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This time last year, I was allllllll about a good lug sole boot. The chunky look felt like a far cry from the fluffy slippers I’d been wearing for months, and the idea of stomping around in something big and bold definitely won me over. This year, though, I’m not quite ready to venture into boot territory, so I plan on styling up some platform loafers as the perfect sartorial segue between season.
In my humble opinion, loafers are deeply underrated. That said, I have a feeling that this is their year! Often dismissed as a “work shoe” or pushed to the recesses of the mind and associated solely with private school uniforms, loafers can be incredibly chic when worn right—edgy, even! Have all those fashion TikToks about Dark Academia taught you nothing?!
When it comes to fall and winter footwear, this year’s trends are varied. Like, don’t be surprised if you see your favorite influencers swapping OTK boots for cowboy boots. If you’re looking for a trend that feels a bit more timeless (but still has an unexpected flair), go for the faithful loafer, quite literally elevated by chunky platform soles this season.
Below, read on for a smattering of loafers I have already pre-styled in my head. I definitely need a pair in every color.
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Lando Black Leather Loafer
OK, Steve Madden has pretty much mastered the perfect chunky black loafer. Exhibit A.
Metallic Accent Chunky Loafers
So many of Charles & Keith’s affordable loafers are sold out, so I’m nabbing this gorgeous white pair before they’re gone for good.
Gold Trim Platform Leather Loafer
These perfect Karen Millen loafers are pretty much the only shoes I’m wearing these days. I love them with everything from trousers to shirt dresses to distressed denim.
Another shiny black platform loafer for good measure, this time with contrast stitching and gold hardware.
Gonehme Bit Loafer
For under $100, you can’t beat these incredible patent red loafers from Nine West.
Lando Pink Leather Loafer
Did I mention that same Steve Madden pair comes in Pepto Bismol pink? These are not a want, but a need.
Recess Chain Platform Loafer
Navy patent platform loafers with a chunky silver chain just scream Dark Academia in all the right ways, no?
Laurs Lug Sole Loafer
These Sam Edelman stunners come in three dreamy hues, but this Maple Sugar leather is perfect for pairing with my summer dresses to transition them into fall.