This Oprah-Approved Brand Makes Chunky Boots So Comfy, I Walked 12 Miles in Them
Whether I'm watching content creators construct the perfect outfit on TikTok or stalking celebs' LOTD on InStyle, there seems to be a common style trend that traverses age or style: Lug sole boots. The chunky footwear has stuck around since 2019, when it made waves as the "it girl" shoe of the season. But while high heels sales declined in popularity, lug boots prevailed by making a name for themselves as super comfy shoes on par with sneakers. So when it came time to find my go-to boots last winter, I knew I needed a pair.
If you're familiar with Oprah's Favorite Things, you likely know Vionic. Its slippers and slip-on sneakers have made her list due to their supportive designs, which prioritize stability, arch support, and cushioning — so it makes sense why they're . As it turns out, the Karsen boots are no different. Easier to break in than a pair of Doc Martens, they have an EVA foam footbed that molds to your foot. I wouldn't describe it as cloud-like, but it's the closest thing I've ever felt to it in a pair of boots; a fact supported by my decision to wear them for a 12-mile walk around New York City.
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Also available in a synthetic rubber, offers so much versatility. I wear these while taking my dog on 3-mile walks, but I also love pairing them with a leather skirt or straight-leg jeans for a night out. Needless to say, the chunky boots have accompanied me to concerts, bars, and dinners at Lilia à la Kim K and Pete Davidson. And while I've been gifted two of the colorways (black and a now-sold-out cream) by Vionic, I now can't wait to add the Olive color to my collection on my own dime.
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