Boots, trainers, and loafers are the shoes that we have had on heavy rotation over the course of the last year, but more specifically we’re talking about chunky boots, platform trainers, and loafers with larger-than-life soles.
Whether for work or the weekend, we’re finding ourselves gravitating towards footwear with exaggerated forms, maybe it’s because they’re entirely versatile and easy to style, or perhaps it’s because they’re supremely comfortable and practical too? Whatever the reason, you’ll find us wearing chunky shoes and boots for the foreseeable.
With our diaries filling up with the plans we’ve missed out on over the last year, we need the wardrobe staples that are easy to throw on and will adapt to suit the agenda and the mood. To help inspire your style for the season ahead we’ve curated a selection of outfit ideas to try with chunky boots and shoes. In other words, here’s some outfit-ready formulas that will dress you for the rest of autumn and winter, and the transitional days ahead too.
What to wear with chunky boots
If there’s one piece from your wardrobe that you’ll be living in for the next few months, it’s a pair of ankle boots and this season chunky boots are the standout investment that will adapt themselves seamlessly through every iteration. From simple denim jeans and a-tee inspired looks to opulent evening dresses, chunky boots are the footwear of choice for women this winter, and they’re likely to dominate our wardrobes in future seasons too. So, it’s best invest wisely …
Chunky boots with dresses
For an elegant everyday outfit that looks well put together, go for a mid-length dress with an intricate printed pattern and swap your sandals for bold black boots, they’ll lend a seasonally appropriate sign-off to your whimsical looks, plus they’ll make full use of the dresses you were wearing in high summer.
Chunky boots for after dark dressing
Party dresses and heavyweight boots are a winning outfit formula this season. Great for wearing to bottomless brunches that somehow transpire into all-day soirees and (dare we say) it’s the perfect office Christmas party outfit too.
Opulence is on the style agenda this season and boy do we need it. So, make it bold by pairing voluminous tulle skirts with mighty lug soles or match dainty floral prints and embroidered embellishments with heavy duty silhouettes.
Whatever your social calendar has in store for you this season, platform boots are ready to take you to the party and home again with head-turning appeal and all-day comfort (at last an evening on the tiles without forsaking our feet).
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How to style chunky Chelsea boots
Chelsea boots will forever remain a favourite ankle boot, as classic as they versatile there’s a reason they’ve been worn for centuries. As they are such a timeless piece, you’ll find that Chelsea boots are constantly being reinvented to suit the times, and this season, chunky platform soles are the iteration that we can’t resist. Be it for work or play, the chunky Chelsea is the boot to know, as they’ll rotate through your wardrobe seamlessly.
For an easy and sophisticated off-duty look, pull on a long pair of Chelsea boots with your ever-faithful weekend jeans and dress up the look with a ruffled blouse and oversized blazer, to avoid awkward creasing around the ankles add a turn up, so the hems of your jeans sit neatly above your boots.
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How to style chunky loafers
Loafers will always reign supreme in our wardrobes, the perfect match for work and the weekend, they’re the kind of shoe that will always make an outfit. This season, women’s loafers have been given an update of heady proportions, inspired by the vertiginous silhouettes from the 90s, there’s no better time to wear the chunky loafer than now, think sky-high platform soles and chunky chain details.
Wear them to work …
To keep things classic go for a pair of snaffle loafers crafted in supple black leather with hardy stomper soles, they’ll quickly become an everyday staple that will transcend dress codes with ease. For easy autumnal look that’s suited for work, wear black chunky loafers and belted tailored trousers - cropped just above the ankle for leg lengthening appeal, and complete the look with a white collared shirt. When the winter chill kicks in, throw on an oversized knitted jumper in a neutral shade with a camel trench coat that grazes above the ankle.
… and into the evening
Chunky heeled loafers are the perfect match for maximalist dressing. To amplify your outfit, stick to classic colours like black or white for your loafers and go wild with the rest of your outfit think opulent taffeta dresses with puffball sleeves or ruffled hems. A pair of ankle socks (glittered of course) will break up your silhouette, adding more colour and texture to your outfit. If bare legs isn’t your thing, a pair of tights will work just as well. Chilly outside? A fluffy faux fur coat is the perfect antidote, layer up with gold-toned jewellery and plenty of pearls. Follow our mantra, more is definitely more.
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How to style chunky platform trainers
Simple, minimalistic, and dependable, trainers have grown to be an unexpected wardrobe staple in recent years, ideal for year-round dressing and pretty much every occasion too.
Gone are the days where trainers were only reserved for athletic endeavours, whether worn with sweet tea-dresses or sharp workwear tailoring, the chunky trainer has re-written the stiff formalities of dress-codes and brought our style into a new era of dressing.
If you’re new to the trend or pondering the best way to pull off chunky trainers it’s best to cover some ground rules. Although you’re wearing trainers, they still need to make a lasting impression, so your ever faithful gym trainers just won’t cut the mustard. Go for a pair of kicks with fresh white soles, the chunkier the better, and opt for a pair cut from smooth leathers and clean-cut silhouettes.
Floor-skimming dresses and white trainers make an effortless and elegant pairing, go for trainers with a platform sole to play with proportions. As for wearing to work, a clean-cut pair of trainers will instantly pair with your tailored separates and power suits, just ensure your hems skim across your ankle to allow your kicks to be admired in all their glory.