Shoe trends for 2021 are still focused on casual comfort. But it's time to move on from the slippers & sneakers of 2020. So it's no wonder that loafers are having a moment. They are the perfect way to smarten up your look while still staying comfy.
Women's Loafer Trends for 2021
Chunky loafers are key. Think thick rubber lug soles and flatforms. Ideal for adding a little height without wearing heels.
A chunky shoe trend is not ideal for big feet. But delicate colours and flattering designs can help. If you would rather steer clear, you can still rock the trend with chunky chain embellishments instead.
Chains are everywhere this season. If you want to be super on trend, make them oversized.
Soft pastels are big for Spring as are loafers in unexpected colourways. Step away from your neutrals comfort zone and try a bright colour pop. Colour block loafers in multiple contrasting shades are a fresh take.
Finally, animal prints are also back en vogue. If we can't head off on fancy foreign holidays, at least our shoes can still look exotic.
Scroll down for where to find trending loafers in large sizes right now.
Not in love with loafers? The good news is that ballet flats are also trending for Spring 2021.
Large size specialists Low Heels UK new chunky chain loafers are right on trend.
Both styles are made with soft calf leather, have a 2cm heel and are designed especially to flatter larger feet. They go up to size 45 EU, which Low Heels equate to shoe size 12 UK or 13 US, and are priced at £130. Worldwide shipping available.
Adele, shown above in beige latte, contrasts an oversized statement golden chain with a delicate barely there sole. It's a modern twist on a timeless neutral classic.
The Amalia style balances a silver chain embellishment with a thicker sole with contrast stitching. The white leather version shown below will instantly elevate any outfit and can be dressed up or down. Scared white shoes could make your feet look bigger? This design uses clever lines and angles to avoid that, but they are also available in black.
What's especially exciting about Low Heels is that you can customise your shoes! Want a different colour loafer? No problem! You can also choose whether you want gold or silver chains. Just get in touch with founder Joanna or add a note at the checkout.
If chunky chains are too much for you, ASOS have a subtle take on the chain trend with these sleek leather loafers for just £35.
In white leather with a delicate silver link chain embellishment, these loafers have a sophisticated, minimal look.
They are available up to size 9 UK (11 US) with free delivery & returns worldwide.
Chunky loafers are a key shoe trend for 2021. These smart black patent loafers from M&S go up to size 9 UK and cost just £29.50.
They have on trend 3cm flatform soles with an eyecatching contrast trim. These vegan loafers also feature Insolia flex insoles for added comfort.
These loafers have a 4 star rating from a massive 160 reviews. I saw very positive size 9 reviews, with customers finding them comfortable. However, a few reviews for smaller sizes mentioned they felt heavy & made their feet look big.
M&S UK and Ireland offer free returns to stores within 35 days if you want to try them. They also ship to most regions worldwide.
Vionic's Cheryl loafers go up to size 11 US (9 UK). Made with soft nubuck suede, they are super lightweight to wear.
These loafers come in 4 pastel shades for Spring - a dusty denim blue, a minty green (lichen), light stony grey and this pale blush pink. All feature a contrast trim and off white chunky lug sole that is bang on trend. QVC UK have a video where you can see all the shades up close and also see the loafers on a model.
Customer reviews suggest these loafers are a narrow fit, which can be tricky to find. So while Vionic call them medium width, I'd only consider them if you have slender feet.
All Vionic shoes have unique arch support technology and include a special orthotic insole to correctly align your feet. So they are a good brand to try if you have problem feet, but are suitable for everyone.
If you buy from Vionic US ($130) or UK (£110) direct there's a 30 day wear test with free returns. It's rare to be able to try shoes out risk free! I've availed of this myself & had no issues returning my worn shoes to Vionic and getting a refund. QVC offer a money back guarantee too, but you will need to pay return postage.
Note that if you buy Vionic shoes from other retailers, you can't return the shoes once you have worn them. So that's worth bearing in mind especially if you are new to the brand.
Hush Puppies iconic wren suede loafers come in a whole rainbow of colours up to size 12 US. Many of the 15 shades are limited edition though. I particularly love this pastel lime shade which reminds me of fizzy sherbet sweets. Other new shades include salmon (dusky beige pink), blue dusk (pale blue), lemon curry (vibrant yellow) & soft red (coral).
These classic penny loafers have a retro feel but are full of modern technology. They have a special Bounce footbed that holds its shape and rebounds with every step for all day comfort. Plus they are made with water resistant suede. So no worries if you get caught in some April showers.
They are priced at $99.95 but Hush Puppies USA & Canada often run promotions and discount codes. You can join their mailing list or keep an eye on the PBS discounts page.
UK large size brand Otto + Ivy have some beautiful leather loafers available up to 46 EU (approx 12 UK or 14 US) and ship worldwide.
These minimal designs are great for minimising the look of your feet. Elegant and versatile, they will look perfect with smart outfits as well as skinny jeans.
The Aubrey style, shown above in cheetah print is also available in silver, gold and classic black.
Animal prints are big for 2021. We may not be able to jet around the world for the moment, but at least our shoes can still look exotic! 🏝
There is also a similar Ava flat, with a pointed rather than square toe. That's currently available in a coral red shade perfect for brighter days and leopard print.
Both shoes have leather uppers & lining, a 1.5cm heel, memory foam insoles for added comfort and are priced at £89.
You can also get your animal print fix with these cute Tullie loafers from US brand Journee Collection for just $40.
These vegan suede loafers have a subtle square toe, padded insoles, a half inch heel and go up to size 12 US.
If leopard print is not your thing, these loafers also come in a light aqua green that's perfect for Spring. Timeless neutral shades of cognac tan, nude beige and classic black are also available.
The Journee Collection website only ships to the US. These Tullie loafers are also stocked in other US stores including Nordstrom Rack and Macy's. Journee shoes (excluding these loafers) are also available on Amazon who may ship them to other countries.
I hope this list helps you find some lovely loafers in your size. You can find more stores selling large size loafers in the global shoe shop directory.