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This time last year, I was allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllg about a good lug sole boot. The thick look felt like a long step from the fluffy slippers I had been wearing for months, and the idea of stomping around in something big and fat definitely won me over. This year, though, I’m not quite ready to venture into the boot territory, so I plan to style some platform loafers as the perfect sartorial segue between seasons.
In my humble opinion, loafers are deeply underrated. That said, I have a feeling this is their year! Often dismissed as a “work shoe” or pushed to the recesses of the mind and solely associated with private school uniforms, loafers can be incredibly chic when worn properly – edgy, even! Has all the fashion TikToks about Dark Academia taught you anything ?!
When it comes to fall and winter footwear, this year’s trends are varied. Do not be surprised if you see your favorite influencers switching OTK boots to cowboy boots. If you’re looking for a trend that feels a little more timeless (but still has an unexpected flair), go for the faithful loafer that is literally elevated by chunky platform soles this season.
Below you can read about a bit of loafers I have already pre-styled in my head. I definitely need a pair in each color.
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Lando black leather loafer
OK, Steve Madden has pretty much mastered the perfect chunky black loafer. Exhibition A.
Metallic Accent Chunky Loafers
So many of Charles & Keith’s affordable loafers are sold out, so I’ll nibble on this beautiful white pair before they’re gone forever.
Gold trim platform leather loafer
These perfect Karen Millen loafers are pretty much the only shoes I wear these days. I love them with everything from pants to shirt dresses to distressed denim.
Another shiny black platform loafer for good scale, this time with contrast stitching and gold hardware.
Gonehme Bit Loafer
For under $ 100, you can’t beat these incredible patent red loafers from Nine West.
Lando Pink leather loafer
Did I mention that the same Steve Madden pair comes in Pepto Bismol pink? These are not a wish, but a need.
Loafer with submerged chain and platform
Navy patent platform loafers with a thick silver chain just scream Dark Academia in all the right ways, right?
Laurs Lug Sole Loafer
These Sam Edelman stunning are available in three dreamy shades, but this Maple Sugar leather is perfect to pair with my summer dresses to transform them into autumn.
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