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Published on January 18th, 2024 | by Kirsten Borrink

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8 Fabulous & Foot-Friendly Chunky Loafers 2024

Chunky loafers are back in a big way! In fact, if you reach way back to 1998 in your closet, a similar lug sole pair may be gathering dust. Either polish them up and let them see the light of day or treat yourself to a new pair that accommodates your foot type and/or budget!

Chunky loafers - Sorel
Sorel Joan Now

Why we love it:

  • Waterproof leather
  • High-traction heel
  • Sizes up to 12
  • 3/4″ platform balances 2 1/4″ heel
  • Removable insole

Keep in mind:

  • Instep may feel tight on higher volume foot
  • Some reviews mention that it runs large
  • No wides
  • It’s a lot of shoe, could feel heavy

Available in whole and half sizes 5-12 for $150 from Sorel, Zappos and Nordstrom.

Chunky loafers - Clarks
Clarks Orianna Bit

Why we love it:
  • Horsebit hardware doesn’t look cheap
  • Removable contoured, cushioned footbed
  • Premium leather and suede uppers

Keep in mind:

  • Sizes end at 10!
  • No wides.

The Clarks Orianna Bit loafer is available in whole and half sizes 6-10 for $130 from Clarks USA and Nordstrom.

Wonders Platform Loafers

Why we love them:

  • Comfortable fit and feel: room for toes/good fit at heel
  • More lightweight than other chunky loafers
  • Cushioned EVA footbed with arch support
  • Made in Spain–the land of good shoes

Find the whole collection of Wonders chunky loafers in euro sizes 35-42 (5-11) for $210-220 from Nordstrom.

Vionic Kensley

Why we love it:

  • Orthotic-like arch and heel support in a stylish loafer
  • Removable EVA footbed
  • Available in sizes up to 12 and wide widths

Keep in mind:

  • Reviews state it runs a little large
  • Narrow heels beware – quite a few reviews cite slippage

Find the Vionic Kensley in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $129.95 from VionicShoes.com, Zappos and Nordstrom.

J.Jill Stephanie 2

Why we love it:

  • That color green! (Comes in black and brown croc too)
  • Classic penny loafer design from a brand known for comfort.

Available in whole and half sizes 6-10, 11 for $139 from J.Jill.

Franco Sarto Carolynn

Why we love it:

  • Price point under $100
  • Lots of reviews on Zappos helps understand fit/feel of shoe
  • Wide widths available

Keep in mind:

  • Synthetic leather/patent – doesn’t have much give/stretch.
  • No removable insole

The Franco Sarto Carolynn is available in whole and half sizes 5-10,11 for $79-99 from Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom.

Chunky Loafers - frankie4
Frankie4 Saint

Why we love it:

  • Podiatrist-designed footbed with arch, heel and forefoot support
  • Comes with Sole Saver pack of inserts to customize fit
  • Beautiful biscuit leather (comes in black too)

Keep in mind:

  • No online reviews (yet), but company offers free shipping and returns

The Frankie4 Saint loafer is available in whole and half sizes 6-10,11 for $248 from Frankie4 and Nordstrom.

Dr. Comfort Mallory

Why we love it:

  • Extra wides and sizes 4-12
  • Roomy toe box accommodates bunions and hammertoes
  • Rigid shank provides stability
  • Removable insole accommodates orthotic
  • Seamless interior of shoe won’t rub on hot spots

Keep in mind:

  • Runs a little large and wide

Find the Dr. Comfort Mallory in sizes 4-12, medium-extra wide widths for $117 at Dr. Comfort.


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