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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 feeling boots quite so much, so I plan on styling up some platform loafers as the perfect sartorial segue between seasons.
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 winter-to-spring transitional 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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Bernardo Leather Lug Sole Platform Loafer
Nothing screams fall quite like this multi-colored platform loafer. Equipped with my favorite lug sole and chunky heel additions, it’s bound to become a staple for just about anyone.
Lando Black Leather Loafer
OK, Steve Madden has pretty much mastered the perfect chunky black loafer. Exhibit A.
Coach Leah Platform Loafer
For something other than your classic black and brown shades, I’d opt for this vibrant yet understated green pair from Coach.
Laurs Platform Loafer
Another shiny black platform loafer for good measure, this time with contrast stitching and gold hardware.
Balin Platform Loafer
These menswear inspired loafers will be a comfortable staple in your wardrobe. The off-white finish is perfect for spring.
Amazon Essentials Loafer
While there are plenty of edgy styles to shop, sometimes all you need is a simple pair
to take you from the office to happy hour.