25 Best Womens Platform Loafers to Rock The 2023 Chunky Loafers Shoe Trend
Platform loafers and chunky loafers are just as on trend for 2023 as classic loafers and platforms and a way to combine both trends into one. I’m not really a flats girl and so I’m welcoming in the platform loafers and the womens loafers trend with open arms! I was trying not to buy more shoes than the basics that needed replacing this Winter but being a fashion blogger and scoping out all of the latest shoe trends I ended up falling victim to buying more than I intended. Which happens more often that not to be honest! Including chunky sole boots AKA lug soles, chunky platform sole boots and the hottest pair of bright pink slides since neon is making a comeback for Spring 2023. Whether you’re looking for black Gucci platform loafers, classic Dr. Martens or something more colorful or affordable, keep scrolling.
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I’ve always loved classic loafers but haven’t owned them since the 90’s. I had both the classic style flats as well as platform loafers that I wore in high school. I was always pushing the uniform rules. Classic loafers will always look stylish but for 2023 it’s the chunky loafers that are trending and have had a style upgrade that makes them fun, fashionable and comfortable for creating bold looks this season.
What platform loafers are in style for 2023?
Prada and Gucci platform loafers seem to get the most attention for designer iterations of this shoe trend and it’s not just women wearing them. Damson Idris wore a pair of white Prada platform loafers to the Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo.
Black, white and bright colors like green, blue and pink are all in style with fashion influencers embracing both neutral and more colorful chunky loafers for 2023. Influencer and fashion consultant Gabriella Berdugo wore blue shiny varnished leather platform loafers and Canadian-born fashion blogger and influencer Miki Cheung wore bright green ones at Paris Fashion Week F/W 2022-2023.
If classic black and white is more your style, you can’t go wrong with those either. Jenny Walton and Jaime Xie both wore some beautiful white Tods leather loafers with contrasting brown platform soles during the Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022/2023. Whereas Spanish model Teresa Andres Gonzalvo opted for the highest black and gold horsebit platform loafers at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022/2023.
However, my personal favorite is Versace’s. They’re so feminine and also come in pink which is what I have my eye on.
Whether it’s Prada or a luxe for less pair they’re a practical heel for Winter that actually have a good tread on them. If you can call them a heel since they’re not really that sloped thanks so their chunky soles. Meaning less chance of ending up on your butt on Wintery days. Although I’d still go with boots versus loafers on colder days as I always have cold feet and lug sole boots are still in.
Why the platform loafers trend is popular
What’s fab about this trend is that this shoe trend is set to last through Spring so you can keep them on rotation for more than one season. They’re also incredibly versatile and work both as a work shoe with a cool wide leg pant suit. As well as with jeans for a laid back look or mini skirts for a more dressy look that’s equally on trend.
Shop the best womens platform loafers
Here’s my favorite chunky platform loafers to shop for right now at a variety of price points from designer to under $100. Steve Madden is killing this trend if you’re looking for more affordable options. If you’re looking for more of a platform heel, Versace has the most stylish pair of pretty pink ones. Now I’ve seen them I can’t stop thinking about them and they’d go with my pink Medusa bag.
Splurge or save on the platform loafer shoe trend
If you’re wondering whether to splurge or save, bear in mind this trend might not stick around for long. So you’re probably better to invest in classic loafers and save on platform loafers.
Are platform loafers in style now? Yes. Will they be in style in a year? Who knows but for now celebs and Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2023 attendees were still wearing them en mass with everything from slouchy ankle to knee high socks.
What classifies as a shoe trend?
I scout out the latest runway shows and see which style of shoes are being worn the most. From there I see which styles celebrities, street style stars and influencers are wearing and compare my shoe trend notes to other fashion editors to make sure most of us are in agreement.
Not all shoes that get shown a lot on runways end up becoming a shoe trend as they don’t get adopted IRL. Either because they’re impractical or there’s other styles people are loving more.