In 2021, I wrote about stylish lug sole shoes under $100 and folks were mixed regarding this new shoe trend. Now it is 2024, and the lug sole shoe trend is still hot. With new spring styles coming out and winter shoes going on sale, I felt it was a perfect time to update this post with the latest styles in lug soles!
And because I know folks will ask about the image above, these cute pink lug sole loafers are from Portland Leather. They are $88 and come in a range of classic and fun colors!
What is a Lug Sole?
A lug sole is a thick rubber sole with deep indentations in a pattern designed to provide secure footing. Lug soles are often seen on work boots, and they also give Dr. Martens their iconic style. Lug sole shoes are great for stability and comfort and an on-trend style for the season.
Stylish Lug Sole Shoes Under $100
While I am a big fan of the lug sole trend and appreciate it is a trend that seems to be available at most any pricepoint. Below I share several stylish lug sole shoes under $100 so you can try out this comfy and chic trend without breaking the bank.
Lug Sole Loafers Under $100
The most popular lug sole shoe this season is the loafer. While most any style of loafer is chic this season, the lug sole adds drama and comfort and plays with proportions. Playing with proportions is another big trend this season. Pair with dresses, pants, jeans, and play with silhouettes. Often a lug sole loafer is versatile enough to look great with narrower and shorter trousers.
Lug Sole Oxfords & Brogues Under $100
An oxford or brogue is a classic lace-up shoe that looks chic with menswear-inspired looks as well as a contrast to more feminine dresses and looks with volume.
Lug Sole Sandals Under $100
Spring will be here before you know it. A great way to extend the look of your wide-leg jeans, full trousers, and fuller dresses is to switch out your lug-sole closed-toe shoe for a lug-sole sandal. Looking chic with everything from chino shorts to sundresses, these will be comfortable and quite versatile.
How to Style Lug Sole Shoes?
Trying to style a chunky shoe with a lug sole can be intimidating. However, you will find that 2024 fashion trends embrace such shoes. Wide-leg pants and jeans (cropped and full-length) look great with lug-sole shoes. A midi-length skirt or dress with some volume can also handle the weight of a lug sole shoe. Even a shorter babydoll or a-line dress works great with lug soles.
Think what we wore in the '90s with Doc Martens. Now modernize that for 2024 and your grown-ass self. Instead of JNCOS, consider a pair of Madewell Perfect Vintage Wide Leg Jeans. Instead of some thrifted trousers (or a pair from Delia's), consider the Old Navy High-Waisted Pull-On Pixie Wide-Leg Pants.
What Socks To Wear With Lug Sole Shoes?
The biggest change between 2021 and 2024 when wearing lug soles is what socks to wear with such shoes. In 2021, visible hosiery wasn't popular and I recommended no-show socks. And while you are free to wear no-show socks with your shoes, also know hosiery is back.
You will see this season, many folks wearing socks in a bright pop of color. This may be a color picked up from a print in the outfit, or it may be a color that isn't seen anywhere else in the ensemble. You want a sock that fills the space between shoe and pant hem, that isn't too thick and doesn't slide down and bunch.
One of the most popular colorful sock for women is the UNIQLO Colorful 50 Sock. Available in pretty much any color you can imagine, these socks shrink a bit when washed and then are known for a great fit and cuffs that stay up all day. At only $4.90, you can stock up on your favorite colors to add interest to any outfit, with or without lug sole shoes.
For colorful organic cotton blend and recycled merino wool socks, check out Colorful Standard. A sustainable brand with ethical business practices, Colorful Standard has pretty colors and a highly rated design.
Prints are also acceptable and can show your personality. I like Sock Dreams for witty and colorful printed socks. Cute But Crazy carries wide calf socks in a great range of prints and designs. Also consider sheer trouser socks, they come in patterns and a range of colors and are on trend and a great option for the workplace.
White is always right, and you will see folks wearing what is called a “quarter crew” sock with dresses and lug sole shoes. This “quarter crew” length is also perfect in black, and in sheer trouser sock options (plain and patterned). Folks will also cuff socks to get them at a “quarter crew” length. For dresses, classic tights or sheer black or patterned stockings are also on trend.
The photos above are from Net-a-Porter. When I am looking for styling inspiration for shoes, I often go here. While Net-a-Porter doesn't have lug sole shoes under $100, they do style their shoes with the current trends of hosiery and clothing silhouettes and it can be helpful when putting together your own outfit.
Essentially, in 2024, seeing your socks is acceptable and a way to express your personality and sense of style. And Having your socks hidden continues to be chic!