Your Guide to Styling Every Type of Lug-Sole Boot in the Book

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Lug-sole boots are without a doubt our favorite shoe trend for winter because they're functional, warm, and stylish all at once. They cap off a feminine look with edge and help us channel '90s grunge in a rugged silhouette. Plus, there's truly a shape — long, tall, or somewhere in between — for every taste. If you're unfamiliar, the lug sole is made of rubber and has grooves at the bottom for added grip, but they also play up the design of the shoe, oftentimes working to accent or contrast the upper.

In our opinion, they're the next best thing to sneakers for going out on a walk in cold temperatures, and with some of our favorite brands churning out iconic versions that are recognizable anywhere, they're also total must haves. Ahead, we share some of our favorite ways to wear the look, as referenced by industry creatives we follow, along with iterations from the likes of Prada, Ganni, Dolce Vita, Steve Madden, Sam Edelman, and more, so you can shop at every price point and maybe even collect lug-sole boots for your wardrobe at a few different heights. Scroll through to jump right in.

White Lug-Sole Boots

Let your boots provide a contrast to the rest of your look. Even with sophisticated separates, they'll help you achieve a sense of polish, as comfortable as they are.

Black Lug-Sole Boots

Work your boots with an ankle-length pant to really show off the sole of the shoe and make it known you're up on the latest trends.

Knee-High Lug-Sole Boots

As we ramp up our excitement for minidresses, mix the edgy and the feminine when you team your lug-sole knee-highs with a frilly hem or poufy sleeves.

Brown Lug-Sole Boots

Don't be afraid to go all out in faux-leather pieces and ground your all-black city outfit with this autumnal tone.

Lug-Sole Combat Boots

We love the '90s effect of a lug-sole combat set against a slip. Layer as you see fit, or necessary, depending on the temperature.

Lug-Sole Chelsea Boots

A lug-sole Chelsea boot in a standout color is casual, but head-turning — why not pair it with one of your winter statement coats?

Platform Lug-Sole Boots

Add height and a sense of boldness to a simple loungewear look when you step into platforms that mean business and offer support.

Rubber Lug-Sole Boots

Popularized by Bottega Veneta's Puddle boot, this shape has a subtle tread at the sole and is especially appropriate for wet days. We love the idea of adding even more funky flair to a bright color. (Think: graphic tees that feel so 2000s and slogan baseball caps.)

Padded Lug-Sole Boots

Add a pair of these to your rotation, and you won't only have support with a treaded sole but also a little extra warmth around your ankles. A winter-white, sleek trench and fun purse give them a chic makeover.

Heeled Lug Sole Boots

Elevate a cozy sweater dress with a more stylized shoe that even comes with a heel, albeit a sturdy one.