The 15 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 in 2021 when we started seeing statement loafers launch across luxury and high-street brands. And now, mid-way through 2022, it's clear this trend is going nowhere.

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.)

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 Dr. Martens collaborating with Comme des Garçons on its own version of the shoes.

Worn alongside jeans and knits or pleated 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 2022. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is wearing the trend, and shop loafers below.

How Influencers Are Styling the Trend

Styles Notes: For autumn days to come, pair chunky loafers with jeans and an oversized knit.

Chunky Loafers Trend: Chainky

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

Chunky Loafers Trend: Elsa Hosk Prada Loafers

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Style Notes: Make like supermodel Elsa Hosk and wear your loafers with lace socks. 

Chunky Loafers Trend: Chrissy Rutherford

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Style Notes: Lean into the preppy aesthetic this summer by matching a pleated skirt with high socks and loafers. 

Chunky Loafers Trend: Aimee Song

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Style Notes: Aimee Song pairs her loafers with white socks and navy shorts. 

Shop the Trend

Wear with skirts and shorts right now and with tailored trousers and jeans in autumn.

Style with cropped tailoring to really show off the shoe. 

These have a tonal bee embroidered on the heel for extra intricacy. 

Russell & Bromley combined the sole of a combat boot and the design of a classic loafer for a fashion-forward result. 

I love the classic tassel detail. 

You'd never guess these were from the high street. 

This vegan pair will look great with a miniskirt. 

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

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