How to wear chunky loafers? Inspiration & Styles

If we had to buy one pair of shoes right now, we would be investing in a good pair of loafers. They have been building momentum for a few years, but the chunky, oversized look could not be more on trend for this season. There are so many benefits to owning a pair of loafers, firstly they are an all-year-round kind of shoe, especially for women.

They can be worn with any bottom half you have in your wardrobe from jeans and suit trousers to skirts and dresses. They are the perfect shoe come rain or shine, office or weekend and most importantly they are extremely comfortable. But knowing which pair to pick or how to wear them is where people get put off, so breaking it down here’s our inspiration and top styles…

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Which loafer styles are trending?

There has been a huge surge in the ‘ugly’ footwear category with many inspired by the soft grunge silhouettes and babydoll Y2k styles. With so many nostalgic references to previous fashion eras, we are all feeling more playful, quirky and adventurous than ever.

From your high street brands to the iconic Parisian fashion houses, chunky loafers with platform styles are here to stay. Look for oversized styles, patient leather or croc effect and ones with thick soles.

How to style chunky loafers?

There have been comments regarding how flattering and feminine they are, a little reverse psychology. That they also add a little flair or attitude if your outfit needs something a little extra and when you wear them it gives you a sense of confidence.

Here’s some of our favourite ‘how to wear loafers‘ inspiration…

#1 @emmachamberlain 

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On-show socks are definitely having a moment, especially with a pair of loafers. Worn with a summer skirt and strappy top, loafers make the perfect shoe for a laid-back summer look.

#2 @belleprocida

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Paired with a linen set, in pale blue and a knitted vest over the top, this shows how versatile loafers can be. Although they are a heavier shoe, they opt as a great alternative to sandals in warm weather.

#3 @marine_diet

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A timeless, smart-casual look that is super simple to re-create. Straight-leg trousers, a white shirt and a pair of loafers. This highlights the longevity you will get from your loafers, building a forever wardrobe that you will be able to pull out season after season.

#4 @lara_bsmnn

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Great for something like a day in the city, where you want to be dressed up but comfortable. Looking at those warm autumnal colours, the oversized blazer with school girl socks and a pair of chunky loafers, is an effortlessly stylish look as we head into next season.

Moving on to the best chunky loafers, this is where to start your search. Here are our top 3 brands to know…

  1. Vagabond Women's Alex W Leather Loafers - Black
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    Vagabond Women's Alex W Leather Loafers - Black

    Vagabond always provide the best collection of loafers in different styles. This is a classic loafer you can’t go wrong with.

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  2. Guess Women's Kabela Chain-Embellished Leather Loafers
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    Guess Women's Kabela Chain-Embellished Leather Loafers

    The Guess embellished loafers offer a smart and sophisticated loafer, perfect for smart and dressier occasions!

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  3. Clarks Women's Orinococ 2 Leather Loafers - Black
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    Clarks Women's Orinococ 2 Leather Loafers - Black

    The Clarks loafer is a shoe you can wear with anything. Jean or bare leg and will always be timeless.

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Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

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