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Step aside, last year’s over-the-knee boots! There’s a new trend in town, and lug sole boots are absolutely everywhere. Who to thank? The fashion visionaries at Prada, of course. Ever since the brand debuted their Patent Lugged-Sole Chelsea Booties, all anyone can think about is thick, chunky soles made for stompin’.
That said, I’m usually pretty good about talking myself into an impulse buy, but for $920, even I can’t justify these boots at that price. Unless divine intervention somehow places me on Prada’s PR list, I’ll be sticking to dupes this season—and honestly, I doubt anyone will know the difference. Unlike lots of trendy luxury goods, these boots are basically logo-free, so you can get the same look and even ~potentially~ leave people thinking you’re wearing the real ones.
Whether or not you’re trying to pull a Prada dupe, lug sole boots really are a great silhouette to consider for fall and winter. While I love a heel as much as the next gal, I can admit that the idea of a thick-soled, all-terrain flat boot sounds a lot more comfortable. In 2021, we’re all about comfort, are we not? These babies would look as good with leggings and a hoodie as they would with leather pants and a cropped sweater, so they’re definitely a great option for dressing up and down this season.
Below, I’ve rounded up a range of dupes to Prada’s pricy pair, from a ASOS DESIGN steal to a Billini lookalike that might honestly be better than the real thing—and for just under $100. If you do want the real deal, more power to you, but don’t feel like you have to ball out to get a similar look. When it comes to true style, it’s about how you wear it, not what the brand name is!
I hereby give you permission to sell your black suede over-the-knee boots on Poshmark and use the money to buy some lug sole boots instead. Read on for my top picks below.
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Prada Patent Lugged-Sole Chelsea Booties
If you have a casual $900 lying around, you might as well buy the boots that put this trend on the map. These Prada beauties are built to last a lifetime, and darn it, they really are chic.
Billini Xanthos Lug Chelsea Boot
Chunky sole? Check. Same rise on the ankle? Also check. These boots from Billini are pretty perfect if you’re on the hunt for a near-identical dupe. Priced at under $100, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better alternative.
Public Desire Reform Chunky Sock Boots
ASOS is basically lug sole heaven right now, and these Public Desire boots are some of my favorites. The heel is almost identical to the one on the Prada pair, while the zip front detail gives an even edgier vibe.
Mango Leather Track Sole Ankle Boots
Mango has tons of lug sole boots in stock right now, but if you’re looking for short, chunky black booties that resembles the Prada pair, these are your best bet. Slightly different soles, same bad betch energy.
ASOS DESIGN Aqum Premium Leather Chunky Chelsea Boots
This pair from ASOS DESIGN has a longer shaft if you’re looking for boots that hit just above the ankle. Try tucking your jeans into them for a more sleek appearance while you stomp around the city.
Public Desire Intention Chunky Lace Up Boots
Prada sells another pair of boots that features a tiny pouch on the side, and I’ve been eyeing this Public Desire dupe for a while now. Same look, much (much) more affordable price tag. And, a cute place to hold your lip gloss!