Lug Sole Chelsea style boots are not going away this fall and winter season. And I, for one, am here for it.
I’ve been a fan of Chelsea boots for years, long before the popularity of the lug sole trend. Marry the two–Chelsea boot + lug sole–and we end up with a fun boot style that’s more versatile than you might imagine.
I think I can safely generalize here: You’re either already a fan of the lug sole trend or can’t imagine ever spending your money on the style.
But . . . maybe if you had some visuals of how a lug sole Chelsea boot could be styled, you’d open your mind to considering adding a pair to your shoe wardrobe.
There are so many ways trending fashion can be interpreted and styled for all ages. So I don’t want to hear, “I’m too old for the lug sole style.” No ma’am!
Come along and “try on” in your imagination a pair of lug sole Chelsea boots with me. The following looks range from fairly classic to a little more edgy. I bet you can find a look that you’d be comfortable wearing–even if it’s just a tad outside your comfort zone. (Reminder: getting outside your comfort zone usually brings positive results. 😉)
Pair Lug Soles with Your Favorite Skinnies
I know, I know. Are skinnies in or out? I struggle with this myself as the owner of a multitude of skinny jeans in a variety of colors. It seems that it all depends on who you ask.
What I’ve been able to discern is that skinny jeans, while not the newest kid on the block, are still okay to wear. Especially when you “modernize” them. One way to do this is by pairing skinnies with a pair of lug sole Chelsea boots. A simple equation: tried and true style + trendy accessory = You look cool!
And, scroll down a bit to the feminine, magenta coat for a visual on “girly-ing up” the combat/motorcycle look of lug sole Chelsea boots. See! They are versatile. 👍
Chelsea Lug Sole Boots Peeking Out of Flares
Now let’s jump over to a “new” jeans silhouette: flares. Note: Everything old is new again (iykyk*).
This pants style is a great way to ease into a lug sole trend since the majority of the boot is covered by the wide leg opening of the pants. (Another way to baby step your way to lug soles is to choose a boot style that has a shallower sole–check out some of the styles I’ve curated below.)
*This is the abbreviation for “if you know, you know.” In this instance, I’m referring to those of us who rocked flares and bell bottoms in the 1960s and 1970s. (Hi!)
A Fresh Look: White Lug Soles with Straight Crops
Straight crop jeans and pants are a perfect pairing with lug sole ankle boots as the hemline is wide enough and short enough to clear the top of the boots.
I love white ankle boots, and they’re a yes for 2023 fall fashion. Pair white and lug soles, and the result is a very on-trend look for any age.
Go a Little Whimsical with Stripes + Lug Sole Chelseas
This next look might be considered “coloring outside the lines” by some: pairing skinny crop striped pants with lug sole Chelsea boots.
I played with a few variations, black boots, white, boots, white jacket, black jacket, to show some variations.
With this look, I added a pair of black socks inside the boots barely peeking out for a little bit of fun.
Are You Game to Try Pairing Lug Sole Boots with a Skirt?
I’ll be honest: A skirt look isn’t a way I’d imagined styling lug sole Chelsea boots to actually wear. But, sometimes it takes putting an ensemble together to determine whether or not it works.
When planning this outfit, my gut was telling me a skirt/lug sole pairing is for younger people, not me. However, I don’t hate it. What do you think? Would you wear the look?
Keep it Edgy–Wear Joggers with Lug Sole Chelsea Boots
Because I’ve been a little obsessed with these cargo jogger pants (did you catch my post about how to style them?), this is one of my favorite looks. I get it. It’s not exactly classic, but then I’ve never been one to stick to classic looks (I refer to my style as “trendy classic”). I look moderately like I’m ready to jump on a motorcycle!
Another reason I elected to model this look, knowing that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, is to show that it’s okay to push a fashion boundary. If you’re unsure of what you’ve put together (when you’re wondering “do I look cool or ridiculous?”), ask a friend whose style and fashion acumen you admire.
Will You Try Lug Sole Chelsea Boots?
So, what do you think? Is this a style you’re already wearing? If not, are you going to give it a try? Let me know in the comments. 🙋🏻♀️
What’s a Chelsea Boot Anyway?
Chelsea boots are close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on. The boot dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.
Chelsea boots and some of their variants were considered an iconic element of the 1960s in Britain, particularly the mod scene.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Chelsea boots became popular in the UK – and their association with the King’s Road (a street in Chelsea and Fulham in inner western London) set of Swinging London – worn by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton – is believed to explain how the name Chelsea became attached to the boot.
Browse/Shop Lug Sole Chelsea Boots
I browsed SO MANY Chelsea lug sole boot styles to come up with this curated selection. Keep in mind that many of these styles are available in other colors, so click through (click the image) to see additional options.
The boots I’m wearing in the photos in this post are my own that I purchased 1-2 years ago:
When creating shopping widgets, I always include styles by brands I know and trust as well as retailers I like to shop.
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