Penny for your thoughts: stride out into the cooler season in these 90s throwbacks.

If you grew up in the nineties, sightings of chunky loafers on the style pages and shop floors this season may have you harking back to your school uniform days. Yet like all things in fashion, they’ve come back around and are having a moment this autumn – and not just at the school gates. A great alternative to sneakers or boots for autumn, the loafer is back in many guises, with a flatform track sole, chunky hardware and in a range of leathers and colours.

Pair with sharp tailoring for an androgynous look or smarten up your denim with a pair of classic leather loafers and a white sock for a preppy feel. Track sole styles are being teamed with pretty maxi dresses for an unexpected twist or paired with stirrup leggings and sharp blazers for an 1980s nod.

However you style yours, the versatile loafer is a great wardrobe addition for this season. We round up a dozen of our favourites.


Mask Gingerbread Loafers, £84

Two-tone in warm autumnal hues – perfect for this season’s neutral luxe knits. Buy them.


Suede Loafers, £45

A classic buckled loafer at a high-street price – great with light denim for a feminine take. Buy them.

Penelope Chilvers

Tortoiseshell Loafers, £199

Beautifully crafted, these chunky tortoiseshell loafers would elevate any autumn outfit. Buy them.


Silver Loafers, £110

Stay comfortable this party season with these fun, metallic loafers. Great for adding a little sparkle to a classic black trouser suit. Buy them.


Leather Croc Loafer, £55

The chunky black-on-black chain detail and croc leather make this pair from M&S look more luxe than their price tag. A fashion-forward style on a budget. Buy them.


Embellished Loafers, £49

A twist on the traditional snaffle hardware, this chainlink pair from Zara feel like an instant wardrobe classic that you will wear on repeat all season long. Buy them.

Massimo Dutti

Cream Loafers, £100

This cappuccino-hue pair are just the thing to team with winter whites for a tonal look. Buy them.


Leather Loafer, £60

A classic black loafer with gold snaffle detailing and chunky track sole; pair with this season’s check blazers and ribbed socks for a collegiate feel. Buy them.

& Other Stories

Tassel Loafer, £100

Fringing and tassels: this preppy pair from & Other Stories are just the right side of librarian chic to add a fashion twist to your new-season wardrobe. Buy them.

Russell & Bromley

Ringo Loafers, £275

A statement loafer from Russell & Bromley, with heavy link hardware and ribbed track sole – a fashion buy that will instantly update your print dresses with a punk edge. Buy them.


Zagreb Pink Loafers, £130

If you’re looking for a splash of colour, this bubble-gum pink pair from Spanish atelier Bibi Lou have an elegant almond toe and luxe gold hardware. Pretty, with a fashion twist. Buy them.

Dune London

White Loafer, £75

Looking for something a bit different? This white pair from Dune are a great alternative to classic black and will pair perfectly now with light-wash denims, chinos and pleat skirts. Buy them.

By Lydia Mansi
October 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.