With track-sole boots becoming virtually ubiquitous earlier this year, 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 this season when we started seeing statement loafers launch across luxury and high-street brands.
When it comes to designer brands, Prada has been one of the labels at the forefront of this trend. The Italian fashion house launched a logo-embellished chunky loafer earlier this year, garnering the attention of models and influencers including Elsa Hosk, Pernille Teisbæk and more. (The coveted style has since sold out across multiple platforms.)
Understandably, several other brands have also embraced the trend, with Proenza Schouler adding their signature contrast stitching to a pair of platform leather loafers, and Dr. Martens collaborating with Comme Des Garçons on their own version of the shoe.
Worn alongside jeans and knits or pleat skirt and sweatshirts, the footwear trend already has an impressive fanbase on Instagram. So much so, that we predict chunky loafers might just be the most popular shoe of 2021. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is wearing the trend and shop loafers below.