The Flat-Shoe Trend I'm Buying Instead of Heels This Season

For the first time in a long time, I don't anticipate buying any new heels. I don't typically wear heels anyway, so flats it is for me. Fortunately, one of the biggest shoe trends on the market for the upcoming season happens to be flat—well, sort of. Allow me to explain.

I've always been a big fan of loafers. The Gucci Jordaan loafers have been perhaps the most worn shoes in my closet for the past several years, but I'm ready for a fresh update on the classic style. My wishes have been granted thanks to Prada and its chunky-loafer "It" shoes and the grunge trend. I'm happy to have snagged a pair and can't wait for the warm weather to end so I can wear them on my rare outings without sweating my feet off. Prada's loafers (which you'll see below) have been all over my Instagram feed and have been selling out left and right, but many other brands have followed suit and joined the trend themselves, which I fully support. Like the Prada ones, many styles have a lug sole or a low platform, but that doesn't make them heels. I'll gladly take the extra height, though.

Keep scrolling to see how people are styling their chunky loafers, and shop my favorite pairs at a variety of price points.


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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.