The 19 Best Chunky Loafers and How to Style Them

With track-sole boots becoming virtually ubiquitous last winter, it was only a matter of time before the chunky-sole trend infiltrated other types of footwear. That's why it hardly came as a surprise when we started seeing statement loafers launch across luxury and high-street brands. And now, it's clear this trend is going nowhere for 2023. 

When it comes to designer brands, Prada has been one of the labels at the forefront of this trend. The Italian fashion house launched logo-embellished chunky loafers in 2020, garnering the attention of models and influencers including Elsa Hosk, Pernille Teisbæk and more. (The coveted style has since sold out across multiple platforms.)


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Understandably, several other brands have also embraced the trend, with Proenza Schouler adding its signature contrast stitching to a pair of platform leather loafers and Ferragamo has offered up a striking red version.

Worn alongside jeans and knits or midi skirts and sweatshirts, the footwear trend has an impressive fan base on Instagram, so much so that we are officially declaring it the most popular shoe style of 2023. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is wearing the trend, and shop loafers below.

How Influencers Are Styling the Trend:


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Styles Notes: For a smart-casual look, pair chunky loafers with jeans and an oversized blazer.


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Style Notes: For a sophisticated take, pair loafers alongside a long midi skirt and statement knit. 


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Style Notes: Fashion girls are styling their loafers with socks right now. 


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Style Notes: Love a mini skirt? Just add tights and loafers for a cool look this winter. 


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Style Notes: Black socks pair just as nicely as white socks. 

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