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They're on sale and still in stock.
Earlier today, as I was sipping iced coffee outside, absorbing the dregs of summer before autumn paints skies gray, I was struck with envy: Two women, also consuming coffee, were sitting at a hightop, their superbly stylish, chunky-soled loafers dangling before my eyes. In that moment, I acknowledged my loafer FOMO, which has been building ever since Taylor Swift whipped out a pair in May.
In using celebrity style as my inspiration to find the best chunky loafers, I’ve concluded Selena Gomez is the queen of nailing the trend. Her most recent pair of thick-soled kicks is arguably her best yet — and, surprisingly, hail from Aldo, a classic mall brand with relatively affordable options. The real kicker: Gomez’s exact pair, the Aldo Baberiel lug sole loafer in the shade chalk, are on sale — and they’re still in stock.
The Baberiel loafer is a chunky, versatile shoe with options in matte black, patent leather black, and white. Gomez recently wore the white pair, chalk, with a matching cargo pants ensemble. Per photos she’s shared on social media, Gomez also owns the shoes in black. Note: these are also available to shop on sale.
The shoe’s slip-on style makes these easy to wear, with no buttons or laces to fuss with. Plus, the rubber platform-style sole, or lug sole, creates a leg-elongating effect while remaining casual, versatile, and presumably much more comfortable.
Steve Madden Lotto Loafer
An excellent option for anyone who prefers their chunky loafer to be slightly less chunky, these understated slip-ons feature a rounded toe and a relatively low sole that measures 1.5 inches thick. The platform is equally subdued at a .25-inch height. Plus, these are available in a similar three-color shade range as Gomez’s.
Charles & Keith Chalk Metallic Accent Chunky Platform Penny Loafers
Despite its clean, minimalistic design element, this loafer certainly makes a statement by embracing the chunky sole trend wholeheartedly. Note the metal geometric element on the top of the show, which adds the smallest glint of gold to your step.
If you, like I, plan to purchase Gomez’s Baberiel loafer while it’s on sale, act quickly: IMO, there’s major sell-out risk ahead. In fact, we’ve even curated a selection of similar chunky loafers, many of which are virtually identical to Selena’s go-to shoes, in case Aldo’s fly off virtual shelves by the time you’re reading this.
Steve Madden Lawrence Loafer
This shoe features a lug sole and minimal design — similar to Gomez’s — and comes in numerous hues.
Sam Edelman Laurs Platform Lug Sole Loafer
Nine West Allmy Loafer
Franco Sarto Balin Loafer
Look no further than Selena Gomez for lug-sole loafer inspiration. Shop the Baberiel loafer at Aldo while they’re still on sale.
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