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Chunky Chelsea boots are an especially popular style, but these days, you can find chunky
boots in many forms ― heeled, flat, lace-up, etc. Traditionally, boots with bulky soles were a
solid choice for men working industrial jobs that called for heavy-duty footwear, or, in the case fo
the lace-up combat style, military servicemen. But toward the end of the 20th century, chunky
were a more common sight among youth subcultures for men and for women.

When it comes to styling chunky boots in 2021, you can embrace a grunge style with loose
jeans and a T-shirt, or create some contrast by pairing them with nicer skirts and dresses. The
ensemble possibilities are endless. However you style your bulky footwear, the key is be true to
your personal sensibility, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Besides Prada – whose Monoliths
have attained cult status – The Row, Ganni, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Off-
White and, of course, Dr Martens are the brands fuelling the chunky boot resurgence.

While major names do dominate the wardrobes of the It-girls, the independent French label Both Paris
has also made its way onto Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk’s shoe racks. Angela Ng, the brand’s
chief operations officer, says the designs marry liquid latax, which “has its origins in nature”,
with sophisticated tech. Retailers confirm the ongoing demand for heavy-duty styles, and say
lace-ups, Chelsea boots, and those that are both knee high and have a chunky sole are top of
shoppers’ lists.

– Ananya Ghosh