prada, Church’s comes from Northampton, UK, a place that birthed footwear giants such as Dr. Marten’s, Grenson, and Tricker’s. It’s also my hometown, so I’m slightly biased, but these burgunday loafers will literally last you a lifetime, and often longer.
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