Lug-sole booties for bunions and wide feet - une femme d'un certain âge

How to wear lug sole boots at any age

Susan B. wears a fuzzy trucker jacket, jeans, and Sole Bliss Roxy snake print lug-sole booties.

For all the talk of “revenge heels” 👠 last year 😆, I doubt many of us are willing to sacrifice comfort, especially when it comes to our feet! I think this is one of the reasons that lower heels and lug-sole booties continue to be a huge footwear trend. But just because they’re a trend doesn’t mean we should avoid them. 😉

earrings | jacket (similar) | sweater | jeans (similar) | boots (c/o)

Aside from comfort, these more substantial boots are stable for walking on slick or uneven surfaces. And a shoe or boot with more “visual volume” can also help to create outfit balance with bulkier winter items like chunky sweaters and puffer coats. This is one footwear “trend” that I don’t think is going to fade any time soon.

The fuzzy trucker jacket is a couple of years old, originally from Banana Republic. (Here’s this season’s style.) It’s still one of my favorites! The v-neck sweater is the one I featured here. The jeans are an older boyfriend style from Eileen Fisher. (I wish she’d bring these back!)

Lug-sole booties for bunions & wide feet

Detail: Susan B. wears Sole Bliss Roxy lug-sole boots in snakeprint.

These boots are from Sole Bliss (gifted) and are specially designed to be comfortable for those who have bunions or wide feet. (But my medium-width feet find them comfortable too.) There’s a lot of padding in the sole, elastic goring, and a zipper for easy on-off. I’m usually a size 7 or 7.5, and am wearing size 37. (If you have questions about sizing, the customer service folks at Sole Bliss are happy to help!)

👉 Sole Bliss has kindly offered my readers 15% off with code SUSAN15. Shipping and returns are free (and hassle free!).

If snake print isn’t your thing, this boot style is also available in other colors and finishes. And if you prefer a sleeker look, there are plenty of other boot styles available as well, all designed to accommodate bunions and wide feet.

Have you added lug-sole booties to your winter footwear wardrobe?

Stay in touch.

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  1. Karen
    January 12, 2022 / 5:26 am

    Thank you Susan for the Sole Bliss discount!

  2. Lori
    January 12, 2022 / 5:34 am

    I added a lug sole waterproof boot from Blondo this year and love them! I’m 60. They are so comfortable. It took awhile to find one that was the right blend of sleek and chunky to lot overwhelm my petite frame or personal style aesthetic.

    • Cher
      January 12, 2022 / 6:08 am

      I don’t like the lug sole look for me at all, but I also bought a pair from Blondo that are the perfect blend, as you say, of sleek and chunky. I love them! And icing on the cake was finding them at Nordstrom Rack which I think the final cost was $28!!!!!!

  3. Catherine
    January 12, 2022 / 6:05 am

    I love Sole Bliss. I’ve already purchased 5 pairs of Sole Bliss shoes since the fall and now I’ve just purchased these Roxy boots thanks to the your reader’s discount. I probably wouldn’t have ordered the snake print but they look so cute on you! Thanks for the discount!

  4. MarlaD
    January 12, 2022 / 6:33 am

    I have arthritis from an old injury in one of my big toe joints and any pressure on it sets off an episode of pain so need wide widths. I want some Chelsea boots so badly and earlier this year tried a variety of wide widths and all had to go back – some just trying them on gave me pain for days. Thanks for sharing these, I have high hopes! Just ordered the suede version, thank you for the discount code!

  5. Melanie
    January 12, 2022 / 7:17 am

    Cute outfit, I would add a pin/broach on the lapel for a little more pizazz! A little glitz never hurts for a day time look …..That jacket looks so cozy.

  6. sf-dre
    January 12, 2022 / 7:57 am

    I missed out on a previous discount for this brand last year, was checking out the sneakers and one of the slip-on styles. I bought Timberland boots in late 2019 for an Alaska cruise which never happened and worn mostly sneakers and supportive sandals since then.

  7. Kate
    January 12, 2022 / 8:36 am

    Thank you so much so this Sole Bliss discount…I have four pairs already and now will order a second lug-sole boot style…and maybe try some of their flats as well. Width is always an issue for me and Sole Bliss seems to get it right. Plus…even though the boots have lug soles there is a certain elegance to the look.

  8. Susan
    January 12, 2022 / 8:52 am

    Thank you for the Sole Bliss discount. I’ve been successful with the ballet flats and pumps. Had my eye on some winter sneakers, but may go for the booties.
    I purchased a pair of Paul Green lug sole boots last fall and have worn them to death- at least twice a week. I hope this style stays on trend for a long time. Can’t go back to boots with heels.

  9. Cheryl
    January 12, 2022 / 9:59 am

    Thank you for the Sole Bliss discount. I’ve never bought/worn this brand, but will give it a look.
    I have to say that while I like the look of lug-soled boots and shoes, I will never wear them.
    I’m a size 11 shoe, and even regular boots can sometimes look enormous on my feet. I try to keep my shoes and boots as simple and low-keyed as possible, even though I love shoes!!!! Don’t need that “Bride for Frankenstein” look!

  10. Linda B
    January 12, 2022 / 10:09 am

    I bought some Vince Camuto lug soled “stompy” boots about a year ago and just love them! Essentially they are “combat” boots but these have some additional style elements. With so many challenges in the world that we have needed to traverse these past few years, it feels so good sometimes to wear seriously sturdy footwear.

  11. Aoibheann
    January 12, 2022 / 10:14 am

    Sole Bliss advise that an estimated €89 approx. in taxes and duty will be due on a pair of shoes if purchasing from Europe. That makes them, plus postage charges, at least €105 dearer than buying in the UK or the USA which, in my view, makes them prohibitively expensive even though I would love a pair of these seemingly very comfortable footwear.

  12. Lee Rosenthall
    January 12, 2022 / 3:12 pm

    I’m loving this lug-sole moment (more like era!) too, for all the reasons you state, Susan. They provide more heft/volume to balance out heavier garments (and bodies!). I bought some navy blue faux patent leather monk shoes a couple of years ago after seeing some beautiful loafers you showed here on the blog, and this year I scored some Donald Pliner Ecru patent leather combat boots with lug soles (style is called “Ease”) that are as comfortable as a sneaker and fit great on my long THIN feet. HIGHLY recommend. (My girlfriend liked them so much, she went home and ordered them too.) I love winter whites, especially paired with black, and these are the perfect complement to those outfits. I’m also IN LOVE with those Proenza Schouler Army Green Chelsea boots you showed paired with that striped Vince cardigan sweater yesterday from the Net-a-Porter website. Alas, they’re $825, so I’ll need to look for a knock-off version! 🙂

  13. January 13, 2022 / 2:20 am

    Oh yes I have added lug sole boots to my wardrobe and they are staples in my wardrobe now. I wear them so much. They are comfortable and make any outfit modern. Your gifted ones are great (you lucky so and so).

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