It’s Official: These Are the Most Popular Shoes of 2021

With track-sole boots becoming virtually ubiquitous last winter, it was only a matter of time before the chunky-sole trend infiltrated other types of footwear. That’s why it hardly came as a surprise this year when we started seeing statement loafers launch across luxury and high-street brands. 

When it comes to designer brands, Prada has been one of the labels at the forefront of this trend. The Italian fashion house launched logo-embellished chunky loafers earlier last year, garnering the attention of models and influencers including Elsa Hosk, Pernille Teisbæk and more. (The coveted style has since sold out across multiple platforms.) 

Understandably, several other brands have also embraced the trend, with Proenza Schouler adding its signature contrast stitching to a pair of platform leather loafers, and Dr. Martens collaborating with Comme des Garçons on its own version of the shoe. 

Worn alongside jeans and knits or pleated skirts and sweatshirts, the footwear trend has an impressive fan base on Instagram. So much so that we are officially declaring it the most popular shoe style of 2021. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is wearing the trend, and shop loafers below.  

Styles Notes: For a winter-ready look, pair chunky loafers with jeans and an oversize knit.

Style Notes: For a sophisticated look, pair loafers alongside a printed midi skirt and statement knit. 

Style Notes: Make like supermodel Elsa Hosk and wear your loafers with lace socks. 

Style Notes: Lean into the preppy aesthetic by matching a pleated skirt with high socks and loafers. 

Style Notes: Aimee Song pairs her loafers with white socks and navy shorts. 

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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.