Whether you routinely look to new trends for inspiration or have an unwavering sense of style, seasonal footwear defines a wardrobe and often steers outfits in a fresh direction. A leading look this fall is lug-sole shoes, but not the ordinary kind. Think durable and lightweight designs-like Stuart Weitzman’s new LIFT Collection-for combating mixed weather in style.

With an inherent toughness devised for function, new-season lug soles are versatile and sleek-they’re as chic in the city with a dress as they are with jeans for a cold-weather retreat. Here, discover three outfits to get you through fall, from effortlessly polished to distinctive and daring.

City Chic


Knee-grazing leather boots with chunky lug soles embolden a sweater dress with chain-link detailing, toeing the sophisticated and edgy line. Keep up the juxtaposition with a technical coat, sleek bag, and polished ring for active days shopping, running errands, or attending appointments in the city.

Dinner, Drinks, or Both


A lug-sole ankle boot offsets a printed midi skirt’s feminine effect, while a ribbed pullover brings a touch of coziness to the look. For dinner or drinks, play up the boot’s luxe pinot color with linked earrings and a golden hinged clutch.

Weekend Getaway-Ready


Dial-up denim with studded and buckled ankle boots-better yet, make it a pair with serrated lug soles. For a flawless take on weekend style, mix in a printed blouse, wrap coat, a sleek carryall tote, and hoops.