The Lug Boots Trend for Under $45

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The boot is back. We’re not talking about sleek, sexy boots either (though we like those too). This season, it’s all about the chunky lug boot — the footwear that’s weather-ready, edgy and comfortable all at the same time.

And before you have a panic attack because you don’t own flannel shirts or overalls, take a deep breath. It’s OK. There’s a softer, more versatile side of this workhorse boot, which means you definitely can pair them with blazers, dresses, skirts and more.

Our Budget Lug Boot Picks

Burgundy on a Budget

Lug boots in colors that are not black and brown are hard to find on a budget. We love this rich burgundy tone for fall, and love the sub-$30 price point even more. The black ankle padding on this shoe keeps your feet protected from rain and snow, while providing a nice contrast for the burgundy.

Wear these boots with a skirt and tights or skinny pants. Or, if you’re really feeling tough, slip on faux leather leggings and half-tuck a rayon, button-down blouse. Tousle your hair a little and, guaranteed, no one will mess with you all day.

Heeled and Zipped

Black chunky boot with zipper and block heel

Women’s Kriss Lace Up Lug Booties, $37.99, Target

This pair from Target is the femme version of the work boot. It delivers height, versatility, warmth and a bit of sexiness in one package. The heel is about 3 inches, so you can wear these to work or even church. The zipper detail is cool, but we really like the crushed velvet shoelaces. They add a nice depth and uniqueness to this boot.