From sweater vests painted in loud psychedelic prints to larger-than-life slouchy totes, maximalism has become the fashion trend of the year. Another maximalist silhouette has, quite literally, stomped its way onto fashion’s radar — the chunky shoe.

Boots, loafers, even Mary Janes — you name it, chunky soles are on it. Coinciding with fashion’s current ’90s moment, the chunky shoe recalls the beloved era’s penchant for vibrant platform sandals and “ugly” dad sneakers, satisfying people’s thirst for nostalgia while making a much-needed fashion statement after a year of sartorial deprivation.

Dua Lipa proved herself to be the ultimate cool aunt when she welcomed her newborn niece in a pair of Miu Miu knee-high lugged sole combat boots embellished with silver chains, which added plenty of edge to her whimsical crochet cardigan, also from the brand.


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While chunky boots are always a cool option, Blackpink’s Jisoo and Rosé have been spotted advocating for the old-school brogue by crowd-favourite Dr Martens. During Paris Fashion Week, Jisoo rocked the Dr Martens x Heaven by Marc Jacobs Croc shoe adorned with floral eyelets and teddy bear charms around town, fitting her usual soft-girl aesthetic.


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Rosé went for flirty preppy chic in the classic Dr Martens Holly platform shoes worn with school-girl ankle white socks, styled with an argyle print tie around her neck.


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Hopping on the back-to-school train, Hailey Bieber threw on an oversized black blazer and slipped into a pair of Instagram-viral Prada leather loafers embellished with the brand’s iconic triangle plaque, and completed the outfit with a pair of shades for a laid back look.

Whether you are scavenging for a bold new pair of kicks or just looking for a little height boost, here are the best chunky shoes to put your best foot forward this season.

Miu Miu Chain-detail lace-up boots


Prada Chocolate brushed leather loafers


Liu Jo Karlie chunky sole boots


Prada Monolith chunky-sole leather ankle boots


Dr. Martens Black Audrick Nappa Platform Derbys


Giuseppe Zanotti Apocalypse Gloss chunky boots


Bottega Veneta Flash chunky-sole leather knee-high boots


Angel Chen Crocodile-effect chunky shoes


Gucci Crystal-embellished chunky loafers


Simone Rocha Chunky-sole leather Derby shoes


Chloé Betty block-heel rubber boots


Burberry Aldwych leather Mary Jane loafers


Dr. Martens Black 1B60 Max Hardware Platform Boots