Never In My Life Did I Expect To Be So Into Platform Loafers

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Never In My Life Did I Expect To Be So Into Platform Loafers
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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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Courtesy of Steve Madden.

Lando Black Leather Loafer

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

Sara Loafer in Red

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Courtesy of Karen Millen.

Gold Trim Platform Leather Loafer

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Courtesy of Sam Edelman.

Laurs Platform Loafer

Another shiny black platform loafer for good measure, this time with contrast stitching and gold hardware.


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Courtesy of Bass.

Whitney Super Lug Loafers

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Courtesy of Steve Madden.

Lando Pink Leather Loafer

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Courtesy of Jeffrey Campbell.

Student Platform Loafer

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