14 lug sole boots that prove the trend is here to stay

At the outset of 2023 I created a closet wishlist – a list of 12 pieces to either revitalize or build upon my wardrobe; foundational pieces that are versatile and have some longevity.  At the tip top of my wishlist was a pair of lugsole boots.


To be honest, I’m a little late to the game here.  Lug sole boots have been making a statement in the fashion world for a couple of years now, in collections from design houses to high street, and showing up everywhere from street style to red carpets.


So why are these boots at the top of my wishlist now?  For one, the trend has proven to have some staying power.  Second, I’ve finally seen the boots styled in enough ways to know my investment will absolutely be worth it.  And third, they’re practical.  It’s only January in Minnesota and we already have 4-and-a-half feet of snow on the ground.  I need to be as surefooted as possible as I’m chasing after a preschooler.


Lug soles come in a range of styles and colors, but I had a very specific look in mind:


  • Black matte
  • Minimum mid-calf leg shaft height
  • At least a one-inch thick sole
  • Even – or very close to even – heel height under the heel and the toes
  • A wide leg shaft where the width is even – or very close to even – from ankle to calf/knee


Below are the 14 pairs that fit the bill.

Mango Platform boots with tall leg

H&M Knee-high Boots

H&M Knee-high Boots

Legres Model 80 leather knee boots

Bottega Veneta Lug Boot

By Far Russel leather knee boots

Prada Monolith Nylon Tall Riding Boots

GANNI Cleated High Tubular Boots

Staud Palamino leather Chelsea knee boots

Giaborghini Perni 07 Leather Boots

Zara Treaded Knee High Boots

Zara Flat Knee High Boots

Mango High Boot with Track Sole

Zara Treaded Chelsea Boots

In the end, I went with the Zara Treaded Chelsea Boots, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my choice.  And if you need more convincing that a lug sole boot needs to be in your regular rotation, here are 10 different ways to style this edgy boot.





Sweater + Skinny Trouser + Boots


Sweater, Zara

Trousers, AG Jeans






Sweatshirt + Jacket + Leggings + Boots 


Jacket, Sanctuary

Sweatshirt, Spiritual Gangster

Leggings, Everlane





Henley + Puffer + Cargo Pants + Boots


Henley, Evereve

Puffer, Zara

Cargo Pants, Paige





Sweater + Cargo Skirt + Boots


Sweater, Zara

Cargo Skirt, Zara





Sweater + Ribbed Fitted Maxi Dress + Boots


Sweater, Zara

Ribbed Fitted Maxi Dress, Skims





Leather Jacket + Tee + Straight Leg Denim + Boots


Leather Jacket, Free People

Tee, AYR

Straight Leg Denim, AGOLDE





Tee + Wrap Skirt + Boots


Tee, AYR

Wrap Skirt, Zara





Sweater + Shorts + Tights + Boots


Sweater, Everlane

Shorts, AGOLDE





Leather Jacket + Maxi Dress + Boots


Leather Jacket, Free People

Maxi Dress, Zara





Oversized Sweater + Straight Leg Denim + Boots


Oversized Sweater, Zara

Straight Leg Denim, MOTHER