As James Bond, Roger Moore almost exclusively wore leather slip-on loafers with his casual outfits. His color of choice was normally black, but he often wore different shades of brown as well and even donned cream and burgundy slip-ons. His slip-ons mostly had a rounded apron toe. But he wore a bicycle toe at least once. The vamp of his loafers were regularly adorned with the Gucci horsebit. But he wasn’t afraid of a tassel or a side buckle either. So let’s take a closer look at Roger Moore’s classic Bond style and find some inspiration for slip-on loafers to wear with our own casual looks!
Features Wanted in the Roger Moore James Bond Casual Slip-On Loafers
Of course, my research into the various types of slip-on loafers Moore wore with his casual outfits was fueled primarily by the Bond clothing encyclopedia that is The Suits of James Bond. I will be sticking to the details that are confirmed, as it is difficult to determine all the details of every loafer due to the limited (or complete lack of) screen time the shoes received.
- Material: leather, suede
- Color options: black, brown, light brown, dark brown, tobacco, beige, burgundy, cream
- Sole: raised heel
- Toe: rounded with apron/moccasin, square bicycle.
- Vamp: horsebit, tassel, side buckle.
I know. I know. Boat shoes are not loafers, were never worn by Rodger Moore, and they do not meet many of the wanted features …. Or do they? Round moc-apron toe? Check. Cream-like color? Check. Leather material and raised heel structure? Check. Bond was actually on a boat when he wore cream loafers? Check! Cream colored loafers are very hard to find. Sure, there are many white loafers available. But white just isn’t the same. And when it comes to quality and classic style, you can’t go wrong with Sperrys. I picked these up for myself. They fit true to size. Don’t forget: Bond wore boat shoes in The Living Daylights. So it’s not that far fetched of an idea.
If your okay with the flourish on the vamp, these shoes offer the horsebit, the rounded apron toe, and come in black or brown at a darn good price.
Stacy Adams Alberto: $90.00
I’m posting this as a “buy at your own risk” option. I’m not a fan a faux anything. And, while these shoes are actually snake skin with lizard and crocodile print, Stacy Adams is not exactly known for their quality. But, if you really like the bicycle toe and the crocodile look, these cognac colored tassel loafers are the closest I can find at a reasonable price.
Though Bond’s tassel loafers didn’t have an apron toe, they did have the wrap around tassel design and low vamp that these offer. Available at Shoebuy, although I have seen them on other sites.
In at just over $100, these suede bit loafers are a little darker than the tobacco color that we are looking for. But, they also come in black or brown leather. And they’re a great price for a great budget brand.
Cole Haan Ascot Bit Loafer: $119.00
Donald J splinter Niles2: $160.00
A little on the expensive side, but a nice suede, horsebit loafer in a “brown wash” color. It’s comparable to the tobacco suede loafers Moore wore in The Spy Who Loved Me. You also get the desired features like the rounded moccasin toe and raised heel structure.
Hudson London Pierre Leather Loafers: $162.00
Gucci Loafers: $600.00 and up
There is nothing like the originals. And Gucci was the Roger Moore Bond casual footwear of choice. They have black, brown, cream, suede, and crocodile. In multiple shades. They have it all. These can sometimes be found new on sale for as low as $200. If your okay with used shoes, eBay always has used Gucci for sale.
Ferragamo Loafers $440 and up:
It was brought to my attention by Chris in the comments below (as detailed in Bond on Bond) that Roger Moore also wore Ferragamo loafers. Just like with Gucci, Ferragamo loafers can be found in all types and colors. And, they can be found on eBay for much, much less (as low as $30!). Thanks Chris!
I’ll be adding new alternatives as I find them. If you have an option for the Roger Moore casual outfit loafers that you like, please share in the comments below! And head over to Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram if you’d like to see more Bond!
Images used in this post were sourced from The Suits of James Bond.