Best 14 badass chunky loafers to send you back in time.

’90s fashion Trend

The ‘90s are back. And they’re coming for your shoe collection. As you’re shopping for your new wear-anywhere kicks this season, consider a chunky loafer.

Much like many trends of the ‘90s, the chunky loafers took something streamlined and preppy and turned it grunge.

Yes, that’s right: just like the ones you wore to school in your youthful heyday. 

how to style chunky loafers

When it comes to loafers, they’re an easy addition to nearly any outfit under the sun.

Want to make a sundress look more edgy? Chunky loafers. Need a head-turning shoe for a jeans and T-shirt outfit? Chunky loafers. Want to dress down a slip dress and oversized sweater? Chunky loafers.

The styling potential is endless. Not only that, you also get the extra heights from the chunky loafers that often has lug soles.

how to shop

Pick Prada chunky loafers for the grunge trend and Gucci for glossed leather look. Whether you’re looking for a heel, platform, or something quite low-profile, we’ve got the chunky loafers for you.

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What’s more, you can shop bright colors, metallic finishes, or simply the old classic black style. No wonder it is on our coveted fall style wish lists.

Ahead, find our current favorites when it comes to the chunky loafer. They might just become your next favorite shoe for morning, noon, and night.


Best OG Style

G.H. Bass Larson Super Lug Loafer

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One of the OGs of loafers is G.H. Bass, and they’ve taken it to the next level with this pair of trendier, chunkier, lug sole loafers for the season to come.

Best Logo Lover Chunky Loafers

Gucci Embellished Glossed-Leather Loafers

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For the logo lover, shop these heeled black leather chunky loafers with an oversized double-G at the top. Throw a pleated skirt to complete the preppy look.

Best White Chunky Loafers

Rag & Bone Shiloh Loafers

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Go against all you think about chunky loafers and choose a pair in bright white instead of black or brown. All year-round, they’ll truly make your outfit pop.

Best Retro Chunky Loafers

Reformation Chunky Loafer

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Be bold with a pair of loafers that are not only retro and chunky, but also made of an allover leopard print that, let’s face it, is just as much a neutral than basic black.

This can be a part of your favorite cardigan outfits for this Fall.

Most Chunky

Marni Leather Chunky Platform Penny Loafers

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How chunky is too chunky? According to Marni, there is no limit. Pair it with your cool cargo pants

Best Classic Chunky Loafers

Tod’s Pesante Glossed-Leather Loafers

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Another loafer favorite is Tod’s, hands down, and they’ve adapted their classic penny loafer silhouette to a chunkier, more ‘90s-inspired silhouette that will make you stand a little taller every time you wear them. 

Most Coloful

Camper Walden Leather Loafer

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Lean into a whimsical colorful look with these five-tone loafers with a super chunky platform sole.

Best Style Chunky Loafers

Proenza Schouler Lug Sole Loafers

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Proenza Schouler has taken it to the next level with these chunky loafers, crafted with not only a chunky lug sole, but also contrasting white stitching along the seam.

Wear them with your sweater vests to complete the classic fall style.

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Most Funky

Ganni Chunky Loafer

Shop Now at Revolve

These chunky loafers pack a strong whimsical punch.

Crafted in deep lilac, they add just the right amount of color to your every look, balanced with a chunky white sole that feels light and fresh even with the many layers of heavy rubber. 

Best Punk Style

Alexander McQueen Chunky Leather Loafers

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Alexander McQueen is a brand born of the British punk scene, and these chunky loafers are no exception, offering a classic with a twist that you can effortlessly wear with jeans and dresses alike.

Best Metalic Chunky Loafers

Prada Metallic Leather Logo Loafers

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Dress it up with a pair of loafers that isn’t only a chunky-soled beauty, but is also a light-catching metallic that will have heads turning when you walk into any room.

Best Elegant Chunky Loafers

Sandro Leather Jackson Loafers

Shop Now at Harrods

Borrow from the boys with this dressed-up two-tone loafer that boasts an elegant menswear-style tassel but also a badass chunky lug sole stolen straight from 1995.

Here is your classic with a twist chunky loafers.

Best Chunky Mule

Madewell The Corinne Lugsole Lover Mule

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Not into a whole shoe? Try a loafer mule, with a chunky sole to boot! Backless styles are best when worn with ankle-cropped trousers or slim jeans.

Most Colorful

Free People Chunky Loafers

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For the girl who is looking for a pair of chunky loafers that is more interesting than classic black, but not ready to jump head-first into color, try these dusty blue kicks on for size. 

Pro Tip


Try your chunky loafers on with everything. No outfit is safe from the grungy addition of this ‘90s prep favorite.

For your Fall outfit ideas, check out; shackets, cable knit sweaters and cardigans. 

Channel your inner “Clueless” star and add a pair of preppy chunky loafers to your current footwear rotation this season.

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