When it comes to footwear this year, the general rule is the chunkier, the better. In summer, many of us lived in Teva sandals and chunky two-strap sandals, and for winter, our soles are about to get even thicker. Last year, track-sole boots were the coolest things to have on your feet, thanks to designers like Bottega Veneta and The Row, who gave the Chelsea boot a tougher makeover with thick, sturdy soles. These stomping boots are destined to be even more popular this year, as designers like Prada, Bottega Veneta, and Dior have continued to iterate on these practical chunky boots, and they have also been the dominant footwear trend across contemporary and high-street brands this autumn/winter.

There are still dozens of chunky ankle boots and Chelsea boot styles around. However, designers like Prada and Bottega Veneta have also made knee-length and over-the-knee boots with a chunky sole for those wanting a statement-making take. Proenza Schouler is one of the brands behind our chunky sandals obsession, and it has also made us crave a pair of school girl-esque Mary Jane pumps with a statement silver clasp, stitching, and a chunky sole. These aren’t the only pair of sturdy loafers we’re eyeing up, as Gucci, Grenson, and Miu Miu have so many beautiful pairs. 

Whether you opt for ankle boots, taller styles, or a pair of chunky loafers, the one thing all of these shoes have in common is that they are hugely practical and made to endure a high step count. Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best chunky boots and loafers. 

These chunky loafers all have a school-girl charm, from Proenza Schouler’s Mary Janes to Gucci’s platforms.

Bottega Veneta sparked this trend, and now, we’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to chunky Chelsea boots.

These tall boots are for the more adventurous dressers out there, and standout styles include Bottega Veneta’s ivory over-the-knee boots and & Other Stories’ quilted leather boots.

Next up, See our guide to the key trends for autumn/winter 2020.

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