These Lug Sole Boots Serve Prada Vibes Without The Luxury Price Tag

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These Lug Sole Boots Serve Prada Vibes Without The Luxury Price Tag
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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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Courtesy of Prada.

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.


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Courtesy of Billini.

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.

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Courtesy of Public Desire.

 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.

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Courtesy of Mango.

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.


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Courtesy of ASOS DESIGN.

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.

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Courtesy of Public Desire.

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!


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