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The Shoe of the Season: The Lug Boot
The Tory Burch Lug Booties were a top seller in August and sold out quickly. Most of our readers scooped them up during the Nordstrom Sale, but at the regular price, they were almost $400. If they were in your budget, I hope you are enjoying them, because they are fabulous.
If you missed out or were waiting for a more affordable option, I found it!
Steve Madden’s Chelsea Boot is a fantastic dupe, at a $100(ish) price point and a more approachable style.
The Lug boot “trend” will be with us for a few seasons, so you’ll get your money’s worth out of any style you choose.
Steve Madden Chelsea Boot
Steve Madden Chelsea Boot, $110 Available Black or Chestnut here, and Light Tan Here
Traditional “lug” boots have a thick rubber sole, which provides top-notch tread in harsh weather. Today, in the style world, they are the edgy alternative to a slim-lined ankle boot.
Can you still wear your old boots?
Just consider these if you want to update your look with an easy-to-wear trend.
Many lug boots are heavy and clunky. However, this is slimmer and lighter weight while still maintaining the style elements of the trend.
Simply put: wear these if you love your classic ankle boots but want to stay modern and current.
How to Wear Your Lug Boots
Chelsea Boots, $110 (light tan available here) | Plaid Shacket, $70 | Corduroy Skinny Pants, $69.50 | Thermal Henley, $39 | Beanie, $25
Cute Outfit with Lug Boots
Let’s start with the plaid shacket, another gem from Old Navy. Last month, this similar style was a best seller, but it’s almost completely sold out. However, this green version is adorable and available in all sizes, including petite and tall, up to 4X.
Shackets are just what they sound like, a shirt and a jacket, ideal for layering. I found this simple henley at Nordstrom for under $40, but you can wear this over anything. I also like it with a turtleneck, like this thermal from Target for $18, available in sizes S – 3X. * side note, I’m picking this up for ski season.
Then I used skinny corduroy pants in gray. KUT makes affordable, well-fitting pants in petite and regular sizes. These pants come in a wide range of colors for $69.
Related: How to Wear Gray Jeans
I like that they are a jean alternative and provide some additional texture to the outfit.
Finally, I added this Ugg beanie because (1) I love using winter hats as part of a look, and (2) this would make a lovely gift, and it’s on sale at Saks for only $24 – the perfect price point!
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