Chunky loafers are everywhere this season: Here are 16 pairs to shop now

A classic loafer never goes out of style, but this season the fail-safe shoe style has undergone a chunky revamp.

Thanks to a certain Prada launching a pair of chunky loafers as part of its AW21 collection (and the fact that pandemic dressing made heels lose their style status slightly), it’s now the shoe everyone is wearing. The fashion set went mad for Prada’s shoes the last couple years and they can still be spotted all over Instagram.

But with a £1,011 price tag, the rest of us mere mortals can only dream of owning such a pair – reported a 2000 per cent increase in searches from consumers looking for loafers on the app in 2020.

prada loafer

Triangle logo plaque loafers, £1,011, Prada, Far Fetch

Luckily, the high street has swiftly picked up on this trend and there are dozens of thick-soled loafers to choose from at much more purse-friendly price points.

So what are we looking for? Ideally you want a slip-on shoe (no laces here – except for ZARA’s lace-up option below which just about makes the cut as a loafer) in leather or faux leather with a thick rubber sole and a slight heel – the chunkier the better. Basically, if it looks like the type of shoe you wore to school back in the day, you’re on the right track.

We’ve found 16 pairs of loafers at various price points to kick-start your search.

16 chunky loafers on the high street

plain black loafers

Chunky loafers, £29.99, H&M

chain detail loafers

Chain loafers, £49.99, Mango

burgundy tassel loafers

Burgundy laurel tassel loafer flat shoes, £18.99 (was £32), Schuh

white chunky loafers

White faux leather loafers, £40, Monki

buckle black loafers
Russel & Bromley

Ringo Heavy Ring Loafer, £245, Russel & Bromley

plain burgundy loafers

JONES BOOTMAKER Leather Slip On Loafers, £89, M&S

brown patent chunky loafers

Bethany G-Two, £118 (was £295), Grenson

white chunky loafers
New Look

Off White Chunky Cleated Loafers, £17.99, New Look

crystal buckle loafers
& Other Stories

Crystal Buckled Leather Loafers, £100, & Other Stories

brown loafers

Leather Penny Loafers, £150, Arket

tassel loafers

ASOS DESIGN Maxwell chunky tassle loafers in black, £38, ASOS

Ganni heeled loafers

GANNI chunky-sole loafers, £295, Farfetch

green sole loafers

Chunky Sole Loafers, £85, Dune

white buckle loafers

Chunky Sole Loafers, £46.95, NA-KD

brown laced loafers

Flat Leather Platform Loafers, £59.99, ZARA

patent Burgundy tassel loafers

Forever Comfort® Cleated Fringe Loafers, £38, Next